Press Releases

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

By Liam Dillon - LA Times

The mayors of California’s 11 largest cities are pushing for $1.5 billion in state money to address homelessness.

“Homelessness is the single biggest quality of life challenge we face in our cities,” said Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, who is leading the group of big-city mayors. “Cities cannot do it alone.”

The pitch comes in new state legislation, Assembly Bill 3171, which would require local governments to match the state dollars, resulting in $3 billion to fund homeless shelters, rental assistance, permanent housing and other efforts.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Sacramento, CA) – Yesterday, Assemblymember Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) introduced legislation to provide additional funding to support the cleanup efforts around the Exide Technologies facility in Vernon, California.


Monday, February 5, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Today Assemblymember Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles), along with a bipartisan coalition of other legislators released a joint letter calling on the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to vote no on the commission’s proposed moratorium on new natural gas service connections in Los Angeles County.


Thursday, February 1, 2018


“Like many of you, I am just processing the information that is trickling out about the shooting this morning at Salvador Castro Middle School,” said Assemblymember Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles). “As a father, I can only imagine the terror that the parents and families of the school are experiencing right now.”


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

By Peter Holley - Washington Post

Inventor and Tesla chief executive Elon Musk claims he’s sold thousands of flamethrowers in recent days, turning a online gag into a marketing ploy worth millions.

But a California assemblyman said he plans to introduce legislation to block the distribution of the devices before they end up in customers’ hands.

In an email to The Washington Post, Assemblyman Miguel Santiago, a Democrat from Los Angeles, said he thought the flamethrower idea was a joke when he first heard about it.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

By Susan Abram - Los Angeles Daily News

Two Los Angeles-area assemblymembers introduced legislation Wednesday to amend a state code to give providers more support if they determine a homeless individual who has a mental illness needs medical care.

The introduction of AB 1971 comes a day after LA County leaders voted 4 to 1 to sponsor legislation that would allow social workers and members of law enforcement to determine if a homeless person is “gravely disabled” enough to be detained and taken into medical care.

Currently, the state code on “gravely disabled” reads: “A condition in which a person, as a result of a mental disorder (rather than a chosen lifestyle or lack of funds) is unable to provide for his or her basic needs for food, clothing or shelter.”

AB 1971 would amend that to include “or medical treatment where the lack or failure of such treatment may result in substantial physical harm or death.”

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Sacramento, CA) – Today, Assemblymembers Miguel Santiago and Laura Friedman jointly introduced legislation to change the criteria by which local governments are able to provide critical medical care to homeless individuals who are mentally ill.