Press Releases

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

(Sacramento, CA) – Yesterday, Assembly Bill 2189 which seeks to provide additional funding for the testing and cleanup of lead-impacted parkways around the now-shuttered Exide Technologies plant, met the unanimous approval of the Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials.

The measure is authored by Assemblymember Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) and supported by Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis in response to an ongoing demand from their overlapping community for cleanup consistency.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

(Sacramento, CA) – Earlier today, Assembly Bill 1949, authored by Assemblymember Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles), met the approval of the Assembly Public Safety Committee on a bipartisan vote of 6-1. AB 1949 seeks to minimize the sale and use of flamethrowers in California.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Eddie Kim - Los Angeles Downtown News

By Blair Besten’s count, the man she calls “James” has been living and sleeping in the Historic Core for a decade or longer, usually curling up near the intersection of Eighth Street and Broadway.

One of his most troubling routines was to step into oncoming traffic at Seventh and Spring streets to defecate on the pockmarked asphalt nearly every day. Besten, the executive director of the Historic Core Business Improvement District and a neighborhood resident, also frequently found him wandering without any shoes, or sleeping with no layers on cold, windy nights.

Last year, she decided to try to get him help. It was easier thought than done — James wouldn’t agree to treatment. Besten persisted, spending hours observing him with psychiatric specialists. At one point, he was spotted chewing on bits of tar from the roadway, and the group decided to intervene.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Jacqueline Garcia - La Opinion

Cualquiera que vea a Marcos Estrada, quien tiene más de 50 tatuajes en su cuerpo y cara, podría intimidarse. Sin embargo, su voz es amigable y su conversación es la de un hombre dichoso con lo que hace.

“Llevo dos meses trabajando aquí y me gusta mucho”, contó hace unos días poco antes de la celebración por el nuevo Homeboy Electronic Recycling (Almacén de Reciclaje de Electrónicos) en el centro de Los Ángeles.

Estrada nació y creció en el este angelino, donde con apenas 10 años de edad —confiesa— comenzó a involucrarse con pandilleros debido a la falta de atención en casa y a las carencias económicas que vivía.

“A los 17 años entré a prisión por primera vez y de ahí entraba y salía”, recordó este hombre de 28 años quien es hijo de mexicanos.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

(Sacramento, CA) – Assembly Bill 1862, authored by Assemblymember Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) and Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo (D-East Los Angeles), was approved by the Assembly Judiciary Committee today on a bi-partisan basis with a vote of 8-1. The bill will appropriate $10 million to the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) to provide immigration services to individuals who are current or former recipients of the federal Temporary Protected Status (TPS).

Monday, March 12, 2018

Sacramento, CA) –Assemblymember Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles), announced today that he is honoring Blair Besten, Executive Director of the Historic Core Business Improvement District as Woman of the Year for the 53rd Assembly District. 


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.