Press Releases

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

The California Assembly passed AB 1971 Wednesday, legislation which amends the state’s definition of “gravely disabled” to include medical treatment as a basic human need for those suffering from a serious mental illness, just as necessary to well-being as food, clothing or shelter.

AB 1971 is sponsored by Los Angeles County, the Steinberg Institute, and the California Psychiatric Association. The bill passed with bipartisan support by a vote of 66-0.

The proposal for the change in state law came by way of a board motion authored by Los Angeles County Supervisors Kathryn Barger and Mark Ridley-Thomas. Through collaboration, AB 1971 was jointly authored by Assemblymembers Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles), Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) and Phillip Chen (R-Brea). 

Monday, May 28, 2018

By Simon Alvarez - TESLARATI

In an update on Saturday, Elon Musk announced that The Boring Company would be holding a Not-a-Flamethrower pickup party in Los Angeles on June 9.

During The Boring Company’s information session earlier this month, Elon Musk, together with SpaceX engineer Steve Davis, stated that the delivery and shipment of the Not-a-Flamethrowers were delayed since shipping items with propane proved to be complicated. Thus, according to Musk, the Boring Co. has come up with a solution to its shipping problems — the company will custom-deliver the Not-a-Flamethrowers to the homes of reservation holders...


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).