DELIVERING FOR AD54
Assembly Member Santiago has secured hundreds of millions of dollars for critical projects in our community
Los Angeles River Restoration
Homelessness & Affordable Housing
Latino Arts Theater
Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement Project
Fighting Human Trafficking
Korean American National Museum
MIGUEL IN THE NEWS
January 19, 2020
NIMBYs beware: California could make it harder to block homeless and affordable housing
Santiago is also right to go further. If California really wants to slow the growing number of homeless residents, the state also has to dramatically increase the number of affordable housing units available. California is in a homelessness crisis in part because of the lack of affordable housing. One in three households statewide now spend more than half their income on rent, leaving many families one rent increase or missed paycheck away from losing their homes.
Building more subsidized housing that’s reserved for low-income residents can help get people off the street and help prevent the poorest, most vulnerable Californians from becoming homeless in the first place. The good news is that the state has put up billions of dollars to develop more affordable housing. But the state would make better use of those taxpayer dollars if it made sure the projects weren’t held up by needless bureaucracy or chicanery.
January 09, 2018
California state lawmakers to ask for additional $10M to help immigrants from El Salvador
Assembly members Miguel Santiago and Wendy Carrillo are planning to ask that an additional $10 million be put toward a state legal defense fund, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The money — which the two lawmakers plan to request this week through legislation — would go toward assisting Salvadorans covered by Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to find other means of legally staying in the U.S.
January 20, 2020
Free tuition at California public colleges helped the state prosper. There’s no reason it can’t again
Assemblyman Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles), who spearheaded the legislation to provide community college fee waivers, has just introduced a bill, AB 1862, to offer two tuition-free years at CSU for community college transfers.
To be eligible for free tuition, a transfer would need to have obtained a community college degree and taken 18 units toward a major.
“These students are absolutely prepared to be successful,” Santiago told me. “They should be able to get a [CSU] degree in two years. ... They have to make a commitment. They can’t be goofing around.”
A bill blurb reads that the measure “will encourage and incentivize more students to enroll in four-year institutions following community college, help more students graduate with less debt and will grow the number of workers with undergraduate degrees needed to compete in the global economy.”
Why didn’t he include UC in his bill? Because most community college graduates transfer to CSU, Santiago said. “This is a starting point.”
Santiago, 46, attended Moorpark College, then transferred to UCLA for his bachelor’s degree. He served on the L.A. Community College District board before being elected to the Assembly in 2014.