Legwatch 2013-14


Luis Alejo Assembly District 30, Democrat


Luis Alejo

Term limit: 2016


Personal data

Capitol office
State Capitol
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 319-2030
Fax: (916) 319-2130

Assembly Floor

District voter registration
Democrat: 48%
Republican: 39%
Other: 13%

District makeup
A sliver (6%) of Fresno County encompassing the rural communities of Coalinga, Huron and Kingsburg; following Interstate Highway 5 to include all of Kings County and a northern portion (30%) of Kern County encompassing Arvin, McFarland, Shafter, Wasco, and a small (15%) eastern portion of Bakersfield; a small part (11%) of southwestern Tulare County, encompassing rural areas south of Visalia.

Source: California Target Book


Manufacturers in this district


Luis Alejo biography:
Luis A. Alejo was raised in Watsonville, a small agricultural town in the heart of California's Central Valley. Growing up with two parents working in the agriculture industry during the 1950s, Alejo was fortunate to witness the power of political activism at an early age. Cesar Chavez led the fight to gain workers' rights for thousands of farm laborers the Central Valley, and had a major impact in a generation of social movements. From an auspicious beginning, Alejo developed a sense of personal commitment to helping his community. In 2013, as California State Assemblymember for the 30th District, Alejo proved his commitment by authoring landmark legislation on behalf of the disadvantaged and underrepresented throughout California.

Like many Americans, Alejo found early opportunities through education. After watching his parents use education as a stepping stone to a better life, Alejo understood the value of academic success. Alejo's father, a Vietnam War era veteran, used the G.I. bill to pursue vocational training and later his teaching credential at San Jose State; his mother becoming a nurse once finishing school. After attending Watsonville High School and Gavilan Community College, Alejo transferred to the University of California at Berkeley.

At UC Berkeley, one of the nation's top universities, Alejo graduated with honors, receiving dual bachelor's degrees in political science and Chicano studies. After returning home to teach special need students and at-risk youth, Alejo continued his education at the University of California, Davis, School of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctorate (JD). While at UC Davis, Alejo was honored with the prestigious Martin Luther King Community Service Award, the Maggie Schelen Public Service Award, and the Lorenzo Patiño Community Service Award. As a result of his exceptional work, Alejo was accepted to Harvard University, finishing his academic career by obtaining his masters of education degree (Ed.M) in administration, planning and social policy.

After finishing his graduate and professional studies, Alejo began his legal career, championing the rights of working families as a staff attorney for California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation and the Monterey County Superior Court. Representing thousands of individuals who couldn't afford private attorneys, Alejo helped disadvantaged families face a myriad of legal problems. Encouraged by the opportunity to help others, Alejo eventually decided to take a chance at public office.

Alejo got his first taste of politics as a Jesse M. Unruh Fellow for the California State Assembly at the State Capital in Sacramento. During the 2002 legislative session, he drafted and staffed numerous bills and resolutions, and earned a reputation for being an effective and hardworking legislative staffer; knowledge of which he would bring to his first-term in the Assembly. Before being elected to the Assembly, Alejo served as the Mayor of Watsonville, as well as on the Watsonville Planning Commission, the Library Board, and the Santa Cruz County Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission.

Alejo was first elected to the Assembly in November 2010 to represent the 28th Assembly District, which consisted of San Benito County, the Salinas Valley, North Monterey County, South Santa Clara County and the city of Watsonville. In November of 2012, he was re-elected to the Assembly as the representative of the newly formed 30th Assembly District. Alejo's new district now contains a greater portion of the Monterey County coast and south Santa Clara County.

Currently, Assemblymember Alejo sits on four standing committees. Most notably, Alejo is the Chair of the Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials. Other committee assignments include Judiciary, Labor and Employment, and Local Government. During his first term in the State Assembly, Alejo focused on bringing jobs back to California as well as authoring legislation in the areas of education, healthcare, public safety, civil rights and public access to government. In his second term, Alejo built on his success by authoring, among others, two historic pieces of legislation in 2013.

Assembly Bill (AB) 60 – The Safe and Responsible Driver Act – gives undocumented immigrants the opportunity to apply for a driver's licenses. Once implemented, AB 60 will improve public safety by ensuring all drivers can be licensed and insured. Equally as important, AB 60 gives millions of Californians the peace of mind to make the necessary travels in order to work and support their families without fear of unnecessary consequences. In addition, Alejo managed to get AB 10 signed into law, raising the minimum wage in California to $10 an hour, the highest in the nation. Income inequality has always been a pressing issue for Alejo, whose first bill as an Assemblymember proposed raising the minimum wage. AB 10 was the culmination of three years' work and helps ensure equality and respect for our state's minimum wage workers.

Alejo previously made national headlines in May 2012 when he became the first Assemblymember to propose in the Assembly Chambers during legislative session. He and his wife, Karina Cervantez Alejo, married on December 8, 2012. Karina, who was previously elected as a Councilmember, now serves as the Mayor for the City of Watsonville. Luis and Karina Alejo live in Watsonville with their two dogs, Diego and Frida.

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Manufacturers' legislative scorecard
Alejo's :
2011-12: 35% (8-15) 2009-10: 0% (0-1) OVERALL: 33% (8-16)
  VOTE  Indicates vote for manufacturers' interests or an Abstain vote
2013 votes
AB 10 - Minimum wage YES
AB 1165 - Cal OSHA abatement YES
AB 12 - Regulatory reform / implementation
AB 327 - Net Energy metering and RPS YES
AB 880 - Healthcare insurance penalty YES
AB 93 / SB 90 - Sales tax exemption
SB 118 - workforce development
SB 54 - Risk management / labor union apprenticeship work YES
2012 votes
AB 1062 - Public social services YES
AB 1500 - Corporation taxes: apportionment: single sales factor: Middle Class Scholarship Fund YES
AB 1990 - Renewable energy resources: renewable feed-in tariff set aside for most impacted and disadvantaged communities YES
AB 2439 - Corporation taxes: disclosure YES
SB 1118 - Solid waste: used mattresses: recycling and recovery YES
SB 1161 - Communications: Voice over Internet Protocol and Internet Protocol enabled communications service
SB 1402 - Economic development: California Community Colleges Economic and Workforce Development Program
SB 1458 - School Accountability: Academic Performance Index
SB 535 - California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund YES
SB 568 - Polystyrene Food Containers
SB 863 - Workers' compensation
SB 965 - State and local government
2011 votes
AB 559 - Civil actions: costs YES
AB 1155 - Workers’ compensation. YES
SB 202 - Elections: ballot measures YES
SB 116 - Income taxes: exclusions: deductions: sales YES
AB 1062 - Arbitration: appeals YES
AB 1319 - Product safety: bisphenol A YES
AB 724 - Clean Energy Jobs and Investment Act YES
SB 508 - Income and corporation taxes: credits: information and operative time period YES
SB 547 - Public school performance accountability
SB 617 - State government: financial and administrative accountability
SBX1 2 - Energy: renewable energy resources YES
2010 votes
SBX1 2 - Energy: renewable energy resources YES
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Big business wins Capitol food fights (Aug. 17) - Aug. 18, 2014
On the Tuesday in June when the Assembly health committee killed a bill to require warning labels ...  Laurel Rosenhall in the Sacramento Bee

California’s minimum wage rises to $9 an hour starting Tuesday - July 1, 2014
At Krazy Mary’s Boutique in midtown Sacramento, owner Mary Kawano is already accommodating the ...  Vanessa Ochavillo in the Sacramento Bee

California minimum wage bill gains momentum - Sept. 12, 2013
A bill to hike California’s minimum hourly wage got a huge boost Wednesday, passing a key Senate ...  Christopher Arns in the Business Journal

Late amendments on licenses, fracking draw attention - Sept. 11, 2013
For those who argue something is often better than nothing in legislating, there are likely to be ...  John Myers in the ABC News

Minimum wage bill advances to Senate floor (Aug. 31) - Sept. 3, 2013
A proposal to raise the state of California’s hourly minimum wage is headed to the Senate floor for ...  Christopher Arns in the Business Journal

CMTA Capitol Updates
Bolstered funding and oversight panel in DTSC future

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has been blasted by ...  June 26, 2015 update

Some less-than-likeable environmental bills go inactive

At the end of May, fiscal bills had to pass out of the appropriations committee in their ...  June 19, 2015 update

Mandatory Recycled Content Packaging Bill Proposed

Legislation has been introduced that would require all food and beverage packaging made from ...  May 22, 2015 update