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:
Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo (D) 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. However, his other committee assignments include Judiciary, Labor and Employment, and Local Government. In the past, Alejo’s committee assignments have included the Assembly Committee on Budget and the Joint Legislative Audit Committee.

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. For the 2013-14 Legislative Session, Alejo hopes to expand on his first term while adding access to safe drinking water and immigration reform to the list.

Before being elected to the Assembly, Assemblymember 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.

Born and raised in Watsonville, Alejo’s family came to work in the agricultural fields of the Salinas, Santa Clara and Pajaro Valleys as migrant farmworkers in the 1950s. He graduated from Watsonville High School and Gavilan Community College in Gilroy.

Alejo went on to graduate with honors from UC Berkeley with dual bachelors degrees in political science and Chicano studies, and obtained his master's of education degree from Harvard University in administration, planning and social policy. He received his Juris Doctorate (JD) from the University of California, Davis, School of Law where he won the “Maggie Schelen” Public Service Award and the Martin Luther King Community Service Award.

After finishing his graduate and professional studies, Luis returned to his hometown of Watsonville to work as a legal aid attorney where he championed the rights of working families throughout the Monterey Bay area. He then worked as a staff attorney for the Monterey County Superior Court, where he assisted thousands of self-represented litigants throughout Monterey County who couldn’t afford private attorneys. He has also previously worked as a high school teacher, focusing on “at-risk” youth, many who were released from juvenile hall or were on probation.

Alejo was previously a Jesse M. Unruh Fellow for the California State Assembly at the State Capital in Sacramento where he worked as a legislative aide for Assemblymember Manny Diaz (D-San Jose). In 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 brought to his first-term in the Assembly.

Alejo 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, married on December 8, 2012. Cervantez was recently elected to the Watsonville City Council and serves as Mayor Pro Tem.

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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