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Luis Alejo Assembly District 30, Democrat
Term limit: 2016
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 319-2030
Fax: (916) 319-2130
District voter registration
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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| VOTE ||Indicates vote for manufacturers' interests or an Abstain vote||Alejo's|
|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|
|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 |
|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|
|SBX1 2 - Energy: renewable energy resources ||YES|
HeadlinesBig business wins Capitol food fights (Aug. 17)
- Aug. 18, 2014On the Tuesday in June when the Assembly health committee killed a bill to require warning labels ... Laurel Rosenhall in the Sacramento BeeCalifornia’s minimum wage rises to $9 an hour starting Tuesday
- July 1, 2014At Krazy Mary’s Boutique in midtown Sacramento, owner Mary Kawano is already accommodating the ... Vanessa Ochavillo in the Sacramento BeeCalifornia minimum wage bill gains momentum
- Sept. 12, 2013A bill to hike California’s minimum hourly wage got a huge boost Wednesday, passing a key Senate ... Christopher Arns in the Business JournalLate amendments on licenses, fracking draw attention
- Sept. 11, 2013For those who argue something is often better than nothing in legislating, there are likely to be ... John Myers in the ABC NewsMinimum wage bill advances to Senate floor (Aug. 31)
- Sept. 3, 2013A proposal to raise the state of California’s hourly minimum wage is headed to the Senate floor for ... Christopher Arns in the Business JournalCMTA Capitol UpdatesBill requires stricter enforcement of hazardous waste facilities
A hazardous waste enforcement bill by Assembly Member Luis Alejo (D-Watsonville), April 24, 2015 update
Glass container exemption from toxics law
Assembly Member Luis Alejo (D-Watsonville) is the author of April 2, 2015 update
DTSC announces order to close Exide facility
This week the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) announced its decision to force ... March 20, 2015 update