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California Considers ‘Tuition-Free Bachelor’s Degrees’

While the world’s largest higher education system – California’s community colleges – continues to expand its curriculum, lawmakers are expanding ways for students to access it.

At a press conference at East Los Angeles College on Feb. 22, local state Assembly representative Miguel Santiago presented the latest of the “California College Promise” measures he initiated in 2017.

Lawmakers, activists pushing CA bill to expand access to free college

MONTEREY PARK, Calif. (KABC) -- Some state lawmakers and activists are pushing to make sure all California students have access to free higher education.

Assembly Member Miguel Santiago was joined by community leaders at East Los Angeles College, where he called on the state Legislature to pass the Tuition-Free Bachelor's Degree measure.

Bill will create free bachelor’s degree program for low-income students

Assemblyman Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) introduced a measure on Feb. 6 to create a tuition-free bachelor’s degree program.

Assembly Bill 2093 will expand the California Promise Program, allowing all low-income students to pursue a bachelor’s degree at any community college for free. Additionally, the bill will encourage low-income students to pursue higher education without the fear of significant college debt.

LA building high-rise complex on Skid Row to alleviate homeless crisis

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Los Angeles city and county housing officials hosted the groundbreaking of a high-rise complex on Skid Row designed exclusively for the unhoused.

The 17-story building will feature 298 fully-furnished studio apartments and four units designated for building managers. It is being built on a 1.2 acre plot that was formerly a parking lot at 600 San Pedro St.

Newsom signs law protecting undocumented crime victims from deportation

Coming forward to report a serious crime can no longer get you deported in California.

On Tuesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 1261, dubbed the “Immigrant Rights Act,” his office announced.

The bill, which was authored by Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón and sponsored by Assembly Member Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles), is designed to encourage undocumented immigrants who are victims of crime to come forward without fear of being turned over to immigration officials.

Staff the Front Lines Bus Tour Kicks Off Western Swing with Stop in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES – AFSCME’s Staff the Front Lines bus is out West this week.

On Saturday, the bus tour kicked off the Western swing with a stop in Los Angeles, where AFSCME District Council 36 members joined California Assemblymember Miguel Santiago and City Councilmember Tim McOsker to underscore the urgent need to fill open public service positions throughout the city.

Many immigrant workers face a grim future without retirement benefits. A California bill could help

Whether in rain, raging winds or sweltering summer heat, José Villa can be seen on the streets of north Los Angeles, summoning smiles from children and adults alike. As the Mexican immigrant pushes a cart full of snow cones and popsicles, step by step the clang of his bells announces that his business is open to anyone who wants a sugary treat or immediate relief from the heat.

120 Years of Fugetsu-Do

Brian Kito, third-generation owner of Fugetsu-Do Confectionery, receives a proclamation from Eric Moon, field representative for Assemblymember Miguel Santiago, in celebration Fugetsu-Do’s 120th anniversary on June 19.

Fugetsu-Do was founded by Seiichi Kito in 1903 and the tradition of making quality mochi and manju has been handed down through the family. Fugetsu-Do and The Rafu Shimpo are the oldest businesses in Little Tokyo and both marked 120 years in operation this year.