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California students could earn a free bachelor's degree

CULVER CITY, Calif. — California is one of 24 states that allow community colleges to offer bachelor's degrees. 

If AB 2093 passes, it would enable low-income students to pursue one of 33 bachelor's degrees for free at any California community college. 

Assemblymember Miguel Santiago, who authored the bill, said students must attend full-time and not already have a bachelor's. 

Assemblymember Santiago proposes bills to boost downtown housing

California State Assembly Member Miguel Santiago has introduced a pair of bills aimed at increasing the supply of residential housing in the state, particularly in downtown areas.

Assembly Bill 2909 would expand the state's Mills Act program, which provides incentives for the restoration and preservation of historic buildings by private property owners, to include buildings more than 30 years old located in commercial zones.

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.