Assembly Member Miguel Santiago hosted his fourth annual Father’s Day tribute march “Serenatas para Papa” with the Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA (WELA YMCA) and Senator Durazo through Boyle Heights with mariachis and community members. It was the first time the march took place in public housing community Estrada Courts in Boyle Heights.
Assembly Member Santiago joined Sen. Alex Padilla, Congressmember Jimmy Gomez, Congressmember Robert Garcia, Father John Moretta, and Community Leader Terry Cano to announce their work to make the Exide cleanup site a "Superfund site." This designation would help expedite the Exide cleanup. Exide's factory which has since closed polluted the community with lead which causes harmful health effects such as miscarriages, developmental disabilities and more. In addition to the Superfund site work, Assembly Member Santiago is leading the effort to pass AB 861 this year which would increase oversight of the Exide cleanup. Just last May, Assembly Member Santiago also helped secure $67.3 million in additional funding in the budget to clean up parkways polluted by Exide’s lead.
Our office partnered with the Michelson Found Animals Foundation and other community groups to put on this event in Boyle Heights at the Weingart East LA YMCA. We offered FREE wellness services (vaccines, flea treatment, microchipping) and FREE hygiene services (nail trimming, ear cleaning and teeth brushing). Over 400 community members attended to help take care of their dogs and cats (and even adopt a few orphaned pets).
Press conference in support of AB 958 which will help maintain family bonds between children and incarcerated parents. Attendees included Senator Durazo, Father Greg Boyle of Homeboy Industries and members of the Coalition for Family Unity.
Press conference for Asm. Santiago's bill AB 1128, which would expand the $1,083 CA Child Tax Credit for nearly one million families. Asm. Santiago joined leaders from Golden State Opportunity, Central City Neighborhood Partners, Koreatown Youth & Community Center, United Ways CA, and GRACE Inc. to promote the legislation.
Asm. Santiago and community leaders hosted a toy giveaway to celebrate the holidays. It was held at the Boys & Girls Club at Estrada Courts in Boyle Heights. Children and families were able to receive toys and pictures with "Santa Claus."
At the 8th Annual Turkey Giveaway, Asm. Santiago partnered with the Weingart East LA YMCA, the Little Tokyo Service Center and other community organizations to distribute roughly 1,000 turkeys to community members in and around Boyle Heights. Additionally, canned food, sides and a hot meal were distributed as well.
On June 10, 2022, Assembly Member Santiago partnered with the Weingart East LA YMCA and the Michaelson Foundation to put on the annual Pet Wellness Fair. Dogs and cats received vaccines, microchips, flea treatments, ear cleaning, teeth brushing and nail trimming all for free. Pet food and pet resources were also delivered to community members.