Thursday, May 11, 2017

On the night of Oct. 16, 2015, Social Services officials requested a welfare check for Delylah and Shaun Tara, 3 and 7, who were living in Salinas with their guardian, second cousin Tami Huntsman. Salinas Police knocked on the front door. No answer. Two months later, their bodies were found in a storage unit in Redding.

The killings were haunting enough that former assemblymember Luis Alejo (now a Monterey County supervisor) and Assemblymember Anna Caballero, D-Salinas, both tried legislating preventive measures.

Alejo’s AB 2380 provides more information to incarcerated parents about background checks for guardians of their kids.

Caballero has introduced AB 318, which would mandate independent study students have visual or in-person contact with a school administrator at least once a week. Independent study allows public school students to study in a nontraditional setting, such as their home, for a period of time.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

SALINAS - Asemblymember Anna M. Caballero joined the Salinas Valley Grows Readers Family Reading Festival on a warm Sunday afternoon. Hundreds of parents and children came together for a fun day of reading, music, games, and story-telling.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

SACRAMENTO – It was an uncommon sight in the state Capitol. A group of community organizers and civil rights advocates from across California sat behind the dais in a legislative hearing room in the high-backed chairs normally reserved for legislators, while nearly a dozen members of the Legislature filed in one by one to present their bills, answer questions, and share their thoughts on how grassroots leaders can influence a state policymaking process dominated by inside-the-Beltway interest groups.

Call it a role reversal. Call it a sign of legislators’ respect for the views, and potential influence, of all Californians. Consider it a harbinger of things to come, especially given the subject: For three hours, lawmakers fielded questions about how the high cost of housing is impacting the daily lives of millions of Californians—and what the Legislature can do not just to get more houses built, but to ensure more workers and families can own them.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Carecen y Chirla entre los principales patrocinadores de un proyecto de ley que avanza en Sacramento para detener el fraude migratorio

Por culpa de un consultor de migración muy conocido en el Valle de San Fernando, el papá de Areli G. no pudo arreglar su estatus migratorio.

​​​​“El consultor de migración hizo todo mal porque no tenía el conocimiento para asesorar a mi papá. El resultado fue que lo mandó solo a una entrevista de migración. No le dijo a qué iba, ni tampoco podía comunicarse. Él hablaba solo español y los oficiales inglés”, recuerda.

Areli dice que el resultado fue que a su padre le negaron su caso y lo metieron en serios problemas. “Cuando fuimos a ver a un abogado, éste le dijo a mi papá que él pudo haber arreglado, pero le llenaron mal las formas y lo aconsejaron mal. Mi papá aparecía ante migración como que quería cometer fraude”.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Immigration, housing and a state road in terrible disrepair topped the agenda when elected officials from just about every level gathered in Gilroy to share views on key issues facing city, county, state and federal governments and constituents.

This year’s Fourth Annual South County Legislative Summit attracted two mayors, a state senator and assemblymember and two U.S. Representatives who represent the city in Washington D.C.

“Each year we have seen more and more people interested in the summit. Having all of our region's elected officials attending the summit allows residents and business owners alike to learn about legislation at all levels of government and what the impact is going to be to South County,” said Mark Turner after the April 21 event at the Hilton Garden Inn on Monterey Road.

“We were pleased to see the turnout,” said Turner, President and CEO of the Gilroy Chamber of Commerce, which hosts the annual event, that drew 110 people.

Friday, February 24, 2017

President Trump’s enforcement of outdated immigration regulations continues to set off fear and anxiety in Salinas. The issue remains at the forefront of discussion and debate in town.

On Thursday night around 600 people packed the gymnasium at Jesse G. Sanchez School for an immigration forum. It was organized by Salinas City Councilmembers Scott Davis, Gloria De La Rosa and Tony Barrera to let residents voice concerns about their own situations and ask questions of a panel of key community officials.

The panelists included Salinas Police Chief Adele Fresé, Alisal Union School District (AUSD) Héctor Rico, Monterey County Assistant District Attorney Rolando Mazariegos, District 30 Assemblywoman Anna Caballero and Commander Joseph Bañuelos who represented Sheriff Steve Bernal who did not attend the meeting. The vast majority of those present spoke Spanish.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Kevin O'Neill, director of the San Benito County Office of Emergency Services, addressed county supervisors on flood status as the county prepares to work with state agencies to assess damages

Kevin O’Neill, director of the San Benito County Office of Emergency Services (OES), briefed county supervisors Jan. 24 about what has transpired from two weeks of flooding in the Lovers Lane area, as well as San Felipe and Shore roads. After three rounds of flooding, he said it remains extremely precarious for local residents. Even though the situation still looks dire, he said there was good news.

“The governor proclaimed a state of emergency for our county, and I believe all 58 counties in the state,” he said. “This will open up new funding to assist counties and local jurisdictions to recover from this disaster.”

Saturday, March 11, 2017

WATSONVILLE >> Cuca Santana was 17 years old when she helped change labor history. If the young cannery Richard A. Shaw Frozen Foods lineworker had not recommended to her fellow strikers that they extend the 19-month Watsonville canning strike for one more week, the famous labor victory may have never happened.

The strike started in September 1985 when Richard A. Shaw Frozen Foods and Watsonville Canning — the two largest frozen food companies in the United States — threatened to cut hourly wages and health benefits. In response, 1,500 workers walked off their jobs.

The immense frozen-food industry in Watsonville was dominated by Latino workers. During the strike, most lived on $50 a week from labor groups and many lost their homes

“It was hard; it was really hard,” said Santana, who had originally gone to work at the cannery to be with her fellow Latinas.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

SALINAS - Assemblymember Anna M. Caballero joins students at Hartnell College for a Cash 4 College Workshop event where students received assistance and information on how to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), California Dream Act Application, and Chafee Grant Application. Cash 4 College workshops keeps students informed on how to access thousands of dollars in financial aid resources.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

SALINAS - Assemblymember Anna M. Caballero joined the Teamsters Local 890 to discuss the State's position on Immigration issues.