- Francisco Quintana
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SACRAMENTO, CA - On Friday, May 12, the Office of Governor Gavin Newsom released the May Revise of the California State Budget, which included a $10 million allocation through Proposition 98 for California Community College District LGBTQ+ support centers, in addition to $2.5 million to support the East Los Angeles Community College’s Entrepreneurship and innovation center.
Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo (D-Los Angeles), herself an alumna of East Los Angeles College, released the following statement in response to the provisions included in the May Revise:
“As a proud graduate of East Los Angeles College, I applaud the Governor’s May Revise budget proposal for $2.5 million to support ELAC’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center. This is exciting news for Huskies! Additionally, the proposed budget allocation of $10 million via Prop. 98 funding for LGBTQ+ support centers throughout California is a testament to the state's investment in our incredibly diverse student population. Amid rising national hate speech and anti-LGBTQ+ propaganda, we are committed towards supporting our students and a true California for All.”
With these budget investments, which are made through California Proposition 98, the state of California will be better able to support centers dedicated to LGBTQ+ students in addition to career services initiatives for community college students. The investments also reflect the commitment to empowering and uplifting marginalized youth, particularly those within disadvantaged communities.
“I am truly excited to know that the Governor’s May Revise of the 2023 California State Budget includes $2.5 million for the Small Business and Entrepreneur Center at East Los Angeles College.” said East Los Angeles College President Dr. Alberto J. Román. “As one of the largest community colleges in the State of California, the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Center is critically needed to build the skill needs of 21st-century employers and businesses and enhance a robust ecosystem approach to small business capacity building, which is vital for economic development in underserved areas of Los Angeles. The mission goals of the center are focused on building innovation and talent, all cornerstone contributions of entrepreneurs. The center will enable students and community members to generate new business ideas, which are the essence of innovation that drives productivity gains and economic growth, and creates jobs, wealth, and opportunity in our underserved communities."
Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo was elected to the California State Assembly in December 2017. She represents the 52nd District of California, encompassing large parts of East and North Los Angeles. She has served as the Chair of Budget Sub-Committee #4 on State Administration, and a member of the Appropriations, Health, Housing and Community Development, and Utilities and Energy Committees, as well as Chair of the Select Committee on Latina Inequities