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Legislative & Public Affairs

Maintaining a robust advocacy program is a top priority for LACCD, in order to ensure that the voices of both its colleges and students are effectively heard at the local, state, and national levels. As the country’s largest community college district, LACCD’s advocacy program is intently focused on bringing about changes across a host of critical policy areas and securing the resources needed to fulfill the overall mission of all District campuses. Every year, the District’s experienced team of advocates represent LACCD at local government hearings, before the State Legislature and Executive Branch, and at Congressional hearings and the White House.

Below is more information about the District’s advocacy efforts at the federal, state and local levels. Through this work, the District has achieved significant policy victories, such as securing a fareless transit program for all community college students in the Los Angeles area.


Contact: Maria Luisa Veloz
Legislative and Governmental Relations Officer
Office of the Chancellor
Phone: 213-431-7337

Local Advocacy & Community Affairs

LACCD’s community affairs program serves as a conduit between the District and several key partners at the local, state, and national levels, from government officials to community-based organizations, parents, and students. The goal of this program is to uplift the work of the District and highlight its commitment to the community to improve the social welfare of the region, to enhance the local economy, to close persistent equity gaps, and to prepare future community leaders. These efforts also showcase the skills and work ethic of the District’s students and faculty members, helping to build support for community colleges and their mission.

Advocacy in the News

Broadcast News Segments & Print Media

April 18, 2024 – California Assemblymember Miguel Santiago’s Free Community College Bachelor Degree Bill Passes Higher Education Committee – Sierra Sun Times

March 20, 2024 – California students could earn a free bachelor's degree – Spectrum News 1 (BROADCAST NEWS SEGMENT)

March 1, 2024 – California Considers ‘Tuition-Free Bachelor’s Degrees’ – El Observador

February 29, 2024 – Santiago introduces tuition-free bachelor’s degree bill – Beverly Press Park LaBrea News

May 3, 2024 – A bill to codify the California Center for Climate Change Education – National Center for Science Educations

June 22, 2023 – Defining the Possible – Community Colleges and Climate Change @ WLAC – Culver City Crossroad

April 19, 2023 – Pierce College launches its first four-year degree, in biomanufacturing – Los Angeles Daily News

July 8, 2023 – Tony Cárdenas grants LA Mission College $2 million to boost healthcare careers – Los Angeles Daily News

May 2, 2023 – D.C. rep visits Pierce – Pierce Round Up

April 13, 2023 – Congressman Brad Sherman & LACCD Commemorate First Four-Year Degree Offered by Pierce College – Congressman Brad Sherman Press Office

December 26, 2022 – Some of the Earmarks in the Newly Passed Omnibus Spending Bill – Newsbreak

December 20, 2022 - Padilla Secures $80 Million for 36 Projects in L A Region – Random Lengths News

August 27, 2022 – East LA College’s FACES program gets a boost – Pasadena Star News

August 27, 2022 – Rep Judy Chu (Zhao Meixin) provides $200,000 to fund FACES program at ELAC – LA World Journal

August 4, 2022 – Padilla announces funding for SoCal infrastructure, housing projects – Spectrum News One

July 29, 2022 – Padilla Announces Funding for SoCal Infrastructure, Housing – HeySoCal

June 3, 2022 – $400K Going Towards Community Project Funding for LA Valley, Mission Colleges – Spectrum 1

May 3, 2022 – Con este programa buscan que jóvenes hispanos en Los Ángeles cumplan su sueño de convertirse en doctores – Univision 34

March 24, 2022 – Community college receives over $1 million to fund programs that give students second chances – ABC 7

March 10, 2022 – Padilla Secures Over $60 million for 33 Projects in Los Angeles Region – Random Length News

Advocacy Newsletters

Education Matters

LACCD Advocacy Newsletter

June 2024 - Mid-Year Update

Link to LACCD Advocacy Newsletter 2024

Education Matters

LACCD Advocacy Newsletter

December 2023 - End of Legislative Year

Link to LACCD Advocacy Newsletter 2023

Education Matters

LACCD Advocacy Newsletter

October 2022 - End of Legislative Year

Link to LACCD Advocacy Newsletter 2022