Leadership to Protect Our Families

Juan with his wife Barbara and children Spencer, Kayla, Corbin

“California’s high cost of living, homelessness crisis, and rising crime rates are hurting the quality of our lives. Please join my fight to find solutions to these problems and build the kind of future we all deserve.”

– Assemblyman Juan Alanis

Sergeant Alanis received three awards for saving the lives of others, including a decoration for rescuing a child whose father was trying to burn down a house with his daughter inside it.

A Former Cop to Protect Neighborhoods

For 29 years, Juan protected this community as a Stanislaus County Sheriff’s deputy.

During that time, Juan served as a patrol watch commander, child crimes detective, acting police chief, and school resource officer where I worked with educators to protect children in active shooting scenarios.

Now, Assemblyman Alanis is using his law enforcement experience to make the Valley safer.

He is leading efforts to crack down on fentanyl dealers, prevent “smash and grab robberies,” and fix laws that fail to hold criminals accountable.

  • Increase penalties for fentanyl dealers. Co-authored measure to increase penalties for those who possess large amounts of fentanyl. Source: SB 44
  • Longer sentences for convicted fentanyl dealers who target our youth. Co-authored measure to impose an additional punishment of up to 5 years for a criminal convicted of selling fentanyl shaped, colored, advertised, or packaged to resemble food or candy. Source: SB 325
  • Warning fentanyl dealers. Worked to implement “Alexandra’s Law” which would require that convicted fentanyl dealers receive a warning that continuing to sell fentanyl could lead to a murder conviction if a user dies. Co-authored ACA 12
  • Improving access to life saving medication. Authored measure to require high-capacity public venues like stadiums and amusement parks provide access to life-saving opioid overdose medication. Source: AB 1996
  • Preventing problems like the fentanyl crisis. Authored AB 1859 to require coroners test for the presence of xylazine, also known as Tranq, a deadly animal tranquilizer cases and report their findings to relevant authorities. This proactive initiative aims to address the threat posed by Tranq and assist law enforcement and the medical community in better tracking of before it escalates and help prevent another problem like the fentanyl crisis.
  • Supported a measure to increase penalties for retail theft crimes. Source: AB 1772
  •  Giving back law enforcement authority to arrest. Co-authored the Secure Transactions and Organized Theft Prevention (STOP) Act to authorize a peace officer to make a warrantless arrest for a shoplifting offense that is not committed in the presence of an officer. Source: AB1990
  • Better prosecute smash and grab robbers. Authored AB 1845 to help prosecutors and law enforcement agencies better investigate and prosecute criminal networks that drive the market for theft, focusing on receiving stolen goods crimes and criminal profiteering. Grant programs like the one this bill aims to create have been successful up and down the state.
  • Authored ACA 15 to eliminate early release of sex offenders.
  • Co-authored law that made sex trafficking a felony. Source: SB 14
  • Co-authored measure to make the selling and purchasing of children for sex a felony. Source: SB 1414
  • Eliminate early parole for sex offenders. Supported ACA 15to eliminate the eligibility of inmates convicted of felony sex offenses for early parole.
  • Protect confidentiality of victims of child abduction. Wrote a new law to better protect the privacy and identity of victims of child abduction by making them eligible for California’s Safe at Home address confidentiality program. Source: AB 243
  • Fight catalytic converter theft. Backed a new law that enables repeat catalytic converter thieves to be more easily prosecuted.Source: AB 641

To Help Those with Mental Health Concerns

  • Requiring Health Plans to Cover Mental Health. Juan was one of 5 Republicans who supported a measure to improve access to behavioral health crisis services by requiring health plans to cover treatment for urgent & emergent mental health and substance use disorders. Source: AB 1451
  • Expanding Rural Mental Health Access. Assemblyman Alanis helped secure funding for “La Familia Central Valley” to establish a Mobile Mental Health Access Point in the 22nd Assembly District to expand mental healthcare access to rural and low-income communities. Source: CA State Budget
  • Helping to Prevent Suicides Among Female Veterans. Juan voted to require the Department of Veterans Affairs to study mental health among women Veterans in CA. He also backed a measure to require providers delivering mental health crisis services through the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline to annually report on the number of veterans or active military personnel who used the service.   Source: AB 718, AB 988

To Make California More Affordable

Juan is a father of three who knows how inflation has hurt Valley families.

That’s why he is focused on kitchen table issues like the high cost of housing, groceries, gas, and prescription drugs. 

  • Fighting high gas prices. Juan is working to fix California’s highest-in-the-nation gas prices by working to suspend the gas tax and provide relief to hard-working Californians.  

Suspending the gas tax will save the average family $1600 a year and provide relief to hard working Californians and is opposing schemes to raise the gas tax even higher  Source: AB 53 & AB X1-2

  • Reducing the tax burden on the Middle Class. By authoring AB 17, Juan led efforts to lift the tax burden on the middle class and reduce tax rates on middle-income taxpayers. Source: AB 17
  • Lowering taxes on items needed by pregnant women. Juan backed a measure to improve health care options for pregnant women and reduce taxes on items like breastfeeding pumps that pregnant women need. Source: SB 257
  • Reducing taxes on school supplies. Supported a plan to help parents by eliminating the sales tax on back to school purchases. Source: AB 2274
  • Saving on tech repairs. Juan fought to enact a new law, the “Digital Fair Repair Act” which guarantees consumers will have the ability to fix the electronics they own or have them fixed by a technician or independent repair business. That will save consumers money and reduce some of the 770 tons of electronic waste thrown away every year in CA. Source: AB 244
  • Keeping property taxes down. Juan has consistently opposed efforts to water down Prop 13 hikes and raise property taxes.
  • Helping first time homebuyers. Jointly authored AB 1865 to provide new home buyers with the chance to save money tax-free for their first home purchase through a home ownership savings account
  • Reducing the financial burden on students. Co-authored AB 2184 to double the maximum per-student Cal Grant C tuition award amount for a student attending a private program.
  • Lower utility rates. Co-authored AB 2205 to require the Public Utilities Commission to reduce the kilowatt-per-hour rate for electricity charged to ratepayers by not less than 30 percent.
  • Help with the rent for vulnerable seniors. Authored AB 1813 to provide rent subsidies for vulnerable senior citizens.

To Protect Our Health

  • Protecting families from dangerous chemicals. Voted to ban cosmetics that contain toxic chemicals linked to health problems, including cancer, genetic defects, harm to unborn children, and organ damage. Source: AB 496, The Environmental Working Group 
  • Mandating insurers to cover breast cancer imaging. Juan voted to mandate that diagnostic imaging following signs of breast cancer be covered by insurance. Source: SB 257
  • Capping the price of insulin. Millions of Golden State diabetics struggle with high insulin costs. That’s why Assemblyman Alanis voted to cap the insurance copay at $35 for a 30-day insulin supply. The copay limit was $250. Source: SB 90
  • Improving access to mental health services. Juan supported a measure to improve access to behavioral health crisis services by requiring health plans to cover treatment for urgent and emergent mental health and substance use disorders.  Assemblyman Alanis also helped establish a Mobile Mental Health Access Point in our community to expand mental health care access to rural and low-income communities.  Sources: AB 1451, CA State Budget 
  • Providing paid leave to help sick family members. Protected the Safety Net by expanding eligibility for benefits under the paid family leave program so families can better care for each other when someone is sick. Source: AB 518
  • Working to keep rural hospitals open. Juan serves on the new Select Committee on Distressed Hospitals where he works to prevent Valley hospitals from shutting down. He also supported AB 3275, a bipartisan measure to support timely reimbursements for services provided by small or rural providers, critical access hospitals, or distressed hospitals.

To Address the Homelessness Crisis

Juan believes every Californian deserves a path off the street and is working hard to streamline support services and help individuals lead productive lives. He also believes we must address the root causes of homelessness and bolster investments in mental health resources and substance abuse resources to keep more people off the streets.

  • Keeping the homeless away from schools. Juan supported SB 1011 to prohibit homeless encampments near schools, open spaces, and major transit stops. This bill balances accountability with compassion by implementing a 72-hour warning before an encampment is cleared, and requires enforcement officers to provide information about sleeping alternatives, homeless and mental health services, and/or homeless shelters in the area.
  • Supportive housing for homeless veterans. Prioritizes low-income veterans who participate in the Veterans Housing and Homelessness Prevention Program. Source: AB 1386
  • Reducing the number of homeless children. Requires the California Interagency Council on Homelessness to set the goals of decreasing the number of young people experiencing homelessness in the state who struggle with food insecurity and decreasing the unemployment rate among young people experiencing homelessness by increasing access to employment opportunities and economic stability.  The measure also provides support to at-risk youth by incentivizing their participation in education, job training, and substance use treatment programs. Source: AB 1817
  • Making housing more affordable. Reduces costs of developing low-income affordable housing by helping non-profits provide shelter to the underserved. Source: AB 84

To Expand Education Opportunities

When Juan was in high school, he took a Regional Occupation Program class which allowed him to explore a potential career in law enforcement. That led to a 29-year career in the Stanislaus County Deputy Sheriffs Department. 

That is one reason Juan believes strongly in expanding career educational opportunities and is working to ensure students can find career paths in construction, public service, nursing, computer technology and other fields. 

  • Teaching financial literacy. Authored measure to require the teaching of financial literacy in our schools. AB 1871 would require schools to teach personal finance and ensure students learn important financial skills like filing taxes, taking out loans, budgeting before they graduate high school. 
  • Helping students become teachers. Authored AB 1927 to expand eligibility for the Golden State Teacher Grant Program, which currently offers grants to students earning their teaching credentials and commit to working in a high-need field for at least four years. AB 1927 would expand eligibility to students earning their teaching credential in career technical education.
  • Advocating for career education.  Authored AB 1796 to require local educational agencies serving grades 7-12 to notify parents and guardians of career-oriented courses offered on their campuses. Ensuring that parents are engaged in this conversation is critical so they can set their kids up for success and have discussions with them regarding their futures. 

To Help Our Veterans

  • Helping disabled vets. Coauthor AB 2736 to allow the child or spouse of a disabled veteran or a veteran who died in the line of duty to receive dual educational benefits under the California tuition fee waiver and the federal Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Programs.
  • Helping to prevent suicides among female veterans. Juan voted to require the Department of Veterans Affairs to study mental health among women Veterans in CA. He also backed a measure to require providers delivering mental health crisis services through the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline to annually report on the number of veterans or active military personnel who used the service.   Source: AB 718, AB 988
  • Supportive housing for homeless veterans. Prioritizes low-income veterans who participate in the Veterans Housing and Homelessness Prevention Program. Source: AB 1386