(Sacramento) – The California Assembly Local Government committee today passed Assembly Bill 1794 authored by Assemblymember Cristina Garcia, (D-Bell Gardens) to increase accountability in a climate of poor leadership and ethics by creating a new governance structure for the Central Basin Municipal Water District. The measure passed with strong bi-partisan support 8-0.
AB 1794 creates a new governance structure to ensure that the Central Basin Municipal Water District will effectively fulfill its responsibilities moving forward.
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Cristina Garcia, (D-Bell Gardens) will be hosting a press conference on Monday April 4th, to raise public awareness about AB 1561, a measure to make menstrual products exempt from sales tax. This bipartisan effort to end the “tampon tax” and bring more gender equity to California’s tax code will culminate later in day when AB 1561 is heard in the Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee, at 2:30 pm, in Room 126, in the State Capitol.
Special Guest Kim Carter, Founder and Executive Director of Time for Change
(Downey) – Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) is pleased to announce her 2016 “Women of the Year,” for the 58th Assembly District: Mary Eva Gomez (Pico Rivera), Janine Andrade (Montebello), Martha Garcia (Norwalk), Shaila Patankar (Artesia), Eva Hoffman-Murry (Bellflower), Susana Quintero (Bell Gardens), Cheri Luo (Cerritos), Ann Cruz-Berroteran (Commerce) and Blanca Pacheco (Downey).
(Sacramento) -- Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D- Bell Gardens) has announced that she will be introducing an Assembly Constitutional Amendment (ACA) to reinstitute the charging of sales tax on candy and snack food, to create a funding stream to combat health disorders caused by the unhealthy diets of processed snack foods in California.
“We’ve seen the results of the explosion of snack food consumption on our society and the negative health repercussions,” Garcia said. “Obesity, diabetes, hypertension, tooth decay, these and so many other conditions are a directly attributable to the poor modern diet made up of high calorie, ultra-processed foods.”
(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Cristina Garcia, today, submitted an amendment to the
California State Fair Political Practices Commission, correcting a disclosure for
travel, from $17,000, to $8,500.
Due to a clerical error, the figure for a 2015 trip to Taiwan was inadvertently doubled. The correct figure for disclosure is $8,500. This is consistent with the $8,500 disclosure made
by Assemblymember Young Kim, who accompanied Assemblymember Garcia on the trip.
Working class districts like mine are facing this situation more and more. What do we do when we discover that our homes, our air, our soil or our water is contaminated due to bad industrial actors? As time goes by we are bound to discover more Exides and Specific Platings. There are going to be more Kettlemans, Vernons and Commerces. Unfortunately it’s a matter of if, not when.
The announcement from Governor Brown to fund a $176.6 million loan to facilitate the clean-up of priority one homes that surround the toxic site that formerly housed Exide Technologies, a recycler of lead batteries, is good news to communities in southeast Los Angeles. I thank the Governor for the emergency appropriation. It is the first step in rectifying the contamination that these communities have been living in, potentially for decades.
(Los Angeles) – For over 30 years, irresponsible environmental practices by Exide Industries have led to severe negative health impacts for thousands of families in Los Angeles County. But some action has finally been taken to tackle the public health threat. State legislative leaders and community activists gathered in Los Angeles to applaud Governor Jerry Brown’s decision to use $176-million in General Fund dollars to fund expedited and expanded testing and cleanup of residential properties, schools, daycare centers and parks around the former Exide Technologies facility. Learn more in this Assembly Access video.
(Sacramento) – After years of lawsuits, negotiations and inaction, Assemblymember Cristina Garcia - (D-Bell Gardens) has announced that the California Department of Finance (DOF) has approved $115,000 to perform contamination testing at the Eastern Triggs/Specific Plating site, in Commerce.
Assemblymember Garcia stated, that for almost two years, she has been involved in discussions between the City of Commerce Community Development Successor Agency, the California State Department of Toxic Substance Control, and developers, Mayans Development Company and Los Jardines LLC, regarding the environmental contamination of the Eastern Triggs/ Specific Plating site.
“I applaud the Governor’s announcement today of a $176.6 million loan, a one time emergency appropriation from the general fund for the cleanup of priority one homes surrounding the former Exide facility.
I have been working closely with the Governor on securing funding for Exide. I look forward to working with my colleagues to create a necessary CEQA exemption to expedite the testing and cleanup of these homes.