(Sacramento) – In a first step to enacting new political reforms in California, the Assembly Elections Committee today passed five measures, authored by Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens).
The bills, entitled the “Political Conduct, Ethics & Public Trust Acts of 2014” are part of a wide ranging package of bills, written against a background of state and local corruption and political misdeeds that have plagued California for a number of years.
(Sacramento) – The California State Assembly, today, in a unanimous vote, elected Assemblymember Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) as the next Speaker, upon a vacancy by current Speaker, Assemblymemebr John Perez.
Assemblymember Cristina Garcia released the following statement after todays vote:
“Today is a historic day in the Assembly with the election of Toni Atkins to be our next Assembly Speaker. As the first lesbian and only the third woman to be elected Speaker, Toni Atkins is a woman of the people, brought up as the daughter of a coal miner, who has the strength and empathy to be a dynamic leader for all Californians.”
"I applaud the Senators for engaging in public discussion on needed changes to the Political Reform Act," Garcia said. "Political transparency and ethics reform are high priorities for me and in particular I am pleased that they are following the lead of my bill AB 1673 to ban lobbyists from sponsoring fundraising events for legislators in their homes."
“Moreover, I am supportive of having gifts be reported online within 72 hours of receiving them,” Garcia said. “These days we have smart phones perhaps an app can be developed where all members have to do is snap a picture of a bar code or even just manually input information quickly with their cell phones.”
(Downey) – Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) is pleased to announce that she is co-hosting a “Covered California” Enrollment event in partnership with U.S. Representative Linda Sanchez and Assemblymember Ian Calderon.
“Covered California” representatives and certified enrollment entities will be at the event to assist in explaining healthcare options and to enroll constituents and families at this all-day event.
(Downey) -- Assemblymember Cristina Garcia invites everyone in her Assembly district to join her at the 2nd Annual 5K Run / Walk to benefit Downey Unified School District’s TLC Family Resource Center, in lieu of April’s community “Walk and Talk”.
This run/walk will be held on Saturday, April 5th, with race check in at 6:30am and the run beginning at 8:00am, at Rancho Los Amigos, 7601 E. Imperial Highway in Downey.
(Downey) - Assemblymember Cristina Garcia will be cancelling this month's community "Walk and Talk" on Saturday, March 1, 8:00am, at Wilderness Park, 10999 Little Lake Road in Downey in response to anticipation of one of the heaviest storms this season scheduled for this weekend.
Walk and Talks will resume in April. Stay tuned for those details.
For further information, please call Assemblymember Garcia's office at (562) 861-5803.
“When I decided to run for public office less than two years ago, I did so with a resolve to rebuild the public’s trust in government. In large part because I believe that the core reason why our Democracy works is trust and when that trust is broken, at any level the whole institution suffers.”
“I applaud today’s indictments by the US Attorney and once again ask for Senator Calderon's resignation. This case continues to casts a shadow of corruption and greed over our government and all who serve as elected officials. The scope of these misdeeds is stunning and will only act to further sever the public’s trust in their government. “
(Downey) – Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) is pleased to announce that there will be a certified Covered California enroller, every Thursday through March 27, 2014, at her new District Office in Downey
Assemblymember Garcia has partnered with South Asian Network (SAN) in effort to help her constituents meet the looming deadline – enroll by March 15th for coverage beginning April 1st. A certified Covered CA enroller is now available in her district office to provide free help to assist individuals and families in choosing affordable, quality health insurance coverage.
First of a 7 bill Package- “Political Conduct, Ethics & Public Trust Acts of 2014”
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell-Gardens) today introduced AB 1673 as part of her “Political Conduct, Ethics and Public Trust Acts of 2014” package, specifically written in response to the numerous recently uncovered FPPC violations surrounding lobbyists and the use of their homes for political fundraisers.
AB 1673 will ban lobbyists staging home fundraisers and eliminate the dual standard that allows lobbyists to host at their homes, non-reportable private affair fundraisers for lawmakers, valued under $500, while at the same time limiting direct gifts to lawmakers to only $10 per month.
(Artesia) -- Assemblymember Cristina Garcia invites everyone in her Assembly district to join her for a community “Walk and Talk” on Saturday, February 1, 8:00am, at Riverview Park, 10500 Somerset Blvd. in Bellflower.
While taking a leisurely stroll, all walkers will have an opportunity to ask questions and discuss issues of importance with their state representative, Assemblymember Garcia.