(SACRAMENTO)- Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens), Vice-Chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Accountability and Administrative Review and Vice Chair of the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls announces her commitment to holding hearings in early 2017 to end workplace pay disparities in California’s public sector.
A recent report by the California Department of Human Resources showed that women that work for the State of California, the 5th largest economy in the world, earn about 79.5 cents on the dollar compared to men resulting in a gender wage gap of 20.5%. The disparity in pay is well above what employees in California’s private sectors and is nearly two times greater than 11.9% gender wage disparity found in the federal civil service.
(SACRAMENTO)- Governor Brown helps California take a step in the right direction to end the rape culture by updating an antiquated rape definition and signing AB701. The legislation was introduced in response to a loophole in California state penal code that the Brock Turner case highlighted. AB701, joint authored by Assemblymembers Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens), Vice-Chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus, and Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton), Chair of the LGBT Caucus, will add Section 263.1 to the Penal Code, which would state that all forms of non-consensual sexual assault may be considered rape for purposes of the gravity of the offense and the support of survivors.
“Sexual penetration without consent is rape. It is never invited, wanted or warranted. Rape is rape, period,” said Assemblymember Garcia. "When we fail to call rape “rape,” we rob survivors and their families of the justice they deserve.”
(Commerce) – Assembly member Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) will be holding a Press Conference regarding AB 2153 which was recently signed by Governor Brown and will provide a continuous funding stream for the clean-up of areas contaminated by Exide. The new law will reallocate a fee already imposed on all car batteries to fund the cleanup of contamination caused by lead acid batteries throughout the state. Senator Ricardo Lara (D- Bell Gardens), Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia), Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles), Assemblymember Miguel Santiago (D- Los Angeles) and community leaders will also be in attendance to give remarks. This new law will bring relief to these affected communities and ensure solutions to a major long-term problem.
(Sacramento) – AB 2153 will reallocate a fee already imposed on all car batteries to fund the cleanup of contamination caused by lead acid batteries throughout the state including the Exide contamination which is in Assemblymember Garcia’s district. Manufacturers and consumers will pay a $1 fee on all batteries sold in the state. The money will fund the clean-up of Exide and 14 other areas throughout the state that are contaminated by Lead-Acid batteries. This measure will bring relief to these affected communities throughout the state and ensure solutions to a major long-term problem.
“Residents affected by Exide never thought this day would come after fighting for decades to get leaders to take their concerns seriously, but as someone who has grown up with this all their lives, I was not willing to wait any longer or continue to look the other way. But today, AB 2153 writes a new chapter and will play a vital role in ensuring cleanup by bringing relief to our communities.” said Garcia.