Project No. 13-017-02
Project Manager: Moira McEnespy
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Authorization to disburse up to $25,000 to the University of Southern California Sea Grant Program to provide surveys of beach profile changes and high-water mark data along Santa Monica Bay, Los Angeles County.
LOCATION: Beach areas of Santa Monica Bay, Los Angeles County
PROGRAM CATEGORY: Climate Change
(Bell Gardens) -- Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) has announced the launch of a new community recognition program, #Pride58. According to Garcia, the goal of the program is to tell our own stories and recognize individuals, businesses and community organizations making positive impacts within the 58th Assembly District; to honor those who inspire people, serve others and who do good without ever having been asked.
AB 1673 Bans Lobbyists from Hosting Political Fundraisers in their Homes
(Sacramento) – Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law measures authored by Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) as part of her political reform package entitled the “Political Conduct, Ethics & Public Trust Acts of 2014”. Garcia a lifetime reformer, voted into office on an anti-corruption platform, introduced her legislation against a backdrop of local corruption and high visibility accusations against State Senators Ron Calderon and Leland Yee.
Assemblymember Garcia was the first Legislator to respond to a $133,500 fine handed down by the FPPC against a Sacramento lobbying firm for violating the expenditure limit at several home events that included, expensive alcohol, fine cigars and ornate floral arrangements.
The walk is an informal setting for the community to catch up, share ideas, build and expand on our community circles. During the stroll, all walkers will have an opportunity to ask questions about Assemblymember Garcia’s legislative package, discuss issues local of importance and learn about services offered through her Downey District Office.
(Bell Gardens) – Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) announces that her office is actively encouraging high school students to become the leaders of tomorrow, by applying to become a Young Legislator, as part of her program in the 58th Assembly District.
The program, free of charge, provides students the opportunity to learn about the Legislative process, while integrating themselves within their local communities by participating in community service. Young Legislators will be able to learn about the process by which proposed bills become law. Participants will meet regularly to surface and discuss possible ideas for legislation and learn how to draft, submit and ultimately win approval for their proposals.
(Sacramento) – Seven political reform bills, authored by Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) have passed the legislature with near unanimous, bipartisan support and are now awaiting the Governor’s signature to become law.
In February, against a backdrop of local corruption and high visibility accusations against State Senators Ron Calderon and Leland Yee, Garcia a lifetime reformer who the voters put into office to be a corruption crusader acted. She introduced the “Political Conduct, Ethics & Public Trust Acts of 2014,” a wide ranging package of reforms to California’s political system.
(Sacramento) – Tonight, both houses of the State Legislature, on a strong bipartisan basis, passed AB 1450, a measure authored by Assemblymember Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) that assists in returning tax revenues to cash- starved cities throughout California.
AB 1450 prohibits a county auditor from allocating revenues from a property tax rate, (approved by voters to pay for pension programs) to a Redevelopment Property Tax Trust Fund (RPTTF) for the 2014-15 fiscal year and following years. This bill requires the county auditor to pay those revenues into the fund of the city or county whose voters approved the tax.
(Sacramento) – AB 1596 – Vote-by-Mail reform, authored by Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) passed the Senate Floor, with unanimous, bipartisan support, measure passed 35-0 and is now heading to the Governor's desk awaiting a signature. The measure would require all vote-by-mail applications, when completed, to be mailed directly to the county registrar's office and not to middlemen or political campaign organizations.
"It's exciting to have the first of my ethics package legislation to the Governor's desk. I'm hopeful he will agree to sign this and any of my additional ethics bills that make it to his desk," Garcia said. "I encourage the public to reach out to the Governor's office in support of this measure and the rest of my ethics package."
Special Community Guest: The Hook Up Internet Café and Resource Center
(Bell Gardens) -- Assemblymember Cristina Garcia invites everyone to join her for a community “Walk and Talk” on Saturday, August 2, 8:00am, at Montebello City Park, 1300 W. Whittier Blvd. in Montebello.
Special community guest will be the Hook Up Internet Café and Resource Center located in Montebello. They offer resume assistance, job search services, textbook loan, study area, art and music lessons, internet access, computers, printing food and clothing. Esperanza Ortega and William Valenzuela personally run and fund this center to provide special assistance to veterans and the homeless.
Trade and Investment Mission
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D- Bell Gardens) is participating in a bipartisan delegation with Governor Brown, comprised of California government, business, economic development, investment and policy leaders on the mission, organized by the California Chamber of Commerce.
The trip, scheduled from July 25-30, is designed to boost bilateral trade and investment opportunities between the two neighbors and expand environmental and economic cooperation.