(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.
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Cristina Garcia announces Dr. Gloria Willingham as her 2014 “Veteran of the Year,” for the 58th Assembly District.
In recognition as “Veteran of the Year” Assemblymember Garcia honored Dr. Gloria Willingham for her service to the community at a recognition luncheon in Sacramento, with honorees from throughout the state.
“She knows firsthand the disparities and difficulties that persons from such backgrounds face, often unspoken and unshared,” Garcia said. “She encourages us all to "tell our story" to help others to regain their strength and the strength of the community.”
Dr. Willingham is a retired Lt. Colonel of the U.S. Army Reserves and worked as a nurse for over twenty years in roles ranging from nurses' aide, to staff nurse, to her retirement as a Chief, Nursing Education and Research at the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care System in Long Beach, California. She moved into collegiate education having served many years in adjunct faculty roles and on the advisory boards of numerous nursing programs.
She organized the first group of African-American nurses in Long Beach, California to form Psi Eta chapter of Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority Inc. While on the faculty at California State University, Long Beach she was one of only a handful of African-American nurses. Dr. Willingham resides in Bellflower, CA.
“Veteran of the Year” nominations were open to all veterans who live, work, or attend school in the 58th Assembly District, including the cities of Artesia – Bellflower – Bell Gardens Cerritos – Commerce – Downey – Pico Rivera – Montebello – Norwalk.
(Sacramento) – Six political reform bills, authored by Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) passed through Senate Elections and Judiciary Committee with bipartisan support yesterday. As part of Garcia’s “Political Conduct, Ethics & Public Trust Acts of 2014,” the bills are a wide ranging package of legislation written against a background of state and local corruption and political misdeeds that are have plagued California’s political system.
“Our political culture must change to make it clear that rules matter and that fundraising activities must be transparent to the public,” Garcia Said. “We must continue to restore the public’s trust in government so that our political institutions can thrive once again.”
(Bell Gardens) -- Assemblymember Cristina Garcia invites everyone in her Assembly district to join her for a community “Walk and Talk” on Saturday, June 7, 8:00am, at Rosewood Park, 2535 Commerce Way in Commerce.
Special community guest will be the Woman’s Club of Rosewood Park. The Woman’s Club is the oldest community civic organization in Commerce. It opened its doors in 1949 as a social group, but little by little, it changed into a non-profit that “promote culture and customs” to women of all ages.
(Sacramento) – AB 2621, a measure by Assemblymembers Cristina Garcia (D – Bell Gardens) and Kristin Olsen (R – Modesto) that would make substantiated inspector and complaint reports relating to child care centers available online, passed off the Assembly Floor with unanimous bipartisan support today.
Currently, California law does not provide a source for parents to learn about inspection and complaint reports that have been filed against state-licensed day care, pre-school and after-school programs. If enacted, AB 2621 will give parents easy access to a more complete picture of child care facilities by requiring the Department of Social Services to post substantiated complaints on its website.
(Sacramento) – Three political ethics bills, authored by Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) have passed unanimously out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee. As part of Garcia’s “Political Conduct, Ethics & Public Trust Acts of 2014,” the bills are a wide ranging package of legislation written against a background of state and local corruption and political misdeeds that are plaguing California’s political system.
AB 1673 is a measure specifically written in response to a Sacramento based lobbyist who was fined heavily by the Fair Political Practices Commission for violations surrounding the use of his home for political fundraisers. The violations included lavish spending on gourmet food, floral arrangements, fine liquor and cigars.
(Sacramento) –Today a measure by Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D – Bell Gardens) and Assemblymember Kristin Olsen (R – Modesto) to make inspector and complaint reports relating to child care centers available online, passed with bipartisan support in the Assembly Human Services Committee.
If enacted, AB 2621 will give parents access to a complete picture of what the state knows about child care facilities, instead of having the records remain stored away in government offices with little or no access by parents.
(Sacramento) –Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D – Bell Gardens) has announced that AB 1716, a measure that is part of her “Political Conduct, Ethics and Public Trust Acts of 2014” package, was today passed off of the Assembly floor on a unanimous 71 to 0 vote.
AB 1716 would ban local administrative officials from switching sides, where officials leverage inside knowledge from their former agency position to later assist them in their new job, representing where they could benefit financially.