(Downey) – Assemblymember Cristina Garcia, (D-Bell Gardens) this Saturday, will be hosting her Pride of the 58th Gala. Assemblymember Garcia will be honoring 52 weekly honorees - groups, individuals and organizations who serve their communities so well, but are many times unsung heroes, with little recognition. Pride of 58 is about singing the praises of these very special honorees from the cities of Montebello, Pico Rivera, Commerce, Bell Gardens, Downey, Norwalk, Bellflower, Cerritos and Artesia.
#Pride58 encourages community members from the 58th Assembly District to be proud to be part of a special brotherhood and sisterhood and come together as neighbors and partners in advancing their communities. Every Sunday, AKA #SpotlightSunday Assemblymember Garcia highlighted positive contributions happening every day in the community and helped recognize the powerful network of human capitol in her district. On Saturday, this network of individuals will come together for the #Pride58 Gala and magnify their power and reach.
(Sacramento) – Today, on a 4-0, the California State Board of Equalization endorsed Assembly Bill 1561, a measure to make menstrual products, exempt from sales tax. The bill, joint authored by Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) and Assemblymember Ling Ling Chang (R-Diamond seeks to end the “tampon tax” and bring more gender equity to California’s tax code.
“Effectively we are being taxed for being born as women,” Garcia stated. “AB 1561 is about social justice, gender equity in our tax code, it's an opportunity to end an outdated tax that uniquely targets women for a function of their body, a function we don't control and can’t ignore every month of our adult life."
(Downey) – Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) will be presenting AB 1561, a measure to eliminate taxes on tampons and sanitary napkins, before the Board of Equalization in hopes of gaining support for the legislation. Joint Author, Assemblymember Ling Ling Chang (R-Diamond Bar) will also be in attendance to give supporting testimony. AB 1561 is a bipartisan effort to end the “tampon tax” and bring gender equity to California’s tax code.
Assemblymembers Garcia and Chang are working to end this longstanding tax on women in California, an injustice that even President Obama discussed during a recent interview. Several states have repealed the sales tax on feminine hygiene products, recognizing them as necessary health products for women. In addition Canada has also banned sales tax on these essential items.
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) has announced that her office is now accepting nominations for her “Women of the Year,” in each of the nine cities she represents in the 58th Assembly District.
Each March, in celebration of Women's History Month, the State Legislature honors women from across the state for their remarkable contributions to their communities.
Bipartisan measure will be jointly authored by Assemblywoman Ling Ling Chang
(Sacramento) –Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) kicked off her first day of the 2016 Legislative session by introducing AB 1561, a measure to make feminine hygiene products exempt from sales tax. A bipartisan effort that will end the “tampon tax” and bring more gender equity to California’s tax code.
Currently, women in California pay over $20 million annually in taxes on tampons and sanitary napkins, paying on average seven dollars a month for forty years. Garcia shares that feminine hygiene products are a basic necessity and should be free instead of taxed.
(Downey) – Assemblymember Cristina Garcia is announcing the launch of her third “There Ought to Be a Law” contest for residents of the 58th Assembly District. Constituents from the cities of Montebello, Pico Rivera, Commerce, Bell Gardens, Downey, Norwalk, Bellflower, Cerritos and Artesia are invited to submit ideas or proposals for a new state law.
Entries can cover a wide range of issues that can be addressed by legislation, with the intent of improving government and the quality of life in our neighborhoods throughout the state of California.
(Bell Gardens) –– Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) has announced the launch of her Facebook poll for her community recognition program, #Pride58. The goal of the #Pride58 program is to have the community tell and share their own stories and recognize individuals, businesses and community organizations who are making positive impacts within the 58th Assembly District honoring those who inspire people, serve others and who do good without ever having been asked.
For 52 weeks Assemblymember Garcia has highlighted the positive contributions that occur every day in her community, the 58th Assembly District. Each Sunday, Garcia awarded a nominee with the #Pride58 Award, selected by the public, through her Assembly website and social media. Now, Assemblymember Garcia would like to encourage her constituents to vote for their favorite #Pride58 nominee.
(Downey) – Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) is pleased to announce that she will host the 2nd public hearing in a series hosted by the Select Committee on the Status of Girls and Women of Color.
As a member of the Select Committee on the Status of Girls and Women of Color, Garcia will join with Co-Chairs, Assemblymember Nora Campos and Assemblymember Brown in inviting constituents to share their thoughts on what factors impact the lives of women and girls of color and their families. What promotes success? And what limits success? All in attendance are encouraged to share their views and their personal stories.
“Today is a sad day for Downey and a sad day in my district. Late last night, in a cowardly, unprovoked attack, we lost Downey police officer Ricky Galvez. As a Marine veteran and a dedicated police officer, Ricky Galvez served our community as a selfless public servant and his tragic loss is felt today not only by the city Downey, but by all Californians. My condolences to his family, friends, and coworkers at this difficult time.
As a community we must all work together to assist our local police to identify and apprehend these dangerous criminals. I ask everyone to please respect the memory of Officer Galvez, by cooperating with law enforcement as they work to bring those responsible to justice.”
Measure will make it illegal for vendors to sell any type of vaping devices to minors
(Sacramento) – Joining lawmakers in standing tough against new smoking technologies, meant to entice children, Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law Assembly Bill 216, authored by Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens).
AB 216 would ban stores, smoke shops and vape shops from selling any vaping or electronic cigarette device to minors under18 years of age.