Women’s Caucus Addresses Priorities and Issues Affecting California

Assembly Advances Climate Change Goals, Air Quality Provisions Added Tools Added to Promote CA’s Leadership Role in Climate Protection

(Sacramento) – California’s position as a leader in addressing climate change advanced further with the successful passage of three Assembly bills in the Natural Resources Committee.  The bills continue to put California at the forefront of fact-based climate change policy that is the most progressive in the nation and builds upon landmark legislation the Governor signed in 201

Bill to Halt CA Polluters Advances

AB 1132 Empowers AQMD’s Enforcement Authority for Imminent Danger to the Public

(Sacramento) – Legislation allowing Air Quality Management Districts (AQMD’s) to immediately cease operations at facilities endangering the public today passed the Assembly Natural Resources Committee with a 7-3 vote. The bill, AB 1132, is authored by Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D- Bell Gardens).

“When it’s determined an operator is polluting a community at toxic levels, immediate action is necessary to protect the public,” said Cristina Garcia, Chair of the Assembly Natural Resources Committee.  “One day is a day too long to knowingly allow it to continue.”

Menstrual Product Access Bill Advances Unanimously

(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Cristina Garcia’s (D-Bell Gardens) legislation to provide free menstrual products in schools, universities and homeless shelters, AB 10, today was approved by the Assembly Housing & Community Development Committee with a unanimous vote. 

Legislative Women’s Caucus Hail’s Priority Bills for a Stronger California

(Sacramento) - Unifying their voices in support of women and families, the California Legislative Women’s Caucus (LWC) today hailed its legislative priorities under four pillars aimed at protecting and advancing the rights and opportunities for women and working families. The LWC also called on the Governor to keep his promise from last year to families by increasing childcare provider rates and childcare slots for the unmet needs of 85% of working Californians. 

California Climate Policy Leader Cristina Garcia Rejects Trump Climate Change Order

In response to President Trump’s executive order nullifying President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, Assemblymember Cristina Garcia, chair of the Natural Resources Committee, announced her determination to keep pushing California towards a greener future.

“If President Trump wanted to help people instead of just going for a quick fix that benefits him personally, he would be investing in job retraining and renewable energy.  Sure, these jobs might help in the near term, but President Trump is setting us back years, and, ultimately, the most vulnerable and impacted communities will shoulder most of the burden. I won’t let California go the same way,” said Assemblymember Garcia.

Local Women Honored as 2017 Women of the Year

(Downey)--Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) is pleased to announce her 2017 “Women of the Year,” for the 58th Assembly District: Michele Diaz (Artesia), Chrissy Padilla-Birkey, (Bellflower), Reyna Reyes (Bell Gardens), Mary Jane Fujimura (Cerritos), Vanessa Perez (Commerce), Liliana Hernández (Downey), Sona Fundukian (Montebello), Mercedez Quintanilla (Norwalk), Bethania Perez (Pico Rivera).  (Biographies below)

“As part of Women’s History Month, it is such an honor to recognize these strong women, from my own backyard, who inspire, empower, and improve their neighbors’ lives and the communities they live in - they are the #Pride58,” Garcia said.

Menstrual Product Access Bill Advances in Legislature

Bill To Provide Menstrual Products in Schools, Colleges and Homeless Shelters Again Gains Support

(Sacramento) –Assemblymember Cristina Garcia’s (D-Bell Gardens) legislation to provide free menstrual products in schools, universities and homeless shelters, AB 10, today was approved by the Assembly Education Committee with a 6-1 vote.

“Menstrual products are basic healthcare products,” said Garcia, Chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus. “No young girl should miss school because she does not have access to simple health items.  No homeless woman should need to use donated socks to absorb her womanhood.”