Women’s Caucus Addresses Priorities and Issues Affecting California

Bill Will Halt Air Quality Violators Immediately

(Sacramento) – Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D- Bell Gardens) today introduced legislation allowing Air Quality Management Districts (AQMD’s) to immediately cease operations that are causing imminent and substantial endangerment to the public’s health or welfare or the environment through an order of temporary abatement.

AB 804 Will Provide Local Agency Transparency

Bill Will Ensure Taxpayer Dollars Are Spent as Required by Law, Despite Funding Source

(Sacramento) – Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D- Bell Gardens) today introduced legislation to improve local agency transparency with public funds.  Assembly Bill 804 would allow the State Controller’s Office (SCO) to audit a local agency’s records to determine if its internal controls are sufficient to detect and prevent financial errors and fraud ensuring that taxpayer dollars are spent in accordance with the law as intended, regardless of the funding source.

New Bill Will Prevent Emission Cheats like VW

Natural Resources Chair Introduces AB 582 to Prevent Vehicles from Gaming Emissions Tests

(Sacramento) – Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D- Bell Gardens), today introduced legislation to provide new tools and resources to the Air Resources Board (ARB) that will enable them to stay current on new vehicle technologies that could game California’s clean air laws. The legislation is in response to the 85,000 Volkswagen diesel vehicles registered in California that were found to emit excessive nitrous oxide (NOx), using a software or “defeat device” that bypassed state emissions tests. The NOx emissions create nitrogen dioxide, particulate matter, and ozone pollution.

Assembly Introduces AB 378, Advances Climate Change Guidelines Beyond SB 32

(Sacramento) – Assemblymembers Cristina Garcia (D- Bell Gardens), Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) and Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) today introduced legislation to confirm and enhance California's authority to meet the 2030 climate change target established last year by SB 32 and AB 197.

Female politicians of color discuss setbacks and successes

The Asian Pacific Islander Caucus hosted Assemblymember Cristina Garcia, State Senator Holly Mitchell and Mayor Pro Tempore of Sierra Madre Rachelle Arizmendi, who discussed their experiences as women in politics Friday at Ronald Tutor Campus Center.

As women of color, each of the panelists had to overcome the perceptions of their peers to not only get elected, but also to make a difference.

Assemblymember Garcia Leading California’s Bid to End Workplace Pay Disparities in Public Sector

(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.

California Redefines Rape

(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.”

State and Community Leaders Celebrate Signage of Bill to Fund Cleanup of Exide and Other Sites

(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.

Lead Acid Battery Recycling Bill Signed by Governor Will Fund Cleanup of Exide and Other Sites

(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.