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.”

‘Common Cents Tax Reform’ Act Will End Diaper & Feminine Health Products Tax

AB 479 Saves Young Families, Women, Seniors Money on Health Necessities

SACRAMENTO —(Thursday, March 9, 2017) – California State Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) and Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) were joined by a group of everyday women, mothers, senior citizens and caretakers today to introduce the Common Cents Tax Reform Act, which will exempt diapers, tampons, pads and other basic necessities from California’s sales tax.


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.