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.

Garcia "NO Tax on Tampons" Headed to Governor

(Sacramento) – A step closer to bringing gender equity to our state tax code, today the Assembly unanimously approved Assembly Bill 1561 ending taxation on women's menstrual products in California and it is now headed to the Governor.

The measure, joint authored by Democratic Assemblymember Cristina Garcia and Republican Ling Ling Chang, would exempt tampons, sanitary napkinsmenstrual cups, and menstrual sponges from state sales and uses taxes.

Unemployment Insurance for School Classified Employees Headed to Governor

(Sacramento) – AB 2197 passed the Senate Floor and is headed to the Governor. AB 2197 provides classified employees with equal treatment under federal law by removing the prohibition on classified school employees receiving Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits between summer and winter school breaks.   AB 2197 allows for a grace period by phasing in available benefits from two to eight weeks over a four year period. The bill won't take effect unless provided appropriations are in the State Budget.

Assemblymember Garcia applauded her colleagues for understanding the importance of equal treatment in the work place, “Classified school employees are essential to our public schools,” Garcia said. “They strive to improve the daily lives of our children and parents. These amazing janitors, bus drivers and cafeteria workers make sure our campuses are safe, clean, and ensure our children make it to school and home safely.”

AB 779 Government Reform Bill Moves out of Senate Committee

(Sacramento) – AB779 passed out of the Senate Appropriations Committee and is headed to the Senate Floor.  AB 779 expands on the work local entities and the State Controller’s Office (SCO) is doing to increase local government transparency. This bill requires cities, counties, and special districts to annually post in conspicuous locations on their websites the names, positions, and total compensation of all elected officials. By featuring the compensation information on local websites, residents will have better access to this information.

"Unfortunately, abuses like those that occurred in the city of Bell and other local cities are still occurring," said Assemblymember Garcia. "People have a right to know how much their public officials are paid. The shell games must end."