Women’s Caucus Addresses Priorities and Issues Affecting California

Assemblymember Garcia to Honor 2016 “Small Business of the Year”

Special Guest , Ron Vanden Bosch, Owner of Service Master Professional Home & Disaster Cleaning Services

(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) announces Service Master Professional Home & Disaster Cleaning Services as her “Small Business of the Year 2016,” for the 58th Assembly District. In recognition as “Small Business of the Year” Assemblymember Garcia honored Service Master Professional Home & Disaster Cleaning Services for their commitment to the community at a recognition luncheon in Sacramento, with businesses from throughout the state.

“Service Master Professional Home & Disaster Cleaning Services is a family business that has for 34 years now contributed to the economic viability of our community in Bellflower,” Garcia said. “Their business helps people get back in their homes with disaster restorations to help deal with fire, smoke or water damage.”

Garcia Presents Bill to Increase Accountability by Creating a new Governance Structure for the Central Basin Municipal Water District

(Sacramento) – The California Assembly Local Government committee today passed Assembly Bill 1794 authored by Assemblymember Cristina Garcia, (D-Bell Gardens) to increase accountability in a climate of poor leadership and ethics by creating a new governance structure for the Central Basin Municipal Water District. The measure passed with strong bi-partisan support 8-0.

AB 1794 creates a new governance structure to ensure that the Central Basin Municipal Water District will effectively fulfill its responsibilities moving forward.

No Tax on Tampons Capitol Press Conference & Rally

(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Cristina Garcia, (D-Bell Gardens) will be hosting a press conference on Monday April 4th, to raise public awareness about AB 1561, a measure to make menstrual products exempt from sales tax. This bipartisan effort to end the “tampon tax” and bring more gender equity to California’s tax code will culminate later in day when AB 1561 is heard in the Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee, at 2:30 pm, in Room 126, in the State Capitol.

Assemblymember Garcia to Honor 2016 “Women of the Year”

Special Guest Kim Carter, Founder and Executive Director of Time for Change

(Downey) – Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) is pleased to announce her 2016 “Women of the Year,” for the 58th Assembly District: Mary Eva Gomez (Pico Rivera), Janine Andrade (Montebello), Martha Garcia (Norwalk), Shaila Patankar (Artesia), Eva Hoffman-Murry (Bellflower), Susana Quintero (Bell Gardens), Cheri Luo (Cerritos), Ann Cruz-Berroteran (Commerce) and Blanca Pacheco (Downey).

Garcia Constitutional Amendment Targets Candy & Snack Food Consumption

(Sacramento)  -- Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D- Bell Gardens) has announced that she will be introducing an Assembly Constitutional Amendment (ACA) to reinstitute the charging of sales tax on candy and snack food, to create a funding stream to combat health disorders caused by the unhealthy diets of processed snack foods in California.

“We’ve seen the results of the explosion of snack food consumption on our society and the negative health repercussions,” Garcia said. “Obesity, diabetes, hypertension, tooth decay, these and so many other conditions are a directly attributable to the poor modern diet made up of high calorie, ultra-processed foods.”

Assemblymember Cristina Garcia: Correction – FPPC Form 700 Travel Disclosure

(Sacramento) - Assemblymember Cristina Garcia, today, submitted an amendment to the California State Fair Political Practices Commission, correcting a disclosure for travel, from $17,000, to $8,500.

Due to a clerical error, the figure for a 2015 trip to Taiwan was inadvertently doubled. The correct figure for disclosure is $8,500. This is consistent with the $8,500 disclosure made by Assemblymember Young Kim, who accompanied Assemblymember Garcia on the trip.

Long Stalled Contamination Testing at Specific Plating Site in the City of Commerce to Move Forward

State Releases Funding for Ground Testing

(Sacramento) – After years of lawsuits, negotiations and inaction, Assemblymember Cristina Garcia - (D-Bell Gardens) has announced that the California Department of Finance (DOF) has approved $115,000 to perform contamination testing at the Eastern Triggs/Specific Plating site, in Commerce.

Assemblymember Garcia stated, that for almost two years, she has been involved in discussions between the City of Commerce Community Development Successor Agency, the California State Department of Toxic Substance Control, and developers, Mayans Development Company and Los Jardines LLC, regarding the environmental contamination of the Eastern Triggs/ Specific Plating site.

Statement by Assemblymember Cristina Garcia: Governor’s Announcement on Appropriating $176.6 million

“I applaud the Governor’s announcement today of a $176.6 million loan, a one time emergency appropriation from the general fund for the cleanup of priority one homes surrounding the former Exide facility.

I have been working closely with the Governor on securing funding for Exide. I look forward to working with my colleagues to create a necessary CEQA exemption to expedite the testing and cleanup of these homes.

A few words from Assemblymember Cristina Garcia on Black History Month

ACR 118 (McCarty)

I rise in support of ACR 118 and as the Vice Chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus, I want to bring special attention to the contributions of African American Women.

Women like Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth spoke out openly against the inhumanities of slavery and suffering for blacks and women.

Board of Equalization Endorses Garcia “No Tax” on Menstrual Products Measure

(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."