Women’s Caucus Addresses Priorities and Issues Affecting California

Assemblymember Garcia’s Third “There Ought to Be a Law” Contest

(Downey) – Assemblymember Cristina Garcia is announcing the launch of her third “There Ought to Be a Law” contest for residents of the 58th Assembly District. Constituents from the cities of Montebello, Pico Rivera, Commerce, Bell Gardens, Downey, Norwalk, Bellflower, Cerritos and Artesia are invited to submit ideas or proposals for a new state law.

Entries can cover a wide range of issues that can be addressed by legislation, with the intent of improving government and the quality of life in our neighborhoods throughout the state of California.

Assemblymember Garcia Launches #Pride58 Facebook Poll For Community to Nominate their “Best of the Best”

(Bell Gardens) –– Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) has announced the launch of her Facebook poll for her community recognition program, #Pride58.  The goal of the #Pride58 program is to have the community tell and share their own stories and recognize individuals, businesses and community organizations who are making positive impacts within the 58th Assembly District honoring those who inspire people, serve others and who do good without ever having been asked.

For 52 weeks Assemblymember Garcia has highlighted the positive contributions that occur every day in her community, the 58th Assembly District. Each Sunday, Garcia awarded a nominee with the #Pride58 Award, selected by the public, through her Assembly website and social media. Now, Assemblymember Garcia would like to encourage her constituents to vote for their favorite #Pride58 nominee.

Assemblymember Garcia will be Hosting 2nd Select Committee on the Status of Girls and Women of Color Public Hearing

(Downey) – Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) is pleased to announce that she will host the 2nd public hearing in a series hosted by the Select Committee on the Status of Girls and Women of Color.

As a member of the Select Committee on the Status of Girls and Women of Color, Garcia will join with Co-Chairs, Assemblymember Nora Campos and Assemblymember Brown in inviting constituents to share their thoughts on what factors impact the lives of women and girls of color and their families. What promotes success? And what limits success?  All in attendance are encouraged to share their views and their personal stories.

Statement on the Passing of Downey Officer Ricardo Galvez

“Today is a sad day for Downey and a sad day in my district. Late last night, in a cowardly, unprovoked attack, we lost Downey police officer Ricky Galvez. As a Marine veteran and a dedicated police officer, Ricky Galvez served our community as a selfless public servant and his tragic loss is felt today not only by the city Downey, but by all Californians. My condolences to his family, friends, and coworkers at this difficult time.

As a community we must all work together to assist our local police to identify and apprehend these dangerous criminals. I ask everyone to please respect the memory of Officer Galvez, by cooperating with law enforcement as they work to bring those responsible to justice.”

Garcia bill to Ban sale of E-Cigs to Children, Signed Into Law

Measure will make it illegal for vendors to sell any type of vaping devices to minors

(Sacramento) – Joining lawmakers in standing tough against new smoking technologies, meant to entice children, Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law Assembly Bill 216, authored by Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens).

AB 216 would ban stores, smoke shops and vape shops from selling any vaping or electronic cigarette device to minors under18 years of age.

Governor Signs Measure to Teach about the Unconstitutional Deportation Of Mexican- Americans in the '30's

(Sacramento) – With national controversy over immigration policy being driven by the 2016 Presidential race, a bill authored by Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) but the brainchild of a classroom of strong-willed elementary school children, has been signed by Governor Jerry Brown. Assembly Bill 146 encourages that the “Mexican Repatriation,” the unconstitutional deportation that occurred in California 1930’s, of over 1 million U.S. citizens and lawful residents of Mexican descent, be included in student history textbooks and courses of study.

Car Seat Safety Measure by Assemblymember Cristina Garcia Signed by Governor

(Sacramento) –Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell-Gardens) with the support of statewide medical groups and insurance organizations has announced that her child car seat safety bill, Assembly Bill 53, has been signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown.

AB 53 would require children, up to two years old, to remain in rear facing car seats. Currently, children are required to ride rear facing only until 1 year of age.

Join Assemblymember Cristina Garcia for her Next “Walk n’ Talk” in Artesia

(Downey) -- Assemblymember Cristina Garcia invites the community to join her for monthly community “Walk and Talk” to be held on Saturday, October 3, 9:00am, at AJ Padelford Park, 11870 169th Street, in Artesia. Community members are invited to meet in front of the North Artesia Community Center Building at 9:00am sharp.

Instead of waiting for people to come to government, Assemblymember Garcia is pleased to bring government service to people’s doors during her monthly “Walk and Talk”. Community volunteers will be paired with a trained community leader to walk their neighborhood, knock on doors and share information about services offered through Garcia’s Downey District Office and her partner community groups. This is a great way for neighbors to catch up, share ideas, and build and expand community circles. 

Correction: Statement by Assemblymember Cristina Garcia on Planned Utility Power Outage, Tomorrow

Correction Power Outage – City of Downey

The City of Downey will proceed with a planned power outage in a portion of Downey, tomorrow, September 12th from 8am to 11pm.  The City and the developer of a new major project called “The Promenade,” located on City property, have scheduled the opening of a 24 Hour Fitness on 9/18/15. The electrical work will require that the outage occur on Saturday, so the work can get done in time for their grand opening date. Given the warm temperatures, Southern California Edison attempted to reschedule the work, but after consulting with the Developer and the City of Downey, they were told that the City would like to move forward with the outage. It is unfortunate that the City did not communicate to residents the nature of the outage and its insistence that 300 residents endure a 15 hour power outage.

Statement by Assemblymember Cristina Garcia on Planned Utility Power Outage

“I am very relieved to announce that the planned Southern California Edison maintenance power outage scheduled in Downey for Saturday, September 12th has been canceled, due to predicted high temperatures and concern for the health and safety of our residents. I Thank Edison for their wise action to delay the outage, which was to extend for 15 hours across the hottest parts of the day.  Keeping  customers safe and out of harm’s way during extreme heat should always be a priority, particularly for young children and the elderly.”

To track planned power outages or to report and outage in your area, please visit Southern California Edison outage map at www.sce.com and click on the Outage Center link.