Women’s Caucus Addresses Priorities and Issues Affecting California

Statement from Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia regarding the closure of Walmart in the City of Pico Rivera:

The rationale for the sudden closure of Walmart in Pico Rivera and other stores across the country would be laughable if not for the devastating impact it will have on our workers and their families. Is it good business for Walmart, without warning, to slam the door on their employees, their customers and the City of Pico Rivera? As I’ve asked questions of Walmart, I’ve tried not to jump to conclusions, but they have no solid answers.

This closure doesn’t make sense at any level, leading to speculation that Walmart is using it to quiet workers who are fighting for a living wage. I sincerely hope that is not the case, but as they say, where there is smoke, there is fire and at this stage, it seems the hard working employees in Pico Rivera are the ones getting burned.

The people of Pico Rivera are my constituents, they deserve answers from Walmart and I will continue to stand with them for as long as it takes. 

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Students Travel to Testify in State Assembly; Education Committee passes bill to teach the Mexican Repatriation

(Sacramento) Bell Gardens Elementary School students flew 400 miles to join Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) to testify in Assembly Education Committee and to help pass Assembly Bill 146.

AB 146 encourages that the unconstitutional deportation of over one million U.S. citizens and lawful residents of Mexican descent in California during the 1930’s, be included in student history textbooks and studies.

The students, along with their teacher Leslie Hiatt, were the winners of Garcia’s “There Ought to Be a Law” contest and journeyed from southern California to testify on AB 146.  Thirty-five students attended the hearing and five students testified in support of the legislation.

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

(Downey) -- Assemblymember Cristina Garcia invites everyone to join her for monthly community “Walk and Talk” to be held on Saturday, April 11, 9:00am, at Simms Park, 16614 Clark Avenue, in Bellflower.

Assemblymember Garcia is pleased to bring government service to people’s doors, instead of waiting for people to come to government during her monthly “Walk and Talk”. Community volunteers will be paired with a trained community leader to walk their neighborhood, knock on their neighbor’s 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. 

Students to join Garcia to testify on Mexican Repatriation Legislation

Measure would encourage inclusion in school textbooks and curriculum

 (Sacramento) – From the wisdom of a classroom of elementary children and their teacher, an idea has become legislation. Today, Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) joined by students from Bell Gardens Elementary School,  will testify on her AB 146, before the Assembly Education Committee at 1:30 pm in Room 4202 in the State Capitol. AB 146 encourages that the unconstitutional deportation of over one million U.S. citizens and lawful residents of Mexican descent in California during the 1930’s, be included in student history textbooks and studies.

According to Assemblymember Garcia, she visited teacher Leslie Hiatt and her 5th grade class to discuss a trip she had taken to Mexico and Central America, to learn the plight of unaccompanied migrant children coming to America.  During her presentation she also encouraged the students to think about a new state law that they would like to see in California and submit their entry to her districtwide “There Ought to Be a Law” contest.

Assemblymember Garcia to Honor “Women of the Year”

Special Guest Dr. Kidogo Kennedy

(Downey) – Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) is pleased to announce her 2015 “Women of the Year,” for the 58th Assembly District: Veronica Bloomfield (Artesia), Sandra Espinoza-Perry (Bellflower), Marilyn Thompson (Bell Gardens), Mae Lovgren (Cerritos), Carmen Marquez (Commerce), Alison Elaine Kirby (Downey), Shushma Patel (Montebello), Dr. Linda Lacy (Norwalk) and Lizet Olmos (Pico Rivera) (Biographies attached)

Free Tax Preparation in Cerritos

(Downey) – State Controller Betty T. Yee and Assemblymember Cristina Garcia will be hosting free individualized tax preparation for people with household incomes of $53,000 or less through the Volunteer Income Assistance Program (VITA). Help is available in English and Spanish from IRS-certified volunteer tax preparers.

DATE: Thursday, April 2

TIME: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

LOCATION: ABC Adult School
12254 Cuesta Drive, Room H-8
Cerritos, CA 90703

Appointments are required, to make an appointment call: (562) 861-5803.

Assemblymember Cristina Garcia Invites Community to Join her Next “Walk n’ Talk” in Downey

(Downey) -- Assemblymember Cristina Garcia invites everyone to join her for monthly community “Walk and Talk” Saturday, March 7, 9:00am, at Golden Park, Golden Avenue, in Downey.

Assemblymember Garcia is pleased to announce that her monthly “Walk and Talk” will entail a new format which will bring government to people’s doors and offer services, instead of waiting for people to come to government. Community volunteers will receive a legislative update and then be paired up with a trained community leader to walk their neighborhood, knock on their neighbor’s doors, to share information about services offered through Assemblymember 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. 

Assemblymember Garcia Shares on “The City of Bell Scandal Revisited”

(Downey) – Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) will be participating on a panel discussing the Origins & Chronology of “The City of Bell Scandal Revisited” conference. She will be discussing a chapter she wrote in the book regarding her involvement with the Bell Association to Stop the Abuse (BASTA) the group that led the recall effort in the City of Bell scandal.

Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences, The City of Bell Scandal Revisited mentions that The City of Bell scandal is the largest local government scandal in the history of the state of California. The scandal raised critical questions about local government finances, law, citizen engagement, and media coverage. The lessons of the Bell scandal need to be understood by all if similar scandals are to be prevented.

Assemblymember Garcia Accepting Nominations for “Women of the Year”

(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) has announced that her office is now accepting nominations for Women of the Year, in each of the nine cities she represents in the 58th Assembly District

Each March, in celebration of Women's History Month, the State Legislature honors women from across the state for their remarkable contributions to their communities.

Garcia bill to Ban all E-Cigs for Children

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

(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) has introduced AB 216 that would make it illegal for stores to sell non-nicotine vaping/electronic cigarette devices to anyone under the age of 18.

Current law only prevents minors from purchasing vaping/electronic cigarette devices with nicotine cartridges. Even though these devices come without nicotine, it is still a filtration device that can be used for smoking cannabis, nicotine, or other herbal substances.