Women’s Caucus Addresses Priorities and Issues Affecting California

Governor Signs Measures in Assemblymember Garcia’s Ethics Reform Package

AB 1673 Bans Lobbyists from Hosting Political Fundraisers in their Homes

(Sacramento) – Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law measures authored by Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) as part of her political reform package entitled the “Political Conduct, Ethics & Public Trust Acts of 2014”. Garcia a lifetime reformer, voted into office on an anti-corruption platform, introduced her legislation against a backdrop of local corruption and high visibility accusations against State Senators Ron Calderon and Leland Yee.

Assemblymember Garcia was the first Legislator to respond to a $133,500 fine handed down by the FPPC against a Sacramento lobbying firm for violating the expenditure limit at several home events that included, expensive alcohol, fine cigars and ornate floral arrangements.

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

(Bell Gardens) - Assemblymember Cristina Garcia invites everyone to join her for monthly community “Walk and Talk” Saturday, October 4, 8:00am, at Artesia Park, 18750 Clarkdale Avenue in Artesia.

The walk is an informal setting for the community to catch up, share ideas, build and expand on our community circles. During the stroll, all walkers will have an opportunity to ask questions about Assemblymember Garcia’s legislative package, discuss issues local of importance and learn about services offered through her Downey District Office.

Assemblymember Garcia Reaches out to Youth for “Young Legislators” Program

(Bell Gardens) – Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) announces that her office is actively encouraging high school students to become the leaders of tomorrow, by applying to become a Young Legislator, as part of her program in the 58th Assembly District.

The program, free of charge, provides students the opportunity to learn about the Legislative process, while integrating themselves within their local communities by participating in community service. Young Legislators will be able to learn about the process by which proposed bills become law. Participants will meet regularly to surface and discuss possible ideas for legislation and learn how to draft, submit and ultimately win approval for their proposals.

Assemblymember Garcia’s Ethics Reform Bills Await Governor’s Signature

(Sacramento) – Seven political reform bills, authored by Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) have passed the legislature with near unanimous, bipartisan support and are now awaiting the Governor’s signature to become law.

In February, against a backdrop of local corruption and high visibility accusations against State Senators Ron Calderon and Leland Yee, Garcia a lifetime reformer who the voters put into office to be a corruption crusader acted. She introduced the “Political Conduct, Ethics & Public Trust Acts of 2014,” a wide ranging package of reforms to California’s political system.

Assemblymember Garcia Pushes Local Government Revenue Measure Through Legislature

(Sacramento) – Tonight, both houses of the State Legislature, on a strong bipartisan basis, passed AB 1450, a measure authored by Assemblymember Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) that assists in returning tax revenues to cash- starved cities throughout California.

AB 1450 prohibits a county auditor from allocating revenues from a property tax rate, (approved by voters to pay for pension programs) to a Redevelopment Property Tax Trust Fund (RPTTF) for the 2014-15 fiscal year and following years. This bill requires the county auditor to pay those revenues into the fund of the city or county whose voters approved the tax.

Senate Floor Approves Assemblymember Garcia’s Vote by Mail Measure

(Sacramento) – AB 1596 – Vote-by-Mail reform, authored by Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) passed the Senate Floor, with unanimous, bipartisan support, measure passed 35-0 and is now heading to the Governor's desk awaiting a signature. The measure would require all vote-by-mail applications, when completed, to be mailed directly to the county registrar's office and not to middlemen or political campaign organizations.

"It's exciting to have the first of my ethics package legislation to the Governor's desk. I'm hopeful he will agree to sign this and any of my additional ethics bills that make it to his desk," Garcia said. "I encourage the public to reach out to the Governor's office in support of this measure and the rest of my ethics package."

Join Assemblymember Garcia for this August “Walk & Talk”

Special Community Guest: The Hook Up Internet Café and Resource Center

(Bell Gardens) -- Assemblymember Cristina Garcia invites everyone to join her for a community “Walk and Talk” on Saturday, August 2, 8:00am, at Montebello City Park, 1300 W. Whittier Blvd. in Montebello.

Special community guest will be the Hook Up Internet Café and Resource Center located in Montebello. They offer resume assistance, job search services, textbook loan, study area, art and music lessons, internet access, computers, printing food and clothing. Esperanza Ortega and William Valenzuela personally run and fund this center to provide special assistance to veterans and the homeless.

Assemblymember Garcia to Travel to Mexico

Trade and Investment Mission

 (Sacramento) – Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D- Bell Gardens) is participating in a bipartisan delegation with Governor Brown, comprised of California government, business, economic development, investment and policy leaders on the mission, organized by the California Chamber of Commerce.

The trip, scheduled from July 25-30, is designed to boost bilateral trade and investment opportunities between the two neighbors and expand environmental and economic cooperation.

Assemblymember Garcia to Honor “Veteran of the Year”

(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Cristina Garcia announces Dr. Gloria Willingham as her 2014 “Veteran of the Year,” for the 58th Assembly District.

In recognition as “Veteran of the Year” Assemblymember Garcia honored Dr. Gloria Willingham for her service to the community at a recognition luncheon in Sacramento, with honorees from throughout the state.

“She knows firsthand the disparities and difficulties that persons from such backgrounds face, often unspoken and unshared,” Garcia said. “She encourages us all to "tell our story" to help others to regain their strength and the strength of the community.”

Dr. Willingham is a retired Lt. Colonel of the U.S. Army Reserves and worked as a nurse for over twenty years in roles ranging from nurses' aide, to staff nurse, to her retirement as a Chief, Nursing Education and Research at the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care System in Long Beach, California.  She moved into collegiate education having served many years in adjunct faculty roles and on the advisory boards of numerous nursing programs.

She organized the first group of African-American nurses in Long Beach, California to form Psi Eta chapter of Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority Inc.  While on the faculty at California State University, Long Beach she was one of only a handful of African-American nurses.  Dr. Willingham resides in Bellflower, CA.

“Veteran of the Year” nominations were open to all veterans who live, work, or attend school in the 58th Assembly District, including the cities of Artesia – Bellflower – Bell Gardens Cerritos – Commerce – Downey – Pico Rivera – Montebello – Norwalk.

Garcia & Olsen Child Day Care Center Transparency Bill Passes Senate Human Services

(Sacramento) – AB 2621, a measure by Assemblymembers Cristina Garcia (D – Bell Gardens) and Kristin Olsen (R – Modesto) that would make inspector and complaint reports relating to child care centers available online, has passed out of Senate Human Services Committee on a unanimous, bipartisan 4-0 vote.

Currently, California law does not provide a source for parents to learn about inspection and complaint reports that have been filed against state-licensed day care, pre-school and after-school programs.   If enacted, AB 2621 will give parents easy access to a more comprehensive picture of child care facilities by requiring the Department of Social Services to post substantiated complaints on its website.