Women’s Caucus Addresses Priorities and Issues Affecting California

Elections Committee Approves Assemblymember Garcia’s Political Ethics Bills

(Sacramento) – In a first step to enacting new political reforms in California, the Assembly Elections Committee today passed five measures, authored by Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens).

The bills, entitled the “Political Conduct, Ethics & Public Trust Acts of  2014” are part of a wide ranging package of bills, written against a background of  state and local corruption and political misdeeds that have plagued California for a number of years.

Assemblymember Garcia to Present 5 Bill Ethics Package In Assembly Elections Committee

First policy hearing of a 7 bill Package- “Political Conduct, Ethics & Public Trust Acts of 2014”

(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell-Gardens) will be presenting five of seven of her “Political Conduct, Ethics & Public Trust Acts of 2014” bills before the Assembly Elections Committee, Tuesday, April 1, 2014.

“With the dark storm of scandal surrounding the state capitol, I hope my colleagues will join me in my efforts to respond and start rebuilding the public’s trust in this institution,” Garcia said. “I believe that this package of legislation strikes the delicate balance of meaningful reform without preventing the legislature, stakeholders, and local governments from doing their jobs.”

Statement: Assemblymember Garcia Requests Senator Yee to Step Down From Office

(Sacramento) – After reading the FBI affidavit surrounding Senator Leland Yee, I must also ask him to resign and allow this black storm to be removed from over the Capitol and over the State of California.

I fully realize that we must respect the presumed innocence of Senator Yee, but I believe the long term implications are detrimental to the fabric of government and to the citizens that the Senator represents.

Latino Legislative Caucus and Legislative Black Caucus Joint Statement on SCA 5

Today, the California Latino Legislative Caucus and California Legislative Black Caucus met and issued the following joint statement regarding the disinformation campaign surrounding SCA 5:

"The California Latino Legislative Caucus and California Legislative Black Caucus jointly express our strong support of SCA 5 (Hernandez) despite its return to the house of origin for further consideration. We share a strong commitment to its passage and all measures that ensure equal opportunity for all Californians. SCA 5 would enact seriously needed reforms that would roll back the ban on race as a consideration in weighing college admissions.

Assemblymember Garcia Reacts to Election of Assemblymember Toni Atkins as Next Speaker of State Assembly

(Sacramento) – The California State Assembly, today, in a unanimous vote, elected Assemblymember Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) as the next Speaker, upon a vacancy by current Speaker,  Assemblymemebr John Perez.

Assemblymember Cristina Garcia released the following statement after todays vote:

“Today is a historic day in the Assembly with the election of Toni Atkins to be our next Assembly Speaker. As the first lesbian and only the third woman to be elected Speaker, Toni Atkins is a woman of the people, brought up as the daughter of a coal miner, who has the strength and empathy to be a dynamic leader for all Californians.”

Assemblymember Garcia Applauds the Senate for Joining her on Political, Ethical Reform

"I applaud the Senators for engaging in public discussion on needed changes to the Political Reform Act," Garcia said. "Political transparency and ethics reform are high priorities for me and in particular I am pleased that they are following the lead of my bill AB 1673 to ban lobbyists from sponsoring fundraising events for legislators in their homes."

“Moreover, I am supportive of having gifts be reported online within 72 hours of receiving them,” Garcia said. “These days we have smart phones perhaps an app can be developed where all members have to do is snap a picture of a bar code or even just manually input information quickly with their cell phones.”

Assemblymember Garcia Hosts Covered California Enrollment Event

(Downey) – Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) is pleased to announce that she is co-hosting a “Covered California” Enrollment event in partnership with U.S. Representative Linda Sanchez and Assemblymember Ian Calderon.

“Covered California” representatives and certified enrollment entities will be at the event to assist in explaining healthcare options and to enroll constituents and families at this all-day event.

Assemblymember Cristina Garcia will be Combining April’s Walk & Talk with the 2nd Annual 5K Run/Walk

(Downey) -- Assemblymember Cristina Garcia invites everyone in her Assembly district to join her at the 2nd Annual 5K Run / Walk to benefit Downey Unified School District’s TLC Family Resource Center, in lieu of April’s community “Walk and Talk”.

This run/walk will be held on Saturday, April 5th, with race check in at 6:30am and the run beginning at 8:00am, at Rancho Los Amigos, 7601 E. Imperial Highway in Downey.

Assemblymember Garcia Cancels March Walk and Talk

(Downey) - Assemblymember Cristina Garcia will be cancelling this month's community "Walk and Talk" on Saturday, March 1, 8:00am, at Wilderness Park, 10999 Little Lake Road in Downey in response to anticipation of one of the heaviest storms this season scheduled for this weekend.

Walk and Talks will resume in April. Stay tuned for those details.

For further information, please call Assemblymember Garcia's office at (562) 861-5803.

Assemblymember Garcia Applauds US Attorney for Filing Criminal Charges Of Political Corruption and Fraud Against Sen. Ron Calderon and Former Assemblymember Tom Calderon; Again Calls For the Senator's Resignation

“When I decided to run for public office less than two years ago, I did so with a resolve to rebuild the public’s trust in government. In large part because I believe that the core reason why our Democracy works is trust and when that trust is broken, at any level the whole institution suffers.”

“I applaud today’s indictments by the US Attorney and once again ask for Senator Calderon's resignation. This case continues to casts a shadow of corruption and greed over our government and all who serve as elected officials. The scope of these misdeeds is stunning and will only act to further sever the public’s trust in their government. “