Women’s Caucus Addresses Priorities and Issues Affecting California

Assemblymember Garcia Invites Public to Learn about the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP)

(Artesia) – Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) will be convening a Healthcare Town Hall Meeting, with Congresswoman Linda Sánchez, the Pico Rivera Chamber of Commerce and the Montebello Chamber of Commerce in Pico Rivera, to discuss the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) under the state’s new healthcare exchange, Covered California.

Californians no longer have to wait to enroll in Covered California. Health insurance coverage will be offered to everyone -- even if they have a pre-existing condition or can't afford coverage. Many low-income and middle class families will qualify for discounted premiums with federal subsidies to help pay for the insurance. The program will provide 10 essential healthcare benefits, including emergency care, hospitalization, prescription drugs, mental health, maternity and newborn care.

Assemblymember Garcia Invites Public to Facebook Safety & Privacy Workshop on November 19

(Artesia) – Tomorrow, Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) will be convening a safety and privacy workshop, in her Assembly District, to discuss Facebook resources that are available to users.  Included, will be information on Facebook’s basic guiding principles, the use of privacy and security settings and safety resources for teens and parents in regards to bullying on Facebook.

“I am hosting this workshop with Facebook to help people better understand how to use social media safely and maximize the available privacy features.” said Garcia. “While many of us enjoy being connected, it is up to each of us to be proactive to protect ourselves and our families.”

Walk & Talk with Assemblymember Cristina Garcia

(Artesia) -- Assemblymember Cristina Garcia invites everyone in her Assembly district to join her for a community walk on Saturday, December 7, 8:00am, at A.J. Padelford Park, 11870 169th Street, Artesia.

While taking a leisurely stroll, all walkers will have an opportunity to ask questions and discuss issues of importance with their new state representative, Assemblymember Garcia.

Statement: Assemblymember Garcia Applauds Senator Steinberg's actions, but again asks Senator Calderon to Resign

(Sacramento) – “I applaud Senator President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg for taking action to remove Senator Calderon from his chairmanship and other committee assignments. I hope he finds the will to join me in requesting for Senator Calderon's resignation as over the last week his constituents, activists and colleagues have shared that they have lost faith in his ability to govern with integrity.

I fully realize that we must respect the presumed innocence of Senator Calderon, but the distraction caused by this case, in my own backyard and its long term implications are detrimental to the fabric of government and to the citizens that the Senator represents.

Assemblymember Garcia Invites Public to Facebook Safety & Privacy Workshop

(Artesia) – Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) will be convening a safety and privacy workshop, in her Assembly District, to discuss Facebook resources that are available to users.  Included, will be information on Facebook’s basic guiding principles, the use of privacy and security settings and safety resources for teens and parents in regards to bullying on Facebook .

“I am hosting this workshop with Facebook to help people better understand how to use social media safely and maximize the available privacy features.” said Garcia. “While many of us enjoy being connected, it is up to each of us to be proactive to protect ourselves and our families.”

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

(Sacramento) – “As the unsealed FBI affidavit and subsequent news reports have revealed a legal whirlwind surrounding Senator Ron Calderon, I must speak out.  It is with mixed feelings, but with strong conviction that today I ask Senator Calderon to step down from his office to allow this black cloud 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 Calderon, but the distraction caused by this case, in my own backyard and its long term implications are detrimental to the fabric of government and to the citizens that the Senator represents.

Assemblymember Garcia Earns Perfect Score for Seniors

(Sacramento) –Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) has announced that she has received a perfect score on her 2013 report card from the Congress of California Seniors.

Nearly five million seniors are actively involved with the legislative process in the Capitol. They participate by proposing legislation to lawmakers, write support and opposition letters and testify at legislative hearings.  Additionally, senior activists educate Capitol and District staff on the effects of proposed senior legislation and act as passionate advocates on senior issues.

Walk & Talk with Assemblymember Cristina Garcia this Saturday

(Artesia) -- Assemblymember Cristina Garcia invites everyone in her Assembly district to join her for a community walk this Saturday, November 2nd, 8:00am, at Smith Park, 6016 Rosemead Blvd., in Pico Rivera

While taking a leisurely stroll, all walkers will have an opportunity to ask questions and discuss issues of importance with their new state representative, Assemblymember Garcia.

Assemblymember Garcia 7 for 7 - First Year Bills Signed Into Law

(Sacramento) – Measures to protect bullied students, vulnerable seniors and the right for every vote to count in local elections, are among the seven bills authored by Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) that have been recently signed by the into law by Governor Jerry Brown.

"This past year has been very rewarding, as I have been able to break through the partisan divide and work through issues with my fellow Legislators and the Governor," Garcia said. "I would like to commend Governor Brown for his leadership and for his thorough consideration of my legislation."

Two Bills Authored by Assemblymember Garcia Signed by Governor

AB 849 Safe at Home & AB 415 Solar Heaters

(Sacramento) – Governor Brown has signed into law two measures authored by Assemblymember Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens). Assembly Bill 849 will expand to seniors the opportunity to participate in the state’s Safe at Home (SAH) program. Assembly Bill 415 will ensure new solar technologies have multiple options for getting systems certified.  These two measures received bipartisan support in both the Assembly and Senate.

Currently, the SAH program allows victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking to apply to have an address designated by the Secretary of State to serve as a substitute mailing address and under certain circumstances to provide address confidentiality.