Women’s Caucus Addresses Priorities and Issues Affecting California

Bill to Halt CA Polluters Signed by Governor

AB 1132 Empowers AQMD's Enforcement Authority for Imminent Danger to the Public

(Sacramento) – Legislation allowing Air Quality Management District's (AQMD's) to immediately cease operations at facilities endangering the public today was signed by the Governor. The bill, AB 1132, was authored by Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D- Bell Gardens), Chair of the Assembly Natural Resources Committee.

Bill to Halt CA Polluters Moves to Governor for Approval

(Sacramento) – Legislation allowing Air Quality Management District’s (AQMD’s) to immediately cease operations at facilities endangering the public today was approved again by the State Assembly. The bill, AB 1132, is authored by Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D- Bell Gardens), Chair of the Assembly Natural Resources Committee.  The bill was previously amended in the Senate requiring today’s concurrence vote. 

California Makes Climate Change History with 2017 Air Quality and Carbon Pollution Bill Package

California State Legislatures Approves AB 398 and AB 617

(SACRAMENTO, CA) Today, the California State Legislature made climate change history as they approved Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia’s (D-Coachella) and Cristina Garcia’s (D- Bell Gardens) air quality and carbon pollution bill package.  Breakthrough proposals, AB 398 (E Garcia, 2017) and AB 617 (E. Garcia, C. Garcia and Santiago, 2017) go hand-in-hand to balance our economic, health and environmental concerns as California  works to reach its 2030 climate targets and improve the lives of all residents.

CA Advances Toxic Air Pollution Standards

(Sacramento) – Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens), Chair of the Assembly Natural Resources Committee, today released the following statement on her bill, AB 617, Nonvehicular air pollution/criteria air pollutants and toxic air contaminants:

Bill to Prevent Emission Cheats Progresses in Legislature

(Sacramento) – Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia’s (D- Bell Gardens), legislation to provide new tools and resources to the Air Resources Board (ARB) today passed off the Assembly Floor.  The bill would enable ARB to stay current on new vehicle technologies that could violate California’s clean air laws, like Volkswagen was discovered to have done last year.

Expanded LA River Ranger Program Advances in Legislature

(Sacramento) – A bill to unify the public space management of the LA River with the expansion of the LA River Rangers Program today was approved by the State Assembly.  The bill, AB 1558, by local Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens), was brought forward by the Lower Los Angeles River Group established by AB 530 (Rendon/2015) and now moves to the State Senate.

Menstrual Product Access Bill Advances

(Sacramento) –Assemblymember Cristina Garcia’s (D-Bell Gardens) legislation to provide free menstrual products in Title 1 schools, AB 10, today was approved by the Assembly. 

Assembly Advances Measures to Thwart Lead Poisoning

(Sacramento) – Two bills today advanced out of the Assembly that will strengthen lead detection in California, particularly with children.  Assembly Bill 247 by Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) establishes a Lead Advisory Task Force per a 2016 Independent Review Panel (IRP) recommendation passed unanimously.  Assembly Bill 1316 by Assemblyman Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) would improve the blood lead level testing for children ages 0-5 and passed 54-4.

Governor Brown Tours District with Assemblywoman Garcia

Environmental Justice Focus of Visit

(Bell Gardens)- Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia showed Governor Brown around the 58th Assembly District today, touring areas relevant to her environmental justice mantra.  Garcia, as well as the Governor, have both committed to extending the cap and trade program in California with Garcia pushing for air quality regulations as components of the program’s next phase as outlined in her bill, AB 378.