Press Releases

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

(Sacramento) – During the State Assembly’s debate of the package of landmark climate change legislation, Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D- Bell Gardens) stood in strong support of Assembly Bill 398, the companion measure to her Assembly Bill 617. Assembly Bills 398 and 617 will balance our economic, health and environmental concerns as California works to reach its 2030 climate targets and improve the lives of all residents. “These bills are for people like Maria who takes care of her five grandchildren in a one bedroom apartment in Bell Gardens but, is afraid to let the kids play outside in the poisoned air, and for Rocio who grows vegetables for her family in Commerce, but worries they could be toxic from the contaminated soil,” said Assemblywoman Garcia. “This package shows that we can take care of our global community while ensuring better air quality in our own backyards.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.

Monday, July 17, 2017

(Sacramento) - Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens), Chair of the Assembly Natural Resources Committee, authored Assembly Bill 617 to balance the global focus and flexibility of California’s cap and trade program with real measures that will improve air quality in our communities. Assemblywoman Garcia told her fellow lawmakers as she presented AB 617 to the full Assembly, “Today, we are integrating the fight against air pollution with the fight against climate change.  We are establishing real targets, deadlines and enforcement to address air pollution in the most burdened communities. This is a significant down-payment towards ensuring all Californians get their piece of environmental justice.” Learn more in this Assembly Access video.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

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.

Friday, July 14, 2017

(Sacramento) - Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens), Chair of the Assembly Natural Resources Committee, authored Assembly Bill 617 with the idea of balancing the global focus and flexibility of the cap and trade program with real measures that will improve air quality in our communities. “Some of these issues haven’t been addressed in my lifetime, if ever,” Assemblywoman Garcia said.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

(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:

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

(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.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

(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.