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

For immediate release:

(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.

Last week I requested the Senator’s resignation. Serving the public is a responsibility that should not be taken lightly. It is my hope, that with the Senator stepping away, we can begin to restore faith in government and faith in our elected leaders and remove the black cloud over our backyard, the Capitol, and the State of California."

Cristina Garcia is a Co-Founder of the community group Bell Association to Stop The Abuse (BASTA) that lead the recall charge and forced a new election in the City of Bell. She was elected to the State Assembly in November 2012

The 58th Assembly District includes the cities of Montebello, Pico Rivera, Commerce, Bell Gardens, Downey, Norwalk, Bellflower, Cerritos and Artesia.