March District Update
Dear Friends and Neighbors:
Our office is off to a great start. I will continue to focus on creating jobs that will grow our middle class while providing environmentally heathy communities for our families. I remain committed to working on the issues that matter most to the residents of the 56th State Assembly District.
In the last month, I introduced important legislation such as my Clean Energy Act (AB 197) which will promote clean energy production and create needed jobs in our district. The Border Air and Water Act (AB 965) was also unveiled which combats pollution in the New River, one of America's most polluted rivers, as well as monitor the air quality in the region.
As always, it is a pleasure and honor to serve you. Your views are important to me so please do not hesitate to contact me at my district office in Coachella Valley at (760) 342-8047 or my Imperial Valley office at (760) 336-8912. You may also contact me here.
Assemblymember, 56th District
- New Legislation for the New Year
- Combating Arsenic in Water
- Renewable Energy Development and Restoration of the Salton Sea
- Border Air and Water Act to Combat One of America's Most Polluted Rivers
- Imperial Valley Small Business Expo
I’m ready for a busy year in the Assembly. I have authored several bills which will promote economic development and provide clean water to the constituents of our district:
Business & Economic Development
- AB 185 (E. Garcia), California New Markets Tax Credit Program, would establish a 5-year New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program for the purpose of attracting private sector investment to California's low-income neighborhoods. The program generally parallels the federal NMTC including the utilization of financial intermediaries to provide debt and equity investments to small businesses.
- AB 184 (E. Garcia), Small Business Technical Assistance Act of 2015, would designate the Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank as the lead entity for facilitating the state’s engagement with five key federal small business technical assistance programs:
- The Small Business Development Centers;
- The Women's Business Center program;
- The Veteran Business Outreach Center program;
- The Service Corps of Retired Executives; and
- The Procurement Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreement program.
- AB 197 (E. Garcia), Clean Energy Act In order to continue California’s transition to a clean energy economy and the further development of abundant wind, solar, geothermal and other renewable energy resources, AB 197 will require investor owned and publicly owned utilities to achieve a target of procuring 50 percent of its electricity from renewable energy resources by 2030.
- AB 434 (E. Garcia), Point-of-Use, Point-of-Entry Water Filtration Systems would require the State Water Resources Control Board to adopt regulations allowing water filtration systems in the Eastern Coachella Valley communities to protect residents against unsafe levels of arsenic in their drinking water.
- AB 1059 (E. Garcia) , Cal Enviroscreen 2.0 - Border Environmental Data, would require the Office of Environmental Health and Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) to update its CalEnviroScreen 2.0 tool by using any relevant environmental data relating to known impacts on environmental quality of the communities in the California-Mexico border region.
Last week alongside residents and community stakeholders from the Eastern Coachella Valley, I proudly introduced Assembly Bill 434. This bill requires the State Water Resources Control Board to adopt regulations allowing water filtration systems in the Eastern Coachella Valley communities in order to protect residents against unsafe levels of arsenic in their drinking water. This bill requires the State Water Resources Control Board to adopt regulations allowing water filtration systems in the Eastern Coachella Valley communities in order to protect residents against unsafe levels of arsenic in their drinking water.
Everyone should have access to clean and reliable drinking water no matter where they live. Access to clean drinking water is a right, not a privilege. The point-of-use legislation will help ensure that people most impacted by unsafe levels of arsenic in their drinking water have access to cost effective solutions that help remediate the problem.
Read the recent article from the Desert Sun:
I had the honor this last month in being appointed by State Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins to head the newly formed Assembly Select Committee on Renewable Energy Development and Restoration of the Salton Sea.
The Select Committee on Renewable Energy Development and Restoration of the Salton Sea will focus on the issues and challenges surrounding development of renewable energy projects and the implementation of ecological restoration plans of the Salton Sea area.
As the new Chair of the Select Committee, I’m excited about the many opportunities that lie ahead for not only the State of California, but most importantly for my district because an increase in the use of renewable energy is the bedrock of sustainable economic growth.
On February 27th, I held a press conference with local border officials to announce the introduction of my Border Air & Water Act (AB 965 E. Garcia). AB 965 will require the California Mexico Border Relations Council to better coordinate the funding and implementation of the New River Strategic Plan. The Act will also direct the CalEPA to improve air quality monitoring and increased funding for environmental improvement projects in the California-Mexico border region.
I will continue to seek out solutions that create healthier border communities. It is our very own California-Mexico border communities that are most impacted by poor water and air quality standards. Our office will be working closely with local stakeholders like Comite Civico del Valle, the City of Calexico and the New River Committee to make sure that the Border Air & Water Act becomes a reality and brings the needed resources to our border region.
Read the recent article from the Desert Sun:
Read the recent article from the Imperial Valley Press:
I want your small businesses to grow and prosper!
California is open for business. This year’s Imperial Valley Small Business Seminar and Resource Expo, was co-sponsored with the State Board of Equalization and was held on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at the Imperial County CalWORKs Building in El Centro. Over twenty small business attended this event.
The Small Business Seminar and Resource Expo offered informative classes, helpful tools and resources to small business in Imperial Valley.