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Monday, November 11, 2019

As excerpted from Imperial Valley Press:

If there were an official ambassador of veterans causes in the Imperial Valley, that person would likely have a hard time keeping up with the person who’s managed to become, more or less, the unofficial one in recent years.

That would be Tracy Rascoe, junior past deputy vice commander for California’s American Legion Area 5 and former commander of El Centro’s American Legion Post 25. Over the years, Rascoe has been a tireless advocate of veterans and patriotic causes.

That dedication led to him being named the California 56th Assembly District Veteran of the Year. Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia, D-Coachella, presented the honor Thursday at Veterans Memorial Hall here.

Friday, November 8, 2019

As excerpted from The Desert Review:

Assembly member Eduardo Garcia presented the 2019 Distinguished Veteran of the Year award after sharing his excitement of presenting the award to more than one recipient this year. Representing several valleys makes the decision difficult, according to Garcia.

“It is my honor to recognize Tracy Rascoe, an exemplary patriot and pillar of our community, as our 56th Assembly District’s 2019 Veteran of the Year. After bravely answering our nation’s call of duty, Mr. Rascoe has continued to lead, and has dedicated efforts to improving the lives of his fellow veterans,” said Garcia. 

“This is your day. Today is your day to be recognized for all of the work that you do, not just for the veterans but for the community as well,” said Garcia.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

As excerpted from The Desert Review:

Assembly member Eduardo Garcia and AT&T honored three Imperial Valley nonprofits: Brown Bag Coalition, House of Bread Ministries, and Share the Love Charities for their work providing for the homeless.

A grant through AT&T's "Investing in California" program awarded $1,000 to each nonprofit. AT&T approached assembly members, asking them to identify and nominate groups making an impact in the community for the grant, said AT&T Director of External Affairs for Riverside/San Bernardino Julio Figueroa.  

“We are happy to be here working with Assemblyman Garcia to award these organizations,” said Figueroa. “This is AT&T’s pleasure, to hopefully be making an impact in the community with these contributions.”

Monday, July 29, 2019

As excerpted from The Desert Review:

AB 743 was signed into California law last week by Governor Gavin Newsom after months of advocacy by Comite Civico and community members.

AB 743 will allow asthma medication prescribed by Mexican doctors to be used in American schools. Before the bill was passed, the only medication allowed in schools had to be prescribed by American doctors; others were not allowed in school and had to be administered by a parent if necessary.

That created dangerous situations schools, such as Claudia Morales’ 12-year-old son. Morales has insurance through Simsa, a binational insurance with Mexico, and although she says he had the best allergy doctor, her son could not use the medication in school because it was prescribed in Mexico.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

As excerpted from Uken Report:

Projects in the cities of Coachella and Brawley were among 25 Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program (AHSC) grant proposals the Strategic Growth Council approved on Friday, June 21, 2019.

“I am excited to announce that my district was awarded over $27 million from the greenhouse gas reduction fund to build green affordable housing with transit connectivity in Coachella and Brawley. The Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program was designed to help meet California’s crucial housing needs sustainably and in sync with sidewalk, bikeway, and transit infrastructure. Pairing mutual goals to help create healthier neighborhoods,” Garcia said in a prepared statement.

Friday, May 10, 2019

As excerpted from The Desert Sun:

The ordinance follows the 2018 passage of AB 626. The bill, which was authored by Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia, D-Coachella, expanded the kinds of foods home-based businesses can sell, from baked goods like pan dulce to cooked items like carne asada tacos.

“It decriminalizes a practice that has been going on for a long time and creates an economic empowerment opportunity for people who want to make a living from something they already do at home and enjoy doing,” Garcia told the San Francisco Chronicle after his bill became law last year. The bill received support from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle but garnered opposition from several associations representing the interests of county governments and health inspectors worried about sanitation.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

As excerpted from Uken Report:

(SACRAMENTO, CA) —  AB 743 – Student Asthma Medication Access Act, supported by Comite Civico del Valle, is among five of Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia’s, D-Coachella, measures  has  advanced to the Senate. “AB 743 will remove a significant barrier blocking students from accessing their asthma medication while in school,” Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia said in a prepared statement.