Sunday, June 10, 2018

As excerpted from The San Francisco Chronicle:

On Sunday, they joined dozens of other home cooks in a festive, food-filled event in Oakland aimed at halting the criminalization of thousands of home cooks across the state by urging support for the Homemade Food Act, or AB626, whose lead author is Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia, D-Coachella (Riverside County). It’s co-written by state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco.

The bill, supported by cooking cooperatives such as Oakland’s Forage Kitchen, which hosted the event, would amend the state’s health and safety code by defining “microenterprise home kitchen operations” as legitimate food facilities. The Assembly has approved the bill, and on Wednesday it heads to the Senate Health Committee for a vote. Home cooks are typically low-income women, people of color and immigrants.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

As excerpted from KYMA:

Imperial County has depended on money from the U.S. Census for decades but one change to the census, specifically whether someone is a U.S. citizen, could affect the money received from the survey.

"At the end of the day, that question I mean personally, we believe is irrelevant. But nevertheless that should not have people hesitate in participating in the process of making sure everyone is counted," said Assembly member Eduardo Garcia.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

As excerpted from The Imperial Valley Press:

Due to the high unemployment rate and the low average household income, Imperial County has no shortage of eligible areas to be designated opportunity zones.

The county wasted little time sending a request to the governor to include specific areas in the Valley such as Calexico, Brawley, Holtville and the Salton Sea Known Geothermal Resource Area under the program.

“It was essential for us to jump on this chance to ensure our area was equitably represented in these designations and able to wield this resource. This tool will increase our region’s ability to enable redevelopment, spur economic growth, and create new avenues for affordable housing in our district’s most vulnerable communities,” Assemblyman Garcia said in a statement.

Monday, April 23, 2018

As excerpted from The Desert Sun 

Low-income communities have been at the center of Proposition 1, the water quality, supply, and infrastructure improvement act that voters approved in November 2014.

The proposition sought to assure access to previously unissued bonds, set aside for water and wastewater access. In the resulting legislation, an increased focus was placed on involving community members in the planning process and setting aside additional funds for projects targeting water access in what the proposition defines as 'disadvantaged communities.'

Garcia's bill proposes a change to the existing legislation, SB 208, which specifies how these funds can be distributed to organizations implementing water and wastewater projects.

"All these substandard circumstances put at risk the health of the people I represent," Garcia said.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

As excerpted from The Imperial Valley Press

Assembly Bill 1918 would establish the Office of Sustainable Outdoor Recreation within the Natural Resources Agency.

If the bill is adopted, the new office will be tasked to plan and implement coordinated strategies to develop jobs and economic growth in the outdoor recreation industry, as well as to develop strategies concerning outdoor recreation amenities and experiences.

The bill was introduced in Sacramento on Thursday in the presence of a coalition of outdoor recreation industry leaders and advocates.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

As excerpted from The Desert Review:

Alongside Carlos Flore Vizcarra, the Consul General of Mexico, Hueso and other panelists discussed health issues common in border city regions. The event was open to the public as the group of panelists spoke about the recent health changes throughout several border cities. Assembly member Eduardo Garcia also attended the discussion.

Hueso introduced the event expressing his opinion and viewpoint on current political issues and followed with a speech to both the audience and Mexican consul explaining how he views Mexico as a partner. 

Garcia also made comments during the meeting.

“I’m here joining Senator Hueso in this border health hearing," Garcia said. "It is an official hearing and there is an overview of the various organizations and programs as it relates to health services to the people here of Imperial County.”  

Sunday, March 18, 2018

As excerpted from The Imperial Valley Press:

These programs had previously been funded by GGRF but had not been included or were not fully funded in the current proposal.

“Greening our communities is essential to the health, wellness and safety of Californian children and families. The Urban Greening program transforms local infrastructure to clean our air and water, create safe places for kids to play outside, and protect neighborhoods from severe weather events,” said Mary Creasman, California Director of Government Affairs for The Trust for Public Land. “Communities all over the state are feeling the impacts of fires and floods, particularly in low-income areas and communities of color. California should increase these programs, not cut them. We are committed to working with the Legislature to restore funds for these critical programs.”