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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.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

As excerpted from The Desert Sun:

During Saturday's ceremony, veterans and officials celebrated this milestone, while also criticizing a Trump Administration policy, effective this month, that effectively bars transgender people from joining the military. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed such a bill in 2004. Nearly 15 years later, State Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia tried again, authoring another bill that created the state designation. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill, A.B. 2439, in August 2018.

Garcia called the designation “a long-overdue recognition.”

“It’s a way for us to make a wrong right in our nation’s history,” Garcia said.

Among the elected officials at the ceremony were Congressman Mark Takano, Assemblyman Chad Mayes and Cathedral City Mayor Mark Carnevale. Local philanthropist Harold Matzner provided funding for the ceremony

Friday, April 26, 2019

As excerpted from Uken Report:

In its 2018 Legislative Scorecard, Equality California awarded Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia 100 percent. 

“For me it is simple,” Garcia told Uken Report about his perfect score. “I was elected to represent the residents of our 56th California State Assembly District. That means all of our residents.  I am very mindful that the policies I introduce and support are both equitable and inclusive.  For me, there is no room for discrimination, and I am proud to help advance legislation that will ensure a more just California for all.” 

Friday, March 29, 2019

As excerpted from The Desert Sun:

Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia, D-Coachella, led Steyer and a delegation of local and state leaders on a tour of areas that have, for years, lacked clean drinking water, including a Thermal elementary school whose water source is an old, unreliable well.

"Water is key,” said Sergio Carranza, executive director of Pueblos Unido CDC, a Coachella nonprofit that advocates for affordable housing in the east valley.

Many California residents, Garcia said, are still unaware of the connections between climate change policy, the air they breathe and the water they drink.

"Driving the climate change conversation at the state level has allowed us to connect the dots to these very localized environmental injustices," he said.