Press Release

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

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(Sacramento – CA) Today’s favorable vote in the Senate Committee on Agriculture advances Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia’s (D-Coachella) AB 2106, Sale of California Produce, past its first hurdle in the Senate.  Garcia introduced this legislation at the behest of farmers within in his district who felt that the 5% bid preference under last year’s AB 822 (Caballero/E. Garcia) would not offer enough support from out-of-state competition.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Eduardo Garcia applauds 56th Assembly District Budget Victories 

(Sacramento – CA) Today, the California State Legislature voted to approve the 2018-2019 Budget. Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) applauds several 56th Assembly District budget victories. 

“Proud that my colleagues and I were able to come together to approve another on-time, balanced budget that provides for California’s most pressing needs while not only filling our rainy day fund but establishing yet another special savings account as a safeguard in the event of future economic uncertainty,” stated Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia.  

“I commend the leadership of both houses of the Legislature in conjunction with our Governor for putting forward a budget that would empower our communities, alleviate poverty, curb barriers to employment, address homelessness, fortify investments into education including special education and career technical programs, help make college more affordable and ensure that our most vulnerable have equitable opportunities to succeed.”


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

(Sacramento) – Legislation written by Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) to designate Cathedral City’s LGBT Veteran Memorial as the state’s official LGBT Veteran Memorial has passed its first committee in the State Senate.  Veteran and gay rights advocate Thomas “Tom” Swann Hernández joined Assemblymember Garcia to provide supportive testimony to the committee. “We treat this memorial as a place for prayer where people can come and have closure and peace of mind, and pay respects to their loved one,” Swann Hernández told the Senate Governmental Organization Committee.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Citizen-driven Water Bond initiative is supported by California farmers and includes $200 million for Salton Sea mitigation


(Sacramento – CA) Today, Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella), Chairman of the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife, presided over a public joint initiative hearing with Budget Subcommittee No. 3 on Resources and Transportation to discuss the Water Supply and Water Quality Act of 2018.


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia and Tom Swann testifying on behalf of AB 2439 at Senate Governmental Organization Committee

(Sacramento – CA) Today, the Senate Governmental Organization Committee voted to approve Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia’s (D-Coachella) legislative proposal designating Cathedral City’s LGBT Veteran Memorial as the state’s official LGBT Veteran Memorial. AB 2439 would make California the first state to dedicate a memorial recognizing the service of LGBT veterans.       

Thomas “Tom” Swann Hernandez a nationally recognized veteran and gay rights advocate, who spearheaded the initial push to dedicate the memorial in 2001, joined Assemblymember Garcia to provide supportive testimony before the committee.

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.