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Mecca sports park secures $5.8 million in state funding, lawmakers announce

Mecca is among three communities in the 56th Assembly District that have acquired funding to develop or enhance their regional parks.

The proposed 6.7-acre sports park is receiving $5.8 million for development at the corner of Avenue 66 and Dale Kiler Road, next to the Mecca Boys & Girls Club lawmakers announced this week.

It will include a jogging path, exercise equipment, a covered picnic area, sports fields and lighting with public art.

Veteran of the Year Rascoe Lauded for His Dedication

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.

Local Vet Honored With Award and Appreciation

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. 

Assemblyman honors two local veterans

Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia celebrated two local veterans for their distinguished leadership and work in the community.

"Individuals who are not only serving the community but also focusing on veteran needs right here in the Coachella Valley," Garcia said.

Garcia held a recognition ceremony to honor Lauren Skiver and Edward Robles Wednesday at Veteran's Memorial Park in Coachella.

Grant Money Helps the Helpers

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.

AB 743 allows asthmatic children and families to breathe easier

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.

Affordable Housing Gets Aid in Coachella, Brawley

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.

Asthma Legislation from Garcia Heads to Senate

(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.

Cathedral City is now home to the state's memorial honoring LGBTQ veterans

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.”