Thursday, September 20, 2018

As excerpted from the Imperial Valley Press:

HEBER — A simple act of kindness from Heber Elementary School District crossing guard Adam Conn was recently recognized to an extent he never imagined.

After Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia, D-Coachella, heard Conn had been purchasing and distributing ice-cold water bottles to help keep HESD students hydrated during scorching weather, the assemblyman held a recognition ceremony Tuesday at Heber Elementary to present the crossing guard with a California State Assembly certificate of recognition.

“Today is about recognizing Adam and the volunteerism that he puts forward and to show him that his kind gesture of giving back in this particular way now leaves a mark across the state,” Garcia said.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

As excerpted from The San Francisco Chronicle: 

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law AB626, a groundbreaking new law that allows people to sell directly to the public food they have cooked in their home kitchens.

California Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia, D-Coachella (Riverside County), introduced the bill in 2017. It was held in Assembly appropriations until 2018, when it moved forward again with state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, as co-author. Both the state Assembly and Senate voted unanimously in favor of the bill before it moved to the governor’s desk. Brown signed it on Tuesday, Sept. 18.

AB626 is part of a nationwide effort to pass “cottage food” laws permitting small-scale home-based food enterprises. The California Homemade Food Act, signed into law in 2012, allows home cooks to sell jams, pickles and other foods with low risk of foodborne illness.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

As excerpted from NPR:

Cities in California can no longer tack on exorbitant legal fees to settle minor local code violations, thanks to a new law enacted this week.

The law makes it illegal for cities and counties to charge defendants for the legal costs to investigate, prosecute or appeal a criminal violation of a local ordinance.

"We made the argument that, yes, people should comply with local code enforcement laws, but violations should remain in the civil side of prosecution instead of the criminal side," says Eduardo Garcia, a Democrat from Coachella.

He co-sponsored the bill with Republican Chad Mayes, of Yucca Valley.

Assemblyman Garcia says he "wanted to correct a wrong and make sure it doesn't happen to other people."

Friday, September 7, 2018

As excerpted from the Imperial Valley Press:

IMPERIAL — Students at Imperial Valley College seeking careers in the medical field or in law enforcement will benefit from $1 million in funding from the state of California that will institute a new correctional academy as well as enhance its medical assistant program.

“This funding will enable Imperial Valley College to create a correctional academy that is aligned with the state of California standards and training for corrections,” Dr. Martha Garcia, IVC superintendent and president, said during a Thursday afternoon press conference in the college administration building. “Students who successfully complete this training will be prepared to work at county jails and detention facilities. We are planning to start the correctional academy in fall 2019 with 24 students.”

Thursday, September 6, 2018

As excerpted from the Imperial Valley Press:

The bill aims to make accessing GGRF funds more equitable and viable, according to Garcia. GGRF expenditures are overseen by the California Air Resources Board on behalf of the state Department of Finance.

“The success of AB 1945 will break down barriers and better position Imperial County to receive their fair share of climate investments,” Garcia said. “Increasing the accessibility of these resources will empower our region with the means to combat the unique air quality challenges that have jeopardized the public health and wellbeing of our community.”

Monday, September 3, 2018

As excerpted from The Desert Review:

EL CENTRO – The California Legislature passed on August 30, AB 1945, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF). The bill is now awaiting Governor Brown’s signature.

The bill, introduced by Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia, seeks to improve access to programs funded by GGRF, by expanding the list of co-benefits and allowing the counties of Imperial and San Diego to include daytime population numbers in their GGRF grant applications, according to a recently released news release by the assemblymember's office.

Monday, August 27, 2018

As excerpted from the Imperial Valley Press:

IMPERIAL — An additional $1 million in funding from the state this year will help Imperial Valley College provide additional opportunities for students.

The money will be used to help launch a new correctional academy, create a full-time medical assistant program and provide funding for lighting around the running track on campus, said Dr. Martha Garcia, the college’s president and superintendent.

Dr. Garcia worked with Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia to secure the funding, which was included in the 2018-19 state budget, approved by Gov. Jerry Brown on June 27.

The $1 million was earmarked as funding for “Workforce Development in Economically Distressed Communities” and was awarded through the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, Dr. Garcia said.