Monday, August 27, 2018

As excerpted from the Uken Report:

SACRAMENTO — One of Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia’s most high-profile pieces of legislation this session was Assembly Bill 2439, which proposed to designate the LGBTQ Veterans Memorial at Desert Memorial Park in Cathedral City as the official state LGBTQ veterans memorial.

With Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature safely secured, the granite obelisk is now the state’s official LGBTQ Veterans Memorial. California is the first state in the nation to designate such a memorial.

It was an accomplishment years in the making, but it is not the only victory the assemblyman scored.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

As excerpted from the Imperial Valley Press:

WESTMORLAND — Isaiah Torres had never expected that his career as a boxer would take him anywhere past Imperial County limits.

To his surprise, Torres, 15, has had the ability to travel and compete in many places throughout country since first entering the ring at age 7.

Most recently, Torres traveled to Charleston, W.Va., to compete in the annual USA Boxing National Junior Olympics, during which he fought in the 15-to-16-year-old, 95-pound division and represented Region 14, California and Nevada.

Garcia said that, while it’s always nice to have constituents from the district come up to Sacramento, it’s more special when “we’re able to bring young people to be recognized for their hard work.”

Saturday, August 25, 2018

As excerpted from the Imperial Valley Press:

SACRAMENTO — A state Assembly bill that would require retail sellers of electricity and each local publicly owned electric utility to procure a proportionate share of new geothermal capacity has successfully moved out of the Senate Committee on Appropriations.

If the bill is passed, affected public utilities and retail sellers of electricity would be required to procure at least half of the 3,000 megawatts mandated by statute by Dec. 31, 2021. The other half would need to be obtained by contracts with deliveries commencing no later than Jan. 1, 2030.

AB 893 would have major economic implications for both Imperial and Riverside counties, which are teeming with geothermal energy, Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia, who authored the bill, said in a press release. Garcia, D-Coachella, represents the 56th District, which includes Imperial County.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

As excerpted from The Desert Sun: 

Garcia, who represents Imperial County and the eastern Coachella Valley in Riverside County, said the bill would advance California's fight against climate change in a way that spurs economic development in one of the poorest parts of the state. He sees geothermal, as well as solar, wind and bioenergy, as key to his region's economic future.

"This is extremely important as it relates to economic development, jobs and more importantly, continuing on the path of meeting our 2030 goals," Garcia said, referring to California's goal of reducing planet-warming emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

As excerpted from KESQ:

INDIO, Calif. - A long time business in Indio got some garnered recognition Saturday for it's tortillas made from scratch. Arriola's Tortilleria was named Small Business of the Year in the 56yh Assembly District by Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia.

Located in the City of Indio, Arriola's Tortilleria is a family-owned business that was established by owner Ray Arriola's parents, who began making and selling tortillas in 1927 out of their home. It has continued to expand and evolve throughout the years providing authentic tortillas and other Mexican delicacies.

Garcia said the long-time establishment was an example of immigrant hard work and a realization of an "American Dream". 


Saturday, July 21, 2018

As excerpted from The Uken Report: 

INDIO — The much-beloved, go-to staple of authentic Mexican food is the family-owned Arriola Tortilleria on Wilson Avenue. While in October 2015, the city of Indio recognized the multi-generational business during National Hispanic Heritage Month, never has the eatery been honored beyond the city limits — until now.

Democratic Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia will recognize Arriola’s Tortilleria as the 56th Assembly District’s 2018 Small Business of the Year on Saturday, July 20. The award is recognition of the restaurant’s support of the community and steadfast commitment to customer service and high business ethics, according to Garcia’s Resolution.

“Small businesses area critical to the economic well-being of the state of California aby creating new business and employment opportunities and by bringing unique and innovative services and products to the marketplace,” Garcia said in his Resolution.

Friday, July 20, 2018

As excerpted from KESQ: 

PALM SPRINGS, Calif.- - AB 2439 is a piece of potential legislation which would designate Cathedral City's LGBTQ Veterans Memorial as the state's official LGBTQ memorial. 

AMVETS Commander Thomas "Tom" Swann Hernández and officials from the Palm Springs Cemetery co-hosted an event discussing the progress of the bill today at noon at the American Legion Hall at 400 N. Belardo Rd. in Palm Springs. 

The memorial, which resides at Desert Memorial Park in Cathedral City, would become the nation's first state-designated  LGBTQ Veterans Memorial if AB 2439 passes.