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.

Friday, July 20, 2018

As excerpted from KMIR: 

For nearly two decades, a local veteran has been leading the fight to recognize members of the LGBTQ community who served in the military, but his efforts are now paying off even with plenty of roadblocks on the way.

The commander of American Veteran Post 66 in Palm Springs, Tom Swann Hernandez, is a former marine and now an openly gay veteran. He led the fight to build the LGBT Veteran Memorial inside the Desert Memorial Park in Cathedral City back in 2001.

The LGBT Veterans Memorial is not its way to become the state’s and the nation’s first official veterans memorial for the LGBTQ community through AB 2439 that passed the state house and senate.

One of the authors of AB 2439, is Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia, he said, “Men and women who wear the uniform who have sacrificed their lives in the armed forces should be recognized.”

Friday, July 20, 2018

As excerpted from The Desert Sun:

State Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia understands that, for LGBTQ veterans in the Coachella Valley, recent political news, such as the proposed ban on transgender members of the military, has been discouraging. 

“It doesn’t seem to be getting any easier for our LGBTQ community to continue to fight for the inclusiveness that you – the men and women in uniform – have fought to ensure,” the Coachella Democrat told a group of veterans and local politicians Friday at the American Legion Hall in Palm Springs.

But Garcia hopes A.B. 2439, a bill he authored that would recognize the LGBTQ Veterans Memorial in Cathedral City as an official state memorial, will give them some reason to celebrate.

Friday, July 13, 2018

As excerpted from The Desert Review: 

EL CENTRO- Senator Ben Hueso and Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia announced at the El Centro City Council chambers a $40,388,000 state budget allocation to the California Highway Patrol (CHP). The funds will provide for the design-build phase of the CHP El Centro Area Office Replacement Project. The allotment will pay for construction of a new  27,481 square-foot single-story building to be used by the El Centro California Highway Patrol.

The current 4,575 square-foot office was opened in 1966, and since its opening, numerous changes have occurred rendering the facility ineffective for operational needs, officials said.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

As excerpted from The Desert Sun:

The Comite Civico del Valle, an organization providing services to disadvantaged communities in the Imperial Valley, has received a $500,000 grant from the California Air Resource Board to expand its air monitoring program.

Together with State Senator Ben Hueso of San Diego County, Garcia also pointed out the unique challenges faced by the two only counties in California that share an international border with Mexico. 

"We're living next to the border. We have the good, the bad, and the ugly," Garcia said, "and one of them is having to live with the pollution that makes its way. There's no wall high enough or big enough to keep out the emissions from cars idling on the border."

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

As excerpted from the Uken Report: 

Currently, six out of nine California regions face a dire primary care shortage. California ranks 23rd in the nation for the number of physicians it has per resident. 

“Half of Californians live in a community where they do not have adequate access to necessary healthcare services. This issue disproportionately affects rural areas like those in my district. These funds to expand the UC graduate medical education program are critical to helping alleviate the severe physician shortage that exists in Imperial County,” Garcia said in a prepared statement.

Monday, July 2, 2018

As excerpted from The Desert Review:

EL CENTRO - The fate of the Salton Sea and health concerns from dusty playas has long been a problem for residents of the Imperial Valley as state and county officials seem to have made little progress. 

But California Sen. Ben Hueso and Assemblyman Edwardo Garcia spoke to stakeholders of the Imperial Valley Friday morning about plans that have been set in motion for the restoration of the Salton Sea.

Friday’s press conference also gave Hueso and Garcia a chance to thank voters who helped pass Proposition 68, a bond that authorizes $4 billion in general obligation bonds and also earmarked $190 million for the Salton Sea restoration.