State issues $500,000 grant to expand air monitoring program near Salton Sea

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.

$40 Million Secured To Ease Doctor Shortage

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.

State officials give update on Salton Sea progress

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.

Powell Honored as a Veteran of the Year

SACRAMENTO — Indio resident, Reginald "Reggie" Powell was honored Wednesday as the 56th Assembly District’s 2018 Veteran of the Year. Democratic state Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia, D-Coachella, presented Powell with the award.

Senate to Hear Cathedral City LGBT Memorial Bill

SACRAMENTO – The next stop is the full Senate for Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia’s, D-Coachella, legislative proposal designating Cathedral City’s LGBT Veteran Memorial as the state’s official LGBT Veteran Memorial.

California home cooks stand up for bill that would decriminalize their work

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.

Local leaders hold a forum to prepare the valley for the 2020 Census

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 Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia.

Chauncey Veatch Honored with Inaugural Friend of Latino Community Award

SACRAMENTO — One of the Coachella Valley’s most beloved — and honored — educators has been recognized, again. On Monday, teacher and nationally acclaimed education champion, Chauncey Veatch was recognized at the 2018 Latino Spirit Awards.

He was presented with the inaugural “Friend of the Latino Community” award.  Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia, D-Coachella, put in a request for the creation of this special award category to honor Veatch’s extensive accomplishments and lifelong service.

Garcia Honored as Champion for Special Needs Students

SACRAMENTO — Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia, D-Coachella, was recognized this week by the Special Education Local Plan Area Administrators Association of California for his dedicated efforts to increase special education services and resources for individuals with disabilities through public policy.

SELPA Administrators of California is an extensive association of professional educators organized to present, review and evaluate major special education issues. The association presented Garcia with the award this morning, during their annual Legislative Information Sharing Day.

Garcia Seeks Money to Combat Gangs

Earlier this year, Garcia and Assemblymember Jordan Cunningham, R-San Luis Obispo, submitted a formal budget letter requesting for $9.2 million to reinstate funding for the California Gang Reduction, Intervention and Prevention (CalGRIP) program. The Governor’s current proposal eliminated allotments for this program.

Garcia added that, “Victim confidentiality is paramount to building positive rapport with public safety officials and ensuring that victims feel safe bringing forward testimony in gang-related cases.”