Press Releases

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

AB 2056, resident-driven policy priority, signed into law by Governor Brown.    

Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia pictured with Eastern Coachella Valley stakeholders

(Sacramento – CA) –Governor Brown signs Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia’s (D – Coachella) legislation to equip and empower mobilehome park communities with the means to address infrastructure disparities and vastly improve living conditions.  

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.

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.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

California’s legalization of homemade food will provide a means of economic empowerment for minority communities.

Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia at AB 626 Rally

(Sacramento – CA) Governor Brown has signed Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia’s (D-Coachella) Homemade Food Act making California the first state in the nation to allow a permitting process for home cooks to prepare and sell meals to the public.  

 

Monday, September 17, 2018
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.”