Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia lays out 56th Assembly District Priorities before Governor Newsom

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia and California Governor Gavin Newsom

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Last week, Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) joined Governor Gavin Newsom for a productive meeting outlining his list of 56th Assembly District priorities. Garcia emphasized the importance of Salton Sea mitigation, the universal right to safe and affordable drinking water as well as other issues of significance for Imperial Valley, Coachella Valley, and Blythe residents.

“First and foremost, I took this opportunity to reinforce a sense of urgency surrounding the fate of our Salton Sea community. We have a plan, we have secured money, and now we need to focus our efforts on the timely execution of the 10-Year Salton Sea Management Plan. We cannot emphasize enough how crucial this is for human health, as well as the ecological and economic wellbeing of our region. We cannot afford to delay,” insisted Garcia.

Assemblymember Garcia also expressed his enthusiasm for the Governor’s initial 2019-2020 California Budget proposal – particularly his inclusion of a Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund and healthy allocations for family programs and education.

“Governor Newsom shares my commitment to California families and early childhood education. His initial budget established a clear sense of direction, one that is highly reflective of our state’s most pressing needs and values.”

He continued to say, “I am pleased to see the Governor come on board as a strong champion for California drinking water. I look forward to working with him as well as Senator Monning to tackle our state’s deep-seated infrastructure disparities and ensure that safe, affordable drinking water is accessible to all residents.”

As Chair of the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife, Assemblymember Garcia plans to convene a Safe and Affordable Drinking Water joint informational hearing in early February.