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California Approves Balanced Budget for 2018/2019.  What does that mean for our local communities specifically?

We wanted to know more…

Victory Highlights for the 56th District affecting the Coachella Valley, Salton Sea and the entire Imperial County outlined by our Assemblymember of the 56th Assembly District Eduardo Garcia.

Assemblymember of the 56th District Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) serves as your Assemblymember in the California Legislature and chairperson of the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife. 

Garcia represents the 56th district, which comprises these cities and communities in both Riverside and Imperial counties:

Bermuda Dunes
Cathedral City
Desert Hot Springs
El Centro
North Shore
Salton Sea
Thousand Palms

Right after the vote to approve our California State 2018/2019 Balanced Budget Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) applauded several 56th Assembly District budget victories. 

“I commend the leadership of both houses of the Legislature in conjunction with our Governor for putting forward a budget that would empower our communities, alleviate poverty, curb barriers to employment, address homelessness, fortify investments into education including special education and career technical programs, help make college more affordable and ensure that our most vulnerable have equitable opportunities to succeed.”

56th Assembly District Budget Victory Highlights:


Eduardo Garcia



  • $1 million – Imperial Valley College’s Medical Assistant Program and Correctional Academy Program

Assemblymember Garcia worked hand in hand with Imperial Valley College to advocate for these critical regional curriculum investments.

  • $269 million – investments into the University of California system
  • $364 million – investments into the California State University system 
  • $35 million – Online Education Initiative grants for community college districts.
  • $1 billion – additional childcare and preschool slots
  • $300 million – Low-Performing Students Grant Funding

Allocated for low-performing students, based on performance on assessments in English language arts and math.

  • $50 million – Local Solutions Grant Program

Solutions that address a local need for special education teachers.

  • $150 million – Technical Education Incentive Grant
  • $150 million – K-12 Career Technical Education Program
  • $15 million – Kids Coding in After School Education and Safety (ASES) programs
  • $10 million –Special Education Local Plan Areas to improve their ability to serve students with disabilitie
  • 1.7 million – Suicide prevention training resources in schools.




  • $15 million – AB 1111 (E. Garcia, 2017), Breaking Barriers to Employment grant program. 

Allocation into this grant program was a priority for both our Riverside County Economic Development Agency and Imperial County Workforce Development Board in order to curb unemployment and build stronger regional economies. Funds would go towards training and employment for veterans, farmworkers, seniors, the formerly incarcerated and others experiencing difficulties re-entering the workforce

  • $16 million – Prison to Employment Program



  • $20 million – Small Business Development Technical Assistance Expansion Program
  • $3 million – California Small Business Development Center Program

These additional funds for small business technical assistance and development centers will open up critical resources for local veterans, women as well as other underserved minority business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.




  • $37.3 million – Youth Reinvestment Fund

This fund will help support and further enhance the prevention services and leadership curriculums taking place in vulnerable California communities.



  • $3 million – General Fund to the Bureaus of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse
  • $41,944,000 – El Centro Courthouse construction
  • $45,327,000 – Indio Juvenile and Family Courthouse construction
  • $10 million – California Family Justice Centers

Funding for multi-agency centers that provide support services to victims of interpersonal violence, including intimate partner violence, sexual assault, child abuse, elderly abuse, and human trafficking.

  • $6.5 million – towards reducing the backlog of untested sexual assault kits



  • $500 million – to address homelessness across our state




  • $1 million – CalVet mental health service grants
  • $8.5 million – Veterans resource centers


Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) serves as the chairperson of the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife.  He represents the 56th district, which comprises the cities and communities of Blythe, Brawley, Bermuda Dunes, Calexico, Calipatria, Cathedral City, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs, El Centro, Holtville, Imperial, Indio, Mecca, Oasis, North Shore, Salton Sea, Thermal, Thousand Palms, and Westmorland.


Link to the original Press Release can be found here!



Capitol Office:
State Capitol
P.O. Box 942849
Room 4140
Sacramento, CA 94249-0056
Tel: (916) 319-2056
Fax: (916) 319-2156

District Office:
48220 Jackson Street, #A3
Coachella, CA 92236
Tel: (760) 347-2360
Fax: (760) 347-5704

Imperial Valley Office:
1101 Airport Road, Suite D
Imperial, CA 92251
Main: (760) 355-8656 
Fax: (760) 355-8856