This year, RAPSA supported AB 2719; a measure authored by Assemblymember Garcia to create an “out of school youth” definition which would increase eligibility and access to workforce development programs. While AB 2719 was vetoed by Governor Brown, the introduction of this legislation succeeded in influencing the state’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act implementation. Assemblymember Garcia maintains his commitment to support legislation and opportunities for out of school youth.
We are glad to work with Assemblymember Garcia and we appreciate the efforts made to schools and communities. The workforce development programs make a big impact on students throughout the region and increase the odds of students being successful and become contributing members of the community.
Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) serves as the as the chairperson of the Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development and the Economy. 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 Westmoreland.