Sacramento, California - Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia is pleased to report that the California Wildlife Conservation Board appropriated $14.5 million at yesterday’s hearing dedicated to the Salton Sea.

Imperial, California - Thursday, the County of Imperial was notified by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) that they have decided to grant the petition for a waiver from the 10-enplanement requirement and Subsidy Cap for the Imperial County Airport.  The Imperial County Airport will retain its eligibility as an Essential Air Service (EAS) community.

El Centro, California - Last week, the Imperial County Auditor-Controller Department received the Award for Counties Financial Transactions Reporting by the California State Controller’s Office for its year-end Financial Transaction Report for the fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2015.  This award was given to the Auditor-Contoller Department in recognition of the professionalism demonstrated by preparing accurate and timely financial reports.

El Centro, California - Representatives from the Imperial Irrigation District, Coachella Energy Storage Partners, electric industry leaders and local and state officials gathered near the IID energy generating station today, cutting the ribbon to mark the effective start of the district’s new battery energy storage system.

Sacramento, California - The County of Imperial received an award notification from the California Department of Housing and Community Development that they have been awarded $3.4 million to address community needs through several projects that were included in the grant application.  The grant, originating from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, will go towards ten projects that will improve public safety, facilities, services and water treatment in several communities of Imperial County.

Calexico, California - Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia in partnership with public finance industry experts will host a workshop on Thursday for public agencies in Imperial Valley seeking to expand their financing tool-box. Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts (EIFD) and the Community Revitalization Authority, also known as AB 2, will be the topics discussed during the workshop being held at the San Diego State – Calexico campus.  This will be an opportunity for staff in public finance and elected officials to learn and better understand how to utilize these financing mechanisms that could help fund public improvement projects in their community.