IMPERIAL — On Wednesday, October 30, assembly member Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) invited Karen Ross, secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) to survey and asses the needs of the Imperial Valley Expo.
"We are grateful for the dedicated time and attention Secretary Ross has paid to our Imperial Valley agricultural region. Last year, we successfully secured Proposition 68 funding for Imperial Valley Expo fairground improvements. After touring the site with the secretary, we hope to be able to move forward with the state investments needed to conduct critical electrical system and other infrastructure repairs for our beloved expo," stated assembly member Eduardo Garcia.
The Imperial Valley serves as California's 45th District Agricultural Association, one of 54 in the state. The district exists to hold fairs, expositions, and exhibitions to highlight various industries, enterprises and products, such as the California Mid-Winter Fair and Fiesta.
Assembly member Garcia included $18 million for the Division of Fairs and Expositions of the Department of Food and Agriculture in Proposition 68 for fairground facility improvements, specifically mentioning the fair in the Imperial Valley.
During Secretary Ross' tenure, she has remained active in Imperial Valley. On July 18, 2018, she and assembly member Garcia convened an agriculture round table discussion before touring the farms of State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) local grant recipients.