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Assemblywoman amends disclosure to cut cost of Taiwan trip

Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, D-Bell Gardens during session in the Assembly chamber in Sacramento on March 11, 2013.
Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, D-Bell Gardens during session in the Assembly chamber in Sacramento on March 11, 2013. hamezcua@sacbee.com

Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia announced Monday that she accidentally overstated the value of travel she listed on economic interest disclosure forms filed last week.

After The Sacramento Bee reported that she accepted more sponsored travel in 2015 than any other member of the Assembly, the Bell Gardens Democrat said she had erred and was filing an amendment with the Fair Political Practices Commission.

Garcia said that through a clerical error the cost of her trip to Taiwan, paid by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles, had been listed at $17,000, twice the $8,500 actual cost. The amendment means she disclosed $25,606 worth of sponsored travel in 2015, not $34,106.

The adjustment would make her the fourth-highest recipient of travel in the Assembly. Evan Low, D-Campbell, took the most, $29,326.

Alexei Koseff: 916-321-5236, @akoseff

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