(Redding, CA) – Assemblymember Adam Gray (D-Merced) and the State Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee recently held an informational hearing at the Shasta County Board of Supervisors chambers to hear what North State residents think about the state’s aging water systems and the 2014 water bond. At the hearing Assemblymember Gray said, “As our demand for water continues to grow year after year, we need to continue to place an emphasis on storage - both above and below ground.” Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Adam C. Gray (D-Merced) today congratulated the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District on obtaining a federal ozone standard for air quality in the Valley.
“The Valley is on the right track,” said Assemblymember Gray. “The district has spent years identify sources of pollution and teaching folks how to do the same job in a cleaner way. We are finally seeing that education pay off. Director Sedredin and the entire Air District deserve our thanks.”
A new study conducted by economists Antonio Avalos and David Vera of the Craig School of Business at California State University, Fresno, suggests that developing the Monterey Shale– the 1,750 square mile underground rock formation that lies underneath the California’s unemployment-ravaged San Joaquin Valley — could create up to 195,000 direct new jobs and generate more than $22 billion in personal income for area residents.
According to the study, which was commissioned by the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), the eight counties of the San Joaquin Valley are positioned to see $6.7 billion in new taxable sales — with more than $1 billion in Kern County alone — and an increase in per capita GDP of up to $3,980. That would constitute a true economic renaissance in an area suffering from double-digit unemployment for far too long: Five of the San Joaquin Valley’s cities rank among the nation’s ten metro areas with the worst unemployment.
When Chelsy Samuels of Salida started taking care of her 7-year-old sister, Kellie, she learned the girl had a mouth full of cavities.
The tooth decay was too severe to treat in a regular dental office, so Kellie was referred to Salida Surgery Center Dental Group, where dentists fixed her teeth as she lay on an operating table under anesthesia.
SANTA NELLA – The lights came back on in nearly three dozen mobile homes earlier this week, ending an ordeal which left their occupants without electrical service for nearly two months after a fire damaged electrical panels serving the units.
Donations of labor and materials arranged through the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 684 made the repairs possible.
Watch out Chef Gordon Ramsey…..Gavin Pola, the great-great-great grandson of Simon Newman has made it to the semi-finals of the Junior Master Chef contest. Getting into the Top 12 of this contest was not an easy feat and at only 11 years old Gavin is certainly on his way to achieving his culinary goals. Congratulations to such a young shining star!!
Assembly member Adam Gray has certainly earned some points in our book.
SANTA NELLA, Calif. (KFSN) -- A team of people is joining forces to restore power to the more than two dozen Santa Nella residents who have been without it for nearly two months.
It all started when fire ripped through an abandoned mobile home, knocking out the power source for 33 mobile homes. Until Thursday, all of those people thought their future was going to be in the dark.
Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed legislation aimed directly at preventing a significant rate hike for Merced Irrigation District electric customers.
The new law, Senate Bill 591, was co-written by Sen. Anthony Cannella, R-Ceres, and Assemblyman Adam Gray, D-Merced, and passed both houses of the state Legislature in August.
One of the accomplishments of the Legislature this year is a compromise bill on fracking that allows the oil extraction technique to continue but with strict regulations to be drafted over the next 18 months. Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 4 last week.
Headed into the session, there were multiple proposals to ban fracking, the controversial procedure that most people have heard about and few people understand. The bill that passed will put fracking under more serious scrutiny in California than occurs in any other state, primarily because in 2005 Congress approved the “Halliburton Loophole,” which exempts fracking from the federal Safe Drinking Water Act requirements.
With 12 days remaining for the Legislature to pass bills this session, we bring readers up to date on some of the proposals by our region’s representatives:
SB 591, by Sen. Anthony Cannella and Assemblyman Adam Gray, passed the Legislature and is headed to the governor’s desk. It would benefit electricity customers of the Merced Irrigation District – constituents of the two legislators – by reducing the state mandate for that district to get 33 percent of its energy from renewable resources. The Merced district will be able to count hydropower as meeting the renewable standard.