California Police Chiefs Association applaud Salas’ focus on public safety
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) was selected by the California Police Chiefs Association as Legislator of the Year for 2014.
“I’m glad to have been able to successfully fight to keep our neighborhoods safe and secure,” said Assemblymember Salas. “It’s an honor to be selected as Legislator of the Year by the California Police Chiefs Association for my work on public safety.”
(Sacramento) - Assembly Bill 603 (AB 603), authored by Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield), which will establish a statewide tax credit for consumers that replace conventional grass with more drought-resistant landscaping is moving through the legislative process. “Times of severe drought can bring about creative solutions,” said Assemblymember Salas. “Two students from Hanford had an idea to incentivize synthetic grass, and we’re going to see if we can make their idea a reality.” Arijeet (Ari) Grewal and Rajvarun (Raj) Grewal, brothers and students from Pioneer Middle School and Sierra Pacific High School in Hanford, wrote to Assemblymember Salas’ office last summer as part of Salas’ “There Oughta Be a Law Contest” to propose their idea “save California one drop at a time”. Here’s more from Assemblymember Salas and the Grewal brothers in this Assembly Access video.
Hanford students travel to Sacramento to testify in support of AB 603 (Salas)
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) announced today that his Assembly Bill (AB) 603, which incentivizes consumers to replace conventional grass with more drought-resistant landscaping, has advanced through the first step in the Revenue and Taxation Committee process.
“This historic drought has caused us all to look for creative solutions,” said Assemblymember Salas. “I applaud the Grewal brothers for helping to make a positive difference in our community.”
Please join me, the San Joaquin Valley Pollution Control District, Healthy Air Living and Valley Clean Air Now for free smog testing and repair assistance on Saturday, May 9th. Early arrival is strongly suggested.
Location: Kern County Fairgrounds, 1142 South P Street (South P Street Parking Lot)
Emissions testing from 9am-3pm (anticipated 2 hour wait)
The first 525 vehicles that qualify after the free emissions test will receive a $500 voucher for repairs at a participating STAR smog shop
Free food and drinks start at 9am (while supplies last)
No raises for university executives as student tuition climbs
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) introduced Assembly Bill (AB) 1317 which will prohibit Universities from increasing Executive pay when the Trustees / Board of Regents increase student tuition.
“We need to stand up for our students who are being priced out of an education while executives continue to give themselves raises,” said Assemblymember Salas. “This is about protecting our students and holding universities accountable for their actions.”
Hanford students spark inspiration for legislation
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) today introduced Assembly Bill (AB) 603 which will establish a statewide tax credit for consumers that replace conventional grass with more drought-resistant landscaping.
“Times of severe drought can bring about creative solutions,” said Assemblymember Salas. “Two students from Hanford had an idea to incentivize synthetic grass, and we’re going to see if we can make their idea a reality.”
Assemblymember hosts screening of the new Disney film “McFarland, USA”
BAKERSFIELD – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) today welcomed local high school students to a special screening of the upcoming Disney film “McFarland, USA” following a community event to build a new playground.
“McFarland High School’s Cross Country team has become legendary after winning 25 section titles since 1987,” said Assemblymember Salas. “There is truly something special happening in the Central Valley where our students can show that we can compete and win at the highest levels” concluded Assemblymember Salas.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s contribution to equal rights for all Americans remains unmatched.
In the years since Dr. King's untimely death, our state and our country have moved closer to the dream of equality envisioned by Dr. King. However, there is still much work to do in the ongoing struggle for social, racial, and economic justice.
Each year, the Legislature honors Dr. King's birthday with a resolution. Eighty six years after his birth, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday will be observed on Monday, January 19th.
Today, I want to encourage each of you to keep Dr. King's dream alive by performing an act of service. Help your neighbors by volunteering to make our community stronger. This is the legacy that I believe Dr. King would ask of us in his memory.
I welcome you to join me at the following volunteer opportunities and upcoming events to celebrate MLK Day in our area:
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Clean Up
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park
E California and S Owens Street, Bakersfield, CA 93307
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast
“The Year of Sacrifice”
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center
1000 S Owens Street, Bakersfield, CA 93307
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Candlelit March
Begins: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park
E California and S Owens Street, Bakersfield, CA 93307
Ends: St. Peter Restoration Community Christian Ministries
510 E Brundage Lane, Bakersfield, CA 93307
SACRAMENTO – Today, Governor Jerry Brown released his 2015-16 Budget, which provides an estimated $113.3 billion in General Fund spending.
The Budget includes $120 million for state universities, provided the California State University and University of California do not raise tuition. For K-12 schools, funding levels will increase by more than $2,600 per student. The Budget begins the implementation of the Water Bond by including $532 million to fund safe drinking water, water reliability, and water storage. The proposal also boosts funding for workforce training by $1.2 billion, which will help grow jobs and the economy. The Governor plans to expand Medi-Cal health coverage to over 12 million Californians and reduce the state’s unfunded liability for retiree health care benefits.