California is now offering an Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for working low-income families and individuals. In addition to the federal EITC, the new state Earned Income Tax Credit will put more money in the pockets of those who need it most. Read More
Assemblymember Perea to step down at the end of the month
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) issued the following statement about State Assembly Member Henry T. Perea’s decision to resign from office:
“Assemblymember Perea has been a great friend and ally to the Central Valley and working families throughout the State. I wish him well on his new endeavor. My colleagues and I look forward to ensuring we continue to build a strong California focused on jobs and a growing economy.”
Assemblymember Salas represents part of the City of Bakersfield, the cities of Arvin, Avenal, Corcoran, Delano, Hanford, Lemoore, McFarland, Shafter, Wasco, and the communities of Armona, Buttonwillow, Home Garden, Kettleman City, Lamont, Lost Hills, Stratford and Weedpatch.
CalTrans urged to take immediate steps on school crossing
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) is urging the California Department of Transportations (CalTrans) to make changes that will ensure the safety of students and families at schools. After three tragic fatalities occurred at the intersections to access Sunset Middle School due to the lack of adequate safety measures, Assemblymember Salas has called on CalTrans to immediately review all available options to ensure the safety of school crossings and intersections.
"Addressing the safety of our community and the school children at this intersection is a top priority," said Assemblymember Salas. "We should be doing everything that we can to ensure that families are safe when they pick up or drop off their children at school."
California Manufacturers & Technology Association & Industrial Environmental Association recognize Salas for protecting jobs and promoting economic growth in California
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) announced that he received the joint California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) and Industrial Environmental Association (IEA), 2015 Legislator of the Year Award. The CMTA works to improve and enhance a strong business climate for California's 30,000 manufacturing, processing and technology based companies. The mission of IEA is to promote responsible, cost-effective environmental laws and regulations and facilitate compliance.
AB 1350 protects workers & access to health care services for local residents
SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) announced that his Assembly Bill (AB) 1350 has been signed into law by Governor Brown. The bill, a continuation of legislation signed into law last year, would ensure that employees of the Kern Medical Center to continue to receive health and retirement benefits during the transition and establishment of the Kern Hospital Authority.
“It is important that workers are not denied their benefits during this transition and I am glad that Kern Medical Center and their workers were able to reach consensus on a fair agreement,” said Assemblymember Salas. “I look forward to the success of Kern Medical Center and its ability to provide needed health care services to the Central Valley.”
AB 1420 authored in response to 2014 Arvin Gas Leak
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) announced that his Assembly Bill (AB) 1420 - which will set clear guidelines for local entities when unfortunate gas leaks occur – has been signed into law by Governor Brown.
“AB 1420 is a strong step forward in providing accountability and clear direction so that this type of tragedy never happens again,” said Assemblymember Salas. “Families should never have to go through the kind of experience that Arvin families went through – and with this measure, communities across the state will be ensured of their safety should a similar situation take place.”
Community comes together to engage, help and volunteer
HANFORD – Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) hosted a Community Coffee event in Hanford along with the Hanford Chamber of Commerce and the Professional Latin American Association to engage constituents in questions and answers, recognize business owners and assist with a $5,000 check presentation to Hanford West High for text books from the Barona Band of Mission Indians.
He later joined volunteers at the “Day of Caring” - St. Vincent De Paul Center Project. The St. Vincent De Paul volunteer project consisted of sweeping, light weeding and litter removal around curbs, the parking lot and back dock areas. Volunteers also helped switch out clothing racks with winter wear for the colder months ahead.
AB 1420 introduced by Salas in response to 2014 Arvin Gas Leak
SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) announced that his Assembly Bill (AB)
1420 - which will set clear guidelines for local entities when unfortunate gas leaks occur - has
been approved by the Legislature with bipartisan support and awaits Governor Brown's signature.
AB 1043 makes State Route 43 eligible to compete for funding
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) announced that his Assembly Bill (AB) 1043 has been approved by the legislature and awaits Governor Brown’s signature. AB 1043 will add State Route (SR) 43 to the Interregional Road System (IRRS) making it eligible to compete for project funding in the Interregional Transportation Improvement Program (ITIP).
“Safety improvement projects for State Route 43 are long overdue as it serves as a key route for commuter and freight transportation,” said Assemblymember Salas. “This measure makes State Route 43 eligible for additional safety improvements, repairs, and upgrades.”
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) announced that his Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR) 102 proclaims October 23 to October 31, 2015 as Red Ribbon Week. Salas is asking parents and students to make commitments to live in a drug-free environment.
“Promoting a positive, drug-free climate in our schools improves the general learning environment and assists today’s youth in establishing good health habits that last a lifetime,” said Assemblymember Salas. “I am proud to partner with our local schools and encourage everyone to take part in Red Ribbon Week."
$5,000 Awarded to five Central Valley organizations
BAKERSFIELD – Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) recognized the work of five Central Valley nonprofit organizations. Each organization received the AT&T “Investing in California” award and will receive funding from AT&T to help expand and sustain local programs. This award is given to organizations and programs throughout the state that are improving lives in their communities by advancing education, economic growth, new technologies, and other essential community services.
“I commend AT&T in recognizing the important work of local organizations who continue to have a positive impact in our community,” said Assemblymember Salas.