Armona’s water treatment project will move forward
HANFORD - Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) took immediate action when he learned that funding for Armona’s Water Treatment Project was in jeopardy by bringing together state and local parties. Recently, Salas held a conference call with all parties and worked with the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) to ensure the project would meet the necessary requirements to obtain Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding.
The Armona Water Treatment Project will help deliver clean water to residents, improve water quality, and support services to new consumers. The Armona Community Services District applied for CDBG funding for the project, but their application was nearly denied after the HCD determined the submitted community income survey was insufficient.
Today, Kings County Board of Supervisors approved a plan developed with the state to ensure the project and funding will move forward. The plan authorizes the Armona Community Services District to complete an income survey that demonstrates the project meets CDBG eligibility requirements. The application will proceed and, under the proposed timeline, the new income survey will be submitted to HCD by April 2015.
“This is a great example of government coming together to help our community,” said Assemblymember Salas. “The residents of Armona deserve this water treatment project and I am happy to help in any way possible to see it through.”
“When the topic of Armona’s water project came up, I knew we had to get Assemblyman Salas involved,” said Supervisor Richard Valle.
On Friday, January 30, 2015, Assemblymember Salas will host a town hall at the Armona Community Center located at 11115 C Street from 5:30-7:00pm to update residents about the status of the project and answer outstanding questions. For more information contact his Hanford Office at (559) 585-7170.
Salas named Chair of Committee on Accountability and Administrative Review
SACRAMENTO – Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) named Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) to one of a few coveted Chairmanship posts in the State Assembly. Asemblymember Salas was named Chair of the Committee on Accountability and Administrative Review.
“I want to thank the Speaker for this leadership role to ensure that government is accountable for taxpayer dollars” said Assemblymember Salas. “I look forward to holding hearings to identify ways to cut bureaucracy, remove red tape and ensure that government is running as efficiently as possible.”
Asks community to join him to keep kids drug free
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) announced that Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR) 175 has proclaimed October 23 to October 31, 2014 as Red Ribbon Week. Assemblymember Salas asked 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,”
Red Ribbon Week is from October 23 – 31
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) announced that his Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR) 74 has proclaimed October 23 to October 31, 2013 as Red Ribbon Week. This year’s theme, “A Healthy Me is Drug Free,” encourages all Californians to help build drug-free communities and to participate in drug prevention activities by making a visible statement that we are firmly committed to healthy, productive, and drug-free lifestyles.
“Red Ribbon Week offers us a chance to talk to kids early about the dangers of drugs and substance abuse,” said Assemblymember Salas. “I am proud to partner with our schools to get the word out and encourage everyone to take part in Red Ribbon Week."
AB 548 chaptered with bi-partisan support
BAKERSFIELD – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) announced that his Assembly Bill (AB) 548 was signed by Governor Brown and chaptered into law. This legislation authorizes community college districts to utilize a multi-criteria selection process for their nursing programs.
“The Central Valley already faces a shortage of doctors and nurses,” said Assemblymember Salas. “AB 548 will improve success rates in our competitive nursing programs, getting qualified nurses into the workforce.”
AB 1439 will close a loophole and put a stop to illegal gambling sweepstakes cafes
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) announced that his Assembly Bill (AB) 1439 to shut down illegal sweepstakes gambling cafes passed the Assembly floor unanimously and will now go before the Governor to be signed into law.
“We have seen how illegal gambling at these cafes are a threat to both public safety and local business,” said Assemblymember Salas. “This legislation will be the final nail in the coffin for illegal gambling cafes and stop them from exploiting a loophole in the law that allowed them to proliferate across the state.”
AB 2546 would allow for creation of a Kern County Hospital Authority
SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) announced that his Assembly Bill (AB) 2546 that would give the Kern County Board of Supervisors the option to establish a Hospital Authority to manage and administer the Kern Medical Center passed the Senate floor unanimously.
"After working with local stakeholders, it became clear that the creation of a hospital authority is an option to save KMC. I'm pleased that the legislature is going to empower Kern County's local government to be able to ensure that this hospital continues to provide vital health care services that the Central Valley so greatly needs."
Assembly passes historic bi-partisan water bond 77-1
SACRAMENTO – Today, the California Legislature passed a historic water bond. Since taking office in 2012, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) has worked diligently to make sure the voices of the Central Valley are heard, not only on water but also on other critical issues affecting the valley. Senate Bill 866/Assembly Bill 1471 provides $7.545 billion dollars for safe drinking water and storage projects, giving California the ability to store water for use during dry years.
“California’s population has more than doubled since 1960 – going from 15 million to over 38 million people. Today’s historic vote invests in California’s water infrastructure and helps secure our states ability to remain as a worldwide economic powerhouse,” stated Assemblymember Salas.
Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) rallied thousands of Future Farmers of America (FFA) students and their supporters in Sacramento and spent countless hours over the last six months pushing to save the Agriculture Education Incentive Grant Program. And it worked! When Governor Brown signed the new budget at the end of June, it included the Ag Ed funding Assemblymember Salas and so many others had been fighting for since the Governor proposed cutting off the Ag Ed funding back in January. “Agriculture Education Programs - like FFA - grow more than crops, they grow Californians who lead and feed the nations,” said Assemblymember Salas. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
32nd Assembly District Veteran of the Year
SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) honored Chief Hospital Corpsman Lon Chaney as the 32nd Assembly District Veteran of the Year at the 7th Annual Veterans Recognition Luncheon in Sacramento.
“During his 28 years in the Navy, Lon Chaney received many medals and commendations for his bravery, service, and devotion. It’s my honor to recognize him today as Veteran of the Year,” stated Assemblymember Salas. “Lon Chaney has gone above and beyond the call of duty by continuing to serve his community as Chair of the American Legion Boys’ State of Delano since 1989 and serving veterans through many local organizations.”