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
Two-week school supply drive held for Central Valley Students
BAKERSFIELD – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) delivered back-to-school supplies for students throughout the Central Valley by partnering with the help of several community organizations and volunteers including Wells Fargo, United Way, and others. In a two-week effort to ensure that students are well-prepared to start the school year successfully, Salas held “Stuff the Bus” events to fill buses with school supplies, gave away backpacks to hundreds of students, and brought together local barbers to provide free haircuts to students in the 32nd Assembly District.
“We know how important it is to start off the school year with the tools needed to succeed,” said Salas. “With the new school year ramping up, parents and families are already juggling to prepare their students. It is my hope that these events will help them start the new school year strong.”
Ribbon cutting held for Westlands Solar Park demonstration project
LEMOORE – Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas joined Westlands Solar Park at a ribbon cutting ceremony for the newest solar demonstration project. The Westlands Solar Park study area includes approximately 24,000 acres of land for renewable development in western Fresno and Kings Counties.
“I am pleased to attend the ribbon cutting for this important project. These efforts are directly in line with my bill AB 2630, which seeks to unlock renewable energy development and bring much needed jobs to the Central Valley,” said Assemblymember Rudy Salas. “This project shows us how the Central Valley can become a major source of power for the state while bringing clean energy and good jobs to the region.”
32nd Assembly District 2016 Veteran of the Year Award
SACRAMENTO - Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) honored U.S. Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel David A. Torres as the 32nd Assembly District Veteran of the Year at the 9th Annual Veterans Recognition Luncheon in Sacramento.
“We could never fully repay the debt of gratitude owed to our veterans. Lieutenant Colonel David A. Torres has proudly served our country since 1979 and continues to go above and beyond to make a difference in our community,” said Assembly Salas. “It’s my honor to recognize him as Veteran of the Year for his continued service and success.”
KCAO chosen to be the 32nd Assembly District Nonprofit of the Year
BAKERSFIELD – Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) recognized the Kings Community Action Organization (KCAO) with the 32nd Assembly District Nonprofit of the Year Award.
“For a generation, the Kings Community Action Organization has been a pillar of excellence and community service in the region,” said Assemblymember Rudy Salas. “The services provided by KCAO have been instrumental in changing the lives of so many Central Valley families. KCAO staff and volunteers continue to be strong stewards and advocates of positive change in our community and I am proud to recognize their hard work.”
Legislature meets constitutional deadline to approve spending plan
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) released the following statement on the passage of the budget:
“I am pleased that both houses of the legislature have delivered an on-time, fiscally prudent budget to the Governor. This budget continues to increase funding for public schools, higher education, childcare, seniors, and public safety improvements. We are building up the largest reserves in state history to protect from future economic downturns and reinvesting in programs that help communities make ends meet.”
(Sacramento) – California State Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) adjourned the Assembly in the memory of the Helen F. Chavez, wife of farm worker labor leader Cesar Chavez. Mrs. Chavez was 88 years old. She was surround by her seven surviving children, 31 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren at the time of her passing. “I had the great privilege of personally knowing Helen,” said Assemblymember Salas. “For 88 years, she was a force of quiet strength, but the legacy she leaves behind will echo for generations. Never one to grandstand, she worked hard behind the scenes devoting her life to fighting for a brighter future. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and loved ones. Today, we join them in celebration of a life well lived.” Watch this Assembly Access Video to see Assemblymember Salas’s touching tribute to Helen Chavez.
Chavez, widow of civil rights and labor leader Cesar Chavez, has died at age 88
SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) and the State Assembly adjourned today’s floor session in the memory of Helen F. Chavez, widow of civil rights leader Cesar Chavez. At the time of her passing, she was surrounded by her seven surviving children, 31 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
“I had the great privilege of personally knowing Helen. For 88 years, she was a force of quiet strength, but the legacy she leaves behind will echo for generations,” said Assemblymember Salas. “Never one to grandstand, she worked hard behind the scenes devoting her life to fighting for a brighter future. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and loved ones. Today, we join them in celebration of a life well lived.”
Local Portuguese community leaders travel to Capitol for presentation of ACR 184
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) welcomed local Portuguese community leaders to the State Capitol as he presented Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR) 184, which declares the month of June 2016 as Portuguese National Heritage Month.
“Through an entrepreneurial and community spirit, Californians of Portuguese heritage have contributed greatly to the social, economic, and cultural makeup of our state,” said Assemblymember Salas. “I’m honored to author this resolution recognizing their culture and rich heritage.”
AB 1649 prioritizes storage projects such as Temperance & Sites
SACRAMENTO – Today, the State Assembly passed a bill authored by Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) that directs the state to prioritize funding for surface storage development.
“AB 1649 will streamline water storage projects such as Temperance and Sites,” said Assemblymember Salas. “I’m pleased my colleagues understand the importance of prioritizing water storage as local jurisdictions form agreements on how to best meet the needs of the Valley and the State.”
AB 2565 secures funding for Kern Independent Living Center
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) announced that his Assembly Bill (AB) 2565 has been approved by the full State Assembly with bi-partisan support. The bill ensures minimum state base funding for three Independent Living Centers (ILCs), including Independent Living Center of Kern County. Currently, three of the state’s ILCs receive zero state funding despite providing the same services offered at other centers throughout the state.
“AB 2565 will provide much needed funding to support those with disabilities to live, learn, and work independently,” said Assemblymember Salas. “This is a critical step to increasing access and equal opportunity to people with disabilities while building the capacity of the state’s independent living centers.”