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
I am thrilled to tell you that my office has partnered with several organizations and community leaders to host "A Safe Halloween" where families, children and friends can safely trick-or-treat. This year, Red Ribbon Week activities coincide with Halloween activities from October 23-31.
Here are some safety tips to keep in mind on this special day:
Place reflective tape on costumes and provide flashlights for visibility.
Remind children never to get in a car with a stranger.
Tell children that it's never OK to enter a stranger's home.
Plan to trick-or-treat in a group.
Adults should carefully check all treats before they are eaten.
Parents should stick close to younger children.
Stay on the sidewalk - don't jaywalk.
Make sure cell phones are fully charged.
Earlier this year, I announced with Assembly Concurrent Resolution 136 that October 23 to October 31, 2016 is Red Ribbon Week, a campaign encouraging kids to be drug-free. We welcome you to stop by any of the safe Halloween events to talk with me or my staff about how we can promote drug-free lifestyles among children.
Kern Regional Center provides developmental services for thousands of local residents
BAKERSFIELD – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) joined Kern Regional Center to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Lanterman Act and its half a century of supporting people with developmental disabilities.
“For fifty years, the Lanterman Act has helped to uplift the lives of people with developmental disabilities and their families,” said Assemblymember Rudy Salas. “While there is still work to do to ensure adequate funding for this system, today we can be proud of the progress we have made since the enactment of the Lanterman Act. This historic Act has allowed Kern Regional Center to bring needed services to our community and for that I am grateful to celebrate this special milestone.”
AB 935 seeks to upgrade water infrastructure and management systems
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) announced the Governor has signed into law Assembly Bill (AB) 935, which allows for increased hydropower investments on the Kern-Friant Canal. The project proposed for funding in AB 935 ranked fourth of 21 projects identified as ready-to-implement.
“I am pleased the Governor has heard our call for action on these shovel-ready projects which will allow us to manage our water supply more efficiently and provide needed relief to those who have suffered ongoing drought conditions,” said Assemblymember Salas. "While this is a big step in the right direction, there is still work to do. I will continue to fight for these budget investments to make sure we can improve our water system’s infrastructure and management.”
AB 453 helps fund local groundwater replenishment projects
SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) announced the Governor has signed into law Assembly Bill (AB) 453, which will enable Semitropic Water Storage District to fund projects directly related to groundwater replenishment. Semitropic is one of eight water storage districts in California and delivers water to nearly 300 customers for the irrigation of approximately 140,000 acres for agricultural uses.
“Groundwater management in California is best accomplished locally and AB 453 was crafted with that in mind,” said Assemblymember Salas. “Semitropic has a storage capacity of more than 1.6 million acre feet, making it one of the largest groundwater banks in operation. This bill will enable Semitropic to fund needed groundwater replenishment projects and meet local sustainability goals.”
Assembly Select Committee explores role of Health in successful outcomes
BAKERSFIELD – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) hosted a hearing at CSU Bakersfield to explore impediments to success for boys and men of color and how health relates to those barriers. The event is part of a series of regional meetings held by the Assembly Select Committee on the Status of Boys & Men of Color chaired by Assemblymembers Reginald Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles) and Rob Bonta (D-Oakland).
“Creating sustainable change for current and future generations is so important,” said Assemblymember Salas. “Every child should have the same opportunity to grow up healthy, receive a good education, and become productive members of society. Bringing these issues to the forefront through this event is a key component of finding, uplifting, and in some cases creating innovative tools and programs that benefit at risk youth.”
AB 1115 designates the intersection at Sunset Middle a "school zone"
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) announced that his Assembly Bill (AB) 1115, designating a "school zone" on State Route (SR) 184 near Sunset Middle School, has been approved and signed into law by Governor Brown.
"Every family, teacher, and worker should be able to drive to and from school safely," said Assemblymember Salas. "Designating this portion of the highway as a school zone will protect school kids and make this intersection safer for families and commuters, especially as the new school year begins."
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) and the full State Assembly honored and recognized Blue and Gold Star families during today’s floor session. The reference to the Blue and Gold Star comes from the custom of families of servicemen or servicewomen hanging a service flag in the window of their homes displaying a blue star for every living family member in the service and a gold star for those who have perished.
“Most of us cannot begin to imagine the sacrifice made by our Blue and Gold Star families,” said Assemblymember Salas. “California has lost more service members than any other state and we have to do everything we can for those families and honor their strength and sacrifice. Our service members, veterans, and their families inspire us through their poise and resilience and deserve all of our recognition and support.”
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.”