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.
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.”
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,”
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."
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."