Salas’ AB70 tackles bioengineering virus threats

Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) successfully passed Assembly Bill (AB) 70 out of the State Assembly with bipartisan support. AB 70 would require gene synthesis companies operating in California to conduct public safety screenings of their customers and the gene sequences they order. Gene synthesis is the process of designing and synthesizing sequences of DNA. This […]

Salas announces over $5m to help Central Valley families purchase homes

Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) applauded the decision by the California Department of Housing and Community Development to award $5,820,000 in grants to Kern and Kings Counties to help underserved families become homeowners. “I am thrilled to see more investment come to theValley that will help our families become homeowners,” said Assemblymember Salas. “We will continueto […]

Hurtado to CA Water Commission: Keep water funds meant for the Valley in the Valley

Today, Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger) issued the following statement regarding a bi-partisan letter she sent that urges the California Water Commission to prioritize water storage projects in the Central Valley when assessing how to reallocate funds from Proposition 1: “California is facing a water crisis and a potential food crisis, one that could have been […]

Tulare hospital district keeps state from staking $5.6m claim in bankruptcy court

The Tulare Local Healthcare District has successfully prevented the California Department of Healthcare Services from making a $5.6m claim in the district’s bankruptcy proceedings. The district filed Chapter 9 bankruptcy on September 30, 2017 and had its bankruptcy plan approved on August 16, 2019. That plan is the district’s blueprint for how it would repay […]

Westlands Water District Prohibits Landscape Watering in Response to Bureau of Reclamation’s Allocation Reduction for Agricultural, Municipal and Industrial Water Contractors

Press Release from Westland Water District Fresno, California (May 26, 2021) – In response to today’s announcement by the Bureau of Reclamation regarding the reduction of allocation to municipal and industrial water contractors from 55% to 25% of historic use, and the reduction of allocation to agricultural repayment and water service contractors from 5% to […]

Congressman David G. Valadao Statement on Bureau of Reclamation’s Updated Central Valley Project 2021 Water Allocation

Yesterday, Congressman David G. Valadao released the following statement in response to the Bureau of Reclamation’s (Reclamation) updated 2021 water supply allocation for Central Valley Project (CVP) contractors. Reclamation initially allocated a mere 5% for South-of-Delta agricultural repayment and water service contractors, later suspending this allocation altogether in March. Today, Reclamation confirmed South-of-Delta contractors will […]

Chris Mathys, GOP primary candidate, begins effort to declare delta smelt extinct

The delta smelt could be declared endangered if Chris Mathys, a Republican primary challenger to David Valadao, gets his way. “Federal and state mandated rules related to the delta smelt in California are severely restricting the releases of surface water relied upon by California’s farmers and ranchers. Agriculture products are vital to California’s economy and […]