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Salas Responds to 0% Water Allocation

BAKERSFIELD – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) released the following statement today after The State Department of Water Resources announced today that the allocation for farmers from the State water project will be 0%:

“This is one of the worst droughts in California history. With the Sierra Snowpack at 12% normal, we must come together to fix California’s water systems.  News of the Department of Water Resources 0% allocation just sends a clear message that we can no longer afford to wait; we must come together and work toward a bi-partisan water bond for the sake of all Californians. I look forward to tonight’s water hearing in my district to speak about the needs of the Central Valley and work towards a solution for the state.”

Salas Sludge Bill Passes Assembly

AB 371 passes Assembly floor with bi-partisan support

BAKERSFIELD - Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) today announced that AB 371 passed the Assembly floor with bipartisan support by a vote of 49-6. Following a town hall meeting earlier this month, Salas amended his legislation to require more stringent testing. AB 371 will ensure the well-being and safety of residents and the local aquifers by requiring testing for potential groundwater contamination, pathogens, endotoxins, and other hazards resulting from sewage sludge or other biological solids applied on properties in unincorporated areas of Kern County.

“What we heard over and over was that Federal regulations on sewage dumping have not been updated for almost three decades and no risk assessment has been done recently by our state regulators,” said Assemblymember Salas. “In the meantime, a national Federal EPA study was done in 2009 that identified as many as 27 new toxins in sewage sludge tested in 35 other states. AB 371 will provide hard facts that, at a minimum, will show us what we are really dealing with.”

Salas Seeks Answers to Sludge Concerns

Legislative action needed to fill gaps in scientific knowledge about controversial practice

BAKERSFIELD - Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) held a town hall this evening where he identified and highlighted the gaps in scientific knowledge about the health and environmental risks of the application of Los Angeles sewage sludge in Kern County. Attendees also had an opportunity to ask questions and voice their concerns about sludge.

“Based on what we heard tonight and the gaps in testing from the government, I am amending my Assembly Bill (AB) 371, requiring more stringent testing that I believe will give us the scientific evidence we need to show the potential ill-effects of sewage sludge and help Kern ultimately prevent its saturated use in the county,” said Salas. “We must fill the gaps that exist in our testing, and let science shape our approach to finding a solution that will hopefully lead to discontinuing the dumping of harmful sewage sludge in Kern County.”

Salas Responds to Governor’s State of the State Address

BAKERSFIELD – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) released the following statement today after Governor Brown delivered the 2014 State of the State Address:

“The Governor hit the right tone today; prioritizing paying down debt, investing more in schools and tackling the dire water situation for the state,” said Assemblymember Salas.  “Just like the Governor outlined the need for putting money away for lean years, we need to store water for the dry years.” Salas concluded.

Salas Rallies Support for Water Bond

Water security is economic security; Californians must act now

BAKERSFIELD - Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) today urged support for a California Water Bond at a bipartisan press conference and rally on the steps of the State Capitol. Salas contends that the bond, to be crafted by the State Legislature, must include critical infrastructure investments to ensure local and statewide water supplies now and into the future.

Salas Responds to Governor’s Drought Declaration

BAKERSFIELD – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) released the following statement today after Governor Brown declared a drought emergency for the state of California:

“I want to thank the Governor and everyone who rallied for water yesterday - our voices were heard. Now that the Governor has declared a drought emergency, this will accelerate relief efforts and help get water to where it is needed now.  I will continue to fight for better water infrastructure and look forward to hosting a water hearing later this month in my district.”

Assemblymember Salas represents part of the City of Bakersfield, the cities of Arvin, Avenal, Corcoran, Delano, Hanford, Lemoore, McFarland, Shafter, Wasco, and the communities of Armona, Buttonwillow, Home Garden, Kettleman City, Lamont, Lost Hills, Stratford and Weedpatch.

Salas Bill to Fight Illegal Sweepstakes Gambling Cafes

Cafes a threat to public safety, local businesses

BAKERSFIELD – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) announced today that he has introduced Assembly Bill 1439 to fight the rising number of illegal sweepstakes gambling cafes proliferating in the City of Bakersfield and throughout the state.

“Illegal sweepstakes gambling cafes are a threat to both public safety and local business,” said Assemblymember Salas.  “This legislation will stop these casino-style gambling cafes and give local governments and the Department of Justice the tools needed to shut them down permanently.”

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