Press Releases

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Assemblymember Salas with student athletes

Bakersfield Fire Department taught fire safety to teens and exposed student athletes to the rigors of being a firefighter

BAKERSFIELD – Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) and Bakersfield Firefighters invited Assembly District 32’s Athletic Champions to participate in a friendly firefighter training obstacle course competition at the Olive Drive Firefighter Training Facility.  The teams selected to participate in this event won the championships in their division. This event taught fire safety to teens, young adults, and their parents and exposed participants to the rigors of being a firefighter. Students and parents also had the opportunity to discuss legislation with Assemblymember Salas.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

State Auditor finds CSU’s stashed away $1.5 billion and raised tuition

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield), Chairman of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC), issued the following statement in response to the California State University (CSU) Audit:

“As students continue to struggle with the burden of rapidly growing student loan debt, rising tuition and fees, and high costs of living, we must ensure that our universities are doing everything they can to help students get an education without burying them in debt for years to come,” said Chairman Salas. “The Joint Legislative Audit Committee will look closely at and follow up on the findings from the CSU audit to provide much-needed oversight and transparency to help our financially strapped and overburdened students.”  

Thursday, June 13, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Today, both houses of the Legislature approved the 2019-20 state budget with Assembly Bill (AB) 74. The budget committees held over 90 hearings and spent months crafting a fiscally responsible budget. The Budget Act of 2019 (AB 74) now heads to the Governor’s desk for his consideration. Assemblymember Salas (D-Bakersfield) issued the following statement: 

“The Legislature passed a balanced and on-time budget that includes key investments in education, safe drinking water, healthcare workforce, homelessness and housing, pays down debt, and builds the Rainy Day Fund.  I am pleased to see that the budget includes significant funding for projects and services that benefit the Central Valley, including raising per pupil spending to over $12,000, fully funding the university systems to prevent tuition increases and expand undergraduate enrollment, investing in healthcare workforce to address the severe doctor shortage, providing $2 million for the Valley Fever Institute at Kern Medical Center, and allocating over $130 million to address safe and affordable drinking water.  The result is a healthy budget that reflects a collaborative effort to support working families, small businesses, students, seniors and veterans.”

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Assemblymember Salas addresses committee

Weakness in Commission’s Oversight has Created Opportunities for Judicial Misconduct

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Salas, Chair of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC), Senator

Hannah-Beth Jackson (D- Santa Barbara), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay), Chair of the Assembly Judiciary Committee, held an oversight hearing to discuss the findings and recommendations identified by the California State Auditor in an audit report released in April regarding weaknesses at the Commission on Judicial Performance.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Assemblymember Salas with Kings Lions Club

Kings Lions Club recognized during California Nonprofits Day

SACRAMENTO – Today, during California Nonprofits Day, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) honored the Kings Lions Club as the 32nd Assembly District’s 2019 Nonprofit of the Year.  The Kings Lions Club is an affiliate of Lions Clubs International, the largest service organization in the world with an association of over 1.4 million members in approximately 46,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world.  Chartered in 2013, the Kings Lions Club has over 40 dedicated members from the Lemoore/ Hanford area.  Last year they donated over $60,000 to the community and volunteered thousands of hours through various programs and service projects.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Assemblymember Salas with ACR 30

ACR 30 recognizes the Portuguese community for their contributions to California

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) and the State Assembly unanimously passed Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR) 30, which declares June 2019 as Portuguese National Heritage Month.  This resolution recognizes the Portuguese community’s significant contributions to our state and the world.   

Friday, May 24, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Yesterday, Assembly Bill (AB) 203, authored by Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield), passed the Assembly Floor with bipartisan support.  AB 203 would strengthen and improve education and protections for workers from valley fever by requiring construction employers in endemic counties to provide effective awareness and prevention training to employees.