Press Releases

Salas Announces Over $5 Million to Help Families Purchase Homes

$5,820,000 awarded in the Central Valley for homeowner grants

SACRAMENTO –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.

California Addresses Bioengineering Virus Threats

Salas’ AB 70 tackles public safety concerns within the gene synthesis industry
SACRAMENTO – Today, 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 allows researchers to create a gene from scratch and scientists have shown that it is possible to construct deadly diseases like COVID-19 and Ebola by using bits of DNA that can be ordered online from gene synthesis companies. Currently, there are no requirements that companies screen their customers or the orders of DNA that they request.

Assemblymember Salas Passes Major EDD Reform in the State Assembly

SACRAMENTO, CA – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) successfully passed Assembly Bill (AB)
56 with overwhelming bipartisan support, out of the State Assembly. AB 56 will implement vital reforms to the
Employment Development Department (EDD) by speeding up eligible unemployment insurance claims,

Salas Announces Funding for Farm to School Programs in Kern County

$108,188 will fund pilot programs improving nutrition & supporting the local economy

BAKERSFIELD –Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) commended the decision by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) to fund two Farm to School Pilot Grant Programs, totaling $108,188, in both the McFarland Unified School District and at the Wonderful College Prep Academy (WCPA).

Salas Brings Community Together to Honor the Legacy of Officer Jonathan Diaz

Kings County community gathers for Crime Victims Rights Week & ceremony on behalf of the Diaz family

LEMOORE – Assemblymember Salas (D-Bakersfield) joined the Lemoore Police Department and Kings County community for a tree planting ceremony to honor the legacy and sacrifice of Officer Jonathan Diaz, who was tragically killed in the line of duty in 2019, while responding to a domestic violence call.

California 9-1-1 Dispatchers Honor Assemblymember Salas as “Legislator of the Year”

CALNENA recognizes Salas for his work on behalf of emergency first responders

SACRAMENTO – Today, the California Chapter of the National Emergency Number Association (CALNENA) and over 8,000 9-1-1 emergency dispatchers across the state of California, presented Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) with their first ever Legislator of the Year Award.