Assemblymember Rudy Salas Scores Historic Central Valley Wins

Salas secured new investments for public safety, election reform, and judicial facilities


SACRAMENTO, CA – Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) released the following statement on the passage of the AB 179 State Budget trailer bill:

“The investments secured in this year’s State Budget trailer bills improve our firefighting abilities, help children get to school safely, and promote new jobs in exciting new industries” said Assemblymember Salas. “I am proud that this budget will improve the lives of so many in our communities, our work brings millions of additional funding to the district in an impactful and meaningful way.”

Important budget items include:

  • $8 million secured to the Farmworker Institute of Education & Leadership Development to offer local workforce development programs and education services.
  • $6 million to the Kings County Department of Public Works to complete the construction of the Kettleman City Pedestrian Bridge over Highway 41.
  • $6 million to expand the Kings County Superior Court and create a new judgeship.
  • $4 million in new funding to the Kings County fire Department for updating fire facilities and equipment.
  • $1 million to establish the Kern Citizens Redistricting Commission to give local voters the power to draw their county districts.

In the 2022-23 State Budget bills passed this year, Assemblymember Salas delivered $237 million. This includes $83 million to construct the Energy Innovation Center at CSU Bakersfield, $50 million to support the creations of the California Renewable Energy Center of Excellence at the Kern Community College District, and $60 million to help Bakersfield College construct new, affordable student housing. It also includes $10 million to expand Adventist Health Bakersfield’s Rural Cancer Center, $6 million for new police and firesubstations in the City of Shafter, $1 million for repairs to the Friendship House Community Center in Bakersfield, and $500,000 to the ShePower Leadership Academy.

AB 179 now heads to the Governor’s desk for signature.