In the Media

July 24, 2019

California's governor on Wednesday signed a law that will take up to $130 million of state money each year that was supposed to clean up the air and instead use it to clean up drinking water.

Despite its status as the world's fifth largest economy, California has struggled to provide the basic service of clean tap water to more than 1 million of its residents. The problem is most acute in the Central Valley, the heart of the state's $20 billion agriculture industry, where large farms have polluted water sources for mostly rural communities.

July 24, 2019

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday signed into law the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund bill in the tiny Fresno County community of Tombstone Territory - where residents rely on bottled water because the water from their private wells is contaminated.

July 24, 2019

State Sen. Melissa Hurtado’s first major piece of legislation was signed into law today.

Gov. Gavin Newsom is visiting the Central Valley this week to sign SB 200, which guarantees funds up to $130 million to communities to provide clean water — a cause Hurtado championed throughout her campaign.

June 7, 2019

The First 5 town hall forum in partnership with KSEE24 brings you stories on issues vital to the success of valley kids.

May 30, 2019

Soroptimist International of Delano had its 27th annual Awards Banquet at the American Legion Hall Tuesday night. 

Celebrating its 70th anniversary, SI Delano honored 16 teenage girls from Cesar Chavez High School, Delano High School, Robert F. Kennedy High School, Valley High School and McFarland High School. Six middle school students from across Delano and McFarland also received awards.

More than 50 attended the banquet, said Bonnie Armendariz, a director with Delano Soroptimist, and dinner was prepared by the American Legion.

May 28, 2019

California is home to more immigrants than any other state in the nation, and manages the world’s most active border crossing in San Ysidro. Today, we serve as a primary destination for thousands of women and children who are seeking aid at our border, many of whom are referred to immigration court.

There, they will all meet the sobering reality that their chances of retaining a pro bono attorney, and consequently having a fair chance at challenging their deportation, are slim.

May 24, 2019

State Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger) today announced collaborative efforts with U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein to protect tens of thousands of disadvantaged communities and family farmers in the state of California. The partnership will include coordinating efforts at the state and federal level to address the Central Valley’s most immediate needs of restoring clean water supply by repairing the conveyance capacity on the Friant-Kern Canal.

May 24, 2019

Senate Bill 559, which would require the Department of Water Resources to grant funds to restore capacity of the Friant-Kern Canal, has passed out of the California Senate.

The bill, passed with bipartisan support, provides a $400 million grant for critical repairs to help restore the Friant-Kern Canal, which is suffering from structural problems related to land subsidence.

May 22, 2019

Valley Public Radio is proud to announce it has been selected as a 2019 California Nonprofit of the Year by Senator Melissa Hurtado for Senate District 14.

May 22, 2019

California Governor Gavin Newsom released his revised $213 billion budget Thursday. His administration announced California will ban chlorpyrifos, a pesticide used to help grow 50 different types of crops in our state, adding the governor's budget will allocate $5.7 million towards an alternative pesticide.

Farmers have used the pesticide since 1965 to keep a wide array of insects off of crops, but recent studies suggest the pesticide could be harmful to brain development of children, even before they are born.