In the Media

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.

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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. 

May 21, 2019

Water is a currency in California, and the low-income farmworkers who pick the Central Valley’s crops know it better than anyone. They labor in the region’s endless orchards, made possible by sophisticated irrigation systems, but at home their faucets spew toxic water tainted by arsenic and fertilizer chemicals.

May 21, 2019

Nearly one million Californians are exposed to unsafe drinking water each year. 

And while California's drinking water problems span the length of the state, about half of California's failing water systems are concentrated in the agricultural San Joaquin Valley. 

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May 9, 2019

Being the first woman president at Cal State Bakersfield is not just about setting a precedent, according to CSU Chancellor Timothy White. It is consequential for future generations.

"Not long ago, Lynnette (Zelezny) was grocery shopping in town ... proudly wearing her CSUB Roadrunner lapel pin," White said. "She was in line next to a mother accompanied by her young daughter."

Noticing the pin, the mother asked Zelezny if she worked at the university and what her job was. Zelezny said she was the university president, White said.

May 3, 2019

On May 2 during a week of investiture events, Lynnette Zelezny, president of CSU Bakersfield, hosted the first Dedication to Past Presidents Event outside of the President’s Office.

Ana Santos, assistant to the Chief of Staff to the President said “This was all [Zelezny’s] idea. She wanted to take a day just to honor the presidents that came before her because they set up the university for her to take over.”

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April 30, 2019

Mental health advocates have long described California’s fragmented mental health system with words like “struggling” and “broken.”

Evidence of its consequences can be found in our jails and prisons, our hospitals and clinics, our schools and colleges. The problem touches those living in comfortable middle class suburbs, remote rural towns, and on the streets of the state’s biggest cities.

In January 2018, a year before he was elected governor, Gavin Newsom laid out his concerns: “Our system of mental health care in California falls short, not for lack of funding.