In the Media

September 30, 2020

SACRAMENTO — Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger) secured Governor Gavin Newsom’s signature on legislation that will speed the permit process for low-income Central Valley communities to deliver clean drinking water for residents. 

The bill, Senate Bill 974, exempts new water projects that serve small, rural communities from some provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The exemption allows low-income communities to find relief for the expensive and exhaustive permit process to produce water wells and related projects.

September 1, 2020

A San Joaquin Valley legislator is seeking answers from the Medical Board of California as to why the oversight agency allowed a Bakersfield doctor to remain in practice even though it determined he had been negligent with patients.

Obstetrician-gynecologist Dr. Arthur Park has been associated with the deaths of at least seven mothers and babies during childbirth, according to public documents. He’s also been the subject of at least two investigations by the state medical board, and has been a defendant in at least 10 malpractice or personal injury lawsuits.

August 31, 2020

A bill that would have provided the necessary funds to fix the sagging Friant-Kern Canal was killed by the state legislature on Thursday. 

State Sen. Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger) introduced SB 559 to the legislature in February 2019, but the Assembly Appropriations Committee stuck it in the suspense file since August of last year, delaying its consideration to the 2020 legislative session. 

August 26, 2020

State Senator Melissa Hurtado of Sanger is joining Ramos in urging the governor and Legislature to back AB 2112. They say millions of residents would benefit from support and prevention strategies that are not currently in place.

August 8, 2020

Contaminated water has long plagued California’s Southern Central Valley, a region home to many farmworkers. SB 974, a bill by Senator Melissa Hurtado, seeks to provide safe drinking water by exempting small disadvantaged communities from certain CEQA provisions.

July 31, 2020

"I am really concerned because the unemployment rate has gone up and we really need to resolve this issue now,"said Senator Hurtado. She told me she partnered with Republican State Senator Scott Wilk, R-Antelope Valley, to send this letter to the Governor. Its main request is a simple one: make it possible for the EDD to answer the phone.

July 29, 2020

In 2019, Initiative Foods earned a Small Business of the Year award from California Senator Melissa Hurtado when it recently became the largest private label baby food manufacturer in the United States.

July 24, 2020

The state Employment Development Division has been saddled by a backlog of unemployment insurance claims that has left many displaced workers waiting weeks or months for benefits. "The COVID pandemic has created unprecedented unemployment throughout the state. While the statewide average sits around 15%, parts of the southern Central Valley is upward of 24%," Hurtado said in a news release. 

July 9, 2020

The City of Sanger hosted a ribbon cutting to celebrate the new operations of the city’s new water systems and holding tank.  “What an exciting day, don’t you think?”, asked California Senator Melissa Hurtado, at the ribbon cutting.

June 15, 2020

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN):  Surrounded by photographs, mementos and even the badge and uniform her son would wear daily, Blanca Vasquez, proudly remembers the officer she raised.
 "He was a hero," says Blanca Vasquez, mother of officer Jonathan Diaz. "He saved lives."That heroism went beyond the badge. The father of three volunteered his time as a mentor through youth programs in Lemoore.

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