In the Media

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.

April 24, 2019

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday on the Trump administration's mission to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. Court watchers say, based on the discussion, things appear promising for the president's side.

No matter how you feel about the issue, know that the addition of a citizenship question will cost Kern County some federal money — and perhaps even some representation.

April 24, 2019

As the power of young Latinos comes into full view in the 2020 election, California is witnessing a historic shift.

During the 2018 midterm elections, Latino voters ages 18-24 turned out in record numbers. Places like the Central Valley saw more than a 200 percent voter increase compared to 2014. Because of this engagement, Latino youth helped remake the political map of California’s congressional delegation.

April 23, 2019

Today, more than 100 rural communities in the San Joaquin Valley have limited access to clean water, while many others have seen their wells go dry. At the same time, water deliveries and water infrastructure required to fuel the Valley’s economic engine have become unreliable, and in some areas, broken.

Those factors, coupled with the looming implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, which will cap access to groundwater supplies, has created a perfect storm for water issues happening all at once.

April 22, 2019

Hosted as part of the company’s year-long “Family-Owned for 50 Years and Growing” campaign, this year’s picnic was attended by more than 10,000 employees and guests, including Supervisor David Couch, Mayor Karen Goh and the offices of Congressman Kevin McCarthy, Senator Shannon Grove, Senator Melissa Hurtado and Assemblyman Vince Fong. Festivities included music, carnival rides, a health and wellness fair and a raffle for more than 60 prizes, including a car and a $10,000 vacation.

April 16, 2019

A bill moving through the state legislature looks to make repairs and enhancements to the Friant-Kern Canal.  Senate Bill 559 was authored by Senator Melissa Hurtado, representing the 14th Senate District, and was co-authored by several other San Joaquin Valley lawmakers.  The legislation recently advanced through the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water with a vote of 7 to 0.

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April 12, 2019

t's devastating whenever a loved one is lost to suicide. A new Fresno County program will soon connect families impacted by this type of tragedy with someone else who knows exactly the pain they're going through -- to reduce the risk of losing more lives to suicide.

Fresno County's Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors Team, or LOSS Team, will begin its lifesaving work in July. The program is part of the county's Suicide Prevention Strategic Plan, which was published in September 2018.

April 11, 2019

Senate Bill 559, authored by Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger), representing the 14th Senate District, advanced Tuesday through the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water by 7-0 vote.

SB 559 is principal co-authored by Senator Andreas Borgeas (R-Fresno), Assemblymember Devon Mathis (R-Visalia), Assemblymember Dr. Joaquin Arambula (D-Fresno), and Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield), today

April 10, 2019

Senate Bill 559 (SB 559), authored by Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger), representing the 14th Senate District in California, and principal co-authored by Senator Andreas Borgeas (R-Fresno), Assemblymember Devon Mathis (R-Visalia), Assemblymember Dr. Joaquin Arambula (D-Fresno), and Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield), today advanced through the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water by 7-0 vote.