In the Media

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. 

April 9, 2019

Patient advocates and a handful of lawmakers rallied on the steps of the Capitol in March to push a universal health care agenda they hope will bring the state closer to getting everyone insured.

Democratic Sen. Richard Pan says it all comes down to cost.

“We can’t tell people ‘you have to have insurance’, but not make it affordable,” he said. “There’s been tremendous work done in the legislature to try to see what we can do about affordability. We’re going to be sure that we continue to push that forward this year.”

April 8, 2019

Here are the bills to watch in 2019 on health care affordability and access:

SB 260

Introduced by Sen. Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger)