In the Media

March 9, 2019

A "major problem" in southeast Tulare County forced hundreds of people out of their homes and endangered thousands of animals.

Dozens of residents were asked to evacuate beginning Friday night. Even more were forced out by water Saturday morning.

Tulare County Sheriff's Department was sent scrambling to notify residents in the area of Strathmore that Frazier Creek Canal spilled over and water levels were rising.

Frazier Creek is directly linked to the Friant-Kern Canal.

March 8, 2019

El Valle Central de California es conocido como zona cero de la epidemia de asma en la nación y de todos, los latinos son los que sufren de más crisis de ataques asmáticos y terminan parando en clínicas y salas de emergencia. Estos tratamientos representan mayores costos a las finanzas públicas. Para remediar este problema, una legisladora latina recién electa presentó una iniciativa para extender servicios que ayuden a prevenir esas emergencias. Desde Delano, California, Lucia Orozco nos cuenta sobre las penurias y las esperanzas de un joven asmático.

March 8, 2019

Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger), representing the 14th Senate District in California, along with principal co-authors Senator Andreas Borgeas (R-Fresno), Assemblymember Devon Mathis (R-Visalia), Assemblymember Dr. Joaquin Arambula (D-Fresno), and Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield), have recently announced the introduction of Senate Bill 559.

March 7, 2019

When Brandy Lidbeck was 10 years old, her mom killed herself.

“It was incredibly devastating,” said Lidbeck, the program coordinator for Survivors of Suicide Loss.

For years, Lidbeck felt alone, ashamed and embarrassed. She constantly wondered if she bore any responsibility.

“You are always questioning what if I did this or what if I never did that,” Lidbeck said. “You are left in grief that a lot of people don’t understand unless they’ve experienced it.”

March 4, 2019

State Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger), representing the 14th Senate District in California, along with principal co-authors Senator Andreas Borgeas (R-Fresno), Assemblymember Devon Mathis (R-Visalia), Assemblymember Dr. Joaquin Arambula (D-Fresno), and Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield), announced last week the introduction of Senate Bill 559.  The bipartisan-supported legislation will secure California’s water supply by investing $400 million in general funds towards the Friant-Kern Canal, one of the Central Valley’s most critical water delivery facilities.

March 4, 2019

Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger), representing the 14th Senate District in California, along with principal co-authors Senator Andreas Borgeas (R-Fresno), Assemblymember Devon Mathis (R-Visalia), Assemblymember Dr. Joaquin Arambula (D-Fresno), and Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield), today announced the introduction of Senate Bill 559.  The bipartisan supported legislation will secure California’s water supply by investing $400 million in general funds towards the Friant-Kern Canal, one of the Central Valley’s most critical water delivery facilities.

March 3, 2019

At 30, Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger) is California's youngest female senator in history. That hasn't stopped her from making a splash across the 559 - literally. 

She recently introduced Senate Bill 559 (the area code most helped by the bill) that would appropriate $400 million from the California General Fund for critical repairs to the sinking Friant-Kern Canal, if passed. 

On Friday morning, Hurtado toured the canal surrounded by a gaggle of local politicians, water officials and the press. 

March 2, 2019

Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger) along with principal co-authors Senator Andreas Borgeas (R-Fresno), Assemblymember Devon Mathis (R-Visalia), Assemblymember Joaquin Arambula (D-Fresno) and Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield), today announced the introduction of Senate Bill 559.

March 2, 2019

A crowd of over 30 people gathered at the corner of Road 208 and Avenue 96 near Terra Bella Friday morning to listen to State Senator Melissa Hurtado speak about Senate Bill 559, a bipartisan piece of legislation that could bring $400 million to repair the Friant-Kern Canal.