In the Media

March 1, 2019

State Senator Melissa Hurtado , together with state and local officials, toured a key section of the Friant-Kern Canal to highlight Senate Bill 559, which will help secure California’s water supply by towards restoring lost conveyance capacity. Read more

March 1, 2019

State politicians publicly introduced a bill today that seeks $400 million for repairs to the aging Friant-Kern Canal.

On Friday, the Friant Water authority, which operates the Friant Kern canal, explained the severe subsidence problem they're seeing in the South Valley.

February 27, 2019

State Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger) is proposing a $400 million bill to lift the sinking Friant-Kern Canal.

On Wednesday, Hurtado said Senate Bill 559, will "help secure California’s water supply by investing $400 million toward restoring lost (delivery) capacity on the Friant-Kern Canal, one of the San Joaquin Valley’s most critical water delivery facilities."

The Friant-Kern Canal delivers on average one million acre-feet of water, and 2.2 million acre-feet in wet years, to more than 18,000 farms across the Central Valley every year. 

February 27, 2019

Tulare and Kern Counties have some of the highest teen suicide rates in the state and suicide rates for teenage girls are at a 40-year high.

In effort to address this startling statistic, Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger) and state legislators from other areas with high rates of youth suicide co-authored a bill to help turn the tide of teen suicides. 

February 21, 2019

Today, Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger), along with principal co-author Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) and co-author Sen. Jim Beall (D-San Jose), introduced SB 331, legislation that emphasizes a more proactive approach on preventing suicides. The bill will require that all California counties develop a suicide prevention plan while focusing on the staggering rise in deaths among adolescents.

February 21, 2019

On Wednesday, Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger), along with principal co-author Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) and co-author Sen. Jim Beall (D-San Jose), introduced SB 331, legislation that emphasizes a more proactive approach on preventing suicides.

February 20, 2019

A Valley Senator is introducing a bill designed to help prevent teen suicides.

Senator Melissa Hurtado a Democrat from Sanger along with other lawmakers introduced SB 331.

If passed, the legislation would require all California counties to develop a suicide prevention plan.

According to Senator Hurtado's office, youth suicide is on the rise.

It is the second leading cause of death among youth ages 14 to 24 in the U.S. Read more

February 13, 2019

Governor Gavin Newsom traveled to the Central Valley on Wednesday to sign the Emergency Drinking Water and Fire Recovery Bills.

February 13, 2019

A day after promising to unlock the Central Valley's potential, Gov. Gavin Newsom made a surprise visit to rural California. 

While in Fresno County, Newsom signed Assembly Bill 72 into law. The bill provides immediate funding to aide in California's unclean drinking water crisis, Newsom said. 

February 13, 2019

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed his first bill, which will provide $131.3 million in immediate relief from the state’s general fund for emergencies such as a lack of clean drinking water, while surrounded by children at a Parlier elementary school – all of whom must drink from water bottles due to unsafe drinking fountains.

His signature on AB 72, which passed the Legislature unanimously, was briefly in jeopardy. Prior to signing, he polled the students at Riverview Elementary School on whether he should put pen to paper. One young man dissented.