In the Media

January 25, 2019

California State Senators Anna Caballero and Melissa Hurtado were sworn in during a joint community ceremony for constituents, family and friends at the Carpenters Local Union 701 building in Fresno. Read more

 
January 20, 2019

The Women’s March was back for its third year on Jan. 19, spreading to Fresno and cities throughout the nation.

Lead organizer Kim Slavan planned the day to begin in an empty parking lot near the River Park area on Nees Avenue at 10 a.m., with various speakers and performers expressing their support and solidarity for women before attendees began the march.

Besides entertainment, the number of community partners tabling has had a considerable turn around over the past two years, moving up from 10 to 30.

January 15, 2019

Hundreds mourned the death of longtime Valley labor leader Randy Ghan at a ceremony Monday (Jan. 14) at the Clovis Veterans Memorial Hall.

At the same time, the state Senate adjourned its meeting in honor of Ghan.

Sen. Anna Caballero (D-Salinas), Sen. Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger) and Sen. Andreas Borgeas (R-Fresno) all paid tribute to Ghan from the floor with memorials.

(Click on the video above to view the tributes.)

January 10, 2019

Every year at this time The Californian looks back on the year just completed and the local events that shaped our present. It's logical, though, that we also look ahead at the local people poised to make a difference in the 12 months that lie ahead. Today, The Californian introduces — or, in some cases, reintroduces — a handful of individuals who have the energy, opportunity or platform to make meaningful noise in coming year. Herewith, we give you our list of People to Watch in 2019.

Who: Melissa Hurtado

Job: 14th District State Senator

January 8, 2019

Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger), representing the 14th State Senate District, was assigned as Chair of the Human Services Committee for the 2019 – 2020 Legislative session. As an advocate in the Central Valley for growing opportunities in upward mobility, Senator Hurtado will guide the committee on issues including child welfare services, CalWorks, developmental disability services and more.

January 7, 2019

The Kern County Board of Supervisors have named David Couch chairman of the board.

Couch, who was re-elected in November, received unanimous approval from his colleagues in a vote that occurred during a special supervisors meeting Monday.

He will take over from Mike Maggard, whom supervisors voted to be vice-chair.

January 2, 2019

Well, that was one helluva year we just experienced in 2018 ... even if we forget – but how can we? – President Donald J. Trump’s unpredictability, tweets and blustering on a border wall.

Last year was all about counting the votes, from the Academy ballots that awarded Oscars to México’s gifted director/storyteller Guillermo del Toro and to the animated Disney/Pixar gem ‘Coco,’ to the mid-term elections that saw Democrats crush it with a 40-seat gain in the House.

December 31, 2018

Every year at this time The Californian looks back on the year just completed and the local events that shaped our present. It's logical, though, that we also look ahead at the local people poised to make a difference in the 12 months that lie ahead. Today, The Californian introduces — or, in some cases, reintroduces — a handful of individuals who have the energy, opportunity or platform to make meaningful noise in coming year. Herewith, we give you our list of People to Watch in 2019.

December 19, 2018

As it grew dark on Election Day, Melissa Hurtado flipped on a flashlight and continued to knock on doors. The polls would close at 8 p.m., meaning she still had a few hours left to change a few more minds.

But the 30-year-old Sanger city councilwoman soon found she didn’t have to do much convincing as she asked for her neighbors’ vote in California’s 14th Senate District.

December 8, 2018
Monday, representatives for State Assembly and Senate were sworn in at the capital, including reelected Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) and newly-elected state Senator Melissa Hurtado.
 
Hurtado (D-Sanger) was accompanied by her family as she was sworn in as state senator of the 14th Senate District. She was joined by newly elected members of the California Legislature at the State Capitol to take their oaths.