Press Releases

July 7, 2020

Senator Hurtado Joins City of Sanger in hosting a ribbon cutting to celebrate the new operations of the city’s new water systems and holding tank. The 750,000 gallon tank, nitrate blending station and booster pumps is a joint project with the California Division of Drinking Water and the U.S Economic Development Administration to help the city to serve the residents with clean water.  With $4 million secured through State investments, this project took about a year to complete.  

June 15, 2020

SACRAMENTO, CA - SCR 86, designating the 19th Avenue Lemoore Overpass as the “Officer Jonathan Diaz Memorial Overcrossing” won bipartisan approval from the California State Senate with a 37-0 vote. The resolution by state Senator Melissa Hurtado, D-Sanger will memorialize the fallen Officer’s service and contributions to the community.

June 4, 2020

According to the Bakersfield Police Department Robert Forbes was fatally injured after being hit by a car at a protest against police brutality. To help the police, anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact the Bakersfield Police Department at(661) 327-7111, or by emailing Officer C. Ott at

June 1, 2020

SACRAMENTO, CA - George Floyd and his family deserve justice for this unnecessary and tragic death. As we all stand up against inequality and remember George Floyd, it’s important these protests remain focused on bringing the needed change to our country. I support every American’s right to peacefully protest, and I am listening to ideas from my community and neighbors on how to change the system and ways we can better support all Black Americans.

May 18, 2020

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, State Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger) issued the following statement on the Fresno County Stage 2 Variance Request:  

As a representative for the southern Central Valley, I’ve experienced firsthand the struggles that rural communities are currently facing due to the pandemic. Local leaders in the communities are grappling with an increase number of unemployment, closure of businesses and limited access to health care services.

Today’s announcement is a harsh glimpse of the economic challenges we are facing and will continue to face for years to come

May 15, 2020

SACRAMENTO, CA - Today’s announcement is a harsh glimpse of the economic challenges we are facing and will continue to face for years to come. The May Revision proposes cuts to essential programs that will impact us all. In anticipation of this, my team and I have been working diligently with our federal partners in the valley to ensure the southern Valley has a voice in any or all stimulus packages approved. 

April 28, 2020

SACRAMENTO, CA – This year, Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger) introduced legislation to address the statewide shortage of minority healthcare providers among the COVID-19 crisis.  SB 1110 will establish the California Medicine Scholars Program (CMS), a three-year pilot program in four regions across the state that creates a pre-medical pathway pipeline program, in partnership with California Community Colleges.  

March 17, 2020

SACRAMENTO, CA – I remain concerned about the public health and safety issues that COVID- 19 is creating and support the Governor and President pro tempore in adopting public health guidelines to protect the wellbeing of my constituents. We encourage you to stay calm and keep informed about what to do during this time. Everyone is under a strong advisory to adhere to social distancing and do our part to help keep everyone healthy during this time. My offices are open, assisting the community, and providing regular updates through things like social media and press releases.

March 12, 2020

SACRAMENTO, CA – Numerous cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) disease 2019 have been reported in California, including a Fresno County man who tested positive but is now in recovery. To take action and prepare for COVID-19 the California Department of Public Health recommends:

February 20, 2020

SACRAMENTO, CA –Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Sanger) today recognized Veronica Garibay and Phoebe Seaton for their environmental stewardship in California. Garibay and Seaton were awarded the James Irvine Award which recognizes leaders advancing innovative solutions to critical issues facing California. Both have contributed effective solutions in career readiness, civic engagement, and environmental justice.