Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Bakersfield) secured $10 million for the city of Porterville to build a new Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in place of where the former library once stood. The library was destroyed in a fire that killed fire captain Ramon Figueroa and firefighter Patrick Jones in 2020. The new EOC building will not only provide an essential public safety service, but will also have a memorial to honor both Figueroa and Jones. Senator Hurtado presented the $10 million check to the city of Porterville on Oct. 11.

SHAFTER, Calif. (KGET) — The City of Shafter was presented with a check for $6 million Thursday to fund a new substation for the city’s police and fire departments at Gossamer Road.

Bakersfield, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — State Senator Melissa Hurtado announced Tuesday a record $465.75 million for central valley public safety, water, education, and food programs.

TERRA BELLA — The progress on the much needed repairs to the Friant-Kern Canal could be viewed in the background as local and state officials gathered at the canal on Friday to recognize the progress being made on the project.

The ceremony was held by State Senator Melissa Hurtado who presented a ceremonial $100 million check during the event at Avenue 96 and Road 208. It was the same place where the groundbreaking for the project was held on January 25 of this year.

The project has been made possible in part due to funding Hurtado has helped secure in the state budget. There was $100 million allocated in the 2021-2022 state budget for repairs of four of the state's major water supplies — the Friant-Kern Canal, the Delta-Mendota Canal, the San Luis Canal and the California Aqueduct.

Those calls now being echo'd by senator Melissa Hurtado to get more deputies here.

She sent a letter to the California Attorney General Rob Bonta, requesting he direct the California Department of Justice to create a special law enforcement task force to provide immediate help to kern county to tackle rising violence and homicide rates.

LEMOORE, Calif. (KFSN) -- "We are proud of who we are, what we do and being a proud member of the Volunteer Fire Department," says Lemoore Volunteer Fire Department Chief, Bruce German.

At the city of McFarland's most recent council meeting, Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Bakersfield) made an appearance to extend her help and support to the council and community, after threats of recent violence in Kern County cancelled all athletic events in some areas this week for safety concerns.

On Oct. 11, Senator Melissa Hurtado (D-Bakersfield) was recognized at the Lindsay City Council meeting for securing $2 million in grant funding to support the city’s fire division. The funding will help the public safety department purchase equipment and provide more training for officers and firefighters, according to Mayor Ramona Caudillo. A check will be presented to the city on Oct. 20.