State Assemblyman Robert Rivas. Photo provided by the office of Robert Rivas.

Agriculture

Assemblymembers Robert Rivas and Rudy Salas introduce legislation to maximize benefits of Sustainable Groundwater Management requirements

If approved, AB 252 would create a pilot program to support repurposing formerly irrigated agricultural land for less water-intensive uses.

Farmworkers in San Benito County. File photo by John Chadwell.

Agriculture

Assemblyman Rivas introduces Farmworker Wildfire Smoke Protections Act

If approved, the legislation would establish a stockpile of N95 masks to be distributed to farmers during a wildfire outbreak.

CCBE Outstanding Legislator Award presented to State Assemblyman Robert Rivas. Photo courtesy of the Office of Robert Rivas.

Government / Politics

California County Boards of Education awards Assemblyman Robert Rivas “2020 Outstanding Legislator”

Rivas given honor for working to improve California’s public schools and his support of local counties and school boards.

Davenport during CZU Complex Fire. Photo courtesy of Bureau of Land Management.

Agriculture

Assembly Agriculture Committee examines impacts of wildfires on California agriculture

The hearing, led by State Assemblyman Robert Rivas, included speakers who talked of the effects on agricultural workers, farms and farmlands, economic impacts, and agriculture-based wildfire mitigation opportunities.

Robert Rivas and Gregory Swett.

Government / Politics

Election 2020: Campaign finance contributions for State Assembly District 30

Incumbent Robert Rivas has received over $600K in contributions; challenger Greg Swett is self-financing his campaign with $1,000.

State Assemblyman Robert Rivas. Photo provided by the office of Robert Rivas.

Government / Politics

State Assemblyman Robert Rivas elected vice chair of Latino Legislative Caucus

"The next legislative session will be incredibly important for the Caucus and for the health and wellbeing of the state’s Latino plurality," Rivas said.

News Release

Gov. Newsom signs legislation from Farmworker COVID-19 Relief Package

State Assemblyman Robert Rivas said AB 2043 and AB 2165 will ensure farmworkers have access to workplace safety information and essential state services.

Robert Rivas and Gregory Swett.

Government / Politics

Election 2020: 30th Assembly District

Incumbent Robert Rivas and challenger Gregory Swett face off Nov. 3.

Rivas at a farmworker food drive in Salinas. Photo provided by the office of Robert Rivas.

Government / Politics

State Assemblyman Rivas named chair of Assembly Agriculture Committee

Launching statewide agriculture tour in October.

Farmworkers in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Agriculture

Rivas and allies highlight farmworker vulnerabilities

Increased health risks and fewer jobs as pandemic continues.

Farmworkers in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Government / Politics

How California’s budget crisis is affecting farmworker legislation

Assemblymember Robert Rivas says because of COVID-19, ‘we have no clear idea of what the state’s income will be over the year.’

State Assemblyman Robert Rivas. Photo provided by the office of Robert Rivas.

Government / Politics

Assemblyman Rivas urges Governor for more relief

Letter sent following reports of COVID-19 cases among farmworkers in District 30.

State Assemblyman Robert Rivas. File photo.

Government / Politics

Assemblyman Rivas introduces bill to increase access to rural broadband

Additional legislation aimed at improving e-consult services and electronic court filings.

Farmworkers in San Benito County. File photo by John Chadwell.

Agriculture

Farmworker housing bill not enticing local growers

With concerns over liability and deed restriction, farmers appear unlikely to use new law AB 1783 intended to stimulate construction of farmworker housing.

State Assemblyman Robert Rivas speaks at a BenitoLink-hosted town hall in October 2019. Photo by Leslie David.

Government / Politics

Assemblyman Robert Rivas launches ‘There Ought To Be A Law’ program

Residents of Assembly District 30, which encompasses all of San Benito County, are invited to submit ideas for state legislation.