Neil Kitchens and Robert Rivas at the Oct. 18, 2018 election forum hosted by BenitoLink, San Benito County Farm Bureau and Youth Alliance. Photo by Blaire Strohn.

Government / Politics

Former state Assembly candidate faces probation for violating elections code

Neil Kitchens lived outside the district and used his office address when filing.

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.

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

Agriculture

Assemblyman Rivas introduces California Farmworker COVID-19 Relief Package

Joined by Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia, Rivas calls for urgent action to protect farmworkers and avoid disruptions in food supply.

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.

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.

Assemblyman Robert Rivas (right) at a Jan. 2019 art exhibit in Gilroy. Photo by Leslie David.

Transportation

Q and A: Robert Rivas on AB 1266

State Assemblyman speaks on the bill he authored, which he said improves safety by allowing cyclists to take safer, well-marked paths through intersections.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Community Opinions

COMMUNITY OPINION: Environmental justice requires meaningful community involvement

State Assemblyman Robert Rivas writes that AB 1628 will elevate the opinions of communities most impacted by pollution.

State Assemblyman Robert Rivas. File photo.

Government / Politics

State legislature passes AB 936

The bill, authored by Assemblyman Robert Rivas, works to improve California's preparedness to protect people and communities from a potential spill of nonfloating oil.

State Assemblyman Robert Rivas. File photo.

Government / Politics

Rivas speaks out on 2020 Census question

“The Census is not and must not be a political weapon that incites fear in our community," Rivas said.

State Assemblyman Robert Rivas. File photo.

Agriculture

30th State Assembly District receives $400,000 for soils projects

“The Healthy Soils Program does tremendous work to support farmers and ranchers in developing environmentally friendly farming practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the health of our soil,” Rivas said.

State Assemblyman Robert Rivas, Dolores Huerta, and legislative aide Rita Durgin. Photos provided by the Office of Assemblyman Robert Rivas.

Business / Economy

State Assembly passes Farmworker Housing Act of 2019

AB 1783, introduced by Assemblyman Robert Rivas, is expected to streamline the process to build farmworker housing on agricultural land.

State Assemblyman Robert Rivas at a press conference on Monday, May 13 in Salinas. Photo provided by the Office of Robert Rivas.

Government / Politics

Assemblyman Robert Rivas calls on Governor Newsom to resist decision to open land to drilling

"This is not a Republican or Democratic issue. Fighting this destructive plan is the right thing to do to protect our health and our future," Rivas said.

State Assemblyman Robert Rivas. File photo.

Government / Politics

Robert Rivas hosts community chat

State Assemblyman will meet with residents on Saturday, May 11 at Heavenly Bakery.

Assemblyman Robert Rivas. File photo.

Agriculture

Q&A: Assemblyman Robert Rivas on farmworker housing bill

AB 1783 expected to make it easier to house farmworkers on agricultural land.