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SACRAMENTO — Helping those in the military is hard to do without knowledge of what they go through. Assemblyman Devon Mathis, R-Porterville, knows the struggles many veterans face while trying to access resources and services and said that’s one reason he ran for office eight years ago. Before serving the Central Valley in the California Legislature, Mathis served our country by completing two tours in Iraq as a sergeant in the Army National Guard. “It was my responsibility to try to find the roadside bombs,” Mathis explained. “I got an award for finding one and I got another award for…
SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY, Calif. (FOX26) — California’s last nuclear power plant is set to close in 2025. What will that mean for the most populous state in the US, which is already struggling to provide power for its nearly 40 million residents? And how will it impact California’s goals of reaching carbon neutrality by 2045? Diablo Canyon’s reactors generate enough electricity to provide power for 3 million Californians 24/7. That accounts for nearly 10% of the state's total energy production, and around a fifth of its clean energy. It also produces all that at a much more affordable rate…
Kelsey’s Law would have prevented intellectually disabled victims from having to testify in-person against their abusers SACRAMENTO – Legislation named after a Tulare woman to protect developmentally delayed adults from having to testify against their abusers was killed in committee last month. On April 26, the Assembly Public Safety Committee narrowly refused to pass Assembly Bill 2017 onto the Assembly floor. Known as Kelsey’s Law, the bill would have allowed victims of child abuse with an intellectual disability to present out-of-court statements instead of testifying in person. Normally…
About mid-morning Donna Hefner, President and CEO of Sierra View Medical Center came walking into the shady and welcoming courtyard of the hospital, and was completely surprised and “teared-up” by the large gathering of hospital staff, hospital foundation members, and local dignitaries, and her family, when Dr. Jeffery Hudson-Covolo, Chief Nursing Executive, and MC, started introducing people at the ceremony for “District 26 Woman of the Year.” Hudson-Covolo, introduced Porterville Mayor Martha Flores, Vice-Mayor Kellie Carrillo, Assemblyman Devon Mathis, Sierra View board members, Sierra…
TULARE – A Tulare mom is taking her fight to protect her daughter, and other children diagnosed with a mental disability, from sexual abuse to the state legislature.  Wendy Baker’s fight began just over a year ago when she noticed a change in her daughter, who was diagnosed at a young age with a severe language disorder and a learning disability. After several weeks of asking her daughter what was wrong, she finally admitted her uncle, Wendy’s ex-husband’s brother, had touched her inappropriately. Baker said she reached out to the family to see if there was some sort of misunderstanding, but…
OS ANGELES, Feb. 24, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) today announced that 14 billion cubic feet of renewable natural gas (RNG) produced from organic waste was distributed via SoCalGas' pipeline system in 2021, the equivalent to removing 166,896 cars off the road annually. This is 2 billion cubic feet more than 12 billion cubic feet distributed by SoCalGas in 2020. In addition, the utility completed five RNG interconnection projects last year located throughout its service territory including the San Joaquin Valley and San Bernardino County. In total there are now…
Central Valley students could have more access to STEM programs than ever before due to "The Equity in STEM Act," a new assembly bill presented last week. Assembly Bill 1923, introduced by Devon Mathis, (R-Visalia), would establish Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Partnership Academies all throughout California — with a focus on underserved and rural areas. "These programs are a proven and effective form of learning that enables students to gain the necessary experience and knowledge to pursue a career after graduation," Mathis said in a press release. "Unfortunately…
FRESNO, Calif. (FOX26) — A new bill in Sacramento aims to help agencies in disadvantaged communities hire more first responders—by helping pay off educational loans. “Just imagine someone coming into this profession, with a with a degree that they've spent a lot of money to get and then there is this incentive,” says Reedley Police Chief Joe Garza. “You come and work for the Police Department and that college bill can be taken care of. That is a huge incentive.” Assembly Bill 2093 from Assemblyman Devon Mathis of Porterville would create an educational loan repayment program for first…
On Wednesday, State Assembly Republican Whip Devon Mathis, whose district includes Porterville, led several Assembly Republicans in submitting a letter to Governor Gavin Newsom requesting additional resources to address the continued Employment Development Department unemployment claims backlog.
SACRAMENTO — Despite concerns about a spate of fatal shootings in California, a bill to create new taxes on the sale of guns and ammunition to pay for gun-violence prevention programs failed to get the two-thirds vote needed for passage Thursday in the state Assembly. Assemblyman Devon Mathis (R-Visalia) said he has sympathy for the families of shooting victims but noted that he believes the tax hike will not address the root causes of gun violence, including poverty and mental illness. Instead, he said it would burden law-abiding gun owners.