Press Releases

Assemblymember Robert Rivas Responds to Governor Newsom’s May Revised Budget, Says Federal Government Must “Step Up” To Help States

Thursday, May 14, 2020

SACRAMENTO - On May 14, 2020, Assemblymember Robert Rivas (D-Hollister) responded to Governor Newsom’s 2020-21 May Revision budget proposal to the Legislature, pledging to advocate for the 30th Assembly District and calling on the Federal Government to increase its aid to states. The Governor’s proposal responds to the dramatic economic and revenue impacts of COVID-19 and forecasts a $54.3 billion deficit – necessitating painful cuts to state programs, a 10% pay cut for state workers, and the cancellation of new state initiatives. 

Assemblymember Robert Rivas Applauds State’s Provision of 750K Masks for Agricultural Workers in Monterey County

Friday, May 8, 2020

SACRAMENTO - On May 8, 2020, Assemblymember Robert Rivas (D-Hollister) applauded news that California has agreed to supply Monterey County with 750,000 procedure masks specifically designated for agricultural workers. This follows weeks of persistent engagement by County and State Officials, and will benefit as many as 25,000 workers over the next 30 days.

Following Reports of Over Forty COVID-19 Cases Among Farmworkers in his District, Assemblymember Rivas Urges the Governor for More Relief

Friday, April 24, 2020

SALINAS - On April 24, 2020, Assemblymember Robert Rivas (D-Hollister) sent Governor Gavin Newsom a letter requesting urgent steps to protect farmworkers and the food supply chain in the wake of COVID-19. Following reports of forty-one agricultural workers being diagnosed with COVID-19 in Monterey County, Rivas urged the Governor to take further action to ensure farmworkers throughout the State have adequate access to testing, personal protective equipment (PPE), and temporary housing to allow for necessary social distancing.


Assemblymembers Rivas and Garcia Applaud COVID-19 Sick Leave Expansion for Food Industry Workers, Including Farmworkers

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Supplemental Hazard Pay Should Be The Next Step, Say Assemblymembers

SACRAMENTO, April 16, 2020 - Assemblymembers Robert Rivas (D-Hollister) and Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) today applauded Governor Gavin Newsom’s executive order extending two weeks of supplemental paid sick leave to essential workers in the food industry, including farmworkers. A two-week paid sick leave expansion is a central component of Rivas and Garcia’s “California Farmworker COVID-19 Relief Package.”