Fran Florez wants to be your next state senator. The veteran Kern County Democrat announced her candidacy Friday for the 16th District Senate seat vacated last month by Michael Rubio, who took a private-sector job with oil giant Chevron.
A new report says voters in three Central Valley congressional and legislative districts have slightly more clout in Washington and Sacramento because thousands of inmates were counted in the last census.
There's still no word on when an audit will start on the SmartMeters installed by Pacific Gas and Electric Co. The California Public Utilities Commission promised the independent review about five months ago, but an evaluator still hasn't been selected.
Customers with questions about SmartMeters are still waiting for an audit to start. It's been five months since the California Public Utilities Commission said a review would be done, and that state agency missed its own deadline.
Sen. Dean Florez, D-Shafter, is dropping out of the race to become lieutenant governor. Florez' decision came in response to San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom's announcement Friday that he's seeking the office.
In a press conference Monday, Senate Majority Leader Dean Florez blasted the California Public Utilities Commission for working with Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and not for the people of the Central Valley.