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March 25, 2019


Members of the University of California Student Association will be at the Capitol today to lobby for increased funding, rally support for legislative proposals and advocate for “racial justice and support for undocumented students.”

The event is an opportunity for the association to highlight its main priorities, and this year’s conference comes in the wake of headlines that brought some unwanted attention to the system.

March 22, 2019

As competition for California’s water resources from the state’s rivers intensifies between farms, cities and the environment, water in the Mojave Desert has also become a sought-after commodity. Commercial exploitation of the Mojave desert’s aquifers sparked a landmark environmental case 45 years ago, and is currently driving a smoldering controversy. Vic Bedoian filed this special World Water Day report, click on the picture to hear the story. Senator Roth's bill, SB 307 is discussed 3 minutes and 52 seconds in:

March 14, 2019

By Sean Crommelin, Daily Nexus

Senate Bill 461, the successor to Assembly Bill 3153 — which died in committee last year — was introduced by California State Senator Richard Roth (D-Riverside) to the California State Legislature on Feb. 22, and is now slowly making its way through the legislature.

The bill, which aims to extend Cal Grant aid to university students during summer sessions, is almost identical to Assembly Bill 3153 (AB 3153).

March 03, 2019

By Scott Wilson, Washington Post

The landscape here is more Martian than Earthly, rust and tan plains that rise in the distance to form the Old Woman Mountains to the east and the Bristols and Marbles to the north and west.

Almost everything here is protected by the federal government. The opportunity or threat, depending on your point of view, lies beneath the dusty surface that, after a recent rain, blooms with sprays of yellow desert dandelion.

There is water here in the Mojave Desert. A lot of it.

February 28, 2019

By, Ethan Coston, The Triton

California State Senator Richard Roth (D-Riverside) introduced Senate Bill (SB) 461 to the California Legislature on February 21. If passed, the bill will extend Cal Grant to cover summer classes.

February 26, 2019

By Brennan Havens, Daily Californian

In a press release published Friday, California state Sen. Richard Roth, D-Riverside, introduced SB 461, a bill he authored that works to extend the Cal Grant program so that it can offer financial aid for nine units of summer courses, or two summer terms.

California is in a college graduate deficit and will have one million too few graduates in 2030 if the current trend continues, according to Roth’s SB 461 fact sheet.

February 21, 2019

By Jeff Horseman, The Press Enterprise

Legislation that could stymie a controversial project to pump groundwater from the Mojave Desert has been reintroduced in Sacramento.

State Sen. Richard Roth, D-Riverside and Assemblywoman Laura Friedman, D-Glendale last week introduced SB 307, which seeks to ensure “that any future water transfers from groundwater basins underlying desert lands do not adversely affect the California desert’s natural or cultural resources,” according to a bill fact sheet.

February 20, 2019

By Hannah Wiley, Sacramento Bee


Sen. Richard Roth, D-Riverside, and Assemblywoman Laura Friedman, D-Glendale, reintroduced a bill on Friday that questions the Cadiz Water Project, which aims to sustainably combat evaporating water in the Mojave Desert.

February 19, 2019

By Dean'a Kodiak, NewsRadio KFBK

Type 1 Diabetes is a potentially life-threatening disease especially if left undiagnosed. The disease, often less heard of than Type 2, can also be misdiagnosed especially in children. When we think of Diabetes most of us think Type 2 which is impacted by diet and exercise. Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease that if undiagnosed can be deadly. A new bill could give kids and parents a life saving education.

February 14, 2019

By, John Brenneise, NewsRadio KFBK

California has not changed the Renter's Tax Credit in 40 years. In that time, rents across the state have tripled. Now, a bipartisan group of lawmakers wants to give renters a break.

Senator Steve Glazer represents East Bay communities long-seen as an affordable alternative to San Francisco. He wants to make housing tax credits more equitable.