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The Salinas Valley shows its support for native son Robert Rivas—now speaker of the California State Assembly.

Source: Monterey County Weekly

The pride is palpable Wednesday evening, July 26, at the Salinas City Center. A round of applause cuts through the idle chatter in the room when Rivas walks in and he’s sporting a large smile, immediately going into handshakes with a crowd engulfing him for photos and a chance to say hello. It feels genuine—people really know him and want his career to succeed.