Eight Senate Republican Bills to Increase Affordability for Californians Blocked in Key Committee
The Senate Committee on Appropriations blocked eight Senate Republican priority bills that work to make California affordable. As a result, the full Senate will miss an opportunity to vote up or down on these eight bills helping seniors, renters, parents, students, and low-income Californians. The Committee on Appropriations did move a bill out of committee to help disabled veterans (SB 1458), which is expected to be voted on this week.
“Californians are struggling to live in this high-cost state and deserve a government that takes action to make California more affordable,” said Senate Republican Leader Fuller (R-Bakersfield). “While the Committee on Appropriations was right to move a bill forward to help make California more affordable for disabled veterans, the majority party’s action to block eight other bills is a missed opportunity to help millions of Californians. Moving forward, Senate Republicans will continue to fight for common sense solutions that will make it easier for our residents to live in the Golden State.”
Kern County Teacher of the Year Awards
The Kern County Superintendent of Schools Office held its annual Teacher of the Year Award recognition ceremony. As part of the ceremony, the Kern County Teachers of the Year and the nominees were recognized and Team Fuller provided certificates to all. The Teachers of the Year are Matthew Dills, a Stockdale High School graphic arts teacher and Renee Wells from Zephyr Lane Elementary School. These two teachers are now eligible to apply for the California State Teacher of the Year.
Team Fuller’s Pam Rose attended the ‘State of the Clubs’ breakfast for the Boys and Girls Club of Kern County. The Kern County Boys and Girls Club is ranked number one in the nation in two categories (After School Programs Locations & Campus Based Programs) and may improve to first in a 3rd category (Average Daily Attendance) following this year’s national conference. The breakfast was attended by local leaders, community service agencies and Kern County Sheriff Deputies. The breakfast is an opportunity to highlight the benefits the club brings to our community and the number of local children that are served on a daily basis.
The Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce hosted the 5th Annual Kern County Small Business Week Luncheon honoring five local small business owners. These honored businesses included Briceno Electric (Legacy Award of the Year), Gabriela Murgia (Woman Owned Business), JC Collision Center (Family Owned Business of the Year), Classic Lube (Veteran Business of the Year), and Dorner Family Vineyards (Agricultural Business of the Year). Congratulations to all of the small businesses honored for their hard work and success.
Garden Pathways hosted the 14th annual ‘Women with a Heart for Bakersfield High Tea.’ The event honors four women in the community for their contributions to the enrichment of life in Bakersfield. The honorees were Cynthia Icardo, Norma Rojas-Mora, Danielle Wade and Tracy Walker Kiser. Team Fuller, along with other local legislative representatives, presented resolutions honoring each of the recipients.
Team Fuller was in attendance at the Kern County Sheriff‘s Activities League (SAL) Recognition Awards Ceremony to honor the Outstanding Boy and Girl of the Year, Sponsor of the Year, and Volunteer of the Year from each SAL location. SAL is an important program that positively impacts children throughout our community.
The Exchange Club of Kern Valley held its annual Officer of the Year Awards Dinner to honor CHP Officer Cary Dabbs and Marine Enforcement Officer Brad Armstrong. Team Fuller was proud to present Certificates of Recognition to honor both officers for their dedication to public safety.
PG&E, in partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kern County, awarded 180 teens a certificate for their completion of the Career Launch job readiness training curriculum that is part of PG&E’s Better Together Summer Jobs Program. Participating students were given 10 weeks of training that included general job skills improvement, resume writing assistance and interview delivery practice.
Team Fuller participated in the ‘Every Kid in a Park’ event at the Indian Cove Campground in the Joshua Tree National Park. The event included about 50 kids from the Boys and Girls Club of the Hi Desert and their families. It included Ranger-led nature talks, rock climbing instruction and other activities designed to acquaint the kids with their national parks.
Officers from throughout Tulare County, as well as many members of our community, came together to honor those peace officers who have given their lives to protect our communities. Each pair of empty boots that lined the walkway held a picture and the name of a fallen officer. The somber ceremony provides an opportunity for the families who lost loved ones to know they are not forgotten in our community.
Team Fuller joined Exeter Chamber of Commerce and Exeter High School to honor the California Scholarship Federation award winners with a lunch at the Exeter Women’s Club. The awards winners were provided Senate Certificates honoring the students for their hard work.
The Red Cross ‘Our Home Fire Campaign’ is a national program that consists of canvassing neighborhoods (primarily those with higher risk of fires), installing free smoke alarms, and educating residents about the importance of preparedness and prevention. Nearly 100 lives have been saved through installation events that have already happened across the country.
The ‘Our Home Fire Campaign’ installation events are scheduled throughout the year in the Central Valley, with two locally coming up in June - Taft (June 18) and Porterville (June 24). These events bring together Red Cross volunteers, fire departments and other community volunteers to spend a half day providing safety information to residents, installing free smoke alarms, and replacing batteries in those that don’t work. Typically, between 100-400 alarms are installed during an event.
This campaign is fantastic way to make a difference in our community.
On average, Kern Red Cross responds 2-3 times a week to a home fire and provides emergency food, clothing and shelter to those affected. Last year Kern Red Cross provided assistance to 192 families (655 people) affected by a disaster here in Kern County.
Kern Red Cross will provide all necessary materials and training (along with lunch!) to anyone helping at the event. For questions or to volunteer please call (661) 324-6427 or (559) 706-2428 or click here.
Mobile Office hours are held to facilitate communication between my office and the communities we serve. The following is a list of Mobile Office locations for the month of JUNE. Hope you can find the time to stop by!
Barstow Visitor’s Center at the Harvey House
Frazier Mountain Communities Family Resource Center
Tulare Chamber of Commerce
Ridgecrest City Hall
Kern River Valley County Admin. Building
Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce
Monthly mobile office locations will also be posted on the Senate website. Please take the opportunity to stop by and visit. To schedule an appointment with a member of the staff, please call the District Office at (661) 323-0443.