Fuller Connection: May 2016

Monday, May 9, 2016

Honoring Our Fallen Peace Officers

Law enforcement officers from around the state gather at the State Capitol to honor the fallen officers

On Monday, May 2, law enforcement officers from around the state gathered at the State Capitol to honor the fallen officers whose names were added to the California Peace Officers’ Memorial Monument during the 2016 enrollment ceremony. The annual event included the enrollment of Bakersfield Police Officer Nelson who ended his watch on June 26, 2015.

Officers honored during the enrollment ceremony:

Law enforcement officers from around the state gathered at the State Capitol to honor the fallen officersOfficer David Joseph Nelson
Bakersfield Police Department
EOW: June 26, 2015

Officer Bryce E. Hanes
San Bernardino Police Department
EOW: November 5, 2015

Officer Michael J. Johnson
San Jose Police Department
EOW: March 24, 2015

Sergeant Scott Paul Lunger
Hayward Police Department
EOW: July 22, 2015

ENROLLED FROM PRIOR YEARS
Officer William H. Waggoner
Long Beach Police Department
December 18, 1954

Senate Republicans: Working to Make California Affordable

Make California Affordable imageCalifornia students and disabled veterans stood with the Senate Republican Caucus at a press conference highlighting 11 Senate Republican priority bills that work to make California affordable.

“There’s no question that California has become a very expensive place to live,” said Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield). “Californians deserve better, and this first step contains practical and common sense bills that help provide relief for disabled veterans, students and parents, seniors, renters, low-income residents, and first-time home buyers.”

Retired United States Army veteran Sevrine Banks joined Senate Republicans at the press conference to share her personal story of taking care of a family of two as a single mother. During her 20 years in the Army, Banks went on three deployments before retiring in February 2015. Banks is now the Director of the Sacramento chapter of the Women Veterans Alliance and is an advocate for veterans.

“As a disabled veteran, I can share with you the struggles a veteran endures once they return home. Many veterans carry wounds, many of them invisible ones. I know I join many veterans and appreciate the support of the Senators that I stand here with today. We are not asking for a hand-out, but want others to understand that we are a vulnerable and underserved population,” said retired Sergeant First Class Banks.

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Kern County’s 150th Anniversary

Kern County celebrated its 150th Anniversary with a series of events highlighting Kern’s residents and history at the Kern County Museum. The events also included a legislative delegation presenting a resolution to the Kern County Board of Supervisors during a special meeting in Havilah, the county’s old county seat.

Image of Kern County Board of Supervisors commemorating the 150th year anniversary

In addition, Inyo County Supervisor Jeff Griffiths presented a resolution from Inyo County to the Kern County Board of Supervisors commemorating the 150th year anniversary.

Inyo County Supervisor Jeff Griffiths presented a resolution from Inyo County to the Kern County Board of Supervisors commemorating the 150th year anniversary

Grand Opening of Native American History and Cultural Resource Center

Team Fuller was proud to present a Senate Certificate of Recognition for the grand opening of the Native American History and Cultural Resource Center. The center provides a library of genealogy of the Native American tribes in Kern County and surrounding areas, maps of native lands and Kern County, as well as one-of-a-kind books written about the history of the Kern County Native Americans.

Picture of staff from the Native American History and Cultural Resource Center.

Leadership Bakersfield

This past month Senator Fuller participated on a Leadership Bakersfield panel entitled “Life as an Elected Official.” Also on the panel were Councilman Chris Parlier and County Supervisor Mick Gleason.

Leadership Bakersfield is a program sponsored by the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce. The program is designed to educate future leaders of the community in all aspects of life in Kern County.

Senator Fuller pictured with Councilman Chris Parlier and County Supervisor Mick Gleason

Heroes for the American Red Cross

The Kern County Chapter of the American Red Cross hosted the annual Real Heroes Awards on Saturday April 2, 2016. Twelve individuals and Legend the dog were honored for going above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of Kern County citizens. Legend is a therapy animal used by the District Attorney’s office to comfort children who have to testify in court during very difficult personal situations.

Kaiser Permanente, Boys and Girls Club of Kern County and the NBA Fit Clinic

Kaiser Permanente and the National Basketball Association teamed up to present a Fit Clinic at the Boys and Girls Club of Kern County. The Fit Clinic is a partnership between Kaiser Permanente and the NBA to teach children the benefit of eating healthy and being active. AC Greene, retired Los Angeles Laker, was on hand to promote the program and work out with the children.

Fit Clinic at the Boys and Girls club of Kern County

Tulare and Kings Counties Association of California School Administrators

Recently, Senator Fuller joined the Tulare and Kings Counties Association of California School Administrators to discuss the initiative process and how bond measures get placed on the ballot. Discussions were also focused on the difficulties, and benefits, of the new local control funding system.

Senator Fuller speaking to the Tulare and Kings Counties Association of California School Administrators to discuss the initiative process

Voter Registration Week at Visalia’s Mt. Whitney High School

The 3rd week of April was High School Voter Registration week and Team Fuller was on hand at Mt. Whitney High School in Visalia as the senior class was given the opportunity to register to vote. Secretary of State Alex Padilla led the discussion at Mt. Whitney on the importance of voting and what a difference their vote could make.

Team Fuller was on hand at Mt. Whitney High School in Visalia as the senior class was given the opportunity to register to vote.

Joshua Tree: Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans

Team Fuller joined the Joshua Tree community at the Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans event. The annual event has grown over the years and now features a variety of vendor booths, live music, chili cook-off and a chance for veterans and the community to share memories and personal experiences.

Team Fuller joined the Joshua Tree community at the Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans event

Kern County Teacher of the Year Awards Ceremony

The Kern County Superintendent of Schools held the annual Teacher of the Year Award Recognition ceremony on May 3rd. Team Fuller provided Senate Certificates to all of the nominees recognizing their efforts to educate students throughout Kern.

Also recognized were the Kern County Teachers of the Year Matthew Dills (Stockdale High School) and Renee Wells (Zephyr Lane Elementary School).

These two teachers are now eligible to apply for the California State Teacher of the Year.

Kern County Teachers of the Year event

Joshua Tree National Park

Team Fuller’s Jim Schooler joined community leaders on a guided tour of the Joshua Tree National Park. A recent study reports that more than 2 million people visited the park in 2015, bringing an estimated $96 million in economic benefit to nearby communities. The park faces challenges of accommodating the increasing demand for camping and programs, protecting the park’s resources, and ensuring the safety of visitors.

Team Fuller’s Jim Schooler joined community leaders on a guided tour of the Joshua Tree National Park.

Morongo Basin Earth Day

Members of Team Fuller were among the thousands who attended Morongo Basin Earth Day celebration in Yucca Valley. The event brings together a huge variety of vendors and individuals involved in various recycling activities, composting and other aspects of protecting the natural environment. The event features the Hi Desert Nature Museum’s “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle” art exhibit that displays the creations of artists and others from all of the Morongo Basin communities.

Team Fuller’s Jim Schooler joined community leaders on a guided tour of the Joshua Tree National Park.

Community Close-Up

Logo for US Blood Donors

Several years ago, a friend and colleague of mine received a double-lung transplant. During the eight hour surgery, she required lifesaving blood. Fortunately for us, many individuals donated, the needed blood was available, and to everyone’s benefit, my friend is with us today.

Recently my friend introduced me to a powerful life-saving plan developed by The Pat Boone Foundation (yes that Pat Boone; in fact, Pat Boone co-authored the plan). The plan is designed to help mitigate - if not eliminate - life-threatening donor shortages by having thousands, even millions of donors on standby, either ready to donate should the need arise, or else to help get the word out to others who will donate in times of emergencies.

Make California Affordable image

Due to my friend’s transplant experience, this plan hits very close to home to me. Were it not for willing donors, my friend’s outcome might have been different. The ultimate objective of this plan is to encourage millions of people in the U.S. to simply register and be on ‘standby’ to donate blood or help get the word out, and in time, to consider helping get the word out about other blood-related donation needs, such as bone marrow or kidneys.

For more information you can visit https://USBloodDonors.org.

Mobile Office Hours Schedule for MAY

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 MAY. Hope you can find the time to stop by!

MAY 9th:
Tulare Chamber of Commerce
10:00AM-NOON

MAY 10th:
Ridgecrest City Hall
1:30PM-3:30PM

MAY 11th:
Barstow Visitor’s Center at the Harvey House
2:00-4:00PM

MAY 12th:
Frazier Mountain Communities Family Resource Center
3:00PM-4:00PM

MAY 17th:
Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce
10:00AM-11:00AM

MAY 19th:
Kern River Valley County Admin. Building
1:30-3:30PM

Monthly mobile office locations will also be posted on the Senate web site. 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.