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:
Officer 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
California 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
Tulare Chamber of Commerce
Ridgecrest City Hall
Barstow Visitor’s Center at the Harvey House
Frazier Mountain Communities Family Resource Center
Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce
Kern River Valley County Admin. Building
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.