Recently on the Floor of the Senate, I stood in opposition to legislation that the California Chamber of Commerce labeled as a ‘job killer’. Senate Bill 32 would require the California Air Resources Board to ensure that statewide greenhouse gas emissions are reduced to at least 40% below 1990 levels by 2030.
Below are the excerpts of my remarks:
“The impacts in my county are immense. It has driven hundreds of energy jobs out of my county while creating very few jobs even though we have been very successful in competing for those new jobs.”
“It has decreased energy security for our country by dismantling the energy infrastructure in our country and by eliminating jobs that are highly-skilled, well-paid that are very important to my county.”
“The changes it has brought to our economy are unforgivable.”
“It has also increased our energy rates in an area where the heat is so intense that we cannot rollback our cooling devices as many areas can.”
“To my colleagues who say ‘oh, the sky is falling, but it’s not’. Come visit me in my county. My sky is falling.”
For my full Floor speech please follow this link: https://vimeo.com/180099775
Congratulations to Visalia’s Olympian Brooke Crain
I am so proud of our Olympians for their hard work and dedication to their respective sports. A special recognition goes to Visalia’s Brooke Crain for her efforts in the BMX event and representing our region and the USA so well in Rio.
Boys and Girls Club of Kern County PG&E Summer Jobs Program Graduation
Team Fuller joined the Boys and Girls Club of Kern County to celebrate the graduation of the students who participated in the “Better Together Jobs Program.” For six weeks these students interned with local businesses, government offices and non-profits learning new skills and utilizing them during the program’s training sessions. The skills learned by the graduates include communication, resume and interview training. The graduates also received a laptop to assist them in the new school year. Thank you to PG&E and the other businesses that sponsored the program.
Community Action Partnership of Kern
Team Fuller joined the Community Action Partnership of Kern and Bakersfield Mayor Harvey L. Hall at a ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony to celebrate the opening of “The Quad.” This new addition will allow families to gather and partake in recreation while enjoying friends, family, and entertainment. The Quad is located at the Friendship House and Community Center at 2424 Cottonwood Road in Bakersfield.
Devil Pups Commencement Program
Team Fuller was proud to join family and friends to congratulate the newest graduates of the Devil Pups program in Kern County. The Devil Pups mission is: To challenge, educate and help young boys and girls of all backgrounds to learn self-confidence and responsibility for their actions.
More Assistance on the Way for Fire Victims
Last month, Chris Whiteley (right) and Kevin McClusker (far right) with California Water Service present a check of over $40,000 to the Salvation Army in Lake Isabella. The money will be used to assist residents affected by the recent Erskine Fire. Thank you to everyone in the community who continue to support our neighbors in need.
2016 Nurse Family Partnership Graduation
On August 12th, Team Fuller joined the graduates and family members at the 2016 Nurse Family Partnership Graduation held at Kern County’s Department of Public Health. The graduates are an important part of a program that helps at-risk, first-time mothers have healthy pregnancies, improve child health and development, and become more economically self-sufficient.
Chemical Industry Council of California Recognition
I was proud to present my friend Arzell Hale with a Senate Resolution recognizing the Chemical Industry Council of California’s (CICC) 35 years of leadership and innovation. Arzell is the Chairman of the CICC and the Director of Government and Public Affairs for Searles Valley Minerals in Trona.
Hi-Desert Water District awarded “District of Distinction” Accreditation
Team Fuller’s Jim Schooler and other legislative representatives were in attendance at the August 3rd Hi-Desert Water District board meeting to present a Legislative Resolution honoring the district. The district was awarded the "District of Distinction" accreditation, as well as the District Transparency Certificate of Excellence from the Special District Leadership Foundation (SDLF). Congratulations to everyone who worked so hard for this accreditation and special recognition.
California Veterans Resource Books
Complimentary copies of the 6th edition of the California Veterans Resource Book are still available at my Yucca Valley district office. The book, published by the California Department of Veterans Affairs, is a valuable, updated resource for accessing the wide variety of services and benefits available to armed forces veterans and their families.
Each year, California veteran benefits are expanded and improved. For example, this year California began offering a “Veteran” designation for state driver licenses and identification cards to make it easier to access applicable benefits and discounts. The new Resource Book includes detailed information about getting a driver license “Veteran” designation and much more.
The book summarizes state and federal veterans benefits and includes current addresses, phone numbers and websites for the applicable state and federal agencies, to streamline the application process. Detailed information about healthcare services, education benefits, housing programs, employment and advocacy is available in the Resource Book.
My district office is located in the State Farm Insurance building at 7248 Joshua Lane in Yucca Valley. Office hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00 AM until noon or by appointment. The office phone number is 760-228-3136.
COMMUNITY CLOSE UP
Morongo Basin Coalition for Adult Literacy
The Morongo Basin Coalition for Adult Literacy was recently honored with the “Together We Can” award at the Basin Wide Foundation’s annual dinner gala on August 27th.
The Coalition had its roots in 1984 when the State Library, in response to a 20 percent illiteracy rate among California’s adult population, instituted the California Literacy Campaign in many of its libraries to try to address the problem. The Twentynine Palms Branch Library set up its program, created a board of directors to support it, and trained tutors for one-on-one tutoring of illiterate adults. San Bernardino County Library hired a Literacy Specialist to run the program, and later added another site in the Yucca Valley Branch. Over the years many people received help in reading, writing, and mathematics and many lives were changed for the better.
The Board of Directors became the Morongo Basin Coalition for Adult Literacy (MBCAL) and incorporated as a nonprofit in 1987. The MBCAL raised money to supply books and materials, helped train the volunteer tutors, and advocated for the literacy program in the community. When the literacy program at the libraries changed during the recession of 2008, the MBCAL offered its volunteer services to Copper Mountain College to assist in the Developmental Education Program at the Student Success Center. They now have tutors in the English as a Second Language classroom and are still available to tutor native speakers who need help with their literacy skills. Before leaving the library, Bridget McGinty, then the Literacy Specialist, started tutoring at the local Drug Court (now the Center for Change), since being able to read strongly increases the chances of a successful outcome to overcoming addiction. Here also the MBCAL supplies books and materials as needed. Increasing the literacy rate among native speakers as well as ESL students remains their focus into the foreseeable future, as we strive to make a dent in the significant population of adults who do not read at a functional level and to enable our learners to achieve more productive and happy lives.
You can learn more at: http://mbcal.org/
Mobile Office Hours Schedule for September
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 August. Hope you can find the time to stop by!
Tulare Chamber of Commerce
Visalia Chamber of Commerce
Frazier Mountain Communities Family Resource Center
Tulare Chamber of Commerce
Ridgecrest City Hall
Barstow Visitor’s Center at the Harvey House
Kern River Valley County Admin. Building
Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce
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.