Russell and I wish everyone a happy holiday season filled with family and friends. We pray that the generosity of our community continues to help comfort our less fortunate neighbors.
We also hope that you have a safe and prosperous New Year.
Career Education at California Community Colleges
By 2020, 65 percent of all jobs in the U.S. will require training beyond high school. Career Education programs at California’s Community Colleges are an affordable and accessible way to get the practical skills needed to land a good-paying job and a meaningful career. With 114 campuses throughout the state, California Community Colleges offer more than 200 career training programs in new and growing fields. They offer practical, hands-on training in various fields, including: Advanced Manufacturing, Agriculture, Biotechnology, Construction, and Health just to name a few. Additionally, these programs have instructors with real world experience in these industries. To learn more about career training at California’s Community Colleges please visit:
Around the District
CHP Officer Gerald Dormaier
On November 17, I attended a sign dedication for fallen CHP Officer Gerald Dormaier. I joined Officer Dormaier’s family, his CHP family and members of community to honor his life and sacrifice. Officer Dormaier died on Christmas Day in 1980 while at the scene of an accident. Also, pictured above are Officer Dormaier’s son, Mark Dormaier, and his partner on the day of the accident.
California Citrus Mutual’s Citrus Stride
I was proud to be part of California Citrus Mutual’s efforts to provide fresh and nutritious citrus to those most in need in our community. Their Citrus Stride events, held throughout California, have resulted in truckloads of fresh and nutritional fruit for food banks around California, including the Kern Food Bank.
Thank you to everyone from California Citrus Mutual who worked so hard to make Citrus Stride such a successful and generous event that benefits so many in our region.
Discussion with West Kern Charter and Tulare School Administrators
Thank you to the West Kern Charter— Association of California School Administrators XI and to the Tulare Association of California School Administrators Board for inviting me to discuss the challenges facing educators throughout our region and across the state. And, thank you for working so hard to ensure every child gets a great education.
Morongo Basin Community Prayer Breakfast
Team Fuller attended the annual Morongo Basin Community Prayer Breakfast at the Joshua Springs Thunderdome in Yucca Valley. The guest speaker was Chad Williams, a former Navy Seal with a very inspiring personal story.
3rd Annual Children’s Dance Education and Outreach Event
Last month, at Bakersfield Fox Theater, the 3rd annual Children’s Dance Education and Outreach showcased some of our local talent. The event began with performances by the local Kern County dancers from several local dance organizations, who also treated children from area schools to a dance class. The event ended with those school children preforming on stage. Thank you to Andrea Hansen, President of Kern Dance Alliance, for providing an opportunity for so many to learn and enjoy the art of dance.
Community Close Up
Community Action Partnership of Kern
Community Action Partnership of Kern (CAPK) was established in 1965 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit Community Action Agency to combat poverty in Kern County, California. CAPK has over 830 employees serving approximately 75,000 unduplicated low-income Kern County residents each year. CAPK provides services throughout Kern County’s 8,172 square miles and provides additional services in the counties of San Joaquin, San Bernardino, Madera, Mariposa, Tulare, and Kings.
CAPK’s programs include: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA); Head Start/Early Head Start; 211 Kern County; Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Program; Migrant Childcare Alternative Payment; Energy (utility payment assistance and residential weatherization); Shafter Youth Center; Friendship House Community Center; East Kern Family Resource Center and the CAPK Food Bank.
The CAPK Food Bank provides food assistance to some of the most vulnerable residents in Kern County. Kern County has been ranked #1 in the state of California for food insecurity. The CAPK Food Bank distributes over 1.2 million pounds of food monthly through a network of 113 partner distribution sites and over 13.4 million pounds of food distributed yearly. The newest program operated by the Food Bank is the Commodity Supplemental Food Program, otherwise known as the Senior Food Program, serving over 3,500 seniors throughout Kern County each month. The Food Bank also operates the summer Farmers Market to bring fresh fruits and vegetables to Bakersfield low-income residents. Low-income people and families can choose from a variety of produce—at no cost to them—in a farmer’s market type setting.
For more information please visit: http://www.capk.org/
Mobile Office Hours Schedule for JanuaryMobile 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 January. Hope you can find the time to stop by!
Mojave Air & Spaceport
California City Chamber of Commerce
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.