On June 27, the governor signed the largest spending plan in the history of our state. Prior to it becoming law, the budget passed the senate 28-10 and I released the following statement:
“The legislature passed a state budget that spends too much to be sustainable, taxes Californians too much to be affordable, and ignores too many issues important to voters.”
“Portions of this budget are reasonable which includes middle-class scholarships for students struggling to afford college, increased support for K-12 education, new resources for homeless youth housing and services, and increasing funds for veterans’ resource centers at Community Colleges.”
“Despite the good things in this budget, it ignores voter support for health care access, diverts recently enacted transportation taxes to non-transportation projects, and creates a budget item to influence a political election. For these reasons, and others, I cannot support it.”
It was a privilege to honor Jack and Glenda Rarick of Rarick Financial Group as the 16th Senate District’s Small Business of the Year.
Jack and Glenda started their business in 1984 and now employ 9 full time employees serving 2,000 clients in the local communities surrounding Yucca Valley.
They received their award along with many other exemplary small businesses located around the state at an event in Sacramento.
Leadership Ridgecrest was designed to develop leaders in East Kern County with skills, motivation and background to take the Ridgecrest community into the future.
Applications are due July 14 and the interview process will begin July 30th.
For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call my district office for more contact information.
I was proud to present a Senate Resolution honoring the 50th anniversary of the Kern River Valley Elks Lodge No. 2358.
The Kern River Valley Elks Lodge was instituted on January 21, 1967 and has kept with its principles of charity, justice, brotherly love, and fidelity to support programs that help children grow up healthy and drug-free, to undertake projects that address unmet needs, and to honor the services and sacrifices of our nation’s veterans.
Thank you to everyone who help make this such a wonderful community asset. And, thank you to Mistress of Ceremonies, Jadeen Costa Schroeder, and Exalted Ruler, Jack Sparks, for putting on a wonderful event.
Team Fuller presented a Senate Certificate recognizing the grand opening and ribbon cutting for Ovation Theatre in downtown Bakersfield. The Ovation Theater will host live stage performances throughout the year and is another wonderful addition to the excitement and renovation going on in the downtown area.
Team Fuller and other elected officials recognized efforts of outstanding law enforcement officers and prosecutors who have worked to protect members of our community by getting drivers operating under the influence of alcohol and drugs off the streets.
Additionally, I would like to thank MADD for their efforts to recognize and support these officers and prosecutors.
Following my address to the attendees at the Memorial Day ceremony in Shafter, I had the opportunity to meet with friends from my hometown and meet All-American Drum Major Timothy Martinez of Shafter who played taps at the ceremony.
Timothy is an accomplished musician who has traveled around the United States as a member of the Bakersfield College Golden Empire Drum and Bugle Corp. He earned the Kern County Best Drum Major recognition while at Shafter High School. And, he represented Shafter High School as an All-American Drum Major at London’s 2017 New Year’s Day Parade.
And a special thank you to Colleen Diltz for taking wonderful pictures during the ceremony.
Pam Rose attended the ribbon cutting for the new Kern Medical clinic. The clinic is a collaborative partnership between Kern Medical, Kern Health Systems and Kern Behavioral Health and Recovery Services. Patients will be able to have all of their general health and mental health needs addressed in one location.
The ribbon cutting included Russell Judd, the CEO of Kern Medical, Doug Hayward, the CEO of Kern Health Systems and Bill Walker, the Director of Kern Behavioral Health and Recovery Services.
The mission of the Alliance Against Family Violence & Sexual Assault is to stop domestic violence and sexual assault in Kern County and assist survivors in reclaiming their lives. Our purpose as an agency is to make a difference in our community by providing expertise in dealing with domestic violence and sexual assault and ensuring the safety and well-being of victims and their children by providing services that address their individual needs and prepare them for self-sufficiency. The Alliance began in 1979 as a 24-hour hotline operated by a group of volunteers in Bakersfield, California. Over three decades later, the volunteers and staff continue their efforts to end domestic violence and sexual assault in our community by not only continuing to operate the hotline, but also providing crisis intervention, emergency services and supportive programs to help those who have been victimized. The Alliance offers the community a safety net with its emergency shelter and licensed child care center. In the past year the Alliance has helped over 2,200 survivors of domestic violence and over 600 survivors of sexual assault. If you or someone you know needs help please call our 24 hour hotline at 661-327-1091. The outreach office is located at 1921 19th Street, Bakersfield, CA 93301 and the website is kernalliance.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 July. Hope you can find the time to stop by!