Fuller Connection: April 2016

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Fighting for Fair Approach to California’s Minimum Wage

Senator Fuller pictured speaking on the Senate Floor

In response to recent minimum wage legislation, the case was made that a blanket approach presents yet another jobs roadblock for a very large number of California communities. Even the Sacramento Bee published an article that asked, “Will California’s new minimum wage law make sense in Bakersfield?”

To watch a portion of the debate ‘CLICK HERE’.

Kern County’s ‘Stars of Life’ Recipients Honored by Senate

Fourteen first responders were recognized with a Senate Resolution for their lifesaving skills and service to the community of Kern County. The recipients were nominated by their peers to receive the “Stars of Life” recognition from the California Ambulance Association (CAA). The fourteen honorees are employed by Hall Ambulance Service, Inc. in Kern County and part of a group of 50 paramedics, emergency medical technicians, and dispatchers who were recognized from across California on Monday, March 7th.

“These first responders jump into action when we need help and protection. I’m proud to commend and honor these men and women with a Senate resolution for their bravery and commitment to making our community safe. They are some of the best of the best working in our Golden State,” said Senator Fuller.

“The experience for our fourteen Stars of Life to be honored today at the state Capitol and the Senate Resolution commendations presented by Senator Fuller will certainly serve as a milestone in each of their EMS careers,” said Harvey L. Hall, Founder and President of Hall Ambulance Service, Inc. “As first responders, they seldom have the opportunity to reflect on the difference they make each time they respond to someone faced with sudden illness or a traumatic injury.”

Kern County’s ‘Stars of Life’ Recipients pictured on the Senate Floor

Senate Adjourned in memory of First Lady Nancy Reagan

The California State Senate adjourned in memory of former First Lady Nancy Reagan, who passed away on Sunday, March 6 in her Los Angeles home. Senator Fuller and a bipartisan group of her Senate colleagues paid tribute and presented a Senate Memorial Resolution to Dennis C. Revell, son-in-law to Nancy Reagan. Dennis LeBlanc, a longtime volunteer at the Ronald Reagan Ranch for twenty years, also attended the tribute.

Kern County’s ‘Stars of Life’ Recipients pictured on the Senate Floor

ACWA’s 2016 Legislative Symposium

At the California Association of Water Agencies’ 2016 Legislative Symposium, Senator Fuller spoke about the need to ensure long-term and short-term water security in California. The symposium is an annual event that brings water district Directors, General Managers, government relations and public affairs professionals from around California to discuss critical water policy issues.

Senator Fuller speaking at the California Association of Water Agencies’ 2016 Legislative Symposium

Fuller Honored by Kern County Veterans Services Department

Recently, Dick Taylor, Director of Kern County Veterans Services Department, presented Senator Fuller with a 2015 Certificate of Appreciation as a thank you for her continued support to California’s 1.9 million Veterans and their families, and support for increased state funding for County Veterans Service Offices.

Fuller Honored by Kern County Veterans Services Department


Kevin Harvick Foundation Park and Gymnasium

Kevin Harvick Foundation Park and Gymnasium

Team Fuller was in attendance with Kevin Harvick and Cal Ripken Jr. at the opening of the Kevin Harvick Foundation Park and Gymnasium at the Boys and Girls Club of Kern County on March 16th. Senator Fuller is thankful to both Kevin Harvick and Cal Ripken Jr. for making this investment in our community a reality.

Two Judges Sworn in at Tulare County Superior Court

Two Judges Sworn in at Tulare County Superior Court

Team Fuller was present to witness the swearing in and welcome Anthony Fultz and Tara Howard as Superior Court Judges in Tulare County. The double ceremony was held at the main courthouse in Visalia with a whole host of elected officials and current and retired judges on hand to welcome them to the bench.

Battle Color Ceremony

Team Fuller was on hand at the 29 Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center for the Battle Color Ceremony featuring the U.S. Marine Drum & Bugle Corps, the Silent Drill Platoon, and the Marine Corps Color Guard. All are attached to Marine Barracks Washington.

Two Judges Sworn in at Tulare County Superior Court

The U.S. Marine Drum & Bugle Corps, known as “The Commandant’s Own,” combines contemporary songs and traditional marching music with uniquely choreographed drill movements in a program entitled “Music in Motion.”

The U.S. Marine Drum & Bugle Corps

The Silent Drill Platoon performs a precision drill unlike any other. With fixed bayonets atop their highly polished M1 rifles, these Marines entertain the audience with their intricate drill routine, performed without verbal commands. The Silent Drill Platoon's rifle inspector highlights the performance with an unrivaled inspection of his Marines, performing difficult rifle spins and exchanges.

The U.S. Marine Drum & Bugle Corps

The Marine Corps Color Guard carries the official Battle Colors of the Marine Corps. The 54 streamers and silver bands displayed on the battle colors commemorate the military campaigns in which Marines have participated. They span the entire history of the nation, from the American Revolution to the present.

Tulare County Office of Education

Senator Fuller part of the Whiskey Flat Days parade

Recently, Tulare County Office of Education held a grand opening for a much anticipated new office building. The building will allow the office of education to consolidate and gather much of its staff, which was once spread throughout the county, under one roof. It is also large enough to hold many of the county events such as National History Day and Poetry and Prose, just to name a few.

2015 Bluejacket of the Year

2015 Bluejacket of the Year

Senator Fuller congratulated all of the Bluejacket of the Year candidates, the Senior Bluejacket of Year winner Jarrod Criss, and Junior Bluejacket winner Rodney Lively. Thank you to the Indian Wells Valley Council of the Navy League for hosting this wonderful event again this year.

Pictures above are the 2015 Bluejacket of the Year Candidates (Left to Right) - Ashley Richey, Antoine Diop, Rachel Brunmeier, Rodney Lively, Jarrod Criss, Danny Tucker, David Myhre, and Joan Fujita.

John Ward Respect for Law Awards Dinner in Ridgecrest

John Ward Respect for Law Awards Dinner in Ridgecrest

Team Fuller is honored to present Certificates of Recognition to honorees at the 21st Annual John Ward Respect for Law Awards Dinner in Ridgecrest. Pictured (Left to Right) Eddie Hamilton, Rueben Luevano, Kevin Parsons, and Joe Dugan. Thank you for keeping our communities safe!

CASA Grand Opening

The Exeter Chamber of Commerce honored their businesses of the year.

Team Fuller was in attendance at the grand opening of the newest location for the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Kern. CASA is an important volunteer organization who advocate for abused and neglected children.

Springbok 2 Solar

Team Fuller celebrating the Chinese New Year with the Chinese American Association of Kern County

Team Fuller had the privilege to participate in the unveiling and groundbreaking of Springbok 2 Solar near Cantil. This project, brought to our area by 8minutenergy Renewables, is one of the largest solar projects in the area. At its peak, Springbok can provide up to 10% of the power needed for Los Angeles.

Lifetime Achievement

Team Fuller presented a Senate Resolution to Daniel Smith

Team Fuller presented a Senate Resolution to Daniel Smith as he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the African American Network of Kern County.


Family Services Logo

Family Services is a nonprofit agency headquartered in Visalia with the mission to help children, adults, and families throughout Tulare County heal from violence and thrive in healthy relationships. The agency serves victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, and other traumas through shelter, mental health services, and comprehensive support services. Family Services’ programs build physical and emotional safety in homes, relationships, and for children-which means a safer, healthier community for everyone. Program areas include:

Safe Homes:

  • Karen’s House Emergency Domestic Violence Shelter for women and children
  • Supportive housing for survivors of abuse and homelessness

Safe Relationships:

  • Tulare County’s only Rape Crisis Center for victims of sexual assault
  • Low or no-cost mental health services
  • Outreach and prevention programs

Safe Children:

  • Specialized counseling for children who have been victims of abuse
  • Parenting resources and in-home support
  • Supervised visitation and safe exchange

For more information or to learn about how you can get involved, visit www.fstc.net.

Mobile Office Hours Schedule for APRIL

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

APRIL 6th:
Taft Chamber of Commerce

APRIL 6th:
Visalia Chamber of Commerce

APRIL 7th:
Mojave Air & Spaceport

APRIL 7th:
California City Sprague Building

APRIL 11th:
Tulare Chamber of Commerce

APRIL 12th:
Ridgecrest City Hall

APRIL 13th:
Barstow Visitor’s Center at the Harvey House

APRIL 14th:
Frazier Mountain Communities Family Resource Center

APRIL 19th:
Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce

APRIL 21st:
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.