Fuller Connection: August 2016

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Erskine Fire Assistance

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The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced the availability of low-interest federal disaster loans to California residents and businesses impacted by the Erskine Fire.

A Disaster Loan Outreach Center has opened and SBA representatives are available to answer questions and assist with the loan application process.

The center’s information is below:

Disaster Loan Outreach Center
Kern River Valley Courts Building
7046 Lake Isabella Blvd., Suite 2180
Lake Isabella, CA 93240
Mondays - Fridays, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Also, attached is important disaster loan information provided by the SBA.


In addition to assistance from the SBA, I have compiled a resource list of agencies and organizations that provide services to those affected by the Erskine Fire.

Please contact the district office at (661) 323-0443 if you have any questions or need additional assistance.

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On the Passing of Senator Sharon Runner

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California has lost a true public servant in Sharon Runner, who was a friend to all who had the good fortune of knowing her.

My husband Russell and I have counted the Runners among our closest friends for decades, since my time as a school superintendent in the Antelope Valley. Sharon was a strong, courageous woman whose positive attitude was a blessing to her friends and loved ones. Her passing leaves a hole in our hearts.

Our prayers are with George and their children and grandchildren during this difficult time. May she rest in peace with our Lord.

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California Veterans Resource Books

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Complimentary copies of the 6th edition of the California Veterans Resource Book are now 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.

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$75 Million in Tax Credits Available for California Businesses

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) is hosting workshops to assist businesses apply for the California Competes Tax Credit.

Any business planning to create new full-time jobs in the state is eligible to apply. The next application period ends on August 22, 2016, at 11:59 p.m.

If you would like more information on this program please visit: http://www.business.ca.gov/Programs/CaliforniaCompetesTaxCredit.aspx. Or, take advantage of this upcoming webinar:

Online Webinar
Thursday, August 11, 2016
Details and Registration

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Off-Highway Vehicle Open House in Ontario

The Department of State Parks and Recreation will hold an Off-Highway Vehicle open house in Ontario. This is a chance to discuss the status of the Organizational Structure Opportunities Project, which includes the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division, with department officials. I encourage all off-road vehicle enthusiasts to attend the open house, provide comments and ask any questions related to the project.

The event will be held on August 11, 2016, 6:00 - 9:00 pm at the Double Tree Hotel by Hilton Ontario Airport, 222 N. Vineyard Avenue, Ontario, CA 91764-4431.

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August is Valley Fever Awareness Month - Avoid Dust to Avoid the Disease!

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Let’s fight back against Valley fever by knowing more about this illness and taking steps to avoid exposure. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Valley fever is a disease caused by exposure to a fungus found predominately in Central Valley soil. Exposure occurs when a person breathes in contaminated dust or dirt. This exposure could result in mild flu-like symptoms or could even lead to a very serious illness that can cause chronic pneumonia, meningitis, or other infections in a small percentage of people.

You can find more information about Valley fever and ways to limit your exposure to it on the CDC’s website.

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Capstone Partners Financial and Insurance Services

Team Fuller’s Michael Herrera presenting a Senate Certificate to Capstone Partners Financial and Insurance Services, LLC

Team Fuller’s Michael Herrera presented a Senate Certificate to Capstone Partners Financial and Insurance Services, LLC at the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony at their new office in Bakersfield.

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State of the City Luncheon Honoring Mayor Harvey Hall

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The greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual State of the City Luncheon in mid-July. The State of the City is a partnership with the Mayor’s Office and this was a particularly special Luncheon since it was Mayor Harvey Hall’s final State of the City before stepping down next year. The luncheon highlighted the Mayor’s numerous accomplishments for the City of Bakersfield during his 16 years of service.

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Elevated Fitness Grand Opening

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Team Fuller joined the Kern County Black Chamber of Commerce’s Grand Opening for Elevated Fitness. This fitness facility is designed to help clients of all fitness levels maximize their health and physical performance.

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North of the River Chamber of Commerce Economic Outlook Conference

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The North of the River Chamber of Commerce hosted the 2016 Economic Outlook Conference. The three guest speakers focused on the economic impacts of the Affordable Healthcare Act andtourism in Kern County, as well as the overall economic outlook for Kern County moving towards 2017. Thank you to David Womack, Executive Director for Kaiser Permanente in Kern County, Dr. David Lyman, manager of Visit Bakersfield, and Richard Chapman, President & CEO of Kern Economic Development Corporation for an informative update on Kern County.

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Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting for Mi Peru Pena & Restaurante

Image of Mi Peru Pena & Restaurante receiving an Certificate of Recognition

On behalf of Senator Fuller, a Certificate of Recognition was presented to the owner of Mi Peru Pena & Restaurante in honor of the grand opening of the business. The business serves Peruvian and Filipino cuisine in downtown Bakersfield.

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League of Dreams

The League of Dreams was created and founded in 2007 by Tim Terrio of TERRIO Physical Therapy and Fitness. What started as an idea became a reality very quickly, as in March 2007 the League of Dreams started its inaugural year with baseball, having less than 50 kids signed up. The league added basketball in the fall of 2007 to keep activities going, then was nominated and received the Beautiful Bakersfield Award for All American City Tradition, Civic/Non-Profit. In 2012, with the help of county supervisor Mike Maggard and many other donors and community members, the League of Dreams opened Abilities Field, the very first adaptive baseball field in Bakersfield at Fruitvale Norris Park. In 2013, League of Dreams, with the help of a grant from the Adaptive Arthritis Associate, assisted with building the accessible playground that is in front of the baseball field.

The 2012 League of Dreams Baseball season had over 165 registered players after the announcement that the program would be free for all athletes with disabilities because of the fundraising efforts of former Chicago White Sox third baseman Brent Morel, a Bakersfield native, at the 1st Annual Gala and Auction event. In 2013, the league added Bowling season as the summer sport. The League of Dreams has offered swim lessons in the past and hopes to provide additional programs in the future.

To date the League of Dreams has served over 500 athletes with disabilities in Kern County.

For more information on how you can become part of this dream please call (661) 616-9122 or email info@ourleagueofdreams.com.

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Mobile Office Hours Schedule for August

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

Ridgecrest City Hall

AUGUST 10th:
Barstow Visitor’s Center at the Harvey House

AUGUST 11th:
Frazier Mountain Communities Family Resource Center

AUGUST 16th:
Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce

AUGUST 18th:
Kern River Valley County Admin. Building

Yucca Valley
Office hours are also held at 7248 Joshua Lane, Yucca Valley, CA 92284. Staff is available Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 9:00 AM until noon or by appointment.

To schedule an appointment with a member of the staff at any location, please call the District Office at (661) 323-0443.

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