The Fuller Connection: July 2016

Friday, July 8, 2016

Erskine Fire Assistance

 Erskine Fire Assistance graphic

My office is available to anyone requiring assistance with any matters involving state government agencies, and can help guide residents to federal and local agencies or organizations offering resources for individuals and families in need.

You can contact my office at (661) 323-0443.

Additionally, I have compiled a resource list of agencies and organizations that provide services to those affected by the Erskine Fire.

Click here to view the resource list.

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Erskine Fire Survivors Visit Capitol

 Senator Fuller pictured with Clay and Darlene Quicho

I recently had the privilege of hosting Clay and Darlene Quicho in my Capitol Office. I’ve gotten to know Clay over the years since he has been kind enough to drive me in his classic car at several parades around the Kern River Valley.

The fact that Clay and Darlene were able to make the trip was a miracle. They had just spent the previous weekend fighting to protect their home from the Erskine Fire, which came within feet of the house. Thanks to Clay’s quick actions, along with the help of his neighbors, he was able to save the Quicho home. But so many KRV residents were not as fortunate, and times like these call for the Kern River Valley to stand together and persevere.

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Small Business of the Year – Abate-A-Weed

 Senator Fuller pictured with Small business of the year owner

It was my honor to recognize Bakersfield’s Abate-a-Weed as the Senate District 16’s “Small Business of the Year.”

Abate-a-Weed was founded over 50 years ago by Jona Feil and Marvin Bartel with one spray rig and one working partner. It has since grown to 22 full-time employees and now sells mowers, tillers, and other lawn equipment.

Owners Darrell and Carol Feil and Dennis Penner are active members of the community and vocal advocates on behalf of small businesses in California.

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14th Dalai Lama of Tibet Visits California

 Image of His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet

The California State Legislature welcomed His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, to the State Capitol as part of his public tour of the United States. This was His Holiness’ first visit to Sacramento. The Tibetan spiritual leader addressed members of the state Senate and Assembly on the topics of compassion and ethical leadership.

I was honored to join my colleagues in welcoming His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the State Capitol and hear him speak about human kindness. The Dalai Lama is an inspiring and renowned leader and this was a historic visit for our state Legislature. I commend my colleague Senator Janet Nguyen’s efforts to help make all this possible.

Please follow this link to hear the address.

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Miss Orange Coast 2016 Izamar Olaguez

 Picture of Senator Fuller introducing Miss Orange Coast 2016, Izamar Olaguez

I had the privilege to introduce Miss Orange Coast 2016 and higher education advocate Izamar Olaguez to the state Senate.

Ms. Olaguez, of Bakersfield, recently competed for the title of Miss California. She and I also worked together to pass Senate Resolution 77 recognizing June as “Higher Education Month.”

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California Aeronautical University

 Image of Ribbon Cutting at the California Aeronautical University

On June 24th Team Fuller officially welcomed California Aeronautical University to Bakersfield. This world-class training center, located at Meadow’s Field, will provide individuals with a tremendous opportunity to obtain their commercial pilot’s license.

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Flag Day Ceremonies

“When we honor our flag we honor what we stand for as a Nation -- freedom, equality, justice, and hope. Flag Day and National Flag Week are our traditional means to commemorate the Nation’s beliefs as symbolized by the Stars and Stripes. In more recent times, the twenty-one days from Flag Day through Independence Day have been set aside as a period to honor America during which Americans reflect upon the Nation’s character, heritage, fortifying principles and future well-being.” (Excerpt from President Ronald Reagan declaring Flag Day and National Flag Week in 1981 - Ronald Reagan Library & Museum Archives)

Graphic of American Flag

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Sons of the American Revolution in Bakersfield

 Sons of the American Revolution being honored with a Senate Certificate      

This past Flag Day, Team Fuller joined the Sons of the American Revolution at a flag retirement ceremony in Bakersfield. I had the pleasure of meeting these patriots at a recent Memorial Day Service which was also held in Bakersfield. They were presented with a Senate Certificate honoring them for the flag retirement ceremony.

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Boy Scouts in Tehachapi

 Picture of the Boy Scouts on Flag Day at Coy Burnett Stadium in Tehachapi.

Team Fuller’s Romeo Agbalog and other local dignitaries joined the Boy Scouts on Flag Day at Coy Burnett Stadium in Tehachapi. Thank you to everyone who helped provide an honored retirement for the flag of the United States.

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American Red Cross, Goodwill & Salvation Army Accepting Donations to Assist Erskine Fire Victims

To make donations, visit and select “Your Local Chapter“ from the dropdown options. Or:

  • Mail a check to American Red Cross - Kern Chapter, PO Box 1226, Bakersfield 93302
  • Text “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation

If you wish to make a donation of clothing or household items, the local Red Cross is partnering with Goodwill Industries of South Central California and you can drop off items at any of their donation sites. Goodwill has generously provided vouchers that Red Cross will distribute to residents affected by the fire to select items free of charge.

Additionally, there is a drop-off site for donated goods established at the Elks Lodge located at 6708 Wofford Boulevard, operating in partnership with the Salvation Army.

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Mobile Office Hours Schedule for July

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!

July 11TH:
Tulare Chamber of Commerce

July 12TH:
Ridgecrest City Hall

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

JULY 14th:
Frazier Mountain Communities Family Resource Center

JULY 19th:
Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce

JULY 21st:
Kern River Valley County Admin. Building

Monthly mobile office locations will also be posted on my Senate website. 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.