The Fuller Connection: November 2016

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Veterans Day

Honoring Vets graphic

Veterans Day is our opportunity to honor all of the Americans who have courageously served in the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard. Our state alone is home to almost two million veterans who have answered our country’s call.

These brave men and women sacrificed greatly to defend our freedom. They deserve our gratitude and support, and that includes ensuring that promises made to them are promises kept. Please join me on Veterans Day and throughout the year in thanking our veterans for their service.

Military Family Appreciation Month

November also represents Military Family Appreciation Month and opportunity to remember and thank the family members of our military. Their sacrifices ensure our military is comprised of the best that the United States has to offer.

While we remember our veterans and pray for our active-duty members of our military, we should also take the time to reflect upon the sacrifices of their loved ones.

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Valley Fever Research Kick-Off at Kern Medical

Picture from Valley Fever Research Kick-Off at Kern Medical

On October 13th Kern Medical held an event to announce the Valley Fever Research Kick-Off. As one of the six trial sites in the country, Kern Medical has initiated a clinical trial to improve recognition and management of Valley Fever.

The Central Valley accounts for 75 percent of the state’s Valley Fever cases and the rate of infection in California has doubled since 1999. Along with the other trial sites, Kern Medical continues to play an important role in the fight against Valley Fever.

Thank you to Congressman McCarthy, Dr. Rishi Manchanda and the team of medical professionals at Kern Medical, National Institute of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for your continued commitment to finding a cure and easing the suffering that Valley Fever can cause.

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Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center

Image of Senator Fuller at the Marine Air Ground Task Force training command

Image of Senator Fuller at the Marine Air Ground Task Force training command

It was an honor to visit the Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command at the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms. I received a briefing about the in depth training that takes place on the base for Marine Corps global operations. Almost all of the nearly 35,000 deployed Marines worldwide received training at the Twentynine Palms facility. The briefing was followed by a helicopter tour of the base, an 1,100+ square mile installation in the Southern California desert.

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Hi-Desert Water District’s first Wastewater Treatment Facility

Groundbreaking athe the Hi-Desert Water District’s first Wastewater Treatment Facility

Groundbreaking athe the Hi-Desert Water District’s first Wastewater Treatment Facility

On October 20th, I attended the Groundbreaking ceremony with Congressman Paul Cook, Assemblyman Chad Mayes and many others, for the Hi-Desert Water District’s first Wastewater Treatment Facility. The treatment facility is the first step in a project that will phase out and replace septic tanks in Yucca Valley, assuring suitable living conditions and protecting groundwater quality for the future of the community.

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Leadership Bakersfield

Picture from Leadership Bakersfield panel

Joined by Supervisor Mick Gleason and City Councilman Chris Parlier, I was part of a Leadership Bakersfield panel that discussed Life as an Elected Official.

It was a great discussion with Bakersfield’s future leaders. Thank you to the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Bakersfield who made this a successful event.

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Groundbreaking of New Kern River Ranger District Office

Picture from groundbreaking for the new Kern River Ranger District Office

Team Fuller representative, Romeo Agbalog, presented a Senate Certificate of Recognition to the U.S. Forest Service in Kernville to celebrate the groundbreaking for the new Kern River Ranger District Office. The project will create approximately 250-300 local jobs during the course of construction.

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BARC: ‘67 Years of Giving People Purpose.’

Picture from Annual Dinner and celebration of ‘67 Years of Giving People Purpose.’

This past October, at their annual dinner, BARC celebrated an important milestone - ‘67 Years of Giving People Purpose.’

Thank you to everyone who has committed themselves to this important community organization that provides their clients with opportunities to work.

As part of the annual dinner, Senate Certificates were provided to those clients who deserved special recognition for their perfect attendance.

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Ming & H Drugs

Senator Fuller presents a Senate Resolution to longtime Bakersfield businessman Frank Fornasero

Senator Fuller get flu shot

I am very proud to present a Senate Resolution to longtime Bakersfield businessman Frank Fornasero. Since 1962, Frank has owned and operated Ming & H Drugs with compassion and commitment to his patients. Not only was he a committed health care professional but he now is also a community volunteer. Thank you for all you do for your patients and our community.

Also, October is National Pharmacists Month and a good time to remember to get a flu shot especially for those with a high risk for flu related complications including persons 65 years and older, those with certain chronic medical conditions, pregnant women and young children.

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Community Close-Up - China Lake Museum

Located at the US Naval Weapons Station, the China Lake Museum provides visitors an opportunity to learn about the development of air and surface weapon systems.

A large variety of historic and current US Navy aircraft, weapons and technology are on display. The Museum also features a gift shop with informative books and videos, as well as, clothing and other paraphrenalia to show your support for this historic facility.

From a description on the China Lake Museum webpage:

Much of the weapon development heritage of the China Lake facility--past, present, and future--is unique and irreplaceable, and has been nationally recognized as a critical resource that has provided advanced weapon system development and support for maintaining the United States’ unsurpassed military strength from World War II to the present. Since its beginning in 1943, China Lake has accomplished a long list of “Technical Firsts” in its laboratories and on its Test and Evaluation Ranges. The history of the China Lake Military Mission is unique indeed. The Museum preserves and displays many unique achievements in naval air and surface armament and technology.

The museum is open Monday through Saturday 10am to 4pm and requires clearance to enter the highly classified military base. Entrance into the museum is free.

For more information contact the museum at (760) 939-3530 for more information or visit their website at

Picture from China Lake Museum
Rear Admiral Brian Corey, Commander of Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division addresses guests at the ground breaking ceremony for the China Lake Museum Foundation’s new museum location in Ridgecrest. Team Fuller presented a Certificate of Recognition to the China Lake Museum Foundation to commemorate the ground breaking.

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Mobile Office Hours Schedule for November

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

November 8th:
Ridgecrest City Hall

November 14th:
Tulare Chamber of Commerce

November 9th:
Barstow Visitor’s Center at the Harvey House

November 10th:
Frazier Mountain Communities Family Resource Center

November 15th:
Tehachapi Chamber of Commerce

November 17th:
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

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