Vidak's News & Views: April 2016

Monday, April 11, 2016

Howdy Friends –

April is Donate Life Month

National Donate Life Month

Every day, 22,000 people in California struggle while waiting for a life-saving transplant. Unfortunately, many never receive one.

You could possibly save a life by registering to become an organ, eye and tissue donor. Anyone can register and it’s easy to do.

You can make a difference. Register to today. Just click here.

Protecting Our Children

Protecting children from abuse and neglect is a top priority.

Unfortunately, child abuse affects children of every age, race and income level. It can often come from a person the child knows and trusts – a relative, neighbor or friend of the family.

Current mandated reporting laws only work if there are signs of abuse, but we need to help protect children who are victims of abuse that isn’t evident.

To help protect children, I introduced SB 1178, which would require the Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI) to create a poster to display in schools that provides children with the phone number to call if they are the victim of abuse or neglect.

After Texas enacted a similar bill in 2013, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services received 38,000 more calls of suspected abuse than the prior year.

SB 1178 recently received unanimous support in its first policy committee. To read more, click here.

Pray for Rain. Stop the Train.

Sincerely,

Senator Andy Vidak's signature
Andy

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In Case You Missed It

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Bullet train: Failure to identify funding for Southern California leg unacceptable, official says

Los Angeles Times - March 26, 2016
By Ralph Vartabedian

The California rail authority’s failure to identify a source of funding to connect Los Angeles to the future bullet train system is not acceptable, said Hasan Ikhrata, executive director of the Southern California Assn. of Governments.

Until the high-speed rail authority released a new draft business plan last month, the state had planned to open its first operating segment between Burbank and the Central Valley by 2022. But in a major concession to its limited funding, the plan now calls for a cheaper segment that would run from San Jose to the Central Valley by 2025.

By the time that initial segment is built, all the existing funds would be exhausted, leaving uncertainty about how and when the line would cross the geologically complex mountains of Southern California.

“You can’t say you can do something without saying how you are going to pay for it. This is a must. If you don’t have the money in the bank, I understand that. But you can’t assume the money is going to fall from the sky. You have to have a path. You can’t be silent totally.” …
- Hasan Ikhrata, executive director, Southern California Assn. of Governments.

A central political reality of the bullet train project is that its main supporters are from Northern California, led by Gov. Jerry Brown. Ikhrata said the project does not have enough support among the key leaders in the Los Angeles region.

“You don’t find advocates because the story has changed so many times,” he said. “They are getting antsy. They are playing along.”

To read the entire story, click here.

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FREE Hanford Small Business Seminar and Resource Expo

Strategies for Success in Today’s Economy

Hanford Auditorium

Team Vidak has joined California State Board of Equalization (BOE) Vice Chair George Runner, Assemblyman Rudy Salas, the City of Hanford, the Hanford Chamber of Commerce and the Tulare Kings Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to bring the Small Business Seminar and Resource Expo to Hanford.

“This seminar is designed to give small businesses the resources to help succeed, prosper and grow jobs in Hanford and our Central Valley,” said Andy.

WHEN
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
(check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.)

WHERE
City of Hanford Civic Auditorium
400 North Douty Street
Hanford, CA 93230
FREE PARKING

Invited to present:

  • Board of Equalization
  • Employment Development Department
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • Franchise Tax Board
  • U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Fresno State Small Business Development Center

Topics for starting or growing a business:

  • Basic Sales and Use Tax
  • Employee or Independent Contractor?
  • Better Business through Better Records
  • Forms of Ownership
  • Loan Program and Services
  • Social Media Marketing

Please register online for this BOE-sponsored event at www.boe.ca.gov/seminars or by calling the BOE at 1-888-847-9652.

“If you own a small business (or want to start one) in the Valley, we hope you can attend,” said Andy.

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Team Vidak Out & About

Click on the photos below to read more about what Team Vidak is doing in the community and at the Capitol.

Fresno Chamber’s Eggs & Issues Breakfast

Fresno Chamber’s Eggs & Issues Breakfast

The Honorable Mark E. Cullers

The Honorable Mark E. Cullers

King County Bureau’s 2016 Farm Day

King County Bureau’s 2016 Farm Day

West Hills College Lemoore

West Hills College Lemoore

Lemoore Chamber’s March Luncheon

Lemoore Chamber’s March Luncheon

Tulare Office of Education Cuts Ribbon on New Building

Tulare Office of Education Cuts Ribbon on New Building

Rio Bravo Fresno Biomass Plant

Rio Bravo Fresno Biomass Plant

San Joaquin Valley Psychological Association

San Joaquin Valley Psychological Association

Tulare’s 33rd Annual Science and Engineering Expo

Tulare’s 33rd Annual Science and Engineering Expo

Valley Youth Quest 2016

Valley Youth Quest 2016s

Retired Teachers Association

Retired Teachers Association

California Ag Day

California Ag Day

Kings County Tobacco Control Program

Kings County Tobacco Control Program

Pastor V.K. Jones Honored

Pastor V.K. Jones Honored

Fresno’s Burial Assistance Ministries Ribbon-Cutting

Fresno’s Burial Assistance Ministries Ribbon-Cutting

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Weston Anderson Joins Team Vidak

Weston Anderson

Weston Anderson has been hired as district representative in Vidak’s Hanford office, effective April 4.

Weston most recently worked as sub-foreman at Labor-Time in Huron, where he assisted in the shipping process for different produce seasons and was responsible for cold storage food safety.

Prior to that, Weston worked as a field manager for GOCO Consulting, LLC in Hanford, as a field tester for Prime-Dirt in Woodlake and as an electrician for Central Valley Electric in Visalia.

“I am honored and thrilled to start this journey with Team Vidak. Agriculture is my passion, and to work for a senator that shares those Central Valley values is incredible,” said Weston.

Weston attended Central Valley Christian High School in Visalia and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Communications from Texas Tech University.

“Weston’s strong background and education in agriculture, and his commitment to helping preserve our Valley way of life is an asset that helps Team Vidak serve the folks of Senate District 14,” said Andy.

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CA State Fair Photo Competition

A State Fair Photo Competition

The California State Fair’s inaugural Photography Competition will showcase the talents of both youth and adult photography enthusiasts. Cash prizes and/or ribbons will be awarded to winning entries by an esteemed panel of judges.

With a tradition of celebrating the best of the best, this photo contest is a way for the State Fair to now recognize the emerging visual talents of many Californians that have captured the beauty of the Golden State, as well as the beauty of the ordinary and extraordinary from around the globe.

The judges will recognize individual photos in several dozen categories, including: Cityscapes, Life in California, Pets, Panoramic Landscapes and Drone Photography. A complete listing of Divisions and Classes can be found in the competition handbook located at CAStateFair.com/Competitions.

There is no prequalifying competition to enter this statewide competition. All entries will be judged on:

  • Creativity – originality, does the image inspire or evoke a feeling.
  • Composition – framing, perspective, leading lines, etc.
  • Theme – adherence to Division/Class.
  • Quality – exposure, white balance, focus, depth of field, lighting, resolution, etc.

The entry deadline is May 4, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. Winners will be recognized at the California State Fair, July 8-24 in Building 1 of Expo Center.

Eligible contestants can visit CAStateFair.org to review the contest handbook. Entries will be accepted beginning March 23. The entry fee is $9 per photo, and there is no limit to the number of submissions per entrant. Entries must be in digital format and must be submitted electronically.

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‘No More’ License Plate

‘No More’ License Plate

Assembly Bill 2321 (Gomez) created the first-in-the-nation California Says NO MORE license plate to raise money to end domestic violence and sexual assault.

Every time a NO MORE plate is purchased, money will go into a fund to support domestic violence and sexual assault prevention program throughout the Valley and the state.

Before the plates can be made available, the DMV needs 7,500 paid reservations.

How does it work?

If you order a plate, your payment will be deposited into an account until the 7,500 paid orders are received until the goal is reached. Production of the first plates takes approximately 8 – 12 months from the time the goal of 7,500 orders is reached.

How much do the Plates cost?

The fee for the special license plate is in addition to your regular registration fee. The annual fees are as follows:

  • Sequential (6 letters and numbers selected randomly or 5 letters and numbers selected randomly for motorcycles) - $50 for the original order; $40 for the annual renewal.
  • Personalized (6 letters and numbers or 5 letters and numbers for motorcycles, selected by you) - $98 for the original order and $78 for the annual renewal.
  • Exchange – (If your current personalized plate consists of 6 characters or less, you can exchange it to the California Says NO MORE License Plate) - $98 to exchange; $78 annual renewal.

For more information and to reserve your NO MORE license plate, click here.

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Highlights of Andy’s April Calendar

4/11     Tentative Hearing on SB 1178 – Senate Committee on Appropriations
4/11     Senate Floor Session
4/12     Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water
4/12     Senate Committee on Governmental Organization
4/12     Hearing on SB 1179 – Assembly Committee on Judiciary
4/13     Senate Committee on Education
4/14     Senate Floor Session
4/18     Senate Floor Session
4/19     Hearing on SB 940 – Senate Committee on Transportation and Housing
4/19     Hearing on SB 976 – Senate Committee on Elections and Constitutional Amendments
4/21     Senate Floor Session
4/25     Senate Floor Session
4/26     Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water
4/28     Senate Floor Session

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