Vidak's News & Views: June 2017

Friday, June 2, 2017

Howdy Friends —

As Spring begins to turn to Summer and the snow in the Sierra starts to melt, please keep the good folks in Corcoran and Alpaugh in your thoughts and prayers. As you may know the Corcoran and Alpaugh areas are on a perpetual flood watch in case of a quick snow melt and the resulting waters inundating local rivers and creeks, around the Tulare Lake Basin.

Dustin Fuller, General Manager of the Tulare Lake Drainage District, has been directing the effort to raise the levee all around Corcoran by two feet before the floodwaters possibly arrive. It has been a lot of work for Fuller and the many folks involved, hopefully their efforts will not be tested. A nice long snow melt, with a mild start of the Summer, would indeed be much appreciated by all! 

Sincerely,
Senator Andy Vidak's signature
Andy

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June Mobile District Office Hours

Members of Andy’s staff will be holding Mobile District Office Hours in the following communities during June:

McFarland
Tues., June 6
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
McFarland Veterans Community Center
103 W. Sherwood Ave., McFarland

Reedley
Wed., June 14
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Reedley Regional Center
1680 E. Manning Ave., Reedley

Lamont
Thurs., June 22
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Lamont Weedpatch Family Resource Center
7839 Burgundy Ave., Lamont

Fresno
Thurs., June 22
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
West Fresno Branch Library, Room 102
188 E. California Ave., Fresno

Selma
Sat., June 24
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
New Hope Family Church
220 Hicks St., Selma

Shafter
Wed., June 28
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Covenant Coffee Shafter
1100 E. Lerdo Hwy, Shafter

Farmersville
Thurs., June 29
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Farmersville Boys and Girls Club
623 N. Avery Ave., Famersville

Mobile District Office hours are an opportunity for Senate District 14 residents to meet locally with a Team Vidak representative to hear more about Andy’s work in Sacramento and the Central Valley, have their questions answered or get help with specific state-related issues, including:

  • unemployment benefits;
  • issues with state agencies, such as the DMV and Franchise Tax Board;
  • licensing;
  • Medi-Cal;
  • small business assistance;
  • worker’s compensation;
  • state legislation; and
  • other state-related matters.

For more information, please contact Team Vidak’s Claudia Salinas (559) 264-3070 or email claudia.salinas@sen.ca.gov.

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Oil Painting by Fresno artist selected to represent SD 14 in the California State Senate’s 2017 Contemporary Art Collection

Sacramento – Senator Andy Vidak (R-Hanford) announced that Ma Ly of Fresno was selected as the winning artist representing Senate District 14 in this year’s State Senate’s Contemporary Art Collection display. Ly’s painting (shown below) will be displayed in the State Capitol for the next year. Ly was chosen by an independent panel overseen by State Capitol Museum Curator Koren Benoit.

Vernon Conrad: The Garden of the Old Man

Ly’s winning oil painting is called “Vernon Conrad: The Garden of the Old Man” which portrays the late farmer, Vernon Conrad, who served as a Fresno County Supervisor. Conrad later planted a garden with the help of his daughter. The famous “R” (for Reedley) is shown on the mountain in the left background of the painting, which is on loan from the private collection of Ms. Angela Turner.

There were also four “Honorable Mention” awards given to Louis Ferreira of Hanford, Cecile Garrison of Visalia, Lea McAndrews of Fresno, and Ivan Mendoza of Visalia.

Paintings - Cold Call and Phil

Ferreira’s paintings are “Phil” of the late legendary cattle trader Phil Stadtler and “Cold Call” showing the corralling of cattle for vaccinating and branding.

St. John's River

Garrison’s “St. John’s River” is sculpted out of the Lagenaria Gourd Squash which she grows and later carves, dyes, and enhances with pine needles for a “winding river” look.

Hazel Saves the Tree

McAndrews’ “Hazel Saves the Tree” is an unframed painting depicting the O’Neals area of California with a photo-insert of Hazel hugging the mossy tree to protect the tree from McAndrews, who once thought about removing the tree from the painting.

Yokohl Valley

Mendoza’s “Yokohl Valley” photograph is of a pasture in the picturesque mountainous area of Tulare County just after a rainfall.

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Del Vista Math and Science Academy Computer Lab Grand Opening


Image collage from the Del Vista Grand Opening

Senator Andy Vidak accompanied by District Representative, Rogelio Caudillo, attended the DVMSA’s Computer Lab Grand Opening at Delano Elementary School earlier this month.

The computer lab was made possible by an extremely generous $25,000 donation from International Game Technology (IGT). Scott Gunn, IGT Senior Vice President of Government Relations was quoted saying, “Launching this After School Advantage computer lab holds a great deal of significance for IGT. From our perspective, it means that we have the opportunity to fulfill our promise to the communities where we live and work. It also underscores our commitment to this community and the State of California where we have operated for more than 30 years.” 

This computer lab will go far to help the “Mighty Dragons” conquer the digital divide. The students, families and community of Delano will benefit greatly from this effort. Thank you to IGT and DVMSA’s commitment to academic excellence throughout our communities.

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Vidak to Governor: Please get off the dime and start issuing school bonds

Department of Finance stalling sale of school bonds approved by voters

Sacramento – Senator Andy Vidak (R-Hanford) sent a letter to Governor Jerry Brown this week requesting that he order the staff at the Department of Finance to start selling school bonds that were approved by the voters through Proposition 51 last November.

May 30, 2017

The Honorable Jerry Brown, Governor
State of California
State Capitol, First Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814 

Dear Governor Brown: 

As you’ll see in the attached letter from the “Coalition for Adequate School Housing” (CASH), there appears to be over $126 million in school construction and modernization funds being withheld from schools in my district. 

I am writing to request that you please instruct your folks at the Department of Finance to get off the dime and start selling the bonds to fund these vital school projects. 

My Senate District and the entire Central Valley has been hard hit by several years of drought and water allocation cutoffs, resulting in massive unemployment and job losses. We really do not need the state compounding these issues by stalling school bond sales. 

Thank you for your consideration. 

Sincerely, 

ANDY VIDAK

Vidak recently received a letter from the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH) which details the delays at the Department of Finance and lists 66 school sites in Vidak’s district that are awaiting over $126 million in funding from the sale of the bonds.

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Welcome Team Vidak Summer Intern Katie Ramirez

Katie Ramirez

Katie Ramirez has joined Team Vidak as a Summer 2017 Maddy Scholar Intern in Andy’s Hanford District Office. Born and raised in the Central Valley, Katie is a senior at California State University, Fresno. She is a Health Science major with a concentration in Community Health, projected to graduate in 2018. Her experiences through sitting as the Vice President of Fresno State’s Peer Ambassadors of Wellness program has sparked an interest in the policy issues surrounding Public Health, Education, and Veteran Affairs. Ultimately, Katie plans on pursuing a career as a physician assistant to help better the wellness of others in the community. 

“I’m excited to serve my hometown community by applying my knowledge and background of the Central Valley to the everyday operations of the Hanford District Office, while gaining a better understanding of the legislative process,” said Katie. 

“Katie will be a great addition to Team Vidak,” said Andy. “We are very grateful that Katie is dedicating her time and talent to folks across the Valley.”

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Team Vidak Out & About

Click on the photos below to read more about what’s happening in our Communities.

Lemoore Meritorious Conduct Recognition

Lemoore Meritorious Conduct Recognition

Stand Up 4 Music: Hanford West Jazz Band

Stand Up 4 Music: Hanford West Jazz Band

Delano Cinco de Mayo Dinner and Grand Marshall Presentation

Delano Cinco de Mayo Dinner and Grand Marshall Presentation

Earlimart Middle School Career Day

Earlimart Middle School Career Day

Woodville Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Woodville Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Tulare County Sheriff Promotional Ceremony

Tulare County Sheriff Promotional Ceremony

Parents Club of Ducor

Parents Club of Ducor

Corcoran Chamber of Commerce’s Administrative Professionals Luncheon

Corcoran Chamber of Commerce's Administrative Professionals Luncheon

Fresno County Association of Realtors

Fresno County Association of Realtors

Tulare County Association of Realtors

Tulare County Association of Realtors

Tulare County Bar Association Law Day Ceremony

Tulare County Bar Association Law Day Ceremony

Hanford High Golf Team Captures Section Championship

Hanford High Golf Team Captures Section Championship

California Hunger Action Coalition’s Hunger Action Day

California Hunger Action Coalition's Hunger Action Day

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June Legislative Calendar Highlights

California Senate Seal

6/1    Senate Floor Session – State Capitol
6/2    Last day for Bills to be Passed out of House of Origin.
6/5    Senate Floor Session – State Capitol
6/6    Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee Hearing – State Capitol
6/7    Senate Education Committee Hearing – State Capitol
6/8    Senate Floor Session – State Capitol
6/12  Senate Floor Session – State Capitol
6/13  Senate Governmental Organization Committee Hearing – State Capitol
6/13  Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee Hearing – State Capitol
6/14  Senate Education Committee Hearing – State Capitol
6/15  Senate Floor Session – State Capitol
6/19  Senate Floor Session – State Capitol
6/22  Senate Floor Session – State Capitol
6/26  Senate Floor Session – State Capitol
6/27  Senate Governmental Organization Committee Hearing – State Capitol
6/29  Senate Floor Session – State Capitol

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