Vidak's News & Views: October 2017

Friday, October 6, 2017

Howdy Folks —

Red Ribbon Week graphic

October 23-31 is Red Ribbon Week!

Sponsored by National Family Partnership, since 1988 the National Red Ribbon Campaign and Red Ribbon Week has served as a way for people and communities to unite and take a stand against drugs. Each October, the Red Ribbon Campaign reaches millions of youth across the country to spread awareness and work toward a drug free America.

Today, the Red Ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate our youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities. As a part of the national campaign, Team Vidak will be personally visiting and delivering roughly 50,000 Red Ribbon Week bookmarks to over 165 elementary schools throughout the Central Valley.

Ensuring that our youth are aware and educated about the impact that drugs can have on their life is one more way that we can strive for a safer, healthier and better future. Join Team Vidak and the National Red Ribbon Campaign this October and help to spread the word and make a difference in our Valley.

Your Future is Key, So Stay Drug Free.

To find out more about the National Red Ribbon Campaign and Red Ribbon week, please visit http://redribbon.org/.

Sincerely,
Senator Andy Vidak's signature
Andy

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October Mobile District Office Hours

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

Ducor
Tues., October 10
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Ducor Community Energy Event
Ducor Elementary School
23761 Ave. 56, Ducor

Hanford
Fri., October 13
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Neighbor Bowl – Strathmore vs. Sierra Pacific
120 W. Grangeville Blvd., Hanford

Terra Bella
Wed., October 18
3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
4th Annual Terra Bella Health Fair
Carl F. Smith Middle School
23825 Ave. 92, Terra Bella

Kettleman City
Thurs., October 19
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Kettleman City Park
701 General Petroleum St., Kettleman City

Orosi
Fri., October 20
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Orosi Branch Library
12646 Ave. 416, Orosi

Fresno
Mon., October 23
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Holistic Cultural and Education Wellness Center
4867 E. Kings Canyon Rd., Fresno

Lamont
Fri., October 27
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Lamont Weedpatch Family Resource Center
7839 Burgundy Ave., Lamont

Buttonwillow
Tues., October 31
3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Buttonwillow Library
116 Buttonwillow Dr., Lamont

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 Felisa Hannah at (559) 264-3070 or email Felisa.Hannah@sen.ca.gov.

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ICYMI: “Strathmore kids clean up”

Boys and Girls Clubs of the Sequoias graphic

It is a heartwarming feeling to see so many young members of Valley communities dedicate their time and energy to community service. Highlighted in a recent article published in The Porterville Recorder, children of the Strathmore Boys and Girls Club spent their Thursday afternoon repainting a wall covered with graffiti near the Baptist Church.

The Boys and Girls Clubs mission is, “To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.” Youth and communities across the United States and right here in the Central Valley are benefiting from the various services that youth clubs, such as The Boys and Girls Clubs, provide.

The club focuses on activities to engage and educate youth about citizenship, healthy lifestyle, and charity. This fall, the Boys and Girls Club of Strathmore will spend time knitting caps for cancer victims and donating them to Valley Children’s Hospital through a service project they call “Hats for Hope.”

It is safe to say that programs like The Boys and Girls Clubs and many others that get our youth involved in community service, education, physical activity and instills a sense of pride for our communities, will make our Valley stronger for years to come.

Thank you Boys and Girls Clubs of the Sequoias and keep up the great work!

To read the Porterville Recorder Article, click here.

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Team Vidak Out & About

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

Sanger Leaders Visit Sacramento

Sanger Leaders Visit Sacramento

Hanford First Responders Flag Dedication and 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

Hanford First Responders Flag Dedication and 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

Andy Speaks on DACA

Andy Speaks on DACA

Latino Community Foundation Luncheon

Latino Community Foundation Luncheon

Armona Water Treatment Facility Dedication

Armona Water Treatment Facility Dedication

Hyundai Dealership Opens in Selma

Hyundai Dealership Opens in Selma

Terry Elementary School Celebrates 135th Anniversary

Terry Elementary School Celebrates 135th Anniversary

Fresno Latina Empowerment Day

Fresno Latina Empowerment Day

Woodlake Presbyterian Church's 150th Anniversary

Woodlake Presbyterian Church's 150th Anniversary

YMI Campus Caffe Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary

YMI Campus Caffe Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary

16th Anniversary of Kikku Japanese Food

16th Anniversary of Kikku Japanese Food

“In the Making, the 2017 Faculty Biennial” Art Show

'In the Making, the 2017 Faculty Biennial' Art Show

American Red Cross Central Valley Heroes

American Red Cross Central Valley Heroes

Dinuba Raisin Harvest Festival

Dinuba Raisin Harvest Festival

Cueva de Oso Housing Complex Grand Opening

Cueva de Oso Housing Complex Grand Opening

Mexican Independence Day

Mexican Independence Day

75th Anniversary Celebration of Sal’s Mexican Restaurant

75th Anniversary Celebration of Sal's Mexican Restaurant

Grand Reopening of Revue Coffee Shop

Grand Reopening of Revue Coffee Shop

Kettleman City Breaks Ground on Surface Water Treatment Plant

Kettleman City Breaks Ground on Surface Water Treatment Plant

8th Annual National Small Farmers Resource Conference

8th Annual National Small Farmers Resource Conference

El Monte Middle School Receives Barona Grant Award

El Monte Middle School Receives Barona Grant Award

Tulare County 2017 Educators of the Year

Tulare County 2017 Educators of the Year

Fresno County Juvenile Justice Campus Tour

Fresno County Juvenile Justice Campus Tour

Grand Opening of Walmart Academy in Dinuba

Grand Opening of Walmart Academy in Dinuba

4th Annual Constitution Week

4th Annual Constitution Week

Root Access Hackerspace Grand Opening

Root Access Hackerspace Grand Opening

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ICYMI: “Three California regions win $1 million to boost college completion”

Lumina Foundation The Kresge Foundation

Team Vidak was happy to discover in a recent EdSource article, that two foundations are teaming up to award Fresno and two other California areas a combined $1 million to help students earn college degrees.

The donations are a part of a $6 million effort called “Talent Hub” by the Lumina Foundation and Kresge Foundation to fund regions across the United States that are working to assist low-income students and working adults who either dropped out of college or have no education after high school.

Fresno, Los Angeles, and Northern California’s rural Shasta County will each receive $350,000 to support the region’s college-going efforts. The investments are expected to produce 30,000 to 50,000 more workers with degrees and certificates by the end of 2020.

Fresno has been focusing on increasing the number of community college students taking a full class load and working toward reforms that will allow students to complete remedial work while earning college credit.

The Lumina-Kresge money will help to update data systems so that the colleges can share student progress information and better pinpoint areas where improvement is needed.

Benjamin T. Duran, President of the Central Valley Higher Education Consortium said, the money “comes at a good time,”… It will allow us to enhance the efforts we’re already undertaking.”

Team Vidak would like to send a major thank you to those at the Lumina Foundation and Kresge Foundation for their extremely generous donations aimed at helping California and our Valley provide a better education and meet the needs of our students.

You can read the EdSource article, here.
You can also click here to view the Lumina Foundation and Kresge Foundation press releases.

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month graphic

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month — a time to raise awareness about breast cancer, how to detect it and how to treat it. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States.” It is estimated that more than 250,000 American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. Luckily, due to scientific advancements, early detection and proper treatment, the survival rate after 5 years from diagnosis for breast cancer has increased from 72% in the 1940’s to over 89% today.

October also celebrates National Mammography Day on October 20th. National Mammography Day serves as a reminder for women to schedule a mammogram, and to take steps to help detect breast cancer in its early stages.

To learn more about breast cancer, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, National Mammography Day and how you can help, visit the National Breast Cancer Foundation or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites.

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October Legislative Calendar Highlights


California Senate Seal

The Legislature is in Recess until December. Following are important upcoming legislative dates:

2017
10/15 Last day for the Governor to sign or veto bills passed by the Legislature before Sept. 15
    and in the Governor’s possession on or after Sept. 15

2018
1/1  Statues enacted in 2017 take effect
1/3  Legislature Reconvenes

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