Vidak's News & Views: January 2018

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Howdy —

On behalf of Team Vidak, I’d like to wish all of you a Happy New Year! The year is off to a fast start now that the Senate and Assembly are both back in session.

Our fourth annual Career & Resource Expo will be held next Thursday at Tachi Palace in Lemoore. I am pleased to announce that we have 81 employers scheduled to attend! The purpose of this job fair is to connect employers who have open jobs with people who are looking for jobs. More information about next week’s event is shared below in this month’s newsletter.

The Governor released his proposed 2018-2019 budget last week. Even though the Governor’s proposed budget doesn’t do much to address the needs of the Central Valley, I am pleased that it does include $2.4 million for Porterville Military Academy in Tulare County. It will open this fall and will serve 500 students. It also includes $2.5 million to help citrus farmers combat Asian citrus psyllid and Huanglongbing, a fatal disease which kills citrus trees.

As the budget process plays out over the next several months, I will continue to fight for funding for the Temperance Flat Dam, policies that promote job growth, and other issues of importance to all of us in the Central Valley.

As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to my staff and me if there is ever anything that we can do for you, or if you want to share your opinion with me on a piece of legislation. I have offices in Bakersfield (661-395-2620), Hanford (559-585-7161), Fresno (559-264-3070), and Sacramento (916-651-4014). You can also email me at

I also invite you to follow me on Facebook and on Twitter!

All the best!
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Central Valley Career & Resource Expo Set for January 25

Are you looking for a job? Are you an employer who currently has vacant jobs? If so, Team Vidak is hosting our fourth annual Central Valley Career & Resource Expo on Thursday, January 25 at Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore.

Last year’s event featured 85 employers and over 500 people attended. I am proud to host this year’s event in partnership with Tachi Palace and Coca Cola. Congressman David Valadao is scheduled to attend.

If you are a job-seeker and want to attend the Central Valley Career & Resource Expo, bring copies of your resume and be ready to do in-person interviews! In addition, plan to bring a Driver’s License or valid form of identification in case an employer wants to hire you at the event. Dress to impress!

If you are employer with open jobs, I invite you to attend this great event. There is no charge to have a booth because the purpose of this job fair is to bring together people looking for jobs with companies who have jobs to fill.

Click Here to watch a highlight video from last year’s event.

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Looking for a State Job?

The California Teaching Policy Fellowship is a highly selective leadership opportunity for outstanding teachers looking to deepen their knowledge of education policy and gain a voice in decisions that affect students and the teaching profession.

If you cannot attend our Central Valley Career and Resource Expo on January 25, I want to let you know about a valuable job resource that exists for people interested in working for the state.

The State of California is constantly looking for new employees in each county. In Fresno County, Tulare County, Kings County, and Kern County — there are currently almost 470 job postings that you can apply for today. New jobs are added and removed daily.

You can search for state jobs in a variety of ways, but to make things simple in this month’s newsletter; we are breaking it down county-by-county. Click on each county below to see a current list of state job postings available in each location.

Fresno CountyKings CountyTulare CountyKern County

To learn more on how to apply for a state job, Click Here. In addition, if you have any questions about this process, you can contact CalCareer at 1-866-844-8671 or by email at

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Upcoming Mobile Office Hours

Monday, January 22
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Holistic Cultural and Education Wellness Center
4879 E. Kings Canyon Road
Fresno, CA 93727

Friday, January 26
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Orosi Branch Library
12646 Avenue 416
Orosi, CA 93647

Wednesday, January 31
10:00 a.m. - Noon
Buttonwillow CHP Office
29449 Stockdale Highway
Bakersfield, CA 93314

Wednesday, February 7
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Old Courthouse
810 8th Street
Wasco, CA 93280

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 at

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Vidak Earns “A” Grade from Fresno Chamber of Commerce

The Fresno Chamber of Commerce last week released its 2017 grades for local and statewide lawmakers.

I am honored to receive a 95% score from The Chamber in the latest report card. I understand the important role that businesses play when it comes to the success of the Central Valley, and I will continue to support our business owners, job creators and their employees.

To learn more about the Fresno Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 Report Card, click on their infographic below or Click Here.

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Kings Community Action Organization (KCAO) Tax Assistance

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, people with disabilities, elderly and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.



Scheduling opens on January 09, 2017. To schedule an appointment, call 559-904-8854.


1130 N. 11th Avenue
Hanford, CA 93230


KCAO’s VITA program will operate by appointments only on Fridays and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and on two Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The following dates are available for appointments:

January 27, 2017
January 28, 2017
January 29, 2017

February 3, 2017
February 4, 2017
February 5, 2017
February 10, 2017
February 11, 2017
February 17, 2017
February 18, 2017
February 24, 2017
February 25, 2017

March 03, 2017
March 04, 2017
March 10, 2017
March 11, 2017
March 17, 2017
March 18, 2017
March 24, 2017
March 25, 2017

April 7, 2017
April 14, 2017
April 15, 2017


  • Photo ID
  • Social Security Cards for all household members
  • All W2’s and tax related forms
  • 1095 Health Insurance forms
  • If filing jointly, spouse must be present.

Thank you to the Kings Community Action Organization for providing this wonderful service and for allowing us to help spread the word!

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Kern County Family Justice Center ribbon cutting

Team Vidak attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Kern County Family Justice Center in Bakersfield earlier this week. KCFJC’s mission is to meet the needs of people impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, and elder abuse through comprehensive, survivor-driven, integrated services delivered by trauma-informed professional partners in a safe, vibrant and loving environment.

Martin Luther King Jr Breakfast

Andy attended the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast hosted by the Bakersfield Golden Empire Chapter of Jack and Jill of America on Monday. Jack and Jill of America is a membership organization of mothers with children ages 2-19, dedicated to nurturing future African American leaders by strengthening children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty.

Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at Fresno City Hall

Team Vidak was also in Fresno to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday. The City of Fresno held its annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at Fresno City Hall, which included speakers and performers..

Martin Luther King Jr. celebration in Hanford

Team Vidak attended the NAACP of Kings County annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration in Hanford on Monday. The celebration included a march through the city and an event at the Hanford Civic Auditorium, where our staff had a booth and met with residents.

Coca Cola Bottling Company in Fresno

Andy visited the Coca Cola Bottling Company in Fresno last month to tour the facility, meet with employees, and learn more about the company’s operations in the Valley.

grand opening of First Choice Urgent Care

Andy attended the ribbon cutting and grand opening of First Choice Urgent Care along with Bakersfield Mayor Karen Goh, Dr. Yadwinder Kang, and other local officials.

United Cerebral Palsy of Central California executive director Roger Slingerman welcomed staff from Team Vidak

United Cerebral Palsy of Central California executive director Roger Slingerman welcomed staff from Team Vidak and other offices for a tour of their facility in Fresno. UCP’s mission is to advance the independence, productivity, and full citizenship of people with disabilities.

The Arc of Fresno and Madera Counties hosted Team Vidak

The Arc of Fresno and Madera Counties hosted Team Vidak and officials from other offices last month. Executive Director Lori Ramirez gave a tour of their facility and provided updates on the organization’s work in the community. Arc’s mission is to empower individuals with developmental disabilities to attain greater independence by offering everyday life experiences in a supportive community.

annual Orange Cove Toy Giveaway at Orange Cove High School

Andy attended the annual Orange Cove Toy Giveaway at Orange Cove High School, where over 1,500 children received gifts ahead of the Christmas holiday.

Grand Opening of the new Taco Bell in Arvin

Andy attended the Grand Opening of the new Taco Bell in Arvin last month and presented the Jhaj-Brar family with a Senate Certificate of Recognition.

Porterville Pathways program

Andy visited Porterville High School and Monache High School last month to learn more about the successful Porterville Pathways program. In 2009, Porterville Unified School District received a $1 million grant from the James Irvine Foundation. The grant, awarded to only six districts in California, was given to PUSD to develop a district-wide system of career-themed pathways. Since that time, PUSD has expanded its pathway options to now offer 14 Open Choice career-themed pathways for high school students.

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