Vidak's News & Views: July 2018

Friday, July 20, 2018

COOLING CENTERS OPEN THIS SUMMER

Looking to Stay Cool During High Temperatures? During the summer months, the Cool Center program provides safe, air-conditioned facilities where you can relax from the heat and avoid running your own cooling device at home.

By visiting the Cool Centers you can:

  • Help minimize the harmful impact to the environment by using less energy
  • Reduce health hazards by avoiding extremely hot and uncomfortable temperatures
  • Learn more about energy programs and services that can help you manage your energy usage

Click here to find a cooling shelter near you!

CODY SEDANO JOINS TEAM VIDAK

Image of Cody Sedano

Please join us in welcoming Marine Corps veteran and Central Valley native Cody Sedano to Team Vidak! Cody served four years of active duty in the United States Marine Corps. While in the Marines, he served as an Amphibious Assault Crew Chief and then went on to become a NATO translator in Helmond Province, Afghanistan. Following his service in the Marine Corps, Sedano earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from California State University, Fresno. While at Fresno State, he represented current and former members of the military in Associated Students, Inc. Welcome, Cody!

ROSA BROTHERS MILK COMPANY NAMED SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Andy recognized Noel Rosa of the Rosa Brothers Milk Company on the Senate Floor last month as the 14th Senate District’s Small Business of the Year!

Andy recognized Noel Rosa of the Rosa Brothers Milk Company on the Senate Floor last month as the 14th Senate District’s Small Business of the Year! Click here to read more.

VIDAK AND OTHER VALLEY LEGISLATORS SEEK TO HELP FFA PROGRAM

Senator Vidak pictured with FFA Students

Andy and ten other Central Valley legislators last month called on State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson to fill the Superior Region Supervisor/Future Farmers of America (FFA) Advisor position. Regional FFA supervisors provide much-needed support, resources, and guidance to agricultural teachers across the state along with students in FFA. Specifically, the Superior Region Supervisor/FFA Advisor position has been left vacant for the last two years, requiring other regional supervisors to help cover the region. Students and ag teachers in the Superior Region have suffered as a result of the situation. Click here to read more.

TEAM VIDAK OUT AND ABOUT

Team Vidak District Representative Claudia Salinas attended the Ribbon Cutting ceremony for CHP Fresno’s new office on East Fortune Avenue.
 
Andy met in his Capitol office with PSW Cares staff members Don Sowers, Steve Ramsey, Carol Ledbetter, and Ron Killingsworth. From a humble beginning serving seven clients in 1956, PSW now annually provides services to over 800 people with disabilities.
 
Team Vidak District Representative Claudia Salinas attended the Grand Opening & Art Show Ceremony at Downtown Fresno’s newly restored Peerless Building and presented a Senate Certificate of Recognition to Mark Jackson and Nader Assemi. This building will serve as a hub for entrepreneurs and small businesses in the community and we are excited about the impact that it’s going to have!
 
Team Vidak District Representative Gaby Gonzales presented a Senate Certificate of Recognition at the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting ceremony for 24th Street Poke in Bakersfield.
 
Team Vidak District Representative Weston Anderson presented a Senate Certificate of Recognition to Pamela Chin (right) for her 25 years of service to the Kings County Commission on Aging. We were honored to attend the Senior Prom Friendship Day in Hanford and would also like to thank director Bobbie Wartson (left) for her great work!
 
Team Vidak District Representative Claudia Salinas presented a Senate Certificate of Recognition to Deborah Marvin-Deeter, who is retiring as Superintendent of the Valley Regional Occupational Program after over 27 years of dedicated service!
 
A group of television and film professionals stopped by Andy’s Capitol office to meet with Team Vidak and thank us for our support of Senate Bill 951. During the visit, we made it clear to them that the Central Valley is open for business and we asked them to bring more filming projects and jobs to our District!
 
Andy had the privilege of welcoming the family of Nettie Mae Morrison to the State Capitol last month. Nettie May was the unofficial Mayor of the Allensworth community and was a distinguished leader in the Central Valley. Her family is continuing her legacy of service to the Allensworth community and to the Central Valley and it was an honor to visit with them!
 
Andy met in his Capitol office last month with the Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability as part of a meeting about the Safe & Affordable Drinking Water Fund.
 
Team Vidak District Representative Michael Bowers attended the Grand Re-Opening of the McDonald’s in Shafter and presented the staff with a Senate Certificate of Recognition!
 
Team Vidak District Representatives Claudia Salinas and Cody Sedano presented a Senate Certificate of Recognition to Susan Bussean from the Fresno-Madera Long Term Care Ombudsman Program.
 
Team Vidak District Representatives Claudia Salinas and Cody Sedano attended Mayor Lee Brand’s State of the City address last month in Downtown Fresno!
 
Team Vidak District Representative Cody Sedano attended the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony as Common Space became the 307th designated “safe place” in Fresno County! Since 1998, Fresno EOC Sanctuary and Youth Services has administered the local Safe Place program. Marked by the yellow and black diamond shaped “Safe Place” sign, COMMON SPACE will join a network of over 300 sites to provide youth in crisis immediate interventions, supportive services, and professional referrals to Fresno EOC Sanctuary and Youth Services including counseling, shelter, and case management.
 
Team Vidak District Representative attended CHP Hanford’s Coffee with a Cop last month at the 12th Avenue Starbucks!
 
Team Vidak District Representative Weston Anderson attended the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Grand Re-Opening of McDermont X in Lindsay and presented a Senate Certificate of Recognition!
 
Andy welcomed Central Valley participants of the American Legion Boys State program to the Capitol last month. Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for U.S. high-school students.
 
Team Vidak District Representative Cody Sedano presented a Senate Certificate of Recognition to Navy veteran Damon Miller who owns The Chicken Shack Fresno and The Chicken Shack Hanford! Thank you for your service to our country!
 
Team Vidak congratulates Sanger High School scholar athlete Talie Cloud one being one of 150 students in the nation to be recognized as a Coca-Cola Scholar! We were proud to present Talie with a Senate Certificate of Recognition for her incredible accomplishment!
 
Team Vidak Bakersfield intern Jilian Andreesen presented a Senate Certificate of Recognition to the great team at Urbane Cafe on the opening of their new location! After a successful opening weekend, Urbane Cafe donated $3,000 to the Camp K.E.E.P. scholarship fund to help offset tuition for kids with financial needs!
 
Team Vidak Bakersfield intern Clarissa Mora presented a Senate Certificate of Recognition to Belcourt Seven Oaks at their Ribbon Cutting Ceremony!
 
Team Vidak Bakersfield intern Cassie Short presented a Senate Certificate of Recognition at the Grand Opening of the new Jamba Juice in Bakersfield!
 
Team Vidak District Director Paula Vinzant toured the Faraday Future plant in Hanford last month! Faraday Future is a global auto and tech company, unifying sustainable transportation and digital ecosystems to redefine future mobility — and move humanity forward.
 
Team Vidak District Representative Weston Anderson presented a Senate Resolution to Tim Bowers who is retiring as Superintendent of Kings County. We are grateful for Tim’s dedication to the students, faculty, and staff of Kings County and wish Tim and his wife Lynette all the best in their next chapter!
 
Team Vidak District Representative Claudia Salinas presented a Senate Certificate of Recognition to the Society of Women Engineers San Joaquin Valley Professional Section! Congratulations to chapter president Denise Soria and to all of the members on 25 years of dedicated service and leadership!
 
Team Vidak District Representative Cody Sedano attended Fresno City College’s 150th Police Academy graduation last month! Congratulations to all of the graduates, including Garret Hale (right), a graduate of the Academy and a former student trustee on the State Center Community College District!