Vidak's News & Views: June 2014

Sunday, June 1, 2014
Gates Millenium Scholarship Recipients
Legislative Update
Andy’s Activities
Welcome Ashley Borba to Team Vidak
Kudos to Yulisa
Team Vidak in the Community
Andy’s June Calendar Highlights

Howdy Friends –

The water crisis in our Central Valley continues to cause real human suffering. That’s why we are fighting for immediate relief, as well as long-term solutions that will help prevent this type of devastation in the future.

Immediate Relief Needed
That is why - with bipartisan support - I introduced Senate Join Resolution (SJR) 25 urging President Obama to exercise his authority to find innovative ways to get desperately-needed water to the Central Valley before the breadbasket of the nation dries up.

The Senate unanimously passed SJR 25 on a 33-0 vote. It now goes to the Assembly for consideration.

I deeply appreciate the unanimous bipartisan support from my Senate colleagues on this critical issue.

Co-authors of SJR 25 are:


  • Tom Berryhill (R - Twain Harte)
  • Anthony Cannella (R - Ceres)
  • Jean Fuller (R - Bakersfield)
  • Ted Gaines (R - Roseville)
  • Jim Nielsen (R - Gerber)


  • Frank Bigelow (R - O’Neals)
  • Connie Conway (R - Visalia)
  • Dan Logue (R - Loma Rica)
  • Kristen Olsen (R - Modesto)
  • Rudy Salas (D - Bakersfield)

For a copy SJR 25, click here.

SJR 25 is similar to a letter I sent to Governor Jerry Brown on April 30, 2014 asking him to call on the president to help get more water to the Central Valley. For a copy of the letter, click here.

Long-Term Solutions Needed
The Legislature is fast approaching the June 26 deadline to get streamlined water bond on the November ballot. There are still a number of proposals working their way through the process and I continue to work in a bipartisan fashion to ensure that whatever water bond prevails provides full funding for the “Three Cs” - clean water, convey water and create water storage.

We must have funding to provide clean drinking water for all California communities. We must build the infrastructure to convey water to areas that grow food and provide jobs. We must create water storage, not let millions of acre-feet of precision water flush out to sea.

Water = equals life, food and jobs
The agriculture industry estimates that without any additional water provided for agriculture this summer, the current drought will result in the fallowing or removal of tress on 800,000 acres of agricultural land, an economic loss of $7.48 billion for the state, as well as the loss of tens of thousands of farming jobs.


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Gates Millenium Scholarship Recipients

Image of Erica Cabrera, Aaron Caldwell, Pedro Gomez and Nathan Alonzo
Pictured left to right: Erica Cabrera from Assemblyman Perea’s office, Aaron Caldwell, Pedro Gomez and Nathan Alonzo.

Team Vidak’s Nathan Alonzo presented Senate Certificates of Recognition to Aaron Caldwell (a senior at Edison High School) and Pedro Gomez (a senior at Sunnyside High School). They are both recipients of the Gates Millennium Scholarship, which will provide each with full rides to the university of their choice. Pedro will be attending John Hopkins University to study medicine. Aaron will be attending Southern Illinois University to study Math Education. “Aaron and Pedro’s parents must be proud, and then some!” said Andy.

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Legislative Update


Andy is the co-author of over two dozen measures with bipartisan support, including a bill to bring child sexual predators to justice (Senate Bill 926) and a proposed constitutional amendment for a Rainy Day budget reserve fund (Assembly Constitutional Amendment 1 xx-Perez).

The Senate Public Safety Committee voted to support Senate Bill 926, a bipartisan measure that provides victims of the most egregious crimes of childhood sexual abuse with a fair opportunity to report sexual abuse. Andy is a co-author of SB 926 (Beall), which proposes to extend the statute of limitations for sexual crimes committed against a minor from a victims 28th birthday to a victims 40th birthday.

“I’m heartened that this bipartisan crime ’victims’ measure passed its first committee test and appreciate Senator Jim Beall championing this issue,” said Andy. “SB 926 is an important proposal to help bring sexual predators to justice who abuse our children.”

For a copy of SB 926, click here.

The Rainy Day Fund measure is another bipartisan effort to help provide stability from boom/bust state budget cycles by:

  • expanding the size of current reserve fund;
  • ensuring stable revenue to the reserve fund; and
  • protecting the reserve fund from being raided/suspended solely at the discretion of the governor

If passed by the Legislature, ACA 1xx will be put before voters on the 2014 November ballot and will need a simple majority vote to be enacted.

For a copy of ACA 1xx, click here.

Below is a list of other bills Andy has co-authored. To read about each bill, click on it and type in the number in the online “search legislation” tool.

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Andy’s Activities

Click on photos below to see some of what Andy’s been up to at the Captiol and in the district in April, including, welcoming internationally renowned Chef LaLa, the California Association of Realtors and the student leaders from Wasco’s Thomas Jefferson Middle School to the State Senate; attending the Fresno Small Business Semniar hosted by Board of Equalization Member George Runner, giving a shout-out to Kentucky Derby Winner California Chrome; meeting a group of 5th Graders from Selma’s Wilson Elementary School; paying tribute to our fallen peace officers at a memorial in Hanford; and touring Grimmway Academy in Arvin.


Image of Chef LaLa with Senator Vidak Image of BOE George Runner with Senator Vidak Image of Senator Vidak with the Association of Realtors


Image of Thomas Jefferson Middle School students Image of Senator Vidak giving shout-out to California Chrome
Image of Senator with students from Wilson Elementary Image of Senator Vidak paying tribute to fallen peace officers Image of Senator Vidak touring Grimmway Academy

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Welcome Ashley Borba to Team Vidak

Image of Ashley Borba

Welcome Ashley Borba, Team Vidak’s summer intern who will be working in our Hanford Office.

“This is so exciting,” said Ashley.

Ashley is currently a student at Indian’s Valparaiso University Law School and is expected to earn her Juris Doctor in 2016. She plans on coming back to California to practice agricultural law focusing on water.

Before law school, Ashley attended Fresno State and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Business. She is a native of Merced County.

“Ashley is an amazing contribution to Team Vidak,” said Andy.

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Team Vidak in the Community

Team Vidak members participated in dozens of community events and celebrations, including the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Business Academy graduation; Our Lady of Guadalupe Parrish’s Cinco de Mayo Celebration in Mendota; Peace Officers Memorial in Tulare; Food Giveaway at the Fowler Senior Center; 28th Annual Spaghetti Dinner in Fresno; Greater Bakersfield Green Expo; Hanford’s Thursday Night Marketplace; Alpaugh Education Center “block laying” ceremony; and Team Vidak Mobile Office Hours around the district.


Image of Academy Grads Image of Sandquist Image of Cinco De Mayo Image of Food Giveaway


Image of rodeo parade Image of ribbon cutting
Image of Children of Peace Officers Image of Spaghetti Feed Image of recycled art
Image of Dog and Horse Carriage Image of Avenal in the Mobile Office Hours
Image of Alpaugh School

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Image of Boonfroggle and Rogellio Caudillo
Picture - Boonfroggle (left), Rogellio Caudillo (right)... in case you were wondering.

Andy’s Senate Fellow, Rogelio Caudillo, was Team Vidak’s “frog jockey” for the Annual Capitol Frog Jump Contest. Andy’s frog, Boonfroggle, jumped faster than High-Speed Rail, but stopped dead in his tracks after the second jump. “Boonfroggle lived up his name... He was going nowhere,” said Rogelio. “Thanks to Rogelio for giving it his all,” said Andy.

Hosted this year by Senator Berryhill, who represents Calaveras County, the Captiol Frog Jump is an unoffical kick off to Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee, held May 15 - 18th this year.

To watch video highlights of the Frog Jump, click here.

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Andy’s June Calendar Highlights

6/1 Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 16th Annual Menudo Cook-Off-Bakersfield
6/2 Senate Floor Session - State Capitol
6/4 Senate Floor Session - State Capitol
6/4 Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committee Hearing - State Capitol
6/9 Senate Floor Session - State Capitol
6/12 Senate Floor Session - State Capitol
6/16 California Small Business Day Awards Luncheon - Sacramento
6/18 Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committee Hearing - State Capitol
6/19 Senate Floor Session - State Capitol
6/21 Tulare Country Chamber of Commerce ’Salute to Dairy’ Luncheon - Tulare
6/23 Senate Floor Session - State Capitol
6/26 Senate Floor Session - State Capitol
6/28 Gospel Music Festival - Hanford
6/30 Senate Floor Session - State Capitol

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