Vidak's News & Views: June 2018

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Remembering Our Veterans

Andy spent time before Memorial Day planting American flags and flowers at Bakersfield National Cemetery in Arvin.

Team Vidak District Representative Weston Anderson visited the Kings County Veterans Tank Memorial to pay tribute to our fallen heroes. The Army tank in the Hanford Cemetery has served as a memorial for Kings County veterans since its dedication on November 11, 1998.

Team Vidak District Representative Claudia Salinas presented a Senate Certificate of Recognition to American Legion Post 4 while also celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Veterans Liberty Cemetery in Fresno County.

Team Vidak Communications Director Cory Burkarth visited Bakersfield National Cemetery to pay tribute to the brave men and women who served our great country.

Team Vidak Senior District Representative Michael Bowers attended the Memorial Day Ceremony at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Bakersfield.

Team Vidak District Representative Rogelio Caudillo attended the Annual Memorial Day service in Delano to remember and honor our fallen veterans.

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Vidak’s SB 1137 To Help Veterans Passes In State Senate

Senator Vidak pictured with veterans

Andy’s bill, SB 1137, which would help veterans in California, passed the State Senate on a unanimous 38-0 vote last month. It now moves to the State Assembly for consideration.

SB 1137 would require the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) to work together to increase awareness of professional licensing benefits that are available to veterans.

California is home to approximately 1.9 million veterans, more than any other state. Among veterans, especially men ages 25-35, unemployment rates are significantly higher than the national average, according to a 2016 report from the Little Hoover Commission.

The California State Legislature has previously passed legislation aimed at helping veterans obtain professional licenses. This has included — expediting many licensing processes for veterans and their spouses, temporarily honoring out of state licenses for military spouses in a variety of healthcare professions, renewing a professional license if a veteran is deployed overseas, and systemizing the DCA process for crediting a veteran’s military training.

Despite these important measures, the Little Hoover Commission noted that many veterans still face obstacles towards earning professional licenses. One reason is that many veterans are unaware of existing benefits.

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Lemoore Takes Center Stage of Surfing World

The Kelly Slater Wave Co. Surf Ranch in Lemoore shined May 5-6 when it hosted the Founders Cup. The Founders Cup is an international competition for professional surfers comprised of teams from the United States, Australia, Europe, Brazil and a World team which is comprised of five surfers from different countries. Over 100 miles away from the coast, surfing fans from across the country traveled to Lemoore for the two-day event, which also marked the first public event at the Surf Ranch. Thank you to everyone involved with this wonderful event!

Senator Vidak at the Founders Cup Competition

Senator Vidak at the Founders Cup Competition

Image of surfer at the Founders Cup Competition

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Mobile Office Hours

Parlier
Wednesday, June 13
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Parlier Branch Library
1130 East Parlier Avenue
Parlier, CA 93648

Arvin
Tuesday, June 19
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Arvin City Hall
200 Campus Drive
Arvin, CA 93203

Avenal
Saturday, June 30
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
“Independence Celebration”
Avenal Sports Complex
1 Sports Way
Avenal, CA 93204

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 Felisa.Hannah@sen.ca.gov.

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Team Vidak Out and About

Andy met in his Capitol office with First 5 California, a group that works improve the lives of children and families throughout California. Their vision is that California’s children receive the best possible start in life and thrive.

Andy welcomed the Tulare County Association of Realtors to the Capitol last month and gave them a tour of the Senate chamber.

Team Vidak District Representative Weston Anderson presented Senate Certificates of Recognition to the Lemoore Middle College High School Academic Decathlon Team. They recently won First Place in their division at the U.S. Academic Decathlon in Frisco, Texas.

Andy welcomed teacher Brittany Shults and her fourth grade class from Mary Immaculate Queen School to the Capitol last month.

Andy visited with 8th graders from Rio Bravo-Greeley School during the school’s annual trip to the State Capitol.

Team Vidak District Representative Claudia Salinas presented Senate Scholastic Achievement Awards to the Education Pathway Graduates at Roosevelt High School in Fresno.

Team Vidak District Representative Claudia Salinas presented a Senate Certificate of Recognition to David Bouttavong at the inaugural Southeast Asian Young Men Education Summit at Fresno State.

Team Vidak District Representative Gaby Gonzales spoke about the legislative branch at Bakersfield College’s Law Conference Day.

Team Vidak District Representative Claudia Salinas attended the Grand Opening of City Market in Reedley and presented a Senate Certificate of Recognition to the owners and staff.

Team Vidak District Director Paula Vinzant and District Representatives Felisa Hannah and Weston Anderson attended the Woodlake Flying Tigers’ event at Woodlake Airport which allowed children ages 8-17 to take free airplane rides. Thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers who donated their time, their planes, and their fuel in order to host this terrific event!

Team Vidak Senior District Representative Michael Bowers attended the Grand Opening of Acura of Bakersfield and presented a Senate Certificate of Recognition.

Team Vidak District Representative Claudia Salinas and Maddy Intern AubreyEnna Garten attended the Selma Raisin Festival and held a Mobile Office Hours session.

Andy met in his Capitol office with the Tulare/Kings chapter of the California Women for Agriculture. With 20 chapters and 1,600-plus members across the state, CWA is the most active, all volunteer agricultural organization in the state, and members are actively engaged in public relations, education, and legislative advocacy on behalf of agriculture.

Team Vidak District Representative Weston Anderson presented a Senate Resolution to Jim Maciel of the Armona Community Services District in honor of his great work for the people of Armona and the Community Water Center.

Team Vidak was proud to attend the Tulare County Peace Officer’s Memorial Ceremony to recognize and pay tribute to the men and women of the law enforcement community.

Andy met with the Fresno chapter of Parent Voices on Stand for Children Day. Parent Voices works throughout California to improve access to child care for all families in their communities, in California, and in the United States.

Team Vidak Senior District Representative Michael Bowers attended a recent event hosted by the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. KCHCC is a Hispanic business resource and leader in the economic and business development of Kern County.

Team Vidak District Representative Weston Anderson presented Senate Certificates of Recognition to Lemoore High School’s Virtual Enterprise Team to honor their First Place finish at Deloitte’s Virtual Team Challenge!

Team Vidak District Representative Rogelio Caudillo held Mobile Office Hours at the Pixley Community Festival last month.

Team Vidak District Representative Claudia Salinas presented a Senate Certificate of Recognition at the renaming ceremony of The Fresno Center, formerly known as the Fresno Center for New Americans. Its mission is to assist individuals in becoming self-sufficient, self-fulfilled and productive members of the community while fostering cultural preservation and promoting cross cultural understanding.

Team Vidak Senior District Representative Michael Bowers attended the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the Tarina Homes Sports Complex Phase Two.

Team Vidak Senior District Representative Michael Bowers attended the Kern County Aging and Adult Services Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. THANK YOU to all of these wonderful volunteers for giving your time, energy, and compassion in our community!

Andy met in his Capitol office with the Agricultural Council of California. Founded in 1919, the Agricultural Council of California is a member-supported organization advocating for more than 15,000 farmers across California, ranging from farmer-owned businesses to the world’s best-known brands.

Andy’s staff recently met with Family Services of Tulare County, whose mission is to help children, adults, and families throughout Tulare County heal from violence and thrive in healthy relationships.

Andy met in his Capitol office with the Associated General Contractors of California on their annual Legislative Day at the Capitol.

Team Vidak Communications Director Cory Burkarth met with the California Teaching Fellows Foundation to discuss our office’s support of increased funding for after-school programs in the Central Valley. The CTFF’s mission is to inspire next-generation leaders with a passion for teaching and learning while impacting the lives of youth.

Andy met in his Capitol office with the United Way of Fresno and Madera Counties last month to discuss the work that they are doing in the Central Valley.

Team Vidak District Representative Weston Anderson attended the Hanford CHP’s Chapter 30 uniform inspection last month. Team Vidak thanks Lieutenant Tripp and the entire CHP Hanford team for inviting us and for your great work in keeping our community safe!

Andy met in his Capitol office with Farmersville Chief of Police Mario Krstic and Reedley Chief of Police Joe Garza to discuss a variety of police and criminal justice issues in the Central Valley.

Andy met in his Capitol office with Central Valley members of the National Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors, discussing insurance, retirement, and financial planning issues affecting our District.

Andy met with Central Valley members of the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce on their annual Legislative Day. Through its network of Hispanic chambers and business association, the CHCC represents the interest of over 800,000 Hispanic business owners in California.

Andy met in his Capitol office with Woodrow Wilson Jr. High School Band Director Bill Wilkinson and Sierra Pacific High School Band Director Jeff Detlefsen on Stand Up 4 Music Day. Andy is a proud supporter of California Music Educators Association!

Team Vidak Senate Fellow Jason Muehlhoff met with the Fresno chapter of Californians For Justice on their Statewide Action Day.

Team Vidak District Representative Gaby Gonzales attended the Kern County Peace Officer’s Memorial during National Police Week.

Team Vidak Senior District Representative Michael Bowers attended the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at The Library in Bakersfield.

Team Vidak District Representative Rogelio Caudillo attended McFarland Unified School District’s third annual Special Olympics at McFarland High School. Congratulations to all of these incredible athletes and thank you to the great volunteers who make this event possible!

Andy recently toured the Mazzei Injector Company in Bakersfield to learn more about its operations. Mazzei was founded in 1978 and has set industry standards for innovation and technology ever since. Known worldwide for our design and manufacture of fluid mixing and contacting technologies, the company provides systems and components for municipal and industrial water and wastewater, the agricultural market, the pool/spa market and wine industries.

Team Vidak District Representative Rogelio Caudillo attended the fun-filled Jubilee Celebration at Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park and presented a Senate Certificate of Recognition. Team Vidak extends a special thanks to the Friends of Allensworth, California State Parks staff, and their volunteers for all of their hard work in keeping this tradition alive!

The 8th Grade leadership class from Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Wasco visited the Capitol last month and met with Andy’s staff.

Team Vidak Senior District Representative Michael Bowers attended the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the expansion of the Ronald McDonald House in Bakersfield.

Andy welcomed the 8th Grade class from Maple School to the Capitol last month and gave them a tour of the Senate chamber. Team Vidak thanks Superintendent Dr. Julie Boesch for all of her great work on behalf of the Maple School and its wonderful students!

Andy met with the Fresno Chamber of Commerce in his Capitol office to discuss several pieces of legislation and other issues facing Central Valley businesses.

Team Vidak Senior District Representative Michael Bowers volunteered at Celebrity Reader Day at Bessie E. Owens Primary School in Bakersfield.

Team Vidak met in Andy’s Capitol office with Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) members Nicole Lee, Christina Garcia, Bao Vue, Bianca Romero, Kristan Venegas, and Monica Esqueda along with members of the Youth Leadership Institute to discuss healthcare and education issues.

Team Vidak District Representative Rogelio Caudillo presented Senate Certificates of Recognition to the Harmony Magnet Academy team that won the 2018 INTERNNECT competition, a regional high school internship experience led by industry, administered by intermediaries, and facilitated by teachers.

Team Vidak District Representative Felisa Hannah attended the Ribbon Cutting ceremony for Smile Direct Club’s first location in Fresno.

Team Vidak District Representative Felisa Hannah attended the Ribbon Cutting ceremony for the Office of Fresno County Superintendent of Schools’ new offices.

Team Vidak District Representative Claudia Salinas presented a Senate Certificate of Recognition to Executive Director Peter Vang and the Board Members of the Lao Veterans of America, Inc. at their Hmong Veterans Memorial event to honor and remember our Hmong veterans around the Central Valley.

Andy and Team Vidak welcomed 3rd Grade teachers Pailey Carroll and Angela Santos from Sanger Academy Charter School and their students to the State Capitol last month.

Team Vidak District Representative Weston Anderson presented a Senate Certificate of Recognition to the Kings County Action Organization at the Grand Opening of the Armona Learning Center.

Team Vidak Senior District Representative Michael Bowers presented a Senate Certificate of Recognition to APEX Shafter Urgent Care at their Grand Opening.

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REAL ID and California Drivers Licenses

To learn more about what REAL ID is, how it will impact you, and how you can easily obtain one, please click this link. If you will be renewing your driver’s license or ID card soon, our office recommends that you obtain a federally compliant REAL ID.

REAL ID CA Compliance Act Flyer

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