Vidak's News & Views: October 2013

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Howdy folks –

It’s been an amazing ride since we were sworn into office in Hanford on August 10!

One of the key things I worked on in Sacramento during the last few days of the Legislative Session was to ask my colleagues in the Senate to let you re-vote on High-Speed Rail. I’m disappointed, but not surprised, that the majority party killed that effort without debate or a vote on the amendments to a bill I offered. Sacramento hasn’t heard the last from me on this issue. I’ll be pushing again in January when the Legislature reconvenes to stop this boondoggle from wrecking farms, businesses and homes in our Central Valley. To read more about it, click here.

A recent Los Angeles Times poll shows that 70 percent of Californians want a re-vote on High-Speed Rail (HSR). The vast majority (82 percent) of folks responding to my survey want the opportunity to vote again on whether or not to spend more money on HSR. If you’d like to take my one-question survey, click here.

Team Vidak opened district offices in Hanford, Fresno and Bakersfield with a diverse team of professionals eager to serve you. Please swing by anytime and say “hi!”

Team Vidak in the District

District Office staff
From left to right: Daniel Medina, Brittany Watson, Christine Caprelian, Nathan Alonzo, Paula Vinzant, Tomeka Powell, Janie Sustaita, and Johnny Alvarado. (And yes, that’s a cardboard cutout of me!) To read more about Team Vidak, click here. For addresses and phone number for our offices, click here.

I remain focused on the future success of our Central Valley by looking for ways to help create and keep good paying jobs here, to get us a clean and sustainable water supply for our farms and our families, to make sure our young people have access to a quality education and to ensure our neighborhoods are safe.

Thanks for the privilege to serve you!

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What an Honor!

Andy and Lorge
From left to right: Andy, Rear Admiral Patrick Lorge and Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg.

Andy had the honor to introduce on the Senate Floor the new Commander of Navy Region Southwest, Rear Admiral Patrick Lorge, whose command supports the naval installations in California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico. One of those installations – – the Naval Air Station Lemoore – is in the 16th Senate District. To watch the introduction, click here.


Andy Votes to Protect 2nd Amendment Rights

In Andy’s first month as Senator, he voted against numerous measures that attempt to reduce your rights as a legal gun owner. These range from bills that make it a misdemeanor to not keep your gun locked up at all times, ban lead in ammunition, make it a crime to not report a weapon missing within a certain amount of hours, and require gun owners to register their semiautomatic weapons with the state since they would now be classified as “assault weapons.” “I personally do not believe that any one of these bills will stop any future gun crimes, but will simply make it easier for the government to restrict and encroach on the legal activities of gun owners,” said Andy.

Below is a comprehensive list of those bills that step on our 2nd Amendment rights:

  •  SB 299 (Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord) – Regulates lost or stolen firearm reporting
  •  SB 374 (Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento) – Bans detachable magazines in rifles
  •  SB 475 (Mark Leno, D-San Francisco) – Requires San Francisco County’s approval for gun  shows at the Cow Palace
  •  SB 567 (Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara) – Redefines “shotguns”
  •  SB 683 (Marty Block, D-San Diego) – Requires gun buyers to take a firearm safety class and earn a  safety certificate
  •  AB 48 (Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley) – Bans magazine repair kits
  •  AB 169 (Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento) – Limits transfer of handguns
  •  AB 170 (Steven Bradford, D-Gardena) – Prohibits businesses from getting “assault weapon”  permits
  •  AB 231 (Phil Ting, D-San Francisco) – Adds criminal liability for firearm storage
  •  AB 500 (Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco) – Gives the Department of Justice more time to run  background checks
  •  AB 711 (Anthony Rendon, D-Lakewood) – Bans use of lead ammunition

Andy voted against every one of these bills!

To read the letter Andy wrote to Governor Brown urging him to veto these bad bills, click here.


The Big Fresno Fair!

Andy and Lorge
Andy had a chance to chat with Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer at the Big Fresno Fair.


Out & About

Andy’s been out and about since the Legislature adjourned on September 12th. His many activities include:

  • touring the Del Monte Foods plant and attending the Superior Court House groundbreaking ceremony in Hanford
  • touring the Rio Tinto Minerals operation in Boron
  • participating on a panel at the Valley Fever Symposium hosted by Congress Kevin McCarthy in Bakersfield
  • hosting press conferences in Fowler and Bakersfield on the Asian Citrus Psyllid discovery
  • attending the opening ceremony for the 130th Anniversary of the Big Fresno Fair


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Asian Citrus Psyllid Discovered in our Central Valley

Asian Citrus Pysllid in Central Valley
Andy, CA Citrus Mutual’s Joel Nelsen and Fresno and Kern Co. Ag Commissioners Les Wright and Ruben Arroyo urge Gov. Brown to sign AB 571, which would help fight a pest that could be a death sentence to our Central Valley citrus industry and the thousands of jobs it provides. Andy was shocked when Governor Brown vetoed the measure on October 7. To read Andy’s response to the veto, click here.

Valley Fever: Awareness is Key

Valley Fever: Awareness is Key
Andy joined Assemblywoman Shannon Grove and Senator Jean Fuller on a panel at the Valley Fever Symposium hosted by Congressman Kevin McCarthy in Bakersfield recently. To learn more about Valley Fever and its symptoms, visit


Upcoming Calendar Highlights

Following are some highlights of Andy’s whereabouts in October:

10/11 - Touring Children’s Hospital Central California in Madera which serves the Central Valley
10/14 - Touring Baker Commodities’ Rendering Plant in Hanford
10/17 - Touring the Mt. Poso Cogeneration Plant in Bakersfield
10/18 - Speaking at the Fresno Chamber’s “Eggs & Issues” meeting
10/18 - Attending opening of the Veteran’s Home of California Fresno
10/19 - Attending the Shafter Centennial Celebration Parade
10/24 - Attending CA Egg Farmers Breakfast in Modesto