Vidak's News & Views: June 2016

Friday, June 3, 2016

Howdy Friends –

High-Speed Rail Update

There’s hope for folks who lost property in the High-Speed Rail’s (HSR) destructive path.

Senate Bill 940 would give previous owners of property no longer needed for HSR an opportunity to buy it back if the state is selling it. That measure, which I authored, passed the Senate with unanimous support.

Let’s hope the members of the Assembly and the governor agree that it’s only right to let folks get back what belonged to them.

Senator Vidak speaking on the floor

Water Storage Update

Water and common sense are in short supply as state and federal officials continue to put the needs of fish above people by not capturing precious water.

While the governor calls for “saving for a rainy day” in the State Budget, his appointed bureaucrats continue to drag their feet on building much-needed water storage.

Earlier this year, the federal government ordered the release of water from northern California’s major reservoirs instead of redirecting that water south to meet the needs of farmers and communities. At one point, 600,000 gallons of water per second was being sent down rivers to the ocean.

That just makes me sick.

It’s time to speed up the construction of water storage projects like the Sites and Temperance Flat reservoirs. Saving - and storing - water on rainy days is just common sense.

Pray for Rain. Stop the Train.

Senator Andy Vidak's signature

ICYMI: Editorial Slamming High-Speed Rail

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The following is an excerpt from a Wall Street Journal Editorial published May 23, 2016:

California’s Bullet Train to Whenever

Maybe the choo-choo will be built someday, heading somewhere

In 2010 the Obama Administration required that the first segment of California’s bullet train be built in the Central Valley since the less populated farmland was supposedly the most “shovel ready.” Now it is all but conceding that this mandate was a blunder.

Last week the Federal Railroad Administration amended a $2.5 billion grant agreement with California’s high-speed rail authority, extending the original deadline to complete the initial 118-mile track from Shafter to Madera by four years to 2022. The Department of Transportation will also advance the rail authority federal dollars rather than require California to spend its own cash upfront to receive matching funds. …

So the Administration is giving California a blank check while ordering it to burn through taxpayer dollars faster. Swell. Construction is years behind schedule because of litigation and changes to the authority’s business plan.

A Public Policy Institute of California survey in March found that only 44% of voters favor high’speed rail.

The Obama Administration would be doing a public service by cutting off the choo-choo, which has become a costly boondoggle that Democratic politicians are too afraid to kill.

SD 14’s 2016 Small Business of the Year

Andy recently recognized James “Jamie” McCann, owner of McCann & Sons Truck & Tractor Service Center in Lemoore, as Senate District 14’s “2016 Small Business of the Year” at California Small Business Day in Sacramento.

“It was a surprise and an honor to be chosen as Senator Vidak’s Small Business of the Year,” said Jamie.

Lemoore’s McCann & Sons was established in 1997. The company started as a custom hay harvesting company and expanded into diesel tractor repairs and sales. In 2011, the business moved to a new facility located at Hwy 41 and Hwy 198, and the size of the shop at this facility enabled McCann & Sons to also repair commercial diesel trucks. Since that time, the truck repair has grown to 90 percent of the business.

Jamie is active in the community, including serving as a trustee for the Island Union School District, being an ambassador for the Lemoore Chamber of Commerce and restoring dilapidated bicycles, which he gives to kids who might not otherwise receive one during the holiday season.

“Jamie’s business growth, community involvement and contribution to our Valley’s economy is inspiring,” said Andy. “It is an honor to have McCann & Sons Truck and Tractor represent the 14th Senate District as the 2016 Small Business of the Year.”

 Jamie and Andy talk before the Small Business of the Year awards ceremony in Sacramento.
Jamie and Andy talk before the Small Business of the Year awards ceremony in Sacramento.

 Jamie and Andy talk before the Small Business of the Year awards ceremony in Sacramento.
Video: Click on the photo to watch Jamie receive the 2016 Small Business of the Year award for Senate District 14 from Andy at a ceremony across the street from the State Capitol

2016 Small Business Advocate of the Year

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The California Chamber of Commerce (CalChamber) honored Fresno business executive Lydia Zabrycki with its 2016 Small Business Advocate of the Year award, recognizing her for outstanding advocacy on behalf of small businesses.

The CalChamber announced the awards in Sacramento in May before more than 200 attendees at the CalChamber Capitol Summit.

According to the CalChamber Alert:

For more than a decade, Zabrycki has been “one of the most active and passionate volunteer advocates for the business community in Fresno,“ the nomination application states.

Zabrycki, director of operations and client relations at Precision Civil Engineering, Inc., is “a strong business advocate and a fantastic leader for the chamber and the Fresno community,” wrote Nathan M. Ahle, president/CEO of the Fresno Chamber of Commerce, in his letter of recommendation.

“Lydia’s passion for small business is undeniable,” said Andy. “Congratulations on this well-deserved honor.”

The two other 2016 Small Business Advocate of the Year Award recipients are:

  • Yolanda Carrillo, executive director/CEO, Corona-Norco Family YMCA, Corona;
  • Lucille Harris, owner, Tuff Boys and W&L Harris Ranches, LLC, Ripon.

To read the full CalChamber Alert article, click here:

Lydia talks about the important role of small business on this CalChamber video. Click to watch.

Lydia talks about the important role of small business on this CalChamber video. Click to watch.

Team Vidak Out & About

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Team Vidak recently offered Mobile District Office Hours (MOH) in local communities throughout the district.

Avenal MOH

Buttonwillow MOH

Delano MOH

Dinuba MOH

Earlimart MOH

Team Vidak helped Community Action Partnership Food Banks in several communities distribute food to families devastated by the drought.




McDonald’s Opens in Earlimart
McDonald’s Opens in Earlimart

Junior League of Bakersfield

Fresno HOPE Youth Leadership Institute

Lemoore Bingo Lemoore Bingo

Hanford’s House of Hope
Hanford's House of Hope

Fresno County Peace Officers Memorial Ceremony
Fresno County Peace Officers Memorial Ceremony

Porterville Fair
Porterville Fair

Stratford Portuguese Hall Association’s Centennial Festa
Stratford Portuguese Hall Association's Centennial Festa

Bakersfield’s Annual Dr. Fred Haynes Awards
Bakersfield’s Annual Dr. Fred Haynes Awards

‘Elvis’ Visits Corcoran for Administrative Professional Day
‘Elvis’ Visits Corcoran for Administrative Professional Day

It’s Hot. Stay Cool.

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According to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), summer heat waves can be dangerous. Those at greatest risk of heat-related illness include:

  • infants and children up to four years of age;
  • people who overexert during work or exercise;
  • people 65 years of age or older;
  • people who are ill or on certain medications; and

To protect your health when temperatures are extremely high, CDPH recommends the following:

Drink Plenty of Fluid -Increase your fluid intake regardless of your activity level.

Replace Salt and Minerals - The best way to replace salt and minerals is to drink fruit juice or a sports beverage during exercise or any work in the heat.

Wear Appropriate Clothing and Sunscreen - Wear as little clothing as possible when at home. Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. In the hot sun, a wide-brimmed hat will keep the head cool.

Pace Yourself - If you are unaccustomed to working or exercising in hot weather, start out slowly and pick up the pace gradually.

Schedule Outdoor Activities Carefully - If you must be out in the heat, plan your activities so that you are outdoors either before noon or in the evening. While outdoors, rest frequently in a shady area.

Use a Buddy System - When working in the heat, monitor the condition of your coworkers and have someone do the same for you.

Stay Cool Indoors - The most efficient way to beat the heat is to stay in an air-conditioned area. If you do not have an air conditioner or evaporative cooling unit, consider a visit to a shopping mall, public swimming pool, cooling center or public library for a few hours.

For more information on how to prevent heat-related illnesses, visit the CDPH website here.

Cooling Centers

To find a cooling center near year, contact your local city or county government office, or you can visit PG&E’s online cooling center locator here, or call PG&E’s toll-free number at 1-877-474-3266.

How Tweet It Is!

‘No More’ License Plate

Employment Development Department Job Fairs

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The Employment Development Department offers workshops throughout California to help you with career guidance and job searching skills.

Job fairs, including many that help veterans, may be the first step in the hiring process when job seekers and employers have a unique opportunity to interact with each other. Right on the spot, employers can screen and schedule qualified applicants for interviews, collect résumés, hand out applications, answer questions about the job and the company, and much more.

For a list of EDD’s June Job Fairs in the Central Valley, click here..

Highlights of Andy’s June Calendar

6/3     Last day for each house to pass bills introduced in that house
6/6     Senate Floor Session
6/6     Committee meetings may resume
6/8     Senate Committee on Education Hearing
6/8     Hearing on SB 1179 (Vidak) in the Assembly Judiciary Committee
6/13     Senate Floor Session
6/14     Senate Floor Session
6/15     Senate Committee on Governmental Organization Hearing
6/15     Senate Committee on Banking and Financial Institutions
6/15     Hearing on SB 37 (Vidak) in Assembly Committee on Local Government
6/16     Budget Bill must by passed by midnight
6/20     Senate Floor Session
6/23     Senate Floor Session
6/27     Senate Floor Session
6/28     Tentative hearing on SB 37 (Vidak) in Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife
6/28     Senate Committee on Governmental Organization Hearing
6/29     Senate Committee on Banking and Financial Institutions
6/29     Tentative hearing on SB 1179 (Vidak) in Assembly Committee on Local Government
6/30     Senate Floor Session
6/30     Last day for a legislative measure to qualify for the Nov. 8 General election ballot