Vidak News & Views: November 2016

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Howdy Friends -

Calling all employers with jobs to fill!

I’ve teamed up with U.S. Congressman David G. Valadao and Tachi Palace for the Third Annual Central Valley Career and Resource Expo on January 26, 2017 in Lemoore.

With high unemployment in the Valley, connecting people looking for a job with people who have jobs to fill is a top priority. If you are an employer with jobs to fill, you are invited to participate in the Expo.

What makes this Expo different is that all booth participants have current job openings. Serious job applicants come to the Expo because they know their chances of landing a job at this event are much higher than many job fairs. Last year’s Expo featured over 80 employers, and over 300 job applicants attended.


Thursday, January 26, 2017, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Tachi Palace Bingo Hall
17225 Jersey Ave, Lemoore

If you are a business with job openings and would like to be part of the Expo, or if you would like more information about the Expo, please contact Claudia Salinas in my Hanford district office at 559-585-7161 or

Honoring All Who Served - Veterans Day - November 11th

God Bless Our Veterans!

As we approach Veterans Day on November 11, I want to share my outrage that the Department of Defense (DOD) was requiring our California Guardsmen and veterans to repay signing bonuses they earned.

On October 26, I joined several other senators in a letter to the DOD that it immediately halt its demand of repayment. To read the letter, click here.

To my relief, the following day, the Secretary of Defense suspended the Pentagon’s demand of our soldiers to repay their bonuses.

To all the brave men and women, and your families, heartfelt thanks for your service and sacrifice to keep us safe and maintain our precious freedom.

God bless our veterans and God bless America.

Senator Andy Vidak's signature

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Free Vision Care Clinics

Image of Senator Vidak with families at the Mobile Eyes Free Vision Care Clinics

Please join Andy, Adventist Health, Tulare County Office of Education Foundation, the Kings Community Action Organization, and VSP Vision Care for VSP Mobile Eyes: A free Vision Care Clinic.

VSP Mobile Eyes features mobile eye care clinics on wheels, outfitted with state-of-the-art exam rooms and dispensaries.

Patients who qualify for the program receive a free comprehensive eye exam and, if needed, free glasses. Patients are able to select from a top quality assortment of frames.

Most patients receive their new glasses immediately after their eye exam.

There are two free vision care clinics:

December 6, 2016 • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Adventist Health Community Care
337 East King Street, Avenal

December 8, 2016 • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Adventist Health Community Care
444 West El Monte Way, Dinuba

Prequalifications and appointments are required.

To find out if you qualify and to make an appointment, please call Victoria Priggett at 559.584.5723 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

This is the third year in a row that Andy has partnered with VSP to bring free eye care to underserved communities in the Valley.

“I’m passionate about this important service for our communities and deeply thankful for VSP for making the free eye clinics possible,” said Andy. “For many folks, this is the first time they’ve had an eye exam, and the gift of clear vision can dramatically changes lives for the better.”

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Andy Fights for Valley Water

Andy recently sent the following letter to the chair of the State Water Resources Control Board, asking that people be given priority over fish. Click to view a larger version:

Image of Senator Vidak's letter to the State Water Resources Control Board

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Team Vidak Out & About

To find out more about what’s happening in our communities, click on the photos below.

EDD Hosts Porterville Veterans Resource Fair

Photos from EDD Hosts Porterville Veterans Resource Fair

Lemoore Senior Center Flag Presentation

Photos from Lemoore Senior Center Flag Presentation

Kern County Veterans Office Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Photos from Kern County Veterans Office Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

VeTS (Veterans Transitional Services) Workshop in Porterville

Photos from VeTS (Veterans Transitional Services) Workshop in Porterville

New Eagle Scout Nic Nelson

New Eagle Scout Nic Nelson

Costco comes to Hanford

Costco comes to Hanford

New Wonderful College Prep Academy in Delano

New Wonderful College Prep Academy in Delano

Red Ribbon Week Rally in Bakersfield

Photos from Red Ribbon Week Rally in Bakersfield

Porterville College Tour

Porterville College Tour

Kings County ‘Safe Routes to School Project’

Kings County 'Safe Routes to School Project'

NAS Lemoore Change of Command

NAS Lemoore Change of Command

Celebrating National BioEnergy Day in Bakersfield

Celebrating National BioEnergy Day in Bakersfield

The Big Fresno Fair 2016

The Big Fresno Fair 2016

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Senate Fellows Program Seeking Applicants

Images of California Capitol Dome and Senate Fellows

Andy is encouraging Valley college graduates to apply for the prestigious California Senate Fellows program. Established in 1973, the program is one of the oldest and most distinguished service learning programs in the country, and grew out of a desire to provide people with insight into the legislative process through experiential learning.

The California Senate Fellows program provides college graduates an opportunity to become full-time Senate staff members at the State Capitol in Sacramento for 11 months beginning in October 2017. Fellows are assigned to the personal or committee staff of a Senator and also participate in academic seminars with Senators, senior staff, journalists, lobbyists, and state government officials. The fellowship program is jointly operated by the California Senate and the Center for California Studies at Sacramento State University.

Fellows are paid a stipend of $2,627 per month, plus health, vision, and dental benefits. They earn six units of graduate credit from Sacramento State for the academic portion of the program.

“Being a Fellow provides an excellent opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of the legislative process,” said Andy. “Whether your career goals are in the public or private sector, the Senate Fellows program provides valuable training.”

Former Senate Fellows include current members of Congress and the California Legislature, constitutional officers, judges, and numerous other elected officials and community leaders.

Fellows experience the broad range of activities conducted in busy Senate offices. Responsibilities include researching public policy issues, helping develop legislative proposals, analyzing and staffing legislation, assisting with constituent inquiries and casework, participating in meetings as the Senator’s representative, writing press releases and speeches, and performing other delegated tasks. A five-week orientation at the beginning of the program provides background on state government, the legislative process and major policy issues.

Anyone who will be at least 20 years of age and a graduate of a four-year college or university by September 1, 2017, is eligible to apply. There is no preferred major, but applicants should have a demonstrated interest in state government and public policy. Individuals with advanced degrees and those in mid-career are encouraged to apply.

Eighteen Fellows will be selected in May after an initial screening of applications and a subsequent panel interview of finalists.

The deadline for submitting applications is February 13, 2017.
For more information and to apply, please click here.

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November Mobile Office Hours

The city seals for Buttonwill, Fresno, Hanford, LeMoore, and Tulare

Team Vidak staff members will be holding Mobile District Office Hours in the following communities in October:

Wed., Nov 9
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Buttonwillow Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture
104 W. 2nd St., Buttonwillow

Thurs., Nov. 10
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
West Fresno Branch Library
Meeting room 102
188 E. California Ave., Fresno

Fri., Nov. 11
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
“5th Annual Veterans Festival”
Kings County Fair Grounds
801 S. 10th Ave., Hanford

Tues., Nov. 15
12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Train Depot
Chamber of Commerce Offices
300 E St., Lemoore

Thurs., Nov. 17
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
CSET Community Resource Center 927
927 Center St., Pixley, CA

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 Claudia Salinas (559) 585-7161 or email

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Legislative Calendar Highlights

California Senate SealThe Legislature is in Recess until December. Following are important upcoming legislative dates:


11/8    General Election
12/5   12 Noon convening of the 2017-18 Regular Session


1/1       Laws enacted in 2016 take effect

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