Past Events

Thursday, March 15, 2018


Honor a Hero - Hire a Vet

Kings County

Thursday, March 15
9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Hanford Civic Center
400 N. Douty Street





Please join my team at an upcoming job and networking expo. Come to learn about services available to Veterans, National Guard members, Reservists, those returning from active duty, and all job seekers. There will be opportunities to meet employers, submit your resume, and learn about job opportunities. This is also a great opportunity to discuss legislative and community issues that affect you and your family.


*The EDD, an equal opportunity employer/program, is a partner in this event. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Requests for services, aids, and/or alternate formats need to be made prior to the event by calling 559-585-3553 (voice). TTY users, please call the California Relay Service at 711.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Paws for Patriots Graphic - Paw Print


In partnership with Kern County Veterans Service Department and Marley’s Mutts, I invite you to attend a Veterans Dog Adoption & Resource Fair.

Come discuss state legislative issues and learn about services available to veterans.

Meet and play with the Marley's Mutts program dogs and find out how you can adopt a canine companion at little to no cost for veterans and active service members. Join us to find a perfect companion for you!



Saturday, February 17
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.


Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 97
5350 S. Union Ave.
Bakersfield, CA 93307


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Saturday, January 20, 2018


Free Cash for College Graphic


I would like to invite you and your family to attend a FREE Cash for College Workshop in Bakersfield on Saturday January 20th.

This event, hosted in partnership with the Youth 2 Leaders Education Foundation and the California Student Aid Commission, will provide students and parents the chance to meet with advisors that will help them complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act application and answer questions about financial aid opportunities. No appointment necessary!

What to bring:

•           Student’s social security number (if applicable)

•           Parent’s social security card or ITIN (if they have one)

•           Parent’s federal income tax return from tax year 2016

•           Student’s 2016 federal income tax return from tax year 2016

WHEN:           Saturday, January 20
                       8 – 10 a.m.

WHERE:         Apple Store
                       2701 Ming Avenue
                       Bakersfield, CA 93304
                       (Inside Valley Plaza)


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Monday, January 15, 2018


Even now, a half century after his death, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s contribution to developing a more equal society, one where all Americans have the opportunity to succeed remains unmatched.

Each year, the Legislature honors his birthday with a Concurrent Resolution. I am proud to be a co-author of Assembly Concurrent Resolution 139 to honor Martin Luther King Jr. in 2018.

We also must make every effort to keep the progress we have made in place and move forward, not backward as we face uncertainty with the results of the recent election.

Today, I encourage you to give back to the community in Dr. King's honor. You can perform community service or stand up for an ideal you believe in, while working to make the world a better place. Fight to improve the lives of others, this is the legacy I believe Dr. King would want in his memory.

In his words, "Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love."

As we remember the past, we must endeavor to use those lessons to inform the present and shape the future. I trust that you will do something meaningful to commemorate his legacy. Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

Here is what I will be doing on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast, 8:30 a.m.
"Intelligence Plus Character”
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center
1000 S Owens Street, Bakersfield, CA 93307

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Clean Up, 10:00 a.m.
Graffiti and Park Clean-up
David Head Center
10300 San Diego Street, Lamont, CA 93241

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Candlelight March, 5:30 p.m.
Begins: Wilson Park
Corner of Wilson Road and Hughes Lane
Ends: Rising Star Baptist Church
3421 Wilson Road, Bakersfield, CA 93309

Sunday, November 19, 2017

America Recyles DayJoin me this November as I partner with community organizations for an upcoming "Recycling Day" event. Each year, millions of Americans celebrate America Recycles Day on November 15, but every day is an opportunity to take part. Recycling reduces waste, prevents pollution, conserves natural resources, saves energy, and creates green jobs.

Check out the details below to get more information about upcoming "Recycling Day" events. Clean out your old, unwanted belongings while helping keep our communities clean and America beautiful!

Bring your bulky, electronic, and unwanted items to be safely disposed of, such as:

  • Electronic items (e-waste)
  • Large and small household items, including mattresses
  • Paper shredding (maximum limit of 2 file size boxes)

Bakersfield Recycling Event
Saturday, November 4th
8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Rabobank Arena - South Parking Lot
1001 Truxtun Avenue
Also accepting: Used clothing, linens, construction materials, and batteries

Delano Recycling Event
Sunday, November 19th
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
2310 High Street (Next to Delano Police Department)
Also accepting: Refrigerators, stoves, water heaters, washers and dryers