Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at Buttonwillow Union
School District in the Music Room, 46200 California Highway 58,
Buttonwillow.  This hearing is organized by Greenaction and will be in Spanish
with English Headsets.


El Distrito de Control de Polución del Valle de San Joaquín celebrará una audiencia pública el miércoles, 15 de mayo de 2013 a las 6: pm en el Salón de Música del Distrito Escolar de Buttonwillow, 46200 California Highway 58, Buttonwillow.  Esta reunión está organizada por Greenaction y será en español con traducción al inglés.

April 23, 2013 3:30-5:30 at the David Head Center


Learn strategies for creative Youth/Resident engagement

Assess your Action Team’s engagement efforts

Create a plan for meaningfully engaging the community


Aprenda estrategias para la participación creativa de Jóvenes/Residentes

Evalúe los esfuerzos de Su Equipo de Acción para hacer participes a los Jóvenes y Residentes

Crea un plan para hacer partícipe a la comunidad de manera  importante

Action Team Meeting invitation 5-23-13 sp and eng.

Clinica Sierra Vista in Bakersfield is getting a $2 million low-interest loan through the California Endowment to fund construction invoices and the partial payoff of open lines of credit.

Clinica Sierra Vista provides medical services to underserved populations of Kern, Fresno and Inyo counties regardless of their ability to pay.

The California Endowment, in partnership with Community Health Center Capital Fund and NCB Capital Impact announced the loan Thursday along with five others going to community health centers outside the Central Valley.

“We are thrilled to assist California’s clinics prepare for full implementation of Obamacare by collaborating with our partners at Capital Fund and NCB Capital Impact to release the first round of Community Health Center Program Related Investments,” says Robert Ross, president and CEO of the California Endowment. “Together, we have identified a strong class of recipients and are investing in their capacity to provide more underserved Californians with quality, affordable preventive health services.”

According to a recent UCLA study, nearly 5 million uninsured Californians will be eligible for health coverage once the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is fully implemented in 2014.

In identifying eligible candidates for the loans, Capital Fund and Capital Impact looked at organizations seeking to expand services and capacity to serve lower income Californians in advance of implementation of the ACA.   They also looked for organizational strength and stability, geographical diversity, and a focus on innovative approaches to promoting health and wellness.

The Affordable Care Act is expected to greatly expand health insurance coverage in California. Beginning in 2014, millions of low- and middle-income Californians will gain access to coverage under the expansion of Medi-Cal and through premium and cost sharing subsidies offered through California.


Thursday May 23, 2013 12:00pm to 1:00pm at the Kern County Public Health Services Department 1800 Mt. Vernon Avenue Bakersfield CA in the San Joaquin Room

Learn about:

  • Creating a Culture of health in your workplace
  • Key elements of successful worksite wellness programs
  • What othe companies in Kern County are doing to:  Improveing employee health, reducing healthcare cost, increasing the company’s bottom-line
  • Simple, low-cost way to get your Worksite Wellness program off to a good start

To register e-mail Ralph Lopez at

For questions or more information about the training call (661) 868-0425

CTA Healthy Employees Healthy Business





Come and join in on the celebration April 27th at the Greenfield Baseball Association on the corner of Cottonwood and Panama Road/Taft Highway. Registration will be at 7am and we’ll be walking/running at 7:30!


Acompáñenos en la 3ª  celebración anual el 27 de abril en el Campo de Beisbol de Greenfield ubicado en la esquina de Panama Rd y la Autopista 119 y vea como su cambio ha ayudado a crear un Sur de Kern mas Saludable. Registro será de 7:00-7:45. La carrera empieza a las 7:30

The public is invited to offer its ideas or concerns on Kern Council of Governments’ (Kern COG) proposed Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) methodology, which distributes existing and projected housing needs over the next decade to the 11 incorporated cities and the unincorporated county. The RHNA methodology can be viewed on the Kern COG website at

Organization: Kern Council of

What: 60-day Public Comment
Period for Proposed Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) methodology

When: Friday, April 19 to
Tuesday, June 18

Where: Kern County

The RHNA methodology will be part of the RHNA Plan, which requires local governments to be accountable for projected housing needs to accommodate forecasted population growth by providing sufficient and appropriately zoned land for development.

If adopted, the RHNA Plan will provide for different types of housing stock throughout the region over the next 10 years, with a share apportioned to each city and the unincorporated communities. The Plan will include shares of high-, medium-, low- and very low-income housing stock.

The public review and comment period is open for 60 days beginning Friday and ending on Tuesday, June 18. Comments are due by 5 p.m. June 18. A public hearing is scheduled to be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16 during Kern COG’s regular Board meeting.

Kern COG will consider adopting the RHNA methodology on June 20. All meetings will be held at Kern COG’s offices, 1401 19th Street, Suite 300, Bakersfield, CA 93301.

additional information, contact:
Ahron Hakimi, Executive Director or Rochelle Invina, or (661) 861-2191


The USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) seeks to hire young adult research associates to assist with the evaluation of BHC youth programs and disseminate evaluation results. This youth program evaluation aims to measure the impacts of BHC youth programs on the lives of youth participants and their communities. The evaluation will also provide timely feedback to BHC youth–serving groups on the strengths and areas of growth of their programming.

One young adult researcher per BHC site will be selected to help design and implement the youth program evaluation. This internship will provide research associates with basic training on survey questionnaire design and community action research.

Stipend: $1000, paid in four $250 installments

Time Commitment: Approximately 65 hours between May – November 2013

Applications deadline: April 22, interns will be selected by May 1

BHC Research Associate Internship Announcement 2013

The James Irvine Foundation New Leadership Network: an innovative new program that brings together diverse San Joaquin Valley leaders across issues, sectors and generations. Together, this group of individuals will learn, collaborate and build relationships with one another to contribute to a better future for the Valley.

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If you are committed to the future, ready to grow your network and leadership skills, and excited to make an impact far beyond your individual potential, please join us.  Our commitment to you as a member of The James Irvine Foundation New Leadership Network is to provide an innovative program that will strengthen your capabilities as a leader, help you effectively collaborate with diverse groups, and increase your impact in the community.  The Context team of David Sawyer, Heather McLeod Grant and David Ehrlichman will be managing the New Leadership Network. They have extensive backgrounds in social change strategy, leadership development, entrepreneurship and network building in the private, public, and social sectors.

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