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Supervisor Perez Delivers2014 State of the County Address
1115 Truxtun Ave.
Bakersfield, CA 93301
It is a tremendous privilege to serve the 5th District. My team works tirelessly with our constituents and both local and statewide leaders to build a quality of life where our children are prepared to compete in the workforce, our businesses can flourish, and our families can strive towards upward mobility.
My team and I will do everything in our power to make District 5 safe, clean, and vibrant for all of its residents. We are committed to providing effective and responsive representation to the residents of Downtown, East, and Southeast Bakersfield.
We need to hear from you because we cannot improve government without your ideas, questions and active participation. For us, no problem is too big or too small. This is your government: we are here to serve you.
Kern County Supervisor
Leticia Perez is a third-generation Bakersfield resident. She attended local public schools and graduated from Highland High School. Leticia went on to earn her Bachelor's Degree from U.C. Santa Barbara in "Law and Society" before journeying to Indiana to fulfill her dream of obtaining a Juris Doctorate.
Leticia was raised alongside a dozen foster children and comes from a family that has been dedicated to community service for more than forty years in Kern County. Following in her parents' footsteps, Leticia has been active in political and social issues, as well as philanthropic efforts from the time she could walk. She literally accompanied her parents to Bible College in a carriage—sleeping quietly under a seminary desk while her parents prepared for the ministry.
Leticia returned from Law School in 2006 and represented indigent clients while volunteering her free time on the Boards of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters, Community Service Organization, and New Life Recovery Training Center. Her dedication to the practice of law and her service to the community earned her the respect of her peers and their selection of her as the first woman to preside as president of Kern County Bar's Criminal Defense Section.
After serving as Chair of the Kern County Planning Commission, Leticia later became the consultant for the California State Senate Committee on Economic Development and the State Permitting Process. Leticia has received numerous awards for her partnership with local businesses, job developers, and community leaders while spearheading some of the county's most innovative economic development and renewable energy development projects.
Leticia is Governor Brown's appointed member of the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC), and is making history by currently serving as the First Latina President of the California State Association of Counties (CSAC).
Leticia is a sought-after speaker on issues ranging from the nuances of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), alternative energy development, and recipes to the best hard-shell-tacos South of the Kern River. She is a frequent guest on local and valley-wide radio and television. Her political career has been reported on by the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and she has been featured on the Daily Show with John Stewart.
Leticia's mother was a Vietnam-era Army Nurse and she comes from a family of veterans. In fact, it is because of her marriage to her husband Fernando that Leticia has become an avid proponent of Mental Health support for combat veterans and shadow warriors, who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Above all else, Leticia and Fernando are most proud of being the parents of seven-year-old Jude and baby Noah.
Unveiling of Labor and Delivery Unit at Kern Medical
Earlier this September, Supervisor Perez celebrated the grand opening of the new Labor and Delivery Unit at Kern Medical. This new unit provides many new improved amenities such as: a newly expanded postpartum unit, several new OBGYN and Anesthesia specialists and nurses providing in-house 24 hour care, new nurse lactation consultants, a new high-risk pregnancy unit, and a new post-delivery outpatient clinic.
Throughout the year, we have partnered with Houchin Blood Bank to host 3 blood drives! On August 30th, we held our most recent event where more than 100 community members waited in the blazing summer heat to make a donation. In the end we collected a total of 66 pints of blood that helped replenish the dwindling blood supply following the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey.
Virginia Avenue Improvements
On August 18th, Supervisors Leticia Perez and Mike Maggard coordinated with Golden Empire Transit and the Public Works Department to unveil the completion of a nearly yearlong project to improve the Virginia Ave area. Through the use of CDBG and other grant sources, GET and the County of Kern were able to bring much needed improvements to the Virginia Ave and Mount Vernon Ave area. The area now has a large stretch of sidewalk, as well as the installation of new bus stops with fully-shaded benches and LED lighting.
Arvin Water Townhall Meeting
An informational meeting was held in Arvin on March 6, 2014 to provide a unique opportunity to meet local elected officials and County and State representatives and discuss efforts to provide safe drinking water to the residents of Arvin.
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