New Employer Laws for 2016

New Year, new laws. We want our members to be up to date on what’s happening in California. Below you will find all the information we have regarding the new California Employers Laws to take place in 2016.


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31st Annual Installation Banquet and Business Awards

Save The Date:Annual Installation Banquet & Business Awards

Join  the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for the 31st Annual Installation Banquet and Business Awards.

Saturday, February 6

6:00 p.m. No Host Cocktail Hour
7:00 p.m. Dinner and Awards
Doubletree by HILTON
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Welcome to 2016

Our new Executive Officers* would like to say hello and welcome to the New Year. We have a lot in store for 2016 and invite you to experience it all with us!
*2016 Executive Officers: Olivia Garcia (Vice-Chair); David Alanis (Treasurer) Carlos Navarro (Chairman of the Board); Jay Tamsi (President/CEO); Eva Ramirez(Secretary) Blodgie Rodriguez (Immediate- Past Chair and Adam Alvidrez (Chair-Elect).

Holiday Celebration

Tis the Season for friends, family and celebration!!
Join us at the Padre Hotel on WEDNESDAY NIGHT at the Padre Hotel starting at 5:30p. If you’re not a member, or your place of employment isn’t a member now is the time to join!

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Candidate Training Academy

This Candidate Training Academy is an opportunity for REALTORS®, as well as REALTOR®-friendly and business – friendly candidates, to gain insight on how to run for political office. It is intended to give candidates a valuable head start in their political journey, as well as information on how to run a successful campaign.


  • Assess whether they possess the basic traits necessary to run for office.
  • Outline (in 30 seconds) why they are running for office.
  • Describe the elements necessary for developing a campaign plan and begin the planning process.
  • Discuss their research needs based on their target audience and their budget estimates.
  • Based on their individual campaign’s strengths, plan for the fundraising methods that can prove most effective and lucrative.
  • Determine the best methods for contacting their constituents, based on voter demographics and budget.
  • Analyze the electronic campaign options available and determine which, if any, will prove most effective for their outreach.
  • Assess the multiple avenues to approach a Get Out the Vote (GOTV) plan and determine the most useful elements for their campaign planning.

When: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 Time: 8am to 2:30pm
Where: BAKERSFIELD ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® 2300 Bahamas Drive | Bakersfield, CA 93309
Contact: Kim Schaefer at 661.635.2306 or

Applications are due by Friday November 13, 2015
Send completed applications to Kim Schaefer at
Registration fee of $25 (non-refundable) due prior to attending Academy n Meals and hard copies of Candidate Training Academy information will be provided.
Applicants must reside or work in Kern County (for at least one year) and be a minimum of 18 years of age.
Finalists will be selected based on application materials submitted and notified via e-mail prior to the Academy.
Class size will be limited to 25.

Board Member Spotlight: Les Clark

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Les Clark served as Vice President of Independent Oil Producers’ Agency from 1980 to 1999 at which time he assumed the position of Executive V.P. IOPA is a membership organization comprised of independent oil companies operating mainly in the San Joaquin Valley. Les is responsible for reviewing and analyzing regulatory issues and advising his members of such. He is the principal contact with all Federal, State, and San Joaquin Valley officials and staffs.

Les has been a resident of Taft most of his life, attending schools there until completing his education at Fresno State University where he received a B.A. in Education. He later worked for Atlantic Richfield and Petrotherm and Belridge Oil Company and Shell Oil Company prior to assuming IOPA’ s San Joaquin Valley operations. He has been and is currently involved in many local, county, state and federal organizations. Among those are Governor Schwarzenegger’s California Partnership for

San Joaquin Valley; Governor Gray Davis’ Central Valley Economic Task Force; American Petroleum Institute; Cal State Bakersfield Foundation; San Joaquin Valley Vision Task Force; Water Association of Kern County; Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Kern County Employers Training Resource Workforce Investment; and Taft City School Board. He has received many special awards, including the Hall of Fame – Taft Union High School – 2015; California Independent Petroleum Association – ‘Lee McFarland Award”; Independent Oil Producers’ Agency “Jim Gilstrap Award”; API – Oil Baron 2004; Kern County Fire Fighters – Businessman of the Year – 1996; and the Desk & Derrick “1994 Oil Man of the Year; and the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Businessman of the Year – 2014.” Les has been married to wife June for 49 years. They have two daughters, Tessa and Kerrie; one son, Les III; and 10 grandchildren, Tanisha, Ayana, Darius, Arizona, Keelan, Sierra, Logun, Willow, Cash, and Easton and a great granddaughter, Zaria.