2019 KLA Class Schedule
The venue for all classes, except #7:
WZI, Inc Board Room (Ferguson Building)
1717 28th Street
Bakersfield, CA 93301
4th September 2019 – Wednesday
Class 1 – Reception, Orientation, Leadership
Faculty in Charge: Michael Turnipseed, Executive Director, Kern County Taxpayers Association
Objectives: Meet and Greet Reception; Orientation: Opening Remarks; Self-Introductions; Introduction to the Academy; What is effective leadership?
9th September 2019 – Monday
Class 2 – Ethics, Leadership, Critical Thinking
Faculty in Charge: Steven Gamboa, Associate Professor and Chair of Philosophy, CSUB; Michael Burroughs, Director of the Kegley Institute of Ethics and Assistant Professor of Philosophy, CSUB
Objective: Relating Leadership with Ethics; Learning to Think Critically and with an Open Mind; Developing Moral Imagination
Topics: What is leadership? What is ethics, and how does it differ from other decision-making? What’s different about critical thinking (and reading and listening)? What are the processes to define good ethical choices? What role does character play in ethical leadership? Combining ethics fundamentals with critical thinking to develop moral imagination.
11th September 2019 – Wednesday
Class 3 – Giving Back to your Community/Community Leadership: The View from the Streets, Being an Effective Community Advocate
Faculty in Charge: Heidi Carter-Escudero, Kern County Department of Human Services/Romeo Agbalog, Kern Citizens for Sustainable Government
Objectives: Some of the many ways people give back to their communities through philanthropy or being a community advocate.
16th September 2019 – Monday
Class 4 – Community Leadership: The View from the Dias
Faculty in Charge: Keith Wolaridge, Trustee, Panama-Buena Vista School District.
Objectives: How does one’s view of the world change when elected to public office.
Panel: Leticia Perez, Kern County Board of Supervisors; Jeff Flores, Kern High School District; Willie Rivera, Bakersfield City Council.
18th September 2019 – Wednesday
Class 5 – Homelessness
Faculty in Charge: Amanda Ruiz, Kern County CAO’s Office, Fiscal and Policy Analyst.
Objectives: Who are the homeless? Why are they homeless? What is being done to address the homelessness? Are there any truly effective solutions?
23rd September 2019 – Monday
Class 6 – Kern County’s Economic Outlook/Changing Demographics
Faculty in Charge: Richard Chapman, Kern Economic Development Corporation; Dr. Richard Gearhart, Assistant Professor of Economics, CSUB; Dr. Nyakundi Michieka, Assistant Professor of Economics, CSUB.
Objectives: To provide an objective overview of Kern County; Status, Challenges, A Look at the Future
28th September 2019 – Saturday
Class 7 – Kegley Institute, CSUB, Lecture Series
Location: Dore Theatre at CSUB
Faculty in Charge: Michael Burroughs, Kegley, Institute, CSUB
Objectives: Arun Gandhi. Born in 1934 in Durban, South Africa, Arun Gandhi is the fifth grandson of India’s legendary leader, Mohandas K. “Mahatma” Gandhi. Growing up under the discriminatory apartheid laws of South Africa, he was beaten by “white” South Africans for being too black and “black” South Africans for being too white; so, Arun sought eye-for-an-eye justice. However, he learned from his parents and grandparents that justice does not mean revenge; it means transforming the opponent through love and suffering.
30th September 2019 – Monday
Class 8 – Civic Leadership: Addressing Societal Needs
Faculty in Charge: Karen Goh, Garden Pathways
Objectives: An examination of real-world issues not discussed during political campaigns and public meetings.
2nd October 2019 – Wednesday
Class 9 – Public Education
Faculty in Charge: Bryon Schaefer, Superintendent, Kern High School District
Objectives: To provide an objective overview of issues that affect our local education system, from K-12 to life-long learning.
7th October 2019 – Monday
Class 10 – Kern County Energy Production
Faculty in Charge: Robin Fleming, Chevron
Objectives: Introduction to California’s Energy Capital
9th October 2019 – Wednesday
Reserved for Rescheduling
14th October 2019 – Monday
Class 11 – Kern County 2029
Faculty in Charge: Dr. Nyakundi Michieka, Assistant Professor of Economics, CSUB; Dr. Mark Evans, Professor Emeritus, School of Business and Public Administration (BPA), CSUB.
Objectives: Presentation on what Kern County could look like in 2019
16th October 2019 – Wednesday
Class 12 – Local Government Finance: The fundamentals of financing local government
Faculty in Charge: Nancy Lawson, Assistant County Administrative Officer for Budget and Finance, County of Kern; Elsa Martinez, Deputy County Administrative Officer at Kern County
Objectives: To provide an overview of the fundamentals of financing local government
21st October 2019 – Monday
Class 13 – The San Joaquin Valley
Faculty in Charge: Barry Hibbard, ASU Associates
Objectives: To provide an objective overview of our valley’s economy, issues; and opportunities; and the effects on Kern County.
23rd October 2019 – Wednesday
Class 14 – Poverty: The Economic and Social Costs
Faculty in Charge: Dr. Oliver Rosales, Professor of History and Faculty Coordinator of the Social Justice Institute at Bakersfield College.
Objectives: 1.) Examine/discuss historical overview of poverty policy in the United States; 2) examine/discuss unique historical context of poverty in the San Joaquin Valley and efforts to overcome poverty; 3) examination of current statistics/policy implications related to poverty in the San Joaquin Valley from multiple perspectives, including student poverty, public health, substance abuse, etc.
28th October 2019 – Monday
Class 15 – Introduction to State Issues / Ag and Water Issues
Faculty in Charge: Melissa Frank, Wonderful Orchards
Objectives: To provide an objective overview of our state government, economy, issues and opportunities, and the effects on Kern County. The core issues that affect Kern County agriculture.
30th October 2019 – Wednesday
Class 16 – Healthcare: The National Issue with Massive Local Implications
Faculty in Charge: Sharlet Briggs, Ph.D., COO, San Joaquin Community Hospital
Objectives: To provide an overview of government healthcare policy decisions that affect people’s lives.
4th November 2019 – Monday
Class 17 – Introduction to Local Government
Faculty in Charge: Scott Hurlbert, City Manager, City of Shafter
Objectives: To provide an objective overview of governance at the local level (City/County): State impacts, budget challenges; public safety, and job creation.
6th November 2019 – Wednesday
Class 18 – Final Thoughts
Faculty in Charge: Steven Gamboa, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, CSUB; Michael Turnipseed, Kern County Taxpayers Association
Objectives: Bringing it all together; seeing how ethics and character underlie the entire process; reviewing the Academy and making suggestions for 2020.
13th November 2019 – Wednesday
Graduation at Bakersfield Country Club