2019 KLA Class Schedule


The venue for all classes, except #7 and #9

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

25th September 2019- NO CLASS

28th September 2019 – Saturday

Class 7 – Kegley Institute, CSUB, Lecture Series

Location: Dore Theatre at CSUB, 9001 Stockdale Hwy, Bakersfield, CA 93311

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

Location:  Kern High School District Office, 5801 Sundale Ave., Bakersfield, Ca 93309

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:  Vince Fong, 34th Assembly District; 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