R.I.P. BRAD BRIDENBECKER
On June 21st, 2007, I requested that the California State Assembly adjourn in the memory of La Habra City Manager Brad C. Bridenbecker, who passed away on Monday, June 18th after a long battle with cancer. He was just 35 years young.
Brad grew up in Orange County, attended college at Cal Poly Pomona and grad school at USC. He started with the City of La Habra back in 1994 as a part-time intern and was steadily promoted through the ranks until his appointment as City Manager on June 16, 2002.
A number of significant projects in La Habra were completed under his leadership, including: Westbridge Plaza, Costco, La Bonita Park Phases 1 and 2, and the reconstruction of La Habra Boulevard.
Brad was diagnosed with cancer shortly after being appointed City Manager and worked continuously until taking a leave of absence in April of 2006.
Brad was a bright, capable and dedicated public servant, and wholeheartedly a family man. He loved being a dad and spending time with his wife, Beth, and two daughters, Victoria and Katie.
He will be sorely missed.
A memorial service will be held at 12 noon on June 28th at Our Lady of Guadalupe. Our Lady of Guadalupe is located at 900 W. La Habra Blvd. Please call (562) 691-0533 for more information.
BIKERS AGAINST DIABETES RIDE
On June 10th, I had the pleasure of participating in the 10th Annual Southern California Rip's B.A.D. Ride. Rip's B.A.D Ride (Bikers Against Diabetes) is a motorcycle fund-raising ride and family festival of the American Diabetes Association. This event unites the biker nation in the fight against diabetes with a full day of great riding, big entertainment, delicious food, and lots of activities. I was extremely pleased to be a part of Rip's B.A.D. Ride because I got the chance to contribute to two things I'm very passionate about: healthcare and motorcycles!
If you didn't get a chance to come out to take part in the ride, I've included a photo. I hope to see you all out there next year supporting this great cause!
4TH OF JULY CELEBRATIONS
One of the most fun and exciting things about serving nearly a half-a-million people in the California State Legislature is the chance to celebrate our nation's heritage with so many different people from all walks of life and communities all across the Seventy-Second Assembly District. I love our country and I love the 4th of July holiday.
I'm including a short, tentative list of events I will be participating in this 4th of July so that you may come by, meet me, and bend my ear about state-related issues of concern if you like. Remember, this list is still tentative.
Tuesday, July 3rd AFTERNOON: City of Orange "Salutes the Red, White, and Blue"at Fred Kelly Stadium at El Modena High School, 3920 E. Spring Street, Orange 92869. The celebration begins at 4:00 p.m. with fireworks scheduled for 8:50 p.m. Tickets are $5 for children and adults, kids two and under are free. They can be purchased at the Community Services Department, 230 E. Chapman Ave. or in limited quantities at the gate of El Modena High School on July 3 before 8 p.m.
Wednesday, July 4th MORNING: City of Brea's "Country Fair" at City Hall Park at 401 S. Brea Blvd (one block South of Imperial Highway). I will be one of the judges for the "Best Decorated Booth" contest. Winners of the contest are scheduled to be announced between 10:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. The festivities begin at 7:00 a.m. with a pancake breakfast served up by the Brea Kiwanis. For more information call (714) 990-7771 or visit cityofbrea.net. Volunteers are still needed if you're interested in taking part in day of fun!
Wednesday, July 4th AFTERNOON: City of Anaheim "Celebrate Freedom" Parade starting at 3:00 p.m. at Canyon High School. The parade travels West on Santa Ana Canyon Road near Peralta Canyon Park. Come by and give me a wave!
Wednesday, July 4th EVENING: City of Placentia's "The American Journey" starts at 6:30 p.m. at Bradford Stadium, 500 N. Bradford Ave. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor please contact the City of Placentia's Community Services Department at (714) 993-8232 or complete the sponsorship application form located at placentia.org.
Wednesday, July 4th EVENING: City of Fullerton's Festival & Fireworks Show at Fullerton High School Stadium at the intersection of Lemon and Berkeley. Live musical entertainment, games and food booths will mark the event at 5:00 p.m. The fireworks display will be set to music and begins at 9:00 p.m. Free parking for the festival will be available at the Plummer Parking Structure, located at the southwest corner of Lemon and Chapman Avenue;the Wilshire Parking Structure, located on Wilshire Avenue, one block east of Harbor Boulevard;and the North Orange County Municipal Court, 1275 N. Berkeley, west of Harbor.
Whew! What fun!