2020 KLA Class Schedule

The venue for all classes, except #7 and #16

PAS Associates Classroom

1401 19th Street, Suite 110
Bakersfield, CA 93301


September 2, 2020 – Wednesday

Class 1 – Orientation, Leadership

Faculty in Charge: Michael Turnipseed, Executive Director, Kern County Taxpayers Association

Objectives: Orientation: Opening Remarks; Self-Introductions; Introduction to the Academy; What is effective leadership?


September 9, 2020 – Wednesday

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 Associate 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.


September 14, 2020 – Monday

Class 3 – Community Leadership: The View from the Dias

Faculty in Charge: Keith Wolaridge, Trustee, Panama-Buena Vista Union 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.


September 16, 2020 – Wednesday

Class 4 – Homelessness

Faculty in Charge:  Amanda Ruiz, Kern County CAO’s Office, Fiscal and Policy Analyst; Dr. Anna Laven, Executive Director of Bakersfield Kern Region Homeless Collaborative

Objectives: Who are the homeless?  Why are they homeless? What is being done to address the homelessness?  Are there any truly effective solutions?


September 21, 2020 – Monday

Class 5 – 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.


September 23, 2020 – Wednesday

Class 6 – Kern County Energy Production

Faculty in Charge: Robin Fleming

Objectives: Introduction to California’s Energy Capital


September 28, 2020 –Monday

Class 7 – 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.


September 30, 2020 – Wednesday

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.


October 5, 2020 – Monday

Class 9 – Equality is not Equity.

Faculty in Charge:  Dr. Lisa Gilbert, Kern County Superintendent of Schools

Objectives: Equality is treating everyone the same and giving everyone access to the same opportunities. Equity refers to proportional representation (by race, class, gender, etc.). Equality is the “quality or state of being equal,” where equal is defined as having the same measurement in quality, nature, or status. Equitable is “dealing fairly and equally with all concerned.” 


October 7, 2020 – Wednesday

Class 10 – Community Leadership: The View from the Streets, Being an Effective Community Advocate; Kern County 2030

Faculty in Charge:  Romeo Agbalog, Kern Citizens for Sustainable Government. Dr. Nyakundi Michieka, Assistant Professor of Economics, CSUB; Dr. Mark Evans, Professor Emeritus, School of Business and Public Administration (BPA), CSUB.

Objectives:  Some of the many ways people give back to their communities through philanthropy or being a community advocate. Presentation on what Kern County could look like in 2030


October 12, 2020 – Monday

Class 11 – Local Government Finance: The fundamentals of financing local government

Faculty in Charge:  Elsa Martinez, Deputy County Administrative Officer at Kern County; James L. Zervis, Chief Operations Officer for the County of Kern

Objectives:  To provide an overview of the fundamentals of financing local government


October 14, 2020 – Wednesday

Class 12 – 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.


October 19, 2020 – Monday

Class 13– Poverty: “Poverty, Policy, & Educational Justice in Kern County: Examining the Past and Future Possibilities”.

Faculty in Charge: Dr. Oliver Rosales, Professor of History and Faculty Coordinator of the Social Justice Institute at Bakersfield College.

Objectives: This collaborative seminar will feature Professors Brittney Beck (CSUB), Adam Sawyer (CSUB), and Oliver Rosales (Bakersfield College) in an overview of a collaborative project examining the intersections of poverty, policy, and educational justice in Kern County.

October 21, 2020 – Wednesday

Class 14 – Introduction to State Issues / Ag and Water Issues

Faculty in Charge:  Assemblyman Vince Fong

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.


October 26, 2020 -Monday

Class 15 – Healthcare: The National Issue with Massive Local Implications

Faculty in Charge: Russell Judd

Objectives: To provide an overview of government healthcare policy decisions that affect people’s lives.


October 29, 2020 – THURSDAY

Class 16 – Kegley Institute, CSUB, Fall Lecture Series

Location: Online Zoom

Faculty in Charge: Michael Burroughs, Kegley, Institute, CSUB

Objectives:  The Speaker is Christian Marco Picciolini (born November 3, 1973) is an American author, public speaker, former neo-Nazi punk rock musician, and founder of the Free Radicals Project, a global network of people who are working to prevent extremism and helping people disengage from hate movements and other violent ideologies. He is the author of a memoir, Romantic Violence: Memoirs of an American Skinhead, which details his time as a leader of the white power movement in the U.S. An updated version of the story was published in 2017, titled White American Youth: My Descent into America’s Most Violent Hate Movement–and How I Got Out. His next book, Breaking Hate: Confronting the New Culture of Extremism, was released on February 25, 2020, and provides an inside look at how extremists recruit the vulnerable to their causes, details Picciolini’s disengagement process, and serves as a guide for how anyone can help intervene.


November 2, 2020– Monday

Class 17 – Introduction to Local Government

Faculty in Charge: Scott Hurlbert, Retired 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.


November 4, 2020 – Wednesday

Class 18 – Final Thoughts

Faculty in Charge: Steven Gamboa, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, CSUB; CSUB; Michael Burroughs, Director of the Kegley Institute of Ethics and 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 2021.


November 9, 2020 – Monday MAKEUP NIGHT


November 11, 2020 – Wednesday

Graduation at Bakersfield Country Club