2022 KLA Class Schedule

Except as noted, the venue for all classes will be at Adventist Health, Medical Office Building, Second Floor, Board Room

1524 27th Street
Bakersfield, CA 93301


September 1, 2022 – Thursday

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? Class bonding.


September 8, 2022 – Thursday

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 (Sabatical};  Nate Olson, Ph. D., Associate Professor of Philosophy, Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, and Associate Director of the Kegley Institute of Ethics at California State University, Bakersfield (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 12, 2022 – Monday

Class 3 – Kern County’s Evolving Energy Portfolio

Faculty in Charge: Lorelei Oviatt, Director, KC Planning and Natural Resources Department

Objectives: To provide an overview of the issues facing Kern County’s largest and most diverse economic sector.


September 15, 2022 – Thursday

Class 4 (1) – B3K Prosperity

Faculty in Charge: Kristen Beall Watson, Chief of Staff to the President, CSUB

Objectives:  TBD

(2) – Changing Demographics

Faculty in Charge: Dr. Richard Gearhart, Assistant Professor of Economics, CSUB

Objectives:  To provide an objective overview of Kern County, Status, Challenges, and a look at the future.


September 19, 2022 – Monday

Class 5 – Homelessness

Location: 1401 19th Street

Faculty in Charge:  Amanda Ruiz, Kern County CAO’s Office, Fiscal, and Policy Analyst.; Anna Laven, Ph.D., Executive Director, Bakersfield-Kern Regional Homeless Collaborative

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


September 22, 2022 – Thursday

Class 6 – Behavior Health Challenges

Faculty in Charge: Stacy Kuwahara, Kern County Director, Behavioral Health Services

Objectives: Understand the Kern Mental Health plan’s scope of services provided, and how it reaches both Medi-Cal Beneficiaries, Indigent (non-insurance), and privately insured. Increase awareness of the large scale, often unseen influence and costs of mental health and substance use across personal, family/caregiver, and community impacts. Have a brief overview of the significant changes in behavioral health through the year and the impacts this has had on service delivery for mental health. Understand the current focus of initiatives for mental health, locally and across the state, and what is anticipated for mental health services in the future.


September 26, 2022 – Monday

Class 7 – Financing Local Government

Faculty in Charge: Jim Zervas, Chief Operating Officer, County of Kern, and E Martinez, Deputy County Administrative Officer at Kern County

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


September 29, 2022 – Thursday

Class 8 – Public Education

Location:  Off-Site KHSD Career Training Education Center (CTEC), 7301 Old River Road, Bakersfield, CA 93311

Faculty in Charge: Dr. 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.


October 3, 2022 – Monday

Class 9 – “Poverty, and Policy in Kern County: Examining the Past and Future Possibilities.”

Faculty in Charge:  Jessica Grimes, Ph.D., Dean of Economic and Workforce Development, Kern Community College District

Objectives: TBD


October 6, 2022 – Thursday

Class 10 (1) –  Being an Effective Community Advocate  

Faculty in Charge: Romeo Agbalog, Kern County Farm Bureau

Objectives: Some of the many ways people give back to their communities are through being a community advocate.

(2) – Kern County 2032

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 2032.


October 10, 2022 – Monday

Class 11 – Economic Development: How We Compete and What are the Customers Saying

Faculty in Charge:  Barry Hibbard, ASU Associates

Objectives:  Discussion on the economic future of Kern County and the Central Valley


October 13, 2022 – Thursday

Class 12 – Social Capital Theory

Faculty in Charge: Rich Ryan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Economics at California State University, Bakersfield

Objectives: Introduction Economic, Social/Cultural, and Political Capital Theory.


October 17, 2022 – Monday

Class 13 (1) – Introduction to State Issues

Faculty in Charge: Assemblyman Vince Fong

Objectives: 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.

(2) – Ag and Water Issues

Faculty in Charge: Ariana Joven, Wonderful Orchards, and Jenny Holtermann, Water Association of Kern County

Objectives: An overview of issues challenging the ag industry, with an emphasis on water


October 20, 2022 – Thursday

Class 14 – 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; Josh Bryant, Taft City Council


October 24, 2022 – Monday

Class 15 (1) – 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.”

(2) – Civic Leadership: Addressing Societal Needs

Faculty in Charge:  Juan Avila, Garden Pathways

Objectives: An examination of real-world issues not discussed during political campaigns and public meetings.


October 27, 2022 Thursday

Class 16 – Introduction to Local Government

Faculty in Charge: Scott Hurlbert, City Manager Wasco

Objectives: To provide an objective overview of governance at the local level (City/County): State impacts, budget challenges, public safety, and job creation.


October 31, 2022 – Monday

No Class – Halloween


November 3, 2022 – Thursday

Class 17 – Fall Lecture Series: “Leadership and Activism: How to Overcome Apathy and Find Your Power”

Faculty in Charge: Kegley Institute of Ethics, CSUB

Presenter: Delores Huerta, Delores Huerta Foundation


November 7, 2022

Class 18 – Final Thoughts

Faculty in Charge: Steven Gamboa, Associate Professor and Chair of Philosophy, CSUB; Kallie McCullough, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Assistant  Director,  the Kegley Institute of Ethics, 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 class suggestions for 2023.


November 9, 2022 – Wednesday

Commencement Dinner at the Bakersfield Country Club 6:30pm – 9:00pm