President’s Message:
Kern Valley Chamber of Commerce

Fred Clark, President

Hello Kern River Valley

It is hard to believe we are entering August when the primary
topic is COVID-19 and what is going to be shut down this week
by our state governor.

Our local businesses who are allowed to be open seem to be
doing well in these very trying times, but my concern is for
those many small businesses who need to generate an income
to feed their families as they remain on lock down.

This is the time of year when many of our nonprofits hold their annual fund raisers to support their many causes. This year the Rubber Duck Races which is hosted by the Exchange Club of Kern Valley will be held in a
virtual format with reduced ticket prices as they continue their quest of suppling scholarships to our local graduates in addition to the River Rhythms event Hosted by KVHD Hospital Auxiliary and Kern Valley Hospital Foundation.

The concerts in park are set to take place every Friday evening in August if allowed by our health department due to the COVID issue. Please support our local businesses, small or large as well as our nonprofits.

One item I need to address, our valley has seen a large influx of visitors which is good for our local economy but with the lack of resources being provided to maintain the cleanliness of our camp grounds it has become a serious issue which needs to be addressed.

Our local offices need to put their people back to work and provide law enforcement where necessary to reduce this ongoing issue. It has become the volunteer work force doing the bulk of the work versus the hired personnel of the local agencies.

We need the law enforcement personnel of Kern County Parks, Bureau of Land Management and United States Forest Service to do their part and have an on-site presence if we expect the visitors to pack out what they have packed in.

I know many of you look to this post as a pick me up as things tend to be uneasy, but once in a while I need to just speak from the gut and say things that need to be said.

I love this valley; I love the place all of us get to call home. If you wish to make a difference in your community volunteer, I am sure every organization could use your help.

Remember to stay safe in these crazy times, practice good hygiene as well as social distance whenever possible.

Your Chamber of Commerce is here for you, Thank you,

Fred Clark
Kern River Valley Chamber of Commerce