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Backyard conversion by Lesaca Landscape Company

Projects Showcased at Best of Kern County

On Thursday, May 18, members and friends of the CLCA Kern County Chapter gathered at the Fireside Room at Bakersfield College for the 2nd Annual Best of Kern County Banquet. After a lively social hour and a delicious meal, guests were treated to a multi-media presentation showcasing outstanding projects executed by chapter members. Thank you to all who shared their projects, to those who donated to the raffle, and to everyone who came out to enjoy the evening.

Alister in Sherman Oaks installed and maintained by Salazar Landscape Company

Almond Village Apartments by Rios Design Studio LLC

Blue Fire Pit by Arroyo Grande Landscaping

Drought tolerant backyard by O. See-Em-Bloom Landscaping

Kickoff Meeting a Success

The 2018 Kern County Chapter kickoff meeting was held at Bill Lee’s Bamboo Chopsticks, on Tuesday, January 16. Special guests at the event were Karen Goh, Mayor of Bakersfield, and County Supervisor Zach Scrivner.

In addition to the speakers, the program included the presentation of the Vendor of the Year award given to Santiago Alcantara, and the awarding of three $500 scholarships to Bakersfield College students Laura Lopez, Gary Schnitger and Erin Boschetti.

February 15: 2018 Employers Labor Law Update

Join the CLCA Kern County Chapter on Thursday, February 15, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for an informative session entitled “2018 Employers Labor Law Update: Find out what you need to know about the new Laws relating to Labor for 2018.”

This informative meeting will be held at Ewing Irrigation, 4501 Ashe Rd., Bakersfield. CLCA members are free, non-members are $40. Lunch will be provided.

Reserve your seat today! Text or call Megan Rios at 661-431-2801 or by email at

LEAF Creates Candy Fiske Honorarium Fund

Since 1977 the Auxiliary of CLCA has been devoted to the promotion of higher education for landscape professionals. From its beginnings as the Grass Widows to the Women’s Auxiliary to our current name, Auxiliary, the members paved the way to create a vehicle to collect, store and distribute financial assistance to students interested in pursuing an education in the Landscape Industry. This vehicle was named the Landscape Educational Advancement Foundation, or LEAF.

In 1986, Candy Fiske lead a group of dedicated individuals who visualized a foundation that would protect money obtained from donations by chapters, members, and families of contractors. Each chapter could establish a scholarship and memorial funds for revered members who had passed. The awards to students would come from the yearly earnings of each fund and the principle would remain in the foundation in perpetuity. In 1988 Candy saw the fruition of this vision in the creation of LEAF.

In honor of the 30th anniversary of the establishment and ongoing success of LEAF, the Auxiliary announced the creation of the Candy Fiske Honorarium Fund. Candy had the vision and the skill to pursue the 501C status, draw up the legal papers and bylaws, establish a Board of Trustees and market to all of the chapters encouraging them to create a scholarship fund. This was an enormous undertaking but one that she welcomed with her determination, tenacity, and skills and the assistance of a group of individuals from all arms of CLCA.

Candy was also president of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter Auxiliary and State Auxiliary. She and her husband Roger have been active for many years in CLCA leadership and activities.

Over the past 30 years LEAF has awarded $523,175 in scholarships to 579 students attending junior college and university programs. The Board of Trustees is actively involved in the management of the funds, and the Selection Committee carefully reviews each scholarship application and selects qualifying students. The Auxiliary has served as the fundraising arm for LEAF. Thanks to the fundraising efforts and the generosity of our CLCA and Auxiliary members, LEAF recently reached the million dollar mark. This money is protected and will continue to grow and help students reach their goals.

The Auxiliary has donated $1000 to establish this Honorarium for Candy. We hope that members will join us in donating to help this fund grow to $5000.00 and beyond. It is a tribute to a distinguished member who left an important legacy to our association and to the education of our future professionals.

Donations can be made to: “LEAF” with a notation on the check that it is for the “Candy Fiske Honorarium Fund.” Send checks to: CLCA Headquarters, 1491 River Park Dr. Suite 100, Sacramento, CA 95815.

Member Spotlight: Omar Salazar

Please welcome Omar Salazar of Salazar Gardening to the 2018 CLCA Kern County Chapter Board of Directors. Omar will be serving as chapter secretary.

Omar is an account manager/landscape consultant for Salazar Gardening, a family owned and operated company started by his father, Javier Salazar in 1982. For Javier, there was no other work that fulfilled him. He believed in hard work and having his work speak for itself. He taught his children, including Omar, to be the best at whatever they set out to do. As the Salazar boys went to school, and even when they tried their hand at other work, they never strayed far from landscaping. Through the years they discovered their father’s passion had become their own.

As an account manager/ landscape consultant, Omar services the commercial accounts on a weekly or biweekly basis, talking with the client and answering any questions or concerns that occur. As a crew manager, Omar is also in charge of the day to day operations in maintenance.

Omar enjoys making his clients happy and knowing that his company is doing the best it can to make their clients’ outdoor living experience the best it can be.

Omar was exposed to the landscape industry at an early age, accompanying his father to work. From his father, he learned about the hard work and dedication required in the landscape industry. He has been in this industry for over 15 years and really enjoys it.

As Salazar Gardening grew, the company looked for additional ways to grow. They joined the CLCA as a means of networking with other landscapers and vendors. According to Omar, “It turned out to be a lot more than just networking.” Initially, Omar attended meetings in the San Fernando Valley Chapter, but when he moved to Bakersfield, he joined the Kern County Chapter.

Omar is 29 years old, married, and has two boys. He loves spending time with his family and watching his sons grow. In his spare time he likes to watch movies and play videogames.

Welcome to Our New Members


November 2010 meeting
2010 CLCA Annual Convention
2010 Golf Tournament
2011 Kickoff Meeting
March 2011 Meeting
2011 Green Expo and Vendor Fair
September 2011 Meeting
November 2011 Meeting
2011 Christmas Party
2012 Kickoff Meeting
2012 Spring Home Show
March 2012 Meeting

Garden Fest 2012
Amgen Tour 2012
May 2012 Meeting
Golf Tournament 2012
CLCA Legislative Action Conference 2012

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