California Conservation Corps, Sequoia Center
Life in the CCC Sequoia Center in Porterville
I remember being in the CCC Sequoia Center in Porterville. That center was located in Porterville Developmental Center until the state of Calfornia closed it down in 2004.
I remember one resident by the name of Herman. He is tamed compared with the rest of the mental patient. The only reason why he stuck into the mental hospital is because he was only eight year old when he have an accident that affect his brain. What happen was that he was playing around with his basketball when for some reason the ball got away from him and landed in the street, Herman follow the ball toward the street and when he got to the ball, some car came out of nowhere and hit Herman. That accident must have done some damage with his brain because they sent him into the mental hospital for the remainer of his life. I remember that some corpsmember ask him how old is he and Herman rely that he is eight and according to David Griffith, all the immature corpse members would tease him about it. In 1990, some guy by the name of Doug have told someone on how Herman got into be a mental patient in the first place.
When I first got there in late August of 1988, Sequoia Center have no problem with Corpsmember socializing with the resident until February of 1989 when one of the resident have accused one of the corpsmember by the name of Mark Hash of raping her. Lucky for him that the mental hospital have did some medical test on her and discover that she was not raped all all and she make it up so that she could get attention by her boyfriend. Of course, the rest of the corpsmember got bitch at by Juan Salazar at the meeting that the corpsmember have to attend on every Monday Night. There is one Corpsmember by the name of Simon Fourstar, who used to hang out on the water tower and hearing the residents screaming there brains out.
I remember the good and the bad about Sequoia Center, the good part is that even though I cannot get any job opportunies in that place because of my foot problem, at least they have not used that as an excuse to kicked me out. That was minor compared with all the drug and drinking problem that the corpmembers have. I remember one guy got fired from his job because he was caught bringing beer on center ground and everyone got chew out the next day because of it. One Christmas in 1988, I have to go to C2 office all because someone rat one of my roommate from Bakersfield crew was using drug on the job in which I reply that I have not seen them using it when they are cleaning up the dorm.
Great memories in that place. It is too bad that I cannot stay working in that place forever since the maximum time for the corpsmember to be working for the California Conservation Corps is two years and I left there after working two years in the CCC.
I forgot his last name, but I do remember that he is Lee. He used to be working in the kitchen as a cook specialist until he was fired in 1989.
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Where are they now
Got maried to his girlfriend and he became a Bakersfield Cops
Got Married and own her herbal consultation business in Sonoma/Napa, California
Changed his name to Simon Fourstar, Been married for 12 years have a son that is 11 and still livng in near Chatsworth, CA.