O’Neill PR  tasks tabled  by council

O’Neill PR tasks tabled by council

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council discussed a request to task Special Projects Consultant Justin O’Neill of O’Neill Dynamics with public relations-related work to “advise staff and council on public relations strategy.” The item was tabled until council’s Dec. 7 . . . Read Full Story >>

Ford retires after 16 years at City Hall

Ford retires after 16 years at City Hall

Above, Councilman Mike Mower, along with City Attorney Keith Lemieux, Mayor Peggy Breeden, Mayor Pro Tem Jim Sanders, Vice Mayor Lori Acton and Councilman Eddie Thomas, congratulates City Clerk Rachel Ford during the Nov. 16 meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council on her retirement from . . . Read Full Story >>

Don Zdeba gives IWV  Water District brief

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Water District General Manager Don Zdeba stopped by the Ridgecrest Exchange Club on Wednesday to inform the public of the district’s latest policies and projects. Zdeba gave details about IWVWD’s solar energy and automated . . . Read Full Story >>

IWVWD begins new solar energy program

IWVWD begins new solar energy program

INDIAN WELLS VALLEY WATER DISTRICT – The IWVWD is celebrating the start of a far-reaching solar- and energy-efficiency project that is expected to yield $9.38 million in net savings over the program’s life. The district held a groundbreaking ceremony last Friday, Oct. 21, to commemorate . . . Read Full Story >>

City gets ‘clean bill of health’ from state

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer A Los Angeles Times article citing Ridgecrest as one of six California cities being “watched closely for financial fraud” has spread rapidly on social media over the last few days. While the article focuses primarily on the city . . . Read Full Story >>

City Org discusses ‘casino emails’

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The City Organization Committee at its meeting Wednesday heard continued discussion of e-mails between Indian gaming casino developer Nigel White and the city’s Special Projects Coordinator Justin O’Neill. Members of the public criticized O’Neill for being inappropriately biased . . . Read Full Story >>

IWVGA considers format, structure

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority heard from the public at length last month regarding the groundwater board’s formation of advisory committees. The board met yesterday at City Hall to further discuss committee formation in addition to a . . . Read Full Story >>

New developments, building requirements vetted at council

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council held two public hearings last week regarding two future developments — a housing tract on West Drummond Avenue and a new location for Warren’s Automotive on China Lake Boulevard, just north of Home Depot. . . . Read Full Story >>

City responds to ‘financially stressed’ ranking

Rebecca Neipp

Over the course of three forums and debates hosted by various sponsors in the last week, airing of Ridgecrest’s placement on a list of “California’s Most Financially Stressed Cities and Counties” has stirred up concern. According to the Nov. 5, 2014, report on the California . . . Read Full Story >>

Mayor, council candidates dine with constituents

Mayor, council candidates dine with constituents

Rebecca Neipp

With two major candidate forums in the space of a week — in addition to a council debate aired last night on KZGN?and a mayoral debate airing next week — the News Review will stagger coverage of events to ensure adequate space for each candidate . . . Read Full Story >>

Council corrects Brown Act violation

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer During its Sept. 21 meeting, the Ridgecrest City Council voted to correct a closed-session noticing policy that was in violation of the Brown Act. The item arose after Mike Neel sent a “cure and correct” letter to the . . . Read Full Story >>

Candidate forums continue tonight

Rebecca Neipp

A uniquely formatted candidate forum, held this evening, will offer voters for Ridgecrest Mayor and City Council candidates an opportunity to ask questions in small groups over dinner. The Democratic Club of the High Desert will host the event at the Fireside Dinner House (previously . . . Read Full Story >>

Board hears concerns about fees

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer As Ridgecrest begins to see manifestations of the state’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act locally, members of the public are wondering how they will be affected by the legislation and the newly formed Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority. Others . . . Read Full Story >>

Martin’s residency called into question

The eligibility of a candidate for Ridgecrest City Council has been called into question, since the address listed in the filing process is owned by another party. According to Wallace Martin, one of the seven candidates seeking two four-year seats in November, he asked the . . . Read Full Story >>

Council pushes strategic plan to after election

The Ridgecrest City Council briefly discussed the city’s strategic , mission statement and core values during Wednesday’s meeting. These topics were originally discussed in 2013 under previous council. This council decided to postpone any final decisions until after the November election. Members agreed on the . . . Read Full Story >>

Parsons talks new business, offers clarification on casino

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer City Economic Development Manager Gary Parsons briefly addressed the Ridgecrest Exchange Club on Wednesday, touching on some possible new businesses for Ridgecrest. According to Parsons, both Panda Express and Popeyes Chicken have expressed interest in KFC’s former location, . . . Read Full Story >>

Council to invest $2.3 million in city parks

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Parks & Recreation Department is set for some $2.3 million in renovations for the Kerr McGee sports fields, Pearson Park and Upjohn Park. During the last meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council, which was largely dominated by . . . Read Full Story >>

First candidate forum is Saturday

The first of four announced forums for Ridgecrest City Council and Mayor candidates will be held this weekend. On Saturday, Sept. 17, the Democratic Club of the High Desert has invited candidates to its noon meeting at Charlie’s at the Clarion Inn. Candidates will have . . . Read Full Story >>

Groundwater authority met yesterday

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority met Thursday morning to discuss a regular meeting schedule and hear presentations from the China Lake Alliance and Kern County Planning Department. The IWVGA intends to file with the State Department of . . . Read Full Story >>

PD ‘defunct’ without Measure V

PD ‘defunct’ without Measure V

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest Police Chief Ron Strand and City Manager Dennis Speer discussed the proposed Measure V sales tax initiative Tuesday during the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce luncheon. With the city’s general fund woes and increasing property crime locally, things . . . Read Full Story >>