City hears casino update

City hears casino update

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council heard a brief update on the Timbisha-Shoshone casino development project from Economic Development Manager Gary Parsons during its Wednesday meeting. Councilmember Lindsay Stephens asked for council to be updated by developer Nigel White, specifically . . . Read Full Story >>

Coffee with the Council is Jan. 23

The Ridgecrest City Council is hosting its first “Coffee with Council” event this Monday night, 6-8 p.m. at Beansters/Pizza Factory in the Pizza Factory party room. Mayor Peggy Breeden will be available to chat about city affairs or “whatever citizens would like to discuss,” said . . . Read Full Story >>

WD tables ‘Excessive use’ discussion

WD tables ‘Excessive use’ discussion

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Water District met Monday where it tabled its discussion of Ordinance 101, which is being drafted to discourage excessive water use in accordance with California Senate Bill 814. Director Chuck Griffin asked for the . . . Read Full Story >>

Watering restrictions reminder issued

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Water District has released its latest water conservation numbers for the month of December and is reminding customers of winter watering restrictions. “We continue to have violations of Ordinance 100 reported so it is . . . Read Full Story >>

New council approves com. appointments

New council approves com. appointments

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer A quorum of the Ridgecrest City Council met Wednesday evening for the last time before taking a break for the holidays. Councilmembers Eddie Thomas and Mike Mower were absent and the three-member council wrapped up the meeting in . . . Read Full Story >>

New mental health clinic opening 2017

Rebecca Neipp

Ridgecrest will see rapid development of a mental health crisis stabilization center in the next few months, culminating in a facility that will relieve the strain on local resources for public health and safety — and ultimately deliver better care to afflicted residents. The public announcement . . . Read Full Story >>

Teen Court praised by Grand Jury

Teen Court praised by Grand Jury

Rebecca Neipp

“The city of Ridgecrest is a leader in efforts to combat youth criminal activity. Other cities should emulate their efforts by using a similar approach.” The Kern County Grand Jury published this finding in its recent report after an audit of the operations in the . . . Read Full Story >>

Council approves O’Neill’s task order

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council approved a public relations task order with Special Projects Consultant Justin O’Neill earlier this week during council’s regular meeting. The item came up during the Nov. 16 meeting, but was tabled to allow the . . . Read Full Story >>

Grand Jury reports findings on city inquiry

Rebecca Neipp

The Kern County Grand Jury released a report Wednesday following an inquiry “into the operations and management of the city of Ridgecrest,” ultimately recommending no actions. The report includes background information, findings and comments — all of which appear either positive or neutral — regarding . . . Read Full Story >>

Councilmembers to be sworn in Dec. 7

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest City Council will swear in its newest members next Wednesday, Dec. 7, during its regular meeting at 6 p.m. at City Hall. New Councilmembers Lindsey Stephens and Wallace Martin will take their oaths of office as . . . Read Full Story >>

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 >>