Fong to speak here today

The Ridgecrest Republican Women, Federated, will meet today, April 17, at noon in the banquet room of the Clarion Inn. The guest speaker will be Bakersfield-based Vince Fong, district director of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. Born and raised in Bakersfield, Fong attended local public . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy rep to speak here next week

The Ridgecrest Republican Women, Federated, will meet Friday, April 17, at noon in the banquet room of the Clarion Inn. The guest speaker will be Vince Fong, district director of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. Born and raised in Bakersfield, Fong attended local public schools . . . Read Full Story >>

Brown mandates reduced water consumption

Rebecca Neipp

The partisan divide in resolving California’s drought crisis continues with Gov. Jerry Brown’s announcement of mandatory water-use reductions, and quick-following response from House Republican Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy that conservation alone will not solve the problem. Brown announced on Wednesday that, in light of record-low . . . Read Full Story >>

Grove aims to reform state budget process

SACRAMENTO — Assembly-woman Shannon Grove introduced two bills this week aimed at reforming the state budgeting process as part of a larger legislative package the Assembly Republican Caucus is pushing to reestablish trust in state government. One of Grove’s bills requires the state to establish . . . Read Full Story >>

State unveils $1B drought package

Rebecca Neipp

Gov. Jerry Brown joined with other state leaders in the California Senate and Assembly to unveil a $1 billion package that, in the face of California’s continuing drought, will expedite bond funding to make the state more resilient in dry conditions and ensure continued water . . . Read Full Story >>

New VA rule gives veterans more choice

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced last week a policy adjustment that provides a veteran the choice to receive health care from private facilities if the closest VA facility is more than 40 miles away from his or her home. House Majority Leader Kevin . . . Read Full Story >>

Public rallies behind county libraries

Rebecca Neipp

Scores of library employees, volunteers and other supporters delivered impassioned testimony to what they believe is an undervalued asset to Kern County, in a plea to restore the institutions of public information to their former glory. Over the years, the Kern County Board of Supervisors . . . Read Full Story >>

Council: oppose unless amended

Rebecca Neipp

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer After an overwhelmingly critical public testimony regarding Kern County’s planned changes in land use, the Ridgecrest City Council voted at a special meeting on Saturday to withhold support until the Board of Supervisors addressed local concerns. Although the . . . Read Full Story >>

Stakeholders rally around ‘Option D’

Rebecca Neipp

As the clock ticks down to the deadline for public input on proposed changes to Kern County zoning and land use, county officials report that the project is “evolving,” and citizens are scrambling to understand how those changes will ultimately impact them. The Kern County . . . Read Full Story >>

Air pollution control group to meet tomorrow

The Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District will meet Thursday, March 12, at Rosamond Community Services District, 2379 35th Street, Rosamond, to consider proposed amendments relating to permit fees and schedules, fugitive dust and agricultural operations. The EKPCD Board of Directors is considering changes that . . . Read Full Story >>

Gov. selects Fuller for military council

SACRAMENTO — State Sen. Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) joined military leaders in Oakland to discuss military operations in California. Recently Senator Fuller was chosen by Gov. Jerry Brown to serve on the Governor’s Military Council replacing former state Sen. Steve Knight, now a congressman. Fuller represents . . . Read Full Story >>

Grove: Unions should not oppress farm workers

SACRAMENTO – Assembly-woman Shannon Grove has joined forces with Assemblyman Jim Patterson to ensure that California farm workers are protected from unions willing to force them into contracts they don’t support. Under current law, unionized farm workers do not have the right to ratify a . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy still taking intern applicants

Rep. Kevin McCarthy has announced he is accepting internship applications for his Summer Internship Program for the summer of 2015. “My first congressional internship almost 30 years ago was one of my most valuable learning experiences,” said McCarthy. “Through my internship, I gained a tremendous . . . Read Full Story >>

Fuller voted minority leader for state senate

Fuller voted minority leader for state senate

Rebecca Neipp

Last week State Sen. Jean Fuller was unanimously selected by her peers as Republican leader-elect. Current leader Bob Huff of Diamond Bar will continue in the position for the next eight months, with Fuller taking the mantle on Nov. 1. Fuller is the first woman . . . Read Full Story >>

Fuller responds to ‘zero water’ allocation

SACRAMENTO — State Sen. Republican Leader Jean Fuller responded to last week’s announcement that the Central Valley Water Project allocation will be zero percent of the contracted amount. “Continuing the zero water allocation to the Central Valley will impact Californians’ lives and livelihood. In order . . . Read Full Story >>

Public learns details of draft water-zoning report

The public had an opportunity Feb. 17 to ask questions about the draft environmental impact report for the Indian Wells Valley Land Use Management Plan. Lorelei Oviatt, director of the Kern County Planning and Community Development Depart-ment started the meeting by presenting an overview of . . . Read Full Story >>

Water rate vote set for March 9

By JAMES SIMMONS News Review Correspondent The board of directors of the Indian Wells Valley Water District has rescheduled a vote on a series of proposed rate and fee changes to its March 9 regular board meeting. At its February meeting, the board heard persuasive . . . Read Full Story >>

Impact of port closure felt locally

Impact of port closure felt locally

Rebecca Neipp

West Coast port closures — brought about by a standoff in labor negotiations — have already impacted industry in our remote high-desert community, as well as other parts of Kern County. Searles Valley Minerals in Trona, one of the area’s largest employers, also reported a . . . Read Full Story >>

Fuller signs letter to water control board

SACRAMENTO — Last week state Sen. Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) joined several other California legislators in signing a letter to State Water Resources Control Board Chair Felicia Marcus. The letter asks for the immediate reconsideration of a temporary urgency change petition to allow the Department of . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy taking intern applications

Rep. Kevin McCarthy announced he is accepting internship applications for his Summer Internship Program for the summer of 2015. “My first congressional internship almost 30 years ago was one of my most valuable learning experiences,” said McCarthy. “Through my internship, I gained a tremendous appreciation . . . Read Full Story >>