Brown’s final budget  projects $6B surplus

Brown’s final budget projects $6B surplus

Rebecca Neipp

As Gov. Jerry Brown is poised to exit office next January at the close of his second (and final) eight-year term, his last budget proposal projects a $6.1-billion surplus for the coming fiscal year — hailed as a massive achievement compared to the $26-billion deficit . . . Read Full Story >>

Fuller honored for support of employers, job creation

The Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce released its legislative scorecard last week, revealing that state Sen. Jean Fuller has a perfect score. The scorecard highlighted 12 of the bills the California Chamber of Commerce took positions on during 2017. “I am proud to support those . . . Read Full Story >>

Fong unveils plan for middle-class recovery

Assemblyman Vince Fong announced this week the California Competitiveness and Innovation Act — a plan that aims to reduce the tax burden on middle-class families and small-business owners. “The intent of the package is to make California competitive with other states — especially for middle-class . . . Read Full Story >>

Legal challenge  could change East Kern representation

Legal challenge could change East Kern representation

Rebecca Neipp

A legal challenge to the supervisorial district lines in Kern County could have a dramatic impact on the political representation and advocacy of the outlying communities, depending on the decision following Dec. 5 testimonies in a Fresno District Court. The Mexican American Legal Defense and . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy mobile office is Tuesday

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy will hold mobile office hours in Ridgecrest on Tuesday, Jan. 9, from 10-11 a.m. in the city clerk’s office of Ridgecrest City Hall. A staff member from McCarthy’s office hosts each mobile office held throughout California’s 23rd Congressional District. “This . . . Read Full Story >>

Funding uncertainty remains after IWVGA passes draft budget

Funding uncertainty remains after IWVGA passes draft budget

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority discussed a 2018 budget last week during its monthly meeting. The board accepted a $500,000 advance from the IWV Water District to assist with funding for the next six months, but the . . . Read Full Story >>

DA clears officers involved in shooting

DA clears officers involved in shooting

Rebecca Neipp

The Kern County District Attorney concluded, in a report released Dec. 1, that the actions of Ridgecrest Police Det. Bill Groves and the other six officers involved in the shooting of Oscar Junior were justified. “I am not surprised at the findings, but I am . . . Read Full Story >>

Congressional candidate Tatiana Matta to speak here

Congressional candidate Tatiana Matta to speak here

Ridgecrest United will host a “Meet the Candidate” night for Tatiana Matta, a Democrat running for the 23rd Congressional District, on Monday, Dec. 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the Desert Valleys Federal Credit Union Community Room. Matta is a military wife and public-relations professional from . . . Read Full Story >>

GA proposes plan amid  fiscal uncertainty

GA proposes plan amid fiscal uncertainty

Come December, committees of the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority should get a clear view of long-term tasks and requirements in order to adequately advise the water resources manger in crafting a Groundwater Sustainability Plan for our valley. But with grant funding from the state . . . Read Full Story >>

RPD officers address Republican Women

RPD officers address Republican Women

Ridgecrest Police Detective Kyle Cushman addresses members and guests of the Republican Women of Ridgecrest, Federated, sharing tips and information about how to protect yourself and your property. Statistically, property crimes are increasing on the local, county and state level. Cushman encouraged residents to keep . . . Read Full Story >>

RPD officers  to address  Republican  Women

RPD officers to address Republican Women

The Ridgecrest Republican Women, Federated, will hold its monthly luncheon Friday, Nov. 17, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the banquet room of the Clarion Inn. Officers Kyle Cushman and Eric Clinton from the Ridgecrest Police Department will be speaking about safety in the home . . . Read Full Story >>

Spielman  to address  Democratic  Club

Spielman to address Democratic Club

The Democratic Club of the High Desert will host Kern County District Attorney Candidate Scott Spielman at the Saturday, Nov. 18, luncheon at noon at Charlie’s in the Clarion. The public is invited to attend. There is no admission fee, but attendees are responsible for . . . Read Full Story >>

IWVGA submits $2M grant app.

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority submitted its grant proposal earlier this week, requesting $2,146,000 in Proposition 1 funds from the state. The total estimated costs for a Groundwater Sustainability Plan, including money already spent since the board’s . . . Read Full Story >>

Little movement from GA committees

Little movement from GA committees

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After meeting regularly for months, members of the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority’s advisory committees continue to express confusion and frustration as to what exactly they’re supposed to be doing. “I think it needs to be spelled out . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy rep to visit Nov. 14

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy will hold mobile office hours in Ridgecrest on Tuesday, Nov. 14, from 10-11 a.m. at Ridgecrest City Hall. A field representative will be on hand, in the City Clerk’s Office, to provide constituents opportunities to share their concerns on issues . . . Read Full Story >>

Committees review groundwater grant proposal

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Two Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority committees met Thursday morning to review comments and provide additional input regarding the authority’s Proposition 1 grant application. Last month the IWVGA approved the application, pending some additional discussion, to acquire some . . . Read Full Story >>

Fong laments new gas tax increase

Assemblyman Vince Fong, vice chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee, issued the following statement on the gas and vehicle license fee increase that took effect Wednesday. In April this year, the Democratic supermajority approved Senate Bill 1, which enacted a $5.2-billion annual gas tax increase, . . . Read Full Story >>

Supervisors vote  4-1 to ban cannabis

Supervisors vote 4-1 to ban cannabis

Rebecca Neipp

After months of study, and four hours of presentations, testimonies and deliberation on Tuesday, the Kern County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to ban cultivation and sale of cannabis in the unincorporated areas of the county. Kern joins 29, out of 58, counties in California . . . Read Full Story >>

IWVGA seeks grant funds as costs continue to add up

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority met Thursday morning to consider approving a grant application for Proposition 1 funding – money to help Groundwater Sustainability Agencies across the state halt the decline of groundwater levels as required by . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy announces STEM app challenge

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced last week that he is participating in the 2017 Congressional App Challenge for students who reside or attend school in California’s 23rd District. “The STEM students of today will guide our country toward a strong tomorrow,” said McCarthy. He . . . Read Full Story >>