Cannabis measures approved for March primary ballot

Cannabis measures approved for March primary ballot

Rebecca Neipp

Two initiatives aimed at overturning Kern County’s ban on medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas will appear on the March Primary Ballot. The measure passed 4-0 Tuesday by the Kern County Board of Supervisors endeavors to begin a blank slate for applicants, while the initiative . . . Read Full Story >>

State GOP chair to  speak here

State GOP chair to speak here

The Ridgecrest Republican Women, Federated, will host Jessica Patterson, new chair of the California Republican Party, at its Friday, Oct. 25, luncheon at noon at Casey’s Steaks and Barbecue. The millennial Latina made headlines when she became the first woman elected to lead the Golden . . . Read Full Story >>

Newsom signs late-start bill

Newsom signs late-start bill

Rebecca Neipp

On the final day of California’s legislative session, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law a bill that would mandate a later start to the school day for the state’s middle- and high-school campuses. The bill, which is scheduled for implementation by the start of the . . . Read Full Story >>

Gleason will not seek third supervisor term

Gleason will not seek third supervisor term

Rebecca Neipp

Kern County 1st District Supervisor Mick Gleason confirmed this week that he will not seek a third term at the end of 2020. However, he said he will stay in Ridgecrest. “I’m not going anywhere.“I was enjoying the job completely. Things are going really well. . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy mobile office is Tuesday

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy announced that Tuesday, Oct. 8, his staff will hold mobile office hours in Ridgecrest from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the clerk’s office at City Hall. “This time provides an opportunity for constituents in the local community to conveniently visit and share . . . Read Full Story >>

Gleason to address Democrats

Kern County 1st District Supervisor Mick Gleason will address the Democratic Club of the High Desert on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the China Lake Buffet. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m., with the program following at noon. “Mr. Gleason is always popular with our members and . . . Read Full Story >>

Bill restricting contract labor passes state legislature

Rebecca Neipp

A bill restricting the classification of workers as independent contractors has passed both houses of the California State Legislature, and now awaits only a signature from Gov. Gavin Newsom, who has already expressed support for the bill. Authors of the bill expressed an interest in . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy mobile office is Tuesday

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy will hold mobile office hours in Ridgecrest on Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Ridgecrest City Clerk’s Office, 100 W. California Ave., second floor. “A staff member from McCarthy’s office hosts each mobile office held throughout California’s 23rd . . . Read Full Story >>

Supes pass budget

Supes pass budget

Rebecca Neipp

With the passage of its fiscal year 2019-20 budget on Tuesday, the Kern County Board of Supervisors reached the “highly anticipated end to a four-year strategy to resolve deficits stemming from property-tax declines.” When oil prices plummeted in 2015, the board approved using reserve funds . . . Read Full Story >>

SCR 54 honors Gold Star families

SACRAMENTO – California Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove recently introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 54 to highlight the valiant efforts of Gold Star families who lost active duty members of the military. SCR 54 passed out of the Senate on a unanimous vote and recognizes Sept. . . . Read Full Story >>

Fong supports public safety act

SACRAMENTO — Assemblyman Vince Fong announced his endorsement of the Reducing Crime and Keeping California Safe Act, which will be on the November ballot in 2020. The growing concern regarding public safety throughout California is attributed to prior propositions (Prop. 47 and Prop. 57) and . . . Read Full Story >>

Leaders  attend state defense  summit

Leaders attend state defense summit

Rebecca Neipp

A summit for military communities and their advocates, held last week in Sacramento, gave representatives from the Indian Wells Valley a chance to hear from and network with elected leaders while exchanging information and ideas from their peers about the challenges facing towns that serve . . . Read Full Story >>

Republican  Women meet Friday at noon

Republican Women meet Friday at noon

The Ridgecrest Republican Women will host City Manager Ron Strand at a meeting Friday, Aug. 16, at noon at Casey’s Steak and BBQ. The cost of the luncheon is $18 per member and $20 per nonmember. Reservations should be made with President Monique Vanzee by . . . Read Full Story >>

Audit reveals new ‘Motor Voter’ flaws

Rebecca Neipp

The Department of Motor Vehicles came under further fire last Friday when an audit released by state officials showed nearly 84,000 duplicate voter registration records and more than 170,000 mistakes in partisan affiliation associated with the “Motor Voter” program. Auditors reviewed more than three million . . . Read Full Story >>

Dem Club to meet Sat.

The Democractic Club of the High Desert will kick off the season with a meeting on Saturday, Aug. 17, at 11:30 a.m. at the China Lake Buffet. Kern County Democratic Club Chair Ricky Perez will be the guest speaker. The public is invited to attend. . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy to hold mobile office

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy will hold mobile office hours Tuesday, Aug. 13, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the city clerk’s office at Ridgecrest City Hall. “A staff member from McCarthy’s office hosts each mobile office held throughout California’s 23rd Congressional District,” said a spokesperson. “This . . . Read Full Story >>

Democratic Club to meet on Aug. 17

The Democratic Club of the High Desert will kick off the season with a meeting on Saturday, Aug. 17, at 11:30 a.m. at the China Lake Buffet. Kern County Democratic Club Chair Ricky Perez will be the guest speaker. The public is invited to attend. . . . Read Full Story >>

RRWF to meet Aug. 16

The Ridgecrest Republican Women will host City Manager Ron Strand at its meeting Friday, Aug. 16, at noon at Casey’s Steak and BBQ. The cost of the luncheon is $18 per member and $20 per nonmember. Reservations should be made with President Monique Vanzee. Call . . . Read Full Story >>

Chief speaks today at noon

The Ridgecrest Republican Women Federated will meet Friday, July 19, at noon at Casey’s Steak and BBQ to hear a brief about the aftermath of the earthquakes. Ridgecrest Police Chief Jed McLaughlin will discuss lessons learned and outline current needs, and take questions from the . . . Read Full Story >>

State budget skids in  under deadline

State budget skids in under deadline

Rebecca Neipp

California legislators passed the state’s $214.8-billion spending plan for the coming fiscal year — just two days before the June 15 constitutional deadline — but remain in negotiations for the finer points of the Golden State’s largest-ever budget package. While most of the proposed new . . . Read Full Story >>