State Sen. Fuller opposes ‘job-killing’ legislation

State Sen. Jean Fuller spoke out last week in opposition to Gov. Jerry Brown’s signing of SB 32, which mandates the reduction of statewide greenhouse gas emissions. “It is unfortunate but not surprising that the governor has chosen to sign this job-killing legislation,” said Fuller. . . . Read Full Story >>

Grove opposes emissions bill

Assemblywoman Shannon Grove spoke out against AB 197, a bill that give the California Air Resource Board, an appointed state board, even more authority to enforce new greenhouse gas emission reductions in a companion bill, SB 32. Here are some speech excerpts: “Who is going . . . Read Full Story >>

Ag industry ‘targeted’ in new state legislation

Rebecca Neipp

“Agriculture is not crop production as popular belief holds — it’s the production of food and fiber from the world’s land and waters. Without agriculture, it is not possible to have a city, stock market, banks, university, church or army. Agriculture is the foundation of . . . Read Full Story >>

Fuller opposes ‘job killer’

SACRAMENTO — This week, Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller announced that she opposes Senate Bill 32 (Pavley, D-Agoura Hills) and made the case to protect jobs in California. SB 32 would require the California Air Re-sources Board to ensure that statewide greenhouse gas emissions are . . . Read Full Story >>

Petitioners oppose ‘gunmageddon’

Rebecca Neipp

A citizens’ initiative to repeal California’s proposed “gunmageddon” legislation is being circulated by proponents of 2nd amendment rights throughout the state, who hope to overturn seven bills that would increase restrictions on the sales and distribution of firearms and ammunition. (The text of AB1511, SB1235, . . . Read Full Story >>

Admiral addresses county supervisors

Admiral addresses county supervisors

Rebecca Neipp

Protecting the long-term viability of China Lake, and of the community that supports it, was the subject of an address by Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division Commander Rear Adm. Brian Corey at Tuesday’s meeting of the Kern County Board of Supervisors. “Kern County happens . . . Read Full Story >>

Fuller invites community to ‘National Night Out’

SACRAMENTO — Tonight communities across California and in Kern County will gather to celebrate National Night Out, an annual awareness campaign to build strong, safe neighborhoods with local law-enforcement agencies. State Sen. Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) issued the following statement: “Members of our community are expected . . . Read Full Story >>

County moves forward with cuts

Rebecca Neipp

With updated year-end totals completing the grim budget picture for Kern County, Administrative Officer John Nilon presented an update Tuesday to the Kern County Board of Supervisors, who are now on track to start public hearings before formally adopting 5-percent cuts across every department. Following . . . Read Full Story >>

Supervisors kick safety tax back to public

Rebecca Neipp

The Kern County Board of Supervisors denied Sheriff Donny Youngblood’s request to put on the November General Election Ballot a 1-percent sales and use tax to augment public safety. Members of the board and the public expressed concern about the viability of the proposal. However, . . . Read Full Story >>

FEMA denies request for Erskine assistance

Rebecca Neipp

As residents of the Kern River Valley deal with fallout from the most devastating fire in county history — which killed two, destroyed nearly 300 homes and left much of the community’s infrastructure a shambles — officials are expressing disappointment and outrage at the Federal . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy responds to Obama’s rejection of Erskine Fire aid

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin McCarthy released the following statement on President Obama’s decision to reject the request from the State of California to declare the Erskine Fire a major disaster: “Weeks ago, our community was ravaged by the worst fire in Kern County history. . . . Read Full Story >>

Filing period opens for candidates

Rebecca Neipp

The candidate filing period opened this week for everyone wanting to throw their hats into the ring for local offices — including Ridgecrest Mayor, Ridgecrest City Council, Sierra Sands Unified School District Board, Indian Wells Valley Water Board and Indian Wells Valley Airport Board. So . . . Read Full Story >>

Board of Supervisors OKs groundwater agency JPA

By REBECCA NEIPP, News Review Staff Writer The Kern County Board of Supervisors approved a joint-powers agreement that paves the way for one of the supervisors to sit on the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority — which fulfills state mandates to oversee management of the IWV . . . Read Full Story >>

Grove honored by construction industry

SACRAMENTO – Assembly-woman Shannon Grove has been named 2016 Legislator of the Year by the Central California Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors. Grove was presented the award last week at the ABC State Legislative Day reception in Sacramento for her efforts to protect . . . Read Full Story >>

Fuller calls out illegal state action

This week, the California Air Resources Board released a draft proposal that sets new emission caps and extends California’s cap-and-trade tax program beyond its statutorily prescribed expiration date of Dec. 31, 2020. Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller (our IWV?representative) issued the following response: “Not only . . . Read Full Story >>

Gleason’s office has new hours

Kern County 1st District Supervisor Mick Gleason’s Ridgecrest Field Office has changed hours of operation. Effective immediately the normal hours of operation for the Ridgecrest office will be Tuesday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Denny Kline, field representative for Supervisor Gleason explained . . . Read Full Story >>

Sheriff, DA outline risks of cuts

Rebecca Neipp

Leading up to a vote that ultimately approved a temporary budget for financially distressed Kern County, the Board of Supervisors heard sobering reports from Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood and District Attorney Lisa Green on the state of law enforcement and criminal justice and the . . . Read Full Story >>

GSA moves forward

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Concerns over fair representation continued to flow from the public when Groundwater Sustainability Agency-eligible officials met Friday, June 17, at Ridgecrest City Hall. Tim Parker, consulting hydrogeologist to Kern County, also gave an update on the Sustainable Groundwater . . . Read Full Story >>

Budget cuts close jail, reduce fire staff

Rebecca Neipp

The Kern County Board of Supervisors heard an overview on Tuesday for the “worst budget the county has had or seen in 30 years,” which triggered a 5-percent cut across every department. But as county officials attempt to cope with a devastating 65-percent drop in . . . Read Full Story >>

Fuller skeptical of state budget

With this week’s passage of Senate Bill 826, which enacts California’s 2016 budget, State Sen. Republican Leader Jean Fuller expressed concern about the sustainability of spending $122.5 billion out of the state fund — which constitutes a $7-billion increase over last year. “The Golden State . . . Read Full Story >>