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 >>

Orlando attack sparks legislation

In the wake of one of the most grisly attacks in our nation’s history, federal legislators have revisited legislation that would expand background checks preceding the sale of firearms and restrict known terrorists from gaining entrance into the United States. Among the outpouring of support . . . Read Full Story >>

GSA meeting is June 17

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The eligible agencies for the Groundwater Sustainability Agency will meet Friday, June 17, 5 p.m. at City Hall. While the meeting is not a “public” Brown Act meeting, the public is invited, and there will be opportunity for . . . Read Full Story >>

Preliminary election results announced

Preliminary election results announced

Rebecca Neipp

The early results of the June 7 Primary Election suggest defeat of a measure that could revitalize library funding and the presumptive winners in various local, state and federal offices. According to Abbey Shugart of Kern County Elections Division, the county is still awaiting an . . . Read Full Story >>

Assembly candidate addresses state issues

Assembly candidate addresses state issues

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Vince Fong, district director for House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and 34th District Assembly candidate, addressed the Ridgecrest Republican Women last Friday to discuss his campaign platform and answer questions from the public. Water, the economy and crime . . . Read Full Story >>

Fuller opposes firearm bills

SACRAMENTO — Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller issued the following statement after last week’s votes on firearms bills: “These firearms bills are an attack against law-abiding citizens and their Second Amendment right rather than addressing the criminal activity and behavior that is taking place on . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Foreign policy starts with strong military’

U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy spoke on the House floor this week in favor of House Resolution 4909, National Defense Authorization Act, which will provide our military resources it needs. In his remarks McCarthy stressed the importance of a strong military to building a . . . Read Full Story >>

Gov. makes water restrictions permanent

Rebecca Neipp

Gov. Jerry Brown issued an executive order this week to make permanent the temporary water-use restrictions imposed last year to mitigate the impact of California’s historic drought. Record-low levels of rainfall and snowpack prompted Brown in January 2014 to declare a state of drought emergency. . . . Read Full Story >>

Assembly candidate to address RRWF

Assembly candidate to address RRWF

Ridgecrest Republican Women, Federated, will host Assembly candidate Vince Fong at a Friday, May 20, luncheon at noon at the Grape Leaf. Fong, who has been district director for House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy for nearly 10 years, is pursuing the seat in District 34 . . . Read Full Story >>

Students, vets address affordability

SACRAMENTO — California students and disabled veterans stood with the Senate Republican Caucus at a press conference this week to address 11 Senate Republican bills aimed at making California more affordable. “There’s no question that California has become a very expensive place to live,” said . . . Read Full Story >>

House moves closer to proposed state water solution

Washington, DC – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy released the following statement on passage of the House Appropri-ations Committee fiscal year 2017 Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropria-tions bill, which includes legislative provisions pushed by McCarthy, Interior Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Ken Calvert, Appropriations . . . Read Full Story >>