Cap and  Trade  extended 10  more years

Cap and Trade extended 10 more years

Rebecca Neipp

California Gov. Jerry Brown is celebrating the passage on Monday of a pair of bills which he says will continue the Golden State’s leadership in the fight against global warming. Assembly Bill 398 extends for 10 years the Cap and Trade policies that attempt to . . . Read Full Story >>

House passes $700-billion defense bill

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer In action last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the $696.5-billion National Defense Authorization Act, which, despite exceeding statutory budget caps for defense-related spending, drew uncharacteristically broad bipartisan support. While it remains unclear how much of the . . . Read Full Story >>

GSA grows policy committee membership

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority approved most of the Policy Advisory Committee membership during the authority’s regular meeting last week. The IWVGA board has long stated that its Policy and Technical Advisory Committees would be doing the . . . Read Full Story >>

California passes largest-ever budget package

California passes largest-ever budget package

Rebecca Neipp

Amid Republican objections to the content and the process, California lawmakers passed the state’s largest-ever budget last week by approving a $183.2-billion package that conservatives say will increase costs without providing an equitable boost in services to the average citizen. The new budget includes provisions . . . Read Full Story >>

Attack shakes lawmakers, country

Attack shakes lawmakers, country

Rebecca Neipp

Many congressional offices — both capitol and district — remain on lockdown in the wake of a bizarre shooting on Capitol Hill that left five wounded and the suspect dead. Early Wednesday morning, GOP members of Congress were practicing for a charity baseball game between . . . Read Full Story >>

‘We need to have a voice’

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority met Thursday morning, where one of the closed session items was the public employee appointment of a Water Resources Manager. Directors of the IWV Water District touched on the item briefly during . . . Read Full Story >>

Rotarians to host Groundwater Authority manager

Rotary Club of China Lake will host Alan Christensen, chief deputy of the Kern County Administrative Office and general manager of the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Sustainability Agency, at its Wednesday, June 21, luncheon at noon at the Clarion Inn. Prior to his current duties, . . . Read Full Story >>

State senate votes single-payer system

State senate votes single-payer system

Rebecca Neipp

Just weeks after a Republican-led congressional initiative to repeal the Affordable Care Act squeaked through the House, the controlling Democrats in the State Senate responded by passing SB 562 to put California on the path to a single-payer healthcare system. With the exception of one . . . Read Full Story >>

Councilwoman Stephens to address RRWF

Ridgecrest Republican Women, Federated, will host Councilwoman Lindsey Stephens at its Friday, June 16, luncheon at noon in the banquet room of Clarion Inn. The public is invited to attend. Cost of the luncheon is $18, and reservations can be made by calling 760-375-1344. . . . Read Full Story >>

Elected officials announce mobile office hours

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced that his staff will be holding mobile office hours in Ridgecrest Tuesday, June 13, from 10-11 a.m. in the City Clerk’s office at City Hall. Representatives of McCarthy’s office will be on hand to address constituent concerns relating to . . . Read Full Story >>

GSA to appoint committee members next week

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority has received some two dozen applications from potential Policy Advisory Committee members and the IWVGA plans to have selected 14 committee members by it’s regular meeting on Thursday, June 15. That was . . . Read Full Story >>

Zimmer shares passion for justice at RRWF

Zimmer shares passion for justice at RRWF

Rebecca Neipp

A passion for criminal justice, a concern about state mandates that undermine public safety, an observation of the overall decline in respect for authority and a 32-year career in prosecution has prompted Cynthia Zimmer to enter the upcoming race for Kern County District Attorney. She . . . Read Full Story >>

Gleason starts leadership program

Gleason starts leadership program

Rebecca Neipp

Kern County 1st District Supervisor Mick Gleason invited community pillars to join him last week in introducing to the community “Leadership Ridgecrest,” an academy modeled after a successful Bakersfield mentoring program. The endeavor will bring together key leaders who can instruct candidates in everything from . . . Read Full Story >>

More bylaws concerns expressed

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The bylaws for the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority were finally passed in their entirety last week, after 30 plus hours of public meetings, according to Mayor Peggy Breeden. But the final iteration of the bylaws, particularly the . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy comment comes back to roost

Rebecca Neipp

A comment made a year ago by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy that President Donald Trump could be on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s payroll created a firestorm this week in the media. According to reports, McCarthy was speaking with House Speaker Paul Ryan and other . . . Read Full Story >>

Brown unveils May revise

Rebecca Neipp

Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled his revised budget proposal last week to mixed reception, falling largely along party lines, as the June 15 deadline for budget approval nears. The governor said that the budget shortfall — originally projected at $1.6 billion in January — has been . . . Read Full Story >>

Zimmer to speak to RRWF

Zimmer to speak to RRWF

The Ridgecrest Republican Women, Federated, will meet today, May 19, at noon in the banquet room of the Clarion Inn. Cynthia Zimmer, supervising district attorney in charge of gang-related prosecution for the Kern County District Attorney’s office, will be the guest speaker. In her 32-year . . . Read Full Story >>

Suver looks to Senate for  better healthcare solution

Suver looks to Senate for better healthcare solution

Rebecca Neipp

Among those disappointed by last week’s passage of House Resolution 1628 to repeal the Affordable Care Act are the leaders of Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, who continue to express concern about the impact the proposed American Health Care Act will have on providers — particularly those . . . Read Full Story >>

Supervisors vote 4-1 to oppose SB 54

Rebecca Neipp

Prompted in part by a call to action from Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood, the Kern County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 Tuesday to send a letter to Gov. Jerry Brown to oppose Senate Bill 54, which prohibits state and local law enforcement agencies from . . . Read Full Story >>

Gov. signs landmark transportation package

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer Gov. Jerry Brown signed a transportation funding package worth an estimated $52.4 billion that enacts bills passed in March by the State Senate and Assembly to increase gas taxes, as well as vehicle and license fees, to repair . . . Read Full Story >>