McGee’s progress OK’d by county

The Kern County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to accept the level of progress toward mitigating dust created by an Inyokern pistachio orchard now under development. The issue arose more than a year ago when a contractor, hired by property owner Mike McGee, scraped the . . . Read Full Story >>

Gleason announces intent to run again

Gleason announces intent to run again

Rebecca Neipp

Retired Navy captain-turned-politician Mick Gleason said that he is committed to seeking a second term representing the 1st District on the Kern County Board of Supervisors. “I personally believe there is a value to me running again, I think there are some things I can . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy lauds passage of defense appropriations

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Kevin McCarthy released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed legislation to fund our military: “Last week the House of Representatives passed an appropriations bill for the Department of Defense, which funds American men and women who serve in . . . Read Full Story >>

House blocks funding for high-speed rail

WASHINGTON, D.C. — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy released the following statement on House passage of the FY 2016 Transportation, Housing, & Urban Development funding bill which blocks federal funding for the California High-Speed Rail Project: “America is a big country that relies on efficient . . . Read Full Story >>

Local realtors brief McCarthy on housing market

Local realtors brief McCarthy on housing market

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy meets with representatives from the Ridgecrest Area Association of Realtors in his Washington, D.C., office. Pictured from left are McCarthy, RAAR President Rita Read, Director Kathy Blurton and Executive Donna Hocker. The RAAR reps were in our nation’s capital to . . . Read Full Story >>

Grove seeks interns for her office

SACRAMENTO — Assembly-woman Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) is now accepting applications for internships in her district and Sacramento offices. Undergraduate and graduate college students are encouraged to apply, especially those with an interest in politics and government. “Interns are a valuable asset to my work in the . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy addresses passage of NDAA

WASHINGTON — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy commented last week on the passage of the Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Aurhorization Act, which fulfills Congress’ constitutional duty to provide for common defense. “The fundamental responsibility of our government is the defense of our nation,” said . . . Read Full Story >>

Fuller responds to May budget revision

State Sen. Jean Fuller responded to Gov. Jerry Brown’s revised budget proposal, released last week. Fuller said she was pleased to see the budget focus on investment in education, the repayment of debt and preparations for economic uncertainty. “However, I will remain cautious as the . . . Read Full Story >>

Grove lauds closure of abusive DCs

Assemblywoman Shannon Grove lauded one aspect of Gov. Jerry Brown’s revised budget plan as it includes a proposal to close the state’s remaining Development Centers, which have been plagued with documented cases of abuse, rape and neglect of residents. “These facilities needed to close, and . . . Read Full Story >>

State agency approves drastic cuts in water use

Rebecca Neipp

Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed mandates to drastically reduce water consumption in the face of California’s drought were approved by state regulators on Tuesday. The State Water Resources Control Board’s action followed nearly eight hours of testimony and discussion, where opponents of the draconian measures expressed . . . Read Full Story >>

House bill offers state drought relief

WASHINGTON, D.C. — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced last week passage of House Resolution 2028, which provides energy and water funding in the face of California’s drought crisis. “In two days, the House moved in quick succession to pass the first two appropriations bills . . . Read Full Story >>

School construction bill postponed

Last week, the California Senate Appropriations Committee heard State Senator Jean Fuller’s Senate Bill 111 which will help obtain funds for Burroughs High School and Murray Middle School, among other schools on or near military installations. The bill was moved to the committee’s suspense file . . . Read Full Story >>

Grove urges action in state water storage project

Grove urges action in state water storage project

SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Shannon Grove, R-Bakersfield, today joined farmers, ag workers, water advocates, business and labor leaders, concerned citizens and fellow legislators at a rally at the State Capitol supporting legislation (AB 311) she co-sponsored to expedite new water storage projects in California. “The people . . . Read Full Story >>

Petition calls for Brown act

Rebecca Neipp

While Gov. Jerry Brown is cracking down on Californians for their everyday water use, a groundswell of critics are saying that citizens have done their part in conserving water — and now it is up to state leadership to resolve the dysfunction that exacerbated the . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy rep talks of water, defense

McCarthy rep talks of water, defense

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s representative Vincent Fong spoke to the Ridgecrest Republican Women last Friday on topics ranging from the California drought to national defense. One of his main talking points during the luncheon at the Clarion Inn was . . . Read Full Story >>

Grove opposes new mandate for churches

SACRAMENTO – Assembly-woman Shannon Grove has introduced legislation (AB 1254) to stop state health officials from forcing churches and other California employers to buy insurance coverage for elective abortion in violation of their religious beliefs and in violation of federal law. “Last summer the California . . . Read Full Story >>

Fong to speak here today

The Ridgecrest Republican Women, Federated, will meet today, April 17, at noon in the banquet room of the Clarion Inn. The guest speaker will be Bakersfield-based Vince Fong, district director of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. Born and raised in Bakersfield, Fong attended local public . . . Read Full Story >>

Brown mandates reduced water consumption

Rebecca Neipp

The partisan divide in resolving California’s drought crisis continues with Gov. Jerry Brown’s announcement of mandatory water-use reductions, and quick-following response from House Republican Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy that conservation alone will not solve the problem. Brown announced on Wednesday that, in light of record-low . . . Read Full Story >>

Grove aims to reform state budget process

SACRAMENTO — Assembly-woman Shannon Grove introduced two bills this week aimed at reforming the state budgeting process as part of a larger legislative package the Assembly Republican Caucus is pushing to reestablish trust in state government. One of Grove’s bills requires the state to establish . . . Read Full Story >>

State unveils $1B drought package

Rebecca Neipp

Gov. Jerry Brown joined with other state leaders in the California Senate and Assembly to unveil a $1 billion package that, in the face of California’s continuing drought, will expedite bond funding to make the state more resilient in dry conditions and ensure continued water . . . Read Full Story >>