Grove, Fong respond to gov. budget

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer With the Jan. 10 unveiling of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s budget, feedback from elected officials indicate that the economic outlook and priorities for the Golden State continue to be divided along partisan lines,. “As 2020 begins, California’s economy is . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern pushes back  against oil agenda

Kern pushes back against oil agenda

Rebecca Neipp

The Kern County Board of Supervisors drew its largest-ever crowd Tuesday with a special session that allowed advocates to push back against new regulations that target oil production. Gov. Gavin Newsom introduced new regulations in November that would ban new permits on steam-injected oil drilling . . . Read Full Story >>

Grove addresses ruling on new state contractor law

California Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove commented on the federal judge from the U.S. Southern District Court, who issued a temporary ruling against enforcing Assembly Bill 5 on independent truck drivers and motor carriers. The bill prohibits independent contractor status for certain classifications of employees, . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Election integrity’ bill dead in committee

‘Election integrity’ bill dead in committee

Rebecca Neipp

A bill that would have fixed flaws in the Motor Voter program was voted down in the California Senate earlier this week. In 2018 numerous scandals that compromised the finances and services of California’s Department of Motor Vehicles and shook public confidence in the public . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy rep to visit Tuesday

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy will hold mobile office hours in Ridgecrest on Tuesday, Jan. 14, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the clerk’s office at City Hall. “A staff member from McCarthy’s office hosts each mobile office held throughout California’s 23rd Congressional District,” said a staffer. . . . Read Full Story >>

Peters to address RRWF

The Ridgecrest Republican Women will host Kern County 1st District Supervisor candidate Phillip Peters at its Friday, Jan. 17, meeting at noon at Casey’s Steaks and BBQ. The cost is $18 per member and $20 per nonmember. Reservations can be made by leaving a message . . . Read Full Story >>

House moves forward on $3B

Rebecca Neipp

A flurry of action from the House of Representatives this week, and the anticipation of final approval by the Senate later today, could result in $3 billion in funding for China Lake. The Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, which outlines how some $1.8 . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy requests reduction in soda ash royalties

Rebecca Neipp

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy has partnered with 30 of his colleagues to request that the U.S. Department of the Interior support the proposed “Non-Energy Solid Leasable Mineral Royalty Rate Reduction” regulation. In a letter to the DOI, House representatives requested reducing the royalty rate . . . Read Full Story >>

Don Zdeba to address High Desert Dems

The Democratic Club of the High Desert will meet Saturday, Dec. 21, at 11:30 a.m. in the China Lake Buffet Meeting Room. Don Zdeba, general manager of the IWV Water District, will be the guest speaker. Zdeba is also acting general manager for the IWV . . . Read Full Story >>

Stephens announces campaign

Stephens announces campaign

Rebecca Neipp

With a second candidate announcement and closure of the campaign filing period earlier this week, the race for Kern County 1st District Supervisor is set to be decided on the March Primary Ballot. At last month’s Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce luncheon, current Supervisor Mick Gleason . . . Read Full Story >>

Zdeba to address High Desert Dems

The Democratic Club of the High Desert will meet Saturday, Dec. 21, at 11:30 a.m. in the China Lake Buffet Meeting Room. Don Zdeba, general manager of the IWV Water District, will be the guest speaker. Zdeba is also acting general manager for the IWV . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy rep to visit next week

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy announced that he will host his monthly mobile office hours in Ridgecrest on Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the city clerk’s office of Ridgecrest City Hall. “A staff member from McCarthy’s office hosts each mobile office held throughout . . . Read Full Story >>

SECNAV fired Sunday

Rebecca Neipp

Just seven days after touring China Lake, Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer was fired from his position by Defense Secretary Mark Esper following a high-profile dispute regarding the pardon of Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher. Gallagher was convicted of misconduct by a military court, but . . . Read Full Story >>

Balas Montessori students collect food for local families

Balas Montessori students collect food for local families

Rebecca Neipp

Students at Balas Montessori show off some of the food — enough to feed eight families for Thanksgiving — collected by the school’s students, staff and families. To find out how to adopt a family or apply for assistance for the Christmas holidays, call the . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern elected officials  respond to ‘attack on oil’

Kern elected officials respond to ‘attack on oil’

Rebecca Neipp

Under a directive from Gov. Gavin Newsome, the California Department of Conservation announced this week several new actions that Kern County officials say will negatively impact industry without reducing reliance on fossil fuels. The key objection to the package, raised by both State Sen. Republican . . . Read Full Story >>

Peters announces candidacy

Peters announces candidacy

Rebecca Neipp

At press time, Kern County Elections Division reported the one candidate has pulled papers for the seat of Kern County 1st District Supervisor. Phillip Peters, who held a launch party for his campaign in Bakersfield Tuesday evening, announced his intent to run at the Ridgecrest . . . Read Full Story >>

Medina encourages census participation

Louis Medina, director of community impact for the Kern Community Foundation, addressed the IWV Community Collaborative Wednesday to raise awareness among nonprofits and other civic partners about the importance of the 2020 census and to encourage everyone to be counted. Medina said that KCF is . . . Read Full Story >>

OBergfell to address RRWF

The Ridgecrest Republican Women, Federated, will host disaster preparedness expert Robert OBergfell at its Friday, Nov. 22, luncheon at noon in the Casey’s Steak and BBQ banquet room. “He has learned significant lessons to be shared with the general public, especially considering our local earthquake . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy to hold mobile office hours here

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy will host mobile office hours in Ridgecrest on Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the clerk’s office of Ridgecrest City Hall. “This time provides an opportunity for constituents in the local community to conveniently visit and share concerns on . . . Read Full Story >>

New EPA rules could help Kern County growers

Rebecca Neipp

New Environmental Protection Agency rules unveiled last week by the Trump administration may increase the availability of water to Central Valley farmers, including those in Kern County. The action is the latest in an ongoing battle over management of the federally operated Central Valley Project . . . Read Full Story >>