McCarthy Announces July Staff Mobile Offices

SACRAMENTO, CALIF. — Congressman Kevin McCarthy has announced July staff mobile offices in communities across the 23rd Congressional District. A staff member from McCarthy’s office hosts each mobile office held throughout California’s 23rd Congressional District. This time provides an opportunity for constituents in the local . . . Read Full Story >>

County shows signs of fiscal healing in temporary budget

County shows signs of fiscal healing in temporary budget

Rebecca Neipp

A temporary budget adopted this week by the Kern County Board of Supervisors shows improvement on the county’s plan for fiscal recovery, according to County Administrative Officer Ryan Alsop. “What’s before you is a placeholder budget until the board can review the final budget in . . . Read Full Story >>

County certifies  election results

County certifies election results

The Kern County Elections Division announced on June 22 the official final results of the June 5 Primary Election. The final count did not change any of the state and local offices selected by voters earlier this month. The official tallies are available at elections.co.kern. . . . Read Full Story >>

Public pumping fee hearing is July 10

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority will hold a public meeting Tuesday, July 10, at 6 p.m. to provide the public with information on the Authority’s proposed groundwater extraction fee. Irritated members of the public left the previously . . . Read Full Story >>

Council opposes pump fee ordinance

Council opposes pump fee ordinance

Ridgecrest City Council and staff discuss Thursday’s IWV Groundwater Authority agenda, which includes the first reading of a groundwater pumping fee, during this week’s council meeting. — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Members of the Ridgecrest City Council . . . Read Full Story >>

Pump fee workshop cut short

Pump fee workshop cut short

Scores of well owners and other stakeholders spill out of the facilty housing last week’s meeting. — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Tensions mounted last Thursday as hundreds of well owners and other interested area residents packed the . . . Read Full Story >>

Mayor to address Democrats

The Democratic Club of the High Desert will host Mayor Peggy Breeden as the guest speaker at its Saturday, June 16, meeting at 11:30 a.m. at the China Lake Buffet. Breeden is a business owner who has lived in our community since 1982. During the . . . Read Full Story >>

Early election results come in

Early election results come in

Rebecca Neipp

Voters cast their ballots at Kerr McGee Center Tuesday evening for the June Primary Election. — Photo by Laura Austin ------ Runoffs for the November General Elections, and a few outright wins, are shaping up after unofficial results were tallied following Tuesday’s primary election. At . . . Read Full Story >>

Zimmer, Youngblood  win primary

Zimmer, Youngblood win primary

Rebecca Neipp

Newly elected District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer addresses the media Tuesday night in Bakersfield after early returns indicate her victory in the primary. — Photo by Laura Austin ------ Although results of the June Primary Election will not be certified by the Kern County Elections division . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy to hold mobile office hours

A staff member for House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy will hold mobile office hours on Tuesday, June 12, from 10-11 a.m. at the city clerk’s office at City Hall. The staff member will be on hand to provide an opportunity for constituents in the local . . . Read Full Story >>

GA approves part-time manager position

GA approves part-time manager position

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer While proposed valleywide groundwater pumping fees dominated the discussion during last month’s Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority meeting, the board also approved $161,500 in the budget for a part-time general manager. Kern County Chief Deputy County Administrative Officer . . . Read Full Story >>

What’s on the ballot?

Rebecca Neipp

A ballot packed with legislative seats at all levels of government, judicial seats and state measures faces voters on Tuesday, June 5, in California’s Primary Election. In each of the races, the top two vote-getters in the pool (unless one candidate receives a 50-percent-plus one . . . Read Full Story >>

Martin eligibility questioned in judge race

Rebecca Neipp

On the heels of political adversaries challenging the experience and ethics of Kern County Superior Court Judge Candidate Brandon Martin, one of the most high-profile legal minds in the county dropped a bombshell this week indicating that Martin’s suspension from the bar in 2010 disqualifies . . . Read Full Story >>

KLEA withdraws Fleeman endorsement

Rebecca Neipp

The Kern Law Enforcement Association voted last Friday to withdraw their endorsement of Justin Fleeman, who is facing Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood on the June Primary ballot. A reported 274 of more than 500 members — representing deputy sheriffs and district attorney investigators — . . . Read Full Story >>

Attorneys challenge ethics in Martin campaign

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer Prominent Kern County attorneys have called into question the ethics of Brandon Martin, who is currently running for one of two open seats on the June Primary ballot for Kern County Superior Court Judge. Kern County Prosecutor’s Association . . . Read Full Story >>

Measure to keep marijuana from children passes Calif. Senate

“California’s youth must be protected from the harmful effects of marijuana use, and retailers must be held accountable for the underage sale of cannabis products,” said State Sen. Jean Fuller. In order to ensure that young people are not targeted for the consumption and illegal . . . Read Full Story >>

Superior Court Judge (No. 14) candidate John L. Fielder

Superior Court Judge (No. 14) candidate John L. Fielder

Rebecca Neipp

Kern County Superior Court Judge John Fielder, a 37-year veteran on the bench, is facing his first ever campaign trail. Initially appointed by judges in the West Kern Municipal Court, he was promoted to Superior Court judge following the sudden death of his predecessor. For . . . Read Full Story >>

Superior Court Judge (No. 14) candidate Cole McKnight

Superior Court Judge (No. 14) candidate Cole McKnight

Rebecca Neipp

“Gang violence is the fastest growing criminal trend in Kern County. We need judges who understand gang law, and as D.A.s we find ourselves educating judges on these laws,” said Cole McKnight, candidate for Kern County Superior Court Judge. After 11 years working in the . . . Read Full Story >>

Sheriff candidate Justin Fleeman

Sheriff candidate Justin Fleeman

Rebecca Neipp

“Ever since I was a kid, this is something I wanted to do. My uncle was in law enforcement. My grandma, who has since passed on, gave me a little badge,” Chief Deputy Justin Fleeman, who is running for the office of Kern County Sheriff, . . . Read Full Story >>

Sheriff candidate Donny Youngblood

Sheriff candidate Donny Youngblood

Rebecca Neipp

“You cannot compare Ridgecrest with Bakersfield,” said Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood, who is running for a fourth term in office. That comment was in response to the perception that Indian Wells Valley residents are underserved by his agency. “That perception has been around as . . . Read Full Story >>