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 >>

Fuller opposes SB 100

State Sen. Jean Fuller released a statement this week in opposition to Senate Bill 100, an initiative that would mandate that 100 percent of California’s electricity be generated from renewable sources by 2045. “The author of SB 100 is playing an expensive and dangerous game . . . Read Full Story >>

Fong grills DOF on shady $1B deal

Fong grills DOF on shady $1B deal

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer The $1 billion in special projects linked with passage of the controversial gas-tax increase approved this month by both houses in the California legislature came into question during an Assembly hearing for SB 132, the proposed budget act . . . Read Full Story >>

Zimmer announces bid for DA

Zimmer announces bid for DA

Rebecca Neipp

Nearly a year before the official opening of the filing period for candidacy, the race for Kern County District Attorney is already shaping up with Cynthia Zimmer, supervising deputy district attorney in charge of gang-related criminal prosecution, announcing her campaign in a Tuesday press conference . . . Read Full Story >>

Fuller brings sobering report from state capitol

Fuller brings sobering report from state capitol

Rebecca Neipp

Just days after stepping down from her historic appointment as the leader of the Republican caucus in the California Senate, Jean Fuller returned to the Indian Wells Valley last week to share an update from the state capitol. However, with Democrats holding a supermajority in . . . Read Full Story >>

‘No sanctuary’ item pulled from agenda

Rebecca Neipp

Kern County Counsel Mark Nations pulled an item relating to “no sanctuary” from the Kern County Board of Supervisor’s May 2 agenda. Sheriff Donny Youngblood has gone on record proposing that the supervisors adopt a resolution declaring Kern a “law and order” county in light . . . Read Full Story >>

State passes $52B tax hike

Rebecca Neipp

A tax hike that will cost taxpayers $52 billion over the next decade was approved with minimum support in both upper and lower houses of the California legislature last week, despite strong opposition from Kern County members. “It is deeply disappointing that legislative Democrats chose . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy comments on U.S. strike on Syria

Rebecca Neipp

On April 6, U.S. military forces launched an attack on the Syrian government in response to a reported chemical weapons attack that killed more than 80 civilians earlier that week. U.S. warships, on President Donald Trump’s orders, launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles on the airbase . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy weighs in on ACHA impact

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer During a question-and-answer session of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s visit with China Lake Alliance last week, he fielded questions relating to concerns ranging from base realignment and closure (see related story, this page) to healthcare reform. Before . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy tours China Lake

McCarthy tours China Lake

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (center) listens to an update on the Solid Fuel Ramjet project from aerospace engineer Nick Quigley (left). Also pictured are Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division Executive Director Joan Johnson and Rear Adm. Brian Corey, commander, NAWCWD. Watch the next . . . Read Full Story >>

Fong, Brown spar over tax hike

Rebecca Neipp

Amid concerns that taxes and regulations are driving revenue-generating businesses out of California and making the state unaffordable for the lowest-income earners, conflicting solutions for addressing the state’s crumbling infrastructure have emerged in a watershed issue between warring political ideologies. Gov. Jerry Brown answered concerns . . . Read Full Story >>

IWVGA is now the only GSA

INDIAN WELLS VALLEY GROUNDWATER AUTHORITY — The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority has met the 90-day notice period required by the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act to become the exclusive Groundwater Sustainability Agency for the IWV basin. The last day to file a competing GSA application . . . Read Full Story >>

Suver: stalled ACA repeal is good for IWV

Rebecca Neipp

While analysts speculate on the divide within congressional Republicans that ultimately led to the cancellation of last week’s vote on the American Health Care Act, health care advocates and executives are expressing relief that the failed initiative could make way for a more inclusive approach . . . Read Full Story >>

Fong leads opposition against  tax hike

Fong leads opposition against tax hike

Rebecca Neipp

Assemblyman Vince Fong, Kern County’s newly elected voice in the state’s lower legislature, is leading opposition against Gov. Jerry Brown’s unveiling Wednesday of a $5 billion tax proposal to fix the state’s crumbling infrastructure. “Californians already pay some of the highest gas taxes in the . . . Read Full Story >>

Fong brings military  caucus to  China Lake

Fong brings military caucus to China Lake

Assemblyman Vince Fong, the architect and co-chair of the recently assembled Military Instal-lation Caucus, brought California legislators with him to the Naval Air Weapons Station for the China Lake Air Show last weekend. Other visitors included Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller of Bakersfield, co-chair Assembly-man . . . Read Full Story >>