Kern leaders question safety of state policies

Rebecca Neipp

• While scores of prisoners were diverted from an early release in Kern County, legislative, law enforcement and criminal justice officials continue to push back against erosion of public protections in California —————— Kern County officials expressed relief over the California Department of Corrections and . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy to  visit Tuesday

McCarthy to visit Tuesday

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy will be in Ridgecrest Tuesday, May 28, to hear local concerns and bring a congressional update to his constituents. The Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce and Ridgecrest Exchange Club will co-host a luncheon at noon at SpringHill Suites. Tickets at $15 . . . Read Full Story >>

Sen. Grove responds to failed state water tax

SACRAMENTO — State Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) issued the following statement after discussion of a water tax proposal failed to come to fruition yesterday in the Senate Budget Committee. “The decision to kill the water tax is a victory for Senate Republicans. My . . . Read Full Story >>

Feds pull $1B from rail project

Rebecca Neipp

Kern County elected officials — some of the strongest opponents of previous Gov. Jerry Brown’s High Speed Rail project — are urging California’s leaders to abandon the project in response to the federal government’s action May 16 to remove nearly $1 billion in funding for . . . Read Full Story >>

Conservatives balk at ballooning budget

Conservatives balk at ballooning budget

Rebecca Neipp

When Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled his revised state budget on Thursday, conservative leaders balked at the increase in spending and continued tax hikes as bipartisan officials warn of “taxpayer fatigue.” In January, the newly elected governor proposed a $209 billion budget proposal. As revenues continue . . . Read Full Story >>

County, union  fail to come  to terms

County, union fail to come to terms

KERN COUNTY ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE — The Kern County Firefighters Union has voted down the county’s offer in the latest round of negotiations for a two-year collective bargaining agreement. As a result, the parties are now at impasse in the negotiations. The County Administrative Office will . . . Read Full Story >>

Local realtors advocate for property owners

Local realtors advocate for property owners

Ridgecrest Area Association of Realtors President Norman Alexander and President-Elect Carole Vaughn listen to Gov. Gavin Newsom at the annual California Association of Realtors’ Legislative Week in Sacramento. The local contingent met with state officials and elected representatives to advocate on behalf of property owners . . . Read Full Story >>

More overruns for high speed rail

After the High Speed Rail Authority projected another $1.8-billion increase for the HSR project — taking the total expenditure to $12.4 billion — Assemblyman Vince Fong is speaking up once again on the project, which now covers only a small area in the Central Valley. . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy to hold mobile office hours

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy will hold mobile office hours on Tuesday, May 14, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the City Clerk’s office of Ridgecrest City Hall. A staff member from McCarthy’s office will provide an opportunity for constituents in the local community to conveniently visit . . . Read Full Story >>

Republican Women to host national federation leader

Ridgecrest Republican Women, Federated, will host a national leader in the Republican party at its Friday, April 19, luncheon at noon at Casey’s Steak and BBQ. Guest speaker Carol Hadley is the Region 1 director of the National Federation of Republican Women, member at large, . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy rep here Tuesday

A staff member from House Republic Leader Kevin McCarthy’s office will be in Ridgecrest Tuesday, April 9, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the City Clerk’s office of Ridgecrest City Hall. “This time provides an opportunity for constituents in the local community to conveniently visit and share . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern officials oppose governor on death penalty

Kern officials oppose governor on death penalty

Rebecca Neipp

Kern County elected officials are among those who oppose Gov. Gavin Newsom’s executive order last week to suspend the death penalty — granting reprieve to the 737 convicted murderers on death row in California. Newsom cited the historic contentiousness of the issue, a purported bias . . . Read Full Story >>

Lighthouse founder to address RRFW

Lighthouse founder to address RRFW

Ridgecrest Republican Women, Federated will host Tara Packer of the Lighthouse at its Friday, March 22, meeting from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the banquet room of Casey’s Steak and BBQ. The Lighthouse is a nonprofit Christian ministry that offers a place of prayer and . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern officials propose shift in HSR funding

Kern officials propose shift in HSR funding

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer Following Gov. Gavin Newsom’s tepid criticism of California’s High Speed Rail project, more conservative leaders are calling for abandonment of the project — with some of Kern County’s highest-ranking electeds calling for financial support to be redirected toward . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern DA pushes back on  death penalty suspension

Kern DA pushes back on death penalty suspension

Rebecca Neipp

Conservatives across the state of California have objected to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s executive order on Wednesday to suspend the death penalty. Among the many Kern officials who released statements by press was Kern County District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer, who announced when she took an oath . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy rep here on March 12

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced mobile office hours in Ridgecrest on Tuesday, March 12, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Ridgecrest City Hall. “This time provides an opportunity for constituents in the local community to conveniently visit and share concerns on important issues and current events . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy calls attention to border crisis

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy issued a statement this week regarding House Joint Resolution 46, which he characterized as an attempt to block President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the country’s southern border. “House Democrats chose today to make a purely political . . . Read Full Story >>

Caltrans announces Towne Pass  curve realignment project

Caltrans announces Towne Pass curve realignment project

The California Department of Transportation, Bishop substation, announced that reconstruction for the Towne Pass Curve Realignment Project has begun. The half-mile project on State Route 190 will run east of Towne Pass in Death Valley National Park. “The project should enhance safety and reduce accidents . . . Read Full Story >>

DMV solvency questioned

DMV solvency questioned

Rebecca Neipp

Problems continue to plague California’s Department of Motor Vehicles, with the latest reports citing possible insolvency issues at the state agency. According to the Legislative Analyst’s Office, a $3.9-billion account used to fund 95 percent of DMV expenses is headed for collapse by the 2021-22 . . . Read Full Story >>

Service Academy Forum set for March 23

Service Academy Forum set for March 23

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy will hold a forum for students in the 23rd Congressional District who are interested in attending U.S. Service Academies. The forum will be held Saturday, March 23, at 11 a.m. at 1115 Truxtun Ave., in Bakersfield. “Our nation’s service academies . . . Read Full Story >>