Kern leaders laud Newsom’s stance on HSR

Rebecca Neipp

Kern County elected officials lauded Gov. Gavin Newsom’s comments Tuesday in his State of the State address to end the high-speed rail project, a venture backed by former Gov. Jerry Brown to build a bullet train the length of California. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy . . . Read Full Story >>

State of the County energizes leaders

State of the County energizes leaders

Rebecca Neipp

“The past is a memory — it’s a thought arising in the present. The future is merely anticipated — another thought arising now. What we truly have is this moment.” Kern County 4th District Supervisor David Couch opened his keynote address in the vein of . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy staffer here on Tuesday

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s staff will host mobile office hours in Ridgecrest Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Ridgecrest City Hall. A staff member will be on hand to provide an opportunity for constituents in the local community to conveniently visit and share . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy comments on reopening government

Rebecca Neipp

“Last week Democrats celebrated keeping the status quo,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield Tweeted this week following the three-week deal made to keep the government running until a long-term agreement can be reached. “Meanwhile, 300 Americans die weekly from heroin — 90 percent . . . Read Full Story >>

Newsom unveils state budget proposal

Rebecca Neipp

California liberals and conservatives have found some common ground in the issues, if not the solutions, targeted in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s budget proposal, which he unveiled Monday — just one week after taking the oath of office. Newsom introduced his $209 billion budget by reminding . . . Read Full Story >>

State Sen. Grove named Republican leader

State Sen. Grove named Republican leader

Rebecca Neipp

Newly elected State Sen. Shannon Grove, a Republican who represents the Indian Wells Valley along with the rest of the 16th District, was unanimously elected by her peers to succeed Laguna Niguel-based Patricia Bates as the next State Senate Republican Leader. “I congratulate Sen. Shannon . . . Read Full Story >>

Mattos to address Republicans

Ridgecrest Republican Women Federated will host Ridgecrest Administrative Analyst Ashlin Mattos as the guest speaker of its Friday, Jan. 25, luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the banquet room of Casey’s Steak and Barbecue. Mattos will speak on current and future city endeavors relating . . . Read Full Story >>

Fong balks  at DMV  request for  additional  millions

Fong balks at DMV request for additional millions

Rebecca Neipp

Amid controversy in the Department of Motor Vehicles — which recently saw its department head resign after months of scandal relating to poor service, low accountability, mishandled personal information and a poorly implemented voter registration program — the department is now requesting an additional $40 . . . Read Full Story >>

Sen. Grove named to six  committees

Sen. Grove named to six committees

State Sen. Shannon Grove, first female veteran elected to the California legislature, announced the following committee appointments going into the next session. Grove will serve as the vice chair for the Committee on Veteran Affairs and vice chair on the Committee on Transportation. She will . . . Read Full Story >>

Dems to meet Jan. 19

The Democratic Club of the High Desert will meet Saturday, Jan. 19, at 11:30 a.m. at the Homestead Restaurant. The first speaker, Tia Courtney, exalted ruler of the Ridgecrest Elks Lodge, will present an overview of the organization’s programs. Eddie Edwards will also speak about . . . Read Full Story >>

Assemblyman Fong announces committee assignments

Assemblyman Vince Fong has announced his committee assignments for the upcoming session in the lower house of the state legislature. In addition to serving as vice chair of the Transportation Committee, he will also serve as a member on Appropriations and Budget (as well as . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy rep here Tuesday

Rep. Kevin McCarthy will hold mobile office hours on Tuesday, Jan. 8, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the City Clerk’s Office in Ridgecrest City Hall. A staff member from McCarthy’s office will provide constituents an opportunity to visit and share concerns on important issues, current events . . . Read Full Story >>

DMV director  resigns

DMV director resigns

Rebecca Neipp

After a year dominated by reports of dysfunction, California’s Department of Motor Vehicles confirmed Monday that DMV Director Jean Shiomoto will retire after 38 years of state service. Local voters are among those who apparently suffered at the hands of the department’s poorly implemented “Motor . . . Read Full Story >>

RRWF installs officers today

The Ridgecrest Republican Women, Federated, will meet today, Dec. 14, at noon at Casey’s Steak and BBQ. Mayor Peggy Breeden will be the featured speaker and will also install officers for the 2019-20 term. The luncheon is open to the public. Reservations are required and . . . Read Full Story >>

Clarity provided on county’s GA involvement

Clarity provided on county’s GA involvement

Rebecca Neipp

The Kern County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 on Tuesday to pull out of the Kern Groundwater Authority. The board also clarified the difference between its involvement in that agency and its involvement in its counterpart in the Indian Wells Valley. County Administrative Officer Ryan . . . Read Full Story >>

Fong introduces transparency package

Assemblyman Vince Fong, on the first day of the new legislative session, introduced a legislative packaged aimed at empowering Californians to hold government agencies accountable, while also ensuring transparency to taxpayers. Fong’s staff described the package as a common-sense approach to bringing the state government . . . Read Full Story >>

Groundwater board hears SGMA brief

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority heard an update on the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act from state representatives earlier this months. While the Authority is on track to meet state deadlines, State Water Resources Control Board representatives discussed . . . Read Full Story >>

High-speed rail panned by state auditor

Rebecca Neipp

The concerns long expressed by local conservative leaders were validated last week with the release of California State Auditor Elaine Howle’s report that heavily criticizes contracting and cost-control practices with Gov. Jerry Brown’s high-speed rail project. In the introduction to the 90-page report, Howle notes . . . Read Full Story >>

Sheriff reflects on  failure of Measure I

Sheriff reflects on failure of Measure I

Rebecca Neipp

With the voter rejection of Measure I, which proposed a 1-cent sales tax on unincorporated areas of Kern County that would generate an estimated $20 million annually for public safety, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood discussed funding options moving forward. “Yeah, I’d love to hear . . . Read Full Story >>

Republican women to host Gleason

Ridgecrest Republican Women, Federated, will host Kern County 1st District Supervisor Mick Gleason at the Friday, Nov. 16, luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the banquet room of Casey’s Steaks and Barbecue. The public is invited to come and hear an update on county . . . Read Full Story >>