Congress passes  $2 trillion in aid

Congress passes $2 trillion in aid

Rebecca Neipp

A historic $2 trillion package was passed by congress and signed by the president last week in an attempt to bring relief to communities, businesses and families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. At press time, the U.S. saw coronavirus cases ballon up above 240,000, giving . . . Read Full Story >>

Elected officials scramble  for COVID-19 aid

Elected officials scramble for COVID-19 aid

Rebecca Neipp

Elected officials at every level of government are in the process of negotiating relief for communities suffering from negative impacts of the COVID-19 epidemic. But when it will come, who will qualify, and what it will look like remains largely undefined. While healthcare officials brace . . . Read Full Story >>

Election results still in limbo

Election results still in limbo

Rebecca Neipp

Kern County Elections Division’s results page for the March Primary Election was updated Tuesday, but results are still too close to call in the race for 1st District Supervisor. The update shows that Philip Peters hung onto his lead — more than 52 percent voter . . . Read Full Story >>

Peters leads supervisor race

Peters leads supervisor race

Rebecca Neipp

Bakersfield resident Phillip Peters — the successor Mick Gleason tapped to follow him as Kern County 1st District Supervisor — procured a commanding lead in the March 3 Primary Election. However, at press time the Kern County Elections Division reported that an unknown number of . . . Read Full Story >>

DA to speak here

DA to speak here

Kern County District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer will discuss the homelessness crisis at Friday, March 13, luncheon of the Ridgecrest Republican Women, Federated, at noon at Casey’s Steak and BBQ. Cost is $18 for members and $20 for nonmembers. “The general public is welcome to come . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy staffer here on Tuesday

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy will hold Mobile Office Hours in Ridgecrest Tuesday, March 10, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the clerk’s office of City Hall. “A staff member from McCarthy’s office hosts each mobile office held throughout California’s 23rd Congressional District,” said a spokesperson. “This . . . Read Full Story >>

Fong introduces bill to enhance preparedness

Fong introduces bill to enhance preparedness

SACRAMENTO — Assemblyman Vince Fong (R-Kern County) introduced Assembly Bill 2428 to help protect California’s most vulnerable populations during natural disasters and improve local emergency preparedness plans. This measure will require the Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) to work with representatives from access and functional . . . Read Full Story >>

Newsom suit challenges water action

Rebecca Neipp

Last week, California Gov. Gavin Newsom made good on his threat to block President Donald Trump’s controversial plan to increase water deliveries to the San Joaquin Valley by filing a claim against the federal administration. On Feb. 19 Trump addressed a crowd at Meadows Field . . . Read Full Story >>

Trump visits Kern County

Trump visits Kern County

Rebecca Neipp

President Donald Trump signed a memorandum to improve the Central Valley’s access to water during a visit to Bakersfield on Wednesday afternoon. House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy flew to his hometown with the president. The entourage was greeted by a crowd of thousands that included . . . Read Full Story >>

Fong to speak here

Ridgecrest Republican Women Federated will host Assemblyman Vince Fong at a Friday, Feb. 28, meeting at noon at Casey’s Steaks and BBQ. Fong is once again running on the March 3 ballot to represent the 34th Assembly District. Reservations are required, as a large turnout . . . Read Full Story >>

Spotlight on the candidates: Phillip Peters

Spotlight on the candidates: Phillip Peters

Rebecca Neipp

With our low-density population, remote location and statistically insignificant contributions to county revenue streams, the Indian Wells Valley has developed a historical sense of underrepresentation in a county dominated by oil, agriculture and a center of government located on the other side of a mountain . . . Read Full Story >>

Spotlight on the candidates: Daures Stephens

Spotlight on the candidates: Daures Stephens

Rebecca Neipp

With our low-density population, remote location and statistically insignificant contributions to county revenue streams, the Indian Wells Valley has developed a historical sense of underrepresentation in a county dominated by oil, agriculture and a center of government located on the other side of a mountain . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy rep here Feb. 11

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

RPD urges sober driving on Sunday

RPD urges sober driving on Sunday

“Don’t get flagged this Super Bowl season — designate a sober driver!” said Sgt. Tony Brown of the Ridgecrest Police Department. RPD is reminding fans attending Super Bowl parties to get safe rides home after the game, which airs Sunday, Feb. 2. “If you plan . . . Read Full Story >>

Grove supports bill to help interpretors for the deaf

California Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove helped introduce Senate Bill 875, which would allow freelance translators and interpretors to retain their status as independent contractors and enable them to better serve members of the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. Assembly Bill 5, which went into effect . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy rep here Feb. 11

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

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 >>