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 >>

Fong mobile office is Feb. 27

Assemblyman Vince Fong will hold mobile office hours Wednesday, Feb. 27, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the office of the Ridgecrest Area Association of Realtors, 995 N. Norma St. During staff mobile office hours, constituents will be able to speak representatives about community issues, state legislation, . . . Read Full Story >>

Feds throw down gauntlet for HSR

Feds throw down gauntlet for HSR

Rebecca Neipp

Last week, conservative lawmakers lauded California’s Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom for conceding in his State of the State address the hurdles in completing his predecessor’s dream of a bullet train across California. “There simply isn’t a path to get from Sacramento to San Diego,” he . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy seeks intern applicants

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is now accepting applications for his Summer Internship Program. “Having served as a congressional intern, I found the experience of serving our community and country as a young adult incredibly fulfilling. It propelled me to continue working on behalf of . . . Read Full Story >>

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 >>

Republican Women to host Kicinski

The Ridgecrest Republican Women, Federated, will host a luncheon Friday, Feb. 22, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the banquet room of Casey’s Steaks and BBQ. Ron Kicinski, member of the IWV Water District Board of Directors, will be the keynote speaker. “He expects you . . . Read Full Story >>

Democrats to host Cal City mayor

Democrats to host Cal City mayor

The Democratic Club of the High Desert will host California City Mayor Chuck McGuire at its Saturday, Feb. 16, meeting at 11:30 a.m. at the Homestead. McGuire served on the California City Council for eight years prior to being elected mayor last November. He was . . . 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 >>