More dust in Sheriff race

Rebecca Neipp

A contentious race for the Kern County Sheriff, which may be decided on the June Primary Ballot, has been agitated by a proposal to re-open the Ridgecrest jail and a possible withdrawal of an endorsement by the powerful Kern Law Enforcement Association. Last week current . . . Read Full Story >>

GSA water pumping fees get first reading

GSA water pumping fees get first reading

IWVWD Directors Chuck Griffin and Chuck Cordell with General Manager Don Zdeba discuss proposed fees prior to the GSA’s Thursday meeting. — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Groundwater pumping fees were the main topic of discussion yesterday at . . . Read Full Story >>

Youngblood to speak Friday

Ridgecrest Republican Women, Federated will host Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood at the group’s luncheon on Friday, May 18, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the banquet room of Casey’s Steak and BBQ. The luncheon is open to the public. The cost of the luncheon . . . Read Full Story >>

Louie, Neel to address Dems

The Democratic Club of the High Desert will host Kern County Superior Court Judge (Seat N. 10) candidate Chad Louie as one of the speakers for the Saturday, May 19, meeting at 11:30 a.m. at China Lake Buffet. Chad Louie is a fourth-generation Bakersfield native . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern County Voter’s Guide: Superior Court Judge candidate Chad Louie

Kern County Voter’s Guide: Superior Court Judge candidate Chad Louie

Rebecca Neipp

“What I have done for nearly 13 years is serve you, our community, in the ministration of criminal justice. I fight hard every day for victims of crime, I work every day to ensure safe streets and neighborhoods to raise our families,” said Kern County . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern County Voter’s Guide: Superior Court Judge candidate Brandon Martin

Kern County Voter’s Guide: Superior Court Judge candidate Brandon Martin

Rebecca Neipp

“I grew up in Bakersfield, and enjoyed discovering the valley with the children of oilmen and farmers,” said Brandon Martin, candidate in the race for Kern County Superior Court Judge. The son of a prominent Bakersfield attorney, Martin said that he “gave into my genetic . . . Read Full Story >>

Groundwater committees ‘wasting time’?

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer When the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority’s Advisory Committee met earlier this month, members were left puzzled when they seemingly weren’t even authorized to vote on their own meeting minutes. “The value of the time we put here . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern County Voter’s Guide: District Attorney candidate Scott Spielman

Kern County Voter’s Guide: District Attorney candidate Scott Spielman

Rebecca Neipp

“About seven years ago, I was promoted to assistant district attorney, which means I have been dealing with administrative responsibilities of the office — budget, personnel matters, policies and procedures, preparing for the board of supervisors, contracts, working relationships with other agencies and departments as . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern County Voter’s Guide: District Attorney candidate Cynthia Zimmer

Kern County Voter’s Guide: District Attorney candidate Cynthia Zimmer

Rebecca Neipp

When Cynthia Zimmer got her start with the Kern County District Attorney’s office 34 years ago, California faced many of the same challenges that threaten criminal justice today. In an eerie coincidence, Gov. Jerry Brown had just finished his first two terms as state governor. . . . Read Full Story >>

County weighs in on casino TEIR

County weighs in on casino TEIR

Rebecca Neipp

Concerns about how a proposed casino will impact public safety and groundwater management were among the comments prepared by Kern County officials in response to the Draft Tribal Environment Impact Review of the Timbisha Shoshone tribe’s project. The eight-page report, which includes comments from Kern . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy mobile office here Tues.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy will hold mobile office Hours in Ridgecrest Tuesday, May 8, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at Ridgecrest City Hall. “A staff member from McCarthy’s office hosts each mobile office held throughout California’s 23rd Congressional District,” said a spokesperson. “This time provides an opportunity for . . . Read Full Story >>

Public: ‘IWVGA needs a finance committee’

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer As local fees for pumping groundwater are being discussed, the public asks why the agency responsible for implementing these fees hasn’t yet established a standing finance committee. The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority began meeting during summer 2016. . . . Read Full Story >>

City officials address RRWF today at noon

The Ridgecrest Republican Women, Federated, will host Ridgecrest City Manager Ron Strand and Parks and Recreation Director Jason Patin on Friday, April 20, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the banquet room of Casey’s Steaks and Barbecue. The luncheon is open to the public, and . . . Read Full Story >>

Anti-trafficking  legislation  becomes law

Anti-trafficking legislation becomes law

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (H.R. 1864), recently signed into law by President Donald Trump: “President Trump signed into law the most significant anti-human trafficking legislation in years. . . . Read Full Story >>

Democrats to host DA candidate

The Democratic Club of the High Desert will host Kern County District Attorney candidate Scott Spielman at its Saturday, April 21, meeting at 11:30 a.m. at China Lake Buffet. For the last six years, Spielman has served as assistant D.A. with District Attorney Lisa Green. . . . Read Full Story >>

IWV Groundwater Authority meets

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Groundwater-pumping fees have been the primary water topic of discussion for the last month, especially at meetings of the Indian Wells Vally Groundwater Authority. The authority’s regular meeting was Thursday, April 19, at City Hall. While future fees . . . Read Full Story >>

Will McCarthy’s ascent continue?

Will McCarthy’s ascent continue?

Rebecca Neipp

Congressional Republican leaders Paul Ryan (left) and Kevin McCarthy. — Courtesy photo ------ With Speaker of the House Paul Ryan announcing Wednesday his decision not to seek re-election in 2018, the next rung on the ladder of political ascension appears to be clearing for Kern . . . Read Full Story >>

Judge approves new Kern County districts

Judge approves new Kern County districts

Rebecca Neipp

Ridgecrest (in the far northeast corner) remains in Kern County’s 1st District, highlighted in blue. — Courtesy graphic ------ Nearly two weeks after Kern County and Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund representatives came to terms at a court-ordered settlement conference to revise boundaries . . . Read Full Story >>

Accusations  heat up  Sheriff race

Accusations heat up Sheriff race

Rebecca Neipp

Footage of a 2006 address by then-candidate Donny Youngblood and complaints against several of Kern County’s top officials have stirred up controversy in the race for Kern County’s top law-enforcement position. Earlier this week, Youngblood’s sole challenger for the seat of Kern County Sheriff, Chief . . . Read Full Story >>

GSA hears input on proposed fees

GSA hears input on proposed fees

Members of the IWV Groundwater Authority during last week's workshop. — Photo by Laura Austin. ------ By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority held a public workshop last week to discuss future pumping fees. The main question of the . . . Read Full Story >>