Public rallies behind county libraries

Rebecca Neipp

Scores of library employees, volunteers and other supporters delivered impassioned testimony to what they believe is an undervalued asset to Kern County, in a plea to restore the institutions of public information to their former glory. Over the years, the Kern County Board of Supervisors . . . Read Full Story >>

Council: oppose unless amended

Rebecca Neipp

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer After an overwhelmingly critical public testimony regarding Kern County’s planned changes in land use, the Ridgecrest City Council voted at a special meeting on Saturday to withhold support until the Board of Supervisors addressed local concerns. Although the . . . Read Full Story >>

Stakeholders rally around ‘Option D’

Rebecca Neipp

As the clock ticks down to the deadline for public input on proposed changes to Kern County zoning and land use, county officials report that the project is “evolving,” and citizens are scrambling to understand how those changes will ultimately impact them. The Kern County . . . Read Full Story >>

Air pollution control group to meet tomorrow

The Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District will meet Thursday, March 12, at Rosamond Community Services District, 2379 35th Street, Rosamond, to consider proposed amendments relating to permit fees and schedules, fugitive dust and agricultural operations. The EKPCD Board of Directors is considering changes that . . . Read Full Story >>

Gov. selects Fuller for military council

SACRAMENTO — State Sen. Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) joined military leaders in Oakland to discuss military operations in California. Recently Senator Fuller was chosen by Gov. Jerry Brown to serve on the Governor’s Military Council replacing former state Sen. Steve Knight, now a congressman. Fuller represents . . . Read Full Story >>

Grove: Unions should not oppress farm workers

SACRAMENTO – Assembly-woman Shannon Grove has joined forces with Assemblyman Jim Patterson to ensure that California farm workers are protected from unions willing to force them into contracts they don’t support. Under current law, unionized farm workers do not have the right to ratify a . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy still taking intern applicants

Rep. Kevin McCarthy has announced he is accepting internship applications for his Summer Internship Program for the summer of 2015. “My first congressional internship almost 30 years ago was one of my most valuable learning experiences,” said McCarthy. “Through my internship, I gained a tremendous . . . Read Full Story >>

Fuller voted minority leader for state senate

Fuller voted minority leader for state senate

Rebecca Neipp

Last week State Sen. Jean Fuller was unanimously selected by her peers as Republican leader-elect. Current leader Bob Huff of Diamond Bar will continue in the position for the next eight months, with Fuller taking the mantle on Nov. 1. Fuller is the first woman . . . Read Full Story >>

Fuller responds to ‘zero water’ allocation

SACRAMENTO — State Sen. Republican Leader Jean Fuller responded to last week’s announcement that the Central Valley Water Project allocation will be zero percent of the contracted amount. “Continuing the zero water allocation to the Central Valley will impact Californians’ lives and livelihood. In order . . . Read Full Story >>

Public learns details of draft water-zoning report

The public had an opportunity Feb. 17 to ask questions about the draft environmental impact report for the Indian Wells Valley Land Use Management Plan. Lorelei Oviatt, director of the Kern County Planning and Community Development Depart-ment started the meeting by presenting an overview of . . . Read Full Story >>

Water rate vote set for March 9

By JAMES SIMMONS News Review Correspondent The board of directors of the Indian Wells Valley Water District has rescheduled a vote on a series of proposed rate and fee changes to its March 9 regular board meeting. At its February meeting, the board heard persuasive . . . Read Full Story >>

Impact of port closure felt locally

Impact of port closure felt locally

Rebecca Neipp

West Coast port closures — brought about by a standoff in labor negotiations — have already impacted industry in our remote high-desert community, as well as other parts of Kern County. Searles Valley Minerals in Trona, one of the area’s largest employers, also reported a . . . Read Full Story >>

Fuller signs letter to water control board

SACRAMENTO — Last week state Sen. Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) joined several other California legislators in signing a letter to State Water Resources Control Board Chair Felicia Marcus. The letter asks for the immediate reconsideration of a temporary urgency change petition to allow the Department of . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy taking intern applications

Rep. Kevin McCarthy announced he is accepting internship applications for his Summer Internship Program for the summer of 2015. “My first congressional internship almost 30 years ago was one of my most valuable learning experiences,” said McCarthy. “Through my internship, I gained a tremendous appreciation . . . Read Full Story >>

Property owners still seek answers

Rebecca Neipp

Property owners continue to express alarm over the unknown impact wrought by imminent zoning changes in the Indian Wells Valley and worry about whether their concerns will be taken into consideration before changes are adopted. During the first week of February, some 18,000 local property . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy says president’s budget raises taxes and increases national debt

Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy released the following statement on President Obama’s proposed budget: “The president says he wants to work with Congress but everything he does indicates the opposite. His latest budget simply isn’t a serious proposal. While Washington is still . . . Read Full Story >>

Grove speaks out against assisted suicide

Assemblywoman Shannon Grove released the following statement to express her opposition to a newly released piece of legislation (SB 128), which would allow a doctor in California to prescribe a lethal dose of medication to a terminally ill patient who wants to commit suicide. The . . . Read Full Story >>

Leaders dismayed by decision to uphold smelt protection

Rebecca Neipp

In light of California’s search for water solutions during the state’s historic drought, Kern County leadership expressed disappointment in the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold environmental protection for the delta smelt. Critics of the restriction say that the protection of smelt places the needs . . . Read Full Story >>

Ag, dust rules deferred for 60 days

By JAMES SIMMONS News Review Correspondent The Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District has postponed adoption of two proposed regulations that would affect agriculture, roads, ranching, farming, construction, grading, homebuilding and potential sources of dust. The district’s board of directors heard from a dozen people . . . Read Full Story >>

Gov’s budget receives mixed reviews

Rebecca Neipp

California legislators got their first look at Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget, unveiled last week, which addresses — in varying degrees — education, healthcare coverage, the state water crisis and the debt he inherited upon taking office in 2011. “This carefully balanced budget builds for the . . . Read Full Story >>