GSA moves forward

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Concerns over fair representation continued to flow from the public when Groundwater Sustainability Agency-eligible officials met Friday, June 17, at Ridgecrest City Hall. Tim Parker, consulting hydrogeologist to Kern County, also gave an update on the Sustainable Groundwater . . . Read Full Story >>

Budget cuts close jail, reduce fire staff

Rebecca Neipp

The Kern County Board of Supervisors heard an overview on Tuesday for the “worst budget the county has had or seen in 30 years,” which triggered a 5-percent cut across every department. But as county officials attempt to cope with a devastating 65-percent drop in . . . Read Full Story >>

Fuller skeptical of state budget

With this week’s passage of Senate Bill 826, which enacts California’s 2016 budget, State Sen. Republican Leader Jean Fuller expressed concern about the sustainability of spending $122.5 billion out of the state fund — which constitutes a $7-billion increase over last year. “The Golden State . . . Read Full Story >>

Orlando attack sparks legislation

In the wake of one of the most grisly attacks in our nation’s history, federal legislators have revisited legislation that would expand background checks preceding the sale of firearms and restrict known terrorists from gaining entrance into the United States. Among the outpouring of support . . . Read Full Story >>

GSA meeting is June 17

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The eligible agencies for the Groundwater Sustainability Agency will meet Friday, June 17, 5 p.m. at City Hall. While the meeting is not a “public” Brown Act meeting, the public is invited, and there will be opportunity for . . . Read Full Story >>

Preliminary election results announced

Preliminary election results announced

Rebecca Neipp

The early results of the June 7 Primary Election suggest defeat of a measure that could revitalize library funding and the presumptive winners in various local, state and federal offices. According to Abbey Shugart of Kern County Elections Division, the county is still awaiting an . . . Read Full Story >>

Assembly candidate addresses state issues

Assembly candidate addresses state issues

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Vince Fong, district director for House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and 34th District Assembly candidate, addressed the Ridgecrest Republican Women last Friday to discuss his campaign platform and answer questions from the public. Water, the economy and crime . . . Read Full Story >>

Fuller opposes firearm bills

SACRAMENTO — Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller issued the following statement after last week’s votes on firearms bills: “These firearms bills are an attack against law-abiding citizens and their Second Amendment right rather than addressing the criminal activity and behavior that is taking place on . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Foreign policy starts with strong military’

U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy spoke on the House floor this week in favor of House Resolution 4909, National Defense Authorization Act, which will provide our military resources it needs. In his remarks McCarthy stressed the importance of a strong military to building a . . . Read Full Story >>

Gov. makes water restrictions permanent

Rebecca Neipp

Gov. Jerry Brown issued an executive order this week to make permanent the temporary water-use restrictions imposed last year to mitigate the impact of California’s historic drought. Record-low levels of rainfall and snowpack prompted Brown in January 2014 to declare a state of drought emergency. . . . Read Full Story >>

Assembly candidate to address RRWF

Assembly candidate to address RRWF

Ridgecrest Republican Women, Federated, will host Assembly candidate Vince Fong at a Friday, May 20, luncheon at noon at the Grape Leaf. Fong, who has been district director for House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy for nearly 10 years, is pursuing the seat in District 34 . . . Read Full Story >>

Students, vets address affordability

SACRAMENTO — California students and disabled veterans stood with the Senate Republican Caucus at a press conference this week to address 11 Senate Republican bills aimed at making California more affordable. “There’s no question that California has become a very expensive place to live,” said . . . Read Full Story >>

House moves closer to proposed state water solution

Washington, DC – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy released the following statement on passage of the House Appropri-ations Committee fiscal year 2017 Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropria-tions bill, which includes legislative provisions pushed by McCarthy, Interior Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Ken Calvert, Appropriations . . . Read Full Story >>

Candidates address Republican Women

Candidates address Republican Women

Candidate for Kern County Superior Court Judge Tiffany Organ-Bowles addresses the Ridgecrest Republican Women during their recent candidate reception. “It is very rare that a sitting judge is challenged, but the reason I’m running against an incumbent judge is because integrity matters. Judges are tasked . . . Read Full Story >>

State, county representatives available for public GSA discussion

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Representatives from the Department of Water Resources and the State Water Resources Control Board will be in Ridgecrest Friday, April 15 for a Groundwater Sustainability Agency Community Meeting. The meeting is open to the public and begins at . . . Read Full Story >>

Gov. Brown signs wage increase

Rebecca Neipp

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law this week the initiative, passed last week in both the state Senate and Assembly, to gradually increase the minimum wage in our state to $15 per hour by 2022. But critics of the measure continue to cite the . . . Read Full Story >>

Republican Women to host pistol clinic

The Ridgecrest Republican Women, Federated, will sponsor a one-day Women’s Pistol Shooting Clinic on Saturday, April 23, at Sage Range. “Ladies, come get a refresher if you’re a shooter, or learn how to handle firearms safely and gain confidence if you’re a novice. Learn how . . . Read Full Story >>

Historic wage hike sparks concern

By REBECCA NEIPP, News Review Staff Writer A plan that will increase the minimum wage in California to $15 per hour by 2022, which passed in the state Senate and Assembly this week and now awaits the signature of Gov. Jerry Brown, sparked concerns that . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy calls on feds to increase water to growers

By REBECCA NEIPP, News Review Staff Writer U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy spearheaded an effort, drafted from him and some of his conservative colleagues, calling on President Barack Obama to direct federal agencies to increase water exports in the Sacramento and San Joaquin River . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy: ozone regs needs reform

McCarthy: ozone regs needs reform

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy last week co-sponsored House Resolution 4775 — the Ozone Standards Implementation Act. “When the administration’s air regulations result in even Yosemite Park struggling to reach compliance, it is time to step back and survey the common sense of this regulation,” . . . Read Full Story >>