Bill restricting contract labor passes state legislature

Rebecca Neipp

A bill restricting the classification of workers as independent contractors has passed both houses of the California State Legislature, and now awaits only a signature from Gov. Gavin Newsom, who has already expressed support for the bill. Authors of the bill expressed an interest in . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy mobile office is Tuesday

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy will hold mobile office hours in Ridgecrest on Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Ridgecrest City Clerk’s Office, 100 W. California Ave., second floor. “A staff member from McCarthy’s office hosts each mobile office held throughout California’s 23rd . . . Read Full Story >>

Supes pass budget

Supes pass budget

Rebecca Neipp

With the passage of its fiscal year 2019-20 budget on Tuesday, the Kern County Board of Supervisors reached the “highly anticipated end to a four-year strategy to resolve deficits stemming from property-tax declines.” When oil prices plummeted in 2015, the board approved using reserve funds . . . Read Full Story >>

SCR 54 honors Gold Star families

SACRAMENTO – California Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove recently introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 54 to highlight the valiant efforts of Gold Star families who lost active duty members of the military. SCR 54 passed out of the Senate on a unanimous vote and recognizes Sept. . . . Read Full Story >>

Fong supports public safety act

SACRAMENTO — Assemblyman Vince Fong announced his endorsement of the Reducing Crime and Keeping California Safe Act, which will be on the November ballot in 2020. The growing concern regarding public safety throughout California is attributed to prior propositions (Prop. 47 and Prop. 57) and . . . Read Full Story >>

Leaders  attend state defense  summit

Leaders attend state defense summit

Rebecca Neipp

A summit for military communities and their advocates, held last week in Sacramento, gave representatives from the Indian Wells Valley a chance to hear from and network with elected leaders while exchanging information and ideas from their peers about the challenges facing towns that serve . . . Read Full Story >>

Republican  Women meet Friday at noon

Republican Women meet Friday at noon

The Ridgecrest Republican Women will host City Manager Ron Strand at a meeting Friday, Aug. 16, at noon at Casey’s Steak and BBQ. The cost of the luncheon is $18 per member and $20 per nonmember. Reservations should be made with President Monique Vanzee by . . . Read Full Story >>

Audit reveals new ‘Motor Voter’ flaws

Rebecca Neipp

The Department of Motor Vehicles came under further fire last Friday when an audit released by state officials showed nearly 84,000 duplicate voter registration records and more than 170,000 mistakes in partisan affiliation associated with the “Motor Voter” program. Auditors reviewed more than three million . . . Read Full Story >>

Dem Club to meet Sat.

The Democractic Club of the High Desert will kick off the season with a meeting on Saturday, Aug. 17, at 11:30 a.m. at the China Lake Buffet. Kern County Democratic Club Chair Ricky Perez will be the guest speaker. The public is invited to attend. . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy to hold mobile office

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy will hold mobile office hours Tuesday, Aug. 13, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the city clerk’s office 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 . . . Read Full Story >>

Democratic Club to meet on Aug. 17

The Democratic Club of the High Desert will kick off the season with a meeting on Saturday, Aug. 17, at 11:30 a.m. at the China Lake Buffet. Kern County Democratic Club Chair Ricky Perez will be the guest speaker. The public is invited to attend. . . . Read Full Story >>

RRWF to meet Aug. 16

The Ridgecrest Republican Women will host City Manager Ron Strand at its meeting Friday, Aug. 16, at noon at Casey’s Steak and BBQ. The cost of the luncheon is $18 per member and $20 per nonmember. Reservations should be made with President Monique Vanzee. Call . . . Read Full Story >>

Chief speaks today at noon

The Ridgecrest Republican Women Federated will meet Friday, July 19, at noon at Casey’s Steak and BBQ to hear a brief about the aftermath of the earthquakes. Ridgecrest Police Chief Jed McLaughlin will discuss lessons learned and outline current needs, and take questions from the . . . Read Full Story >>

State budget skids in  under deadline

State budget skids in under deadline

Rebecca Neipp

California legislators passed the state’s $214.8-billion spending plan for the coming fiscal year — just two days before the June 15 constitutional deadline — but remain in negotiations for the finer points of the Golden State’s largest-ever budget package. While most of the proposed new . . . Read Full Story >>

Breeden to address RRWF

Ridgecrest Republican Women, Federated, will host Mayor Peggy Breeden at its Friday, June 21, luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the banquet room of Casey’s Steak and BBQ. Breeden will present an update on the city. “Peggy will cover one key part of the . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy to hold mobile office hours

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy will hold mobile office hours in Ridgecrest on Tuesday, June 11, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the clerk’s office of City Hall. A staff member from McCarthy’s office will be on hand to hear from constituents. “This time provides an opportunity . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy brings capitol update to IWV

McCarthy brings capitol update to IWV

Rebecca Neipp

“First of all, thank you so very much for coming out today. Everything is fine in Washington.” House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy’s greeting to a packed house Tuesday at SpringHill Suites was met with hearty laughter from the crowd. But he went on to give . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy gets a look at solutions for water, schools

Rebecca Neipp

During House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy’s whirlwind trip to Ridgecrest Tuesday (see related story, this page), he met with leaders from local schools, as well as advocates for China Lake and economic development efforts. McCarthy spent about an hour with officials of Sierra Sands Unified . . . Read Full Story >>

Fong bill fixes loophole in Public Records Act

Last Thursday, May 23, members of the California Assembly unanimously approved AB 289, authored by Assemblyman Vince Fong (R-Kern County). The bill establishes an independent California Public Records Act ombudsperson, who will act as an objective referee when a state agency denies a CPRA request . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern leaders question safety of state policies

Rebecca Neipp

• While scores of prisoners were diverted from an early release in Kern County, legislative, law enforcement and criminal justice officials continue to push back against erosion of public protections in California —————— Kern County officials expressed relief over the California Department of Corrections and . . . Read Full Story >>