Will we be exempt from hiring freeze?

Rebecca Neipp

Amid concerns about how President Trump’s hiring freeze would impact the Navy’s mission at China Lake, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy authored a letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis, urging him to use his authority to exempt civilian positions at science and technology reinvention . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy weighs in on DOD freeze

Rebecca Neipp

While many government functions remain in flux during apparent efforts to “drain the swamp” by the new federal administration, thousands of local employees for the Department of Defense and government contractors are waiting to hear how the hiring freeze will impact their jobs and the . . . Read Full Story >>

Leaders reflect on McCarthy spotlight

Leaders reflect on McCarthy spotlight

Rebecca Neipp

The Washington Post put into words this week what friends and constituents of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy have been observing throughout the transition of Donald Trump’s Administration — that the Bakersfield politician and familiar face in the Indian Wells Valley is more influential than . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy comments on bill to overturn emissions rule

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy released the following statement on House passage of a resolution to overturn the Bureau of Land Management’s methane emissions rule: “Perhaps no industry in America has been more overregulated in recent years than energy. The venting and flaring rule is . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy mobile office is Feb. 14

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s field representative will hold mobile office hours at City Hall Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 10-11 a.m. Keenan Hochschild from McCarthy’s office will be available to meet with constituents to discuss concerns, current events, casework and problems with federal government agencies, . . . Read Full Story >>

BRAC initiative resurfaces in House committee

Rebecca Neipp

While locals await interpretation of how the recent Department of Defense hiring freeze will impact China Lake and its thousands of local employees, reports of another Base Realignment and Closure process have began circulating — triggering mixed response. China Lake suffered in the 1990s, when . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern looks to ‘spirit of innovation’ to weather fiscal crisis

Kern looks to ‘spirit of innovation’ to weather fiscal crisis

Rebecca Neipp

As Kern County moves into its third year of fiscal crisis — triggered largely by the declining value of oil, historically its most lucrative revenue source — the State of the County Address delivered last week by incoming Kern County Board of Supervisors Chair Zack . . . Read Full Story >>

Fuller is ‘Woman of the Year’

SACRAMENTO – State Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) will be recognized tonight at the California Women Lead reception as “Elected Woman of the Year.” The annual event honors leaders in the political, business and government communities. Senator Fuller is the first woman in California . . . Read Full Story >>

Fong’s bill to fast track  highway  projects

Fong’s bill to fast track highway projects

SACRAMENTO — On Mon-day, Assemblyman Vince Fong, in his capacity as vice-chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee, presided over a hearing of the 2017-18 legislative session, where his co-authored bill AB 28 passed with unanimous bipartisan support. AB 28 indefinitely extended the National Environmental Policy Act . . . Read Full Story >>

Public input sought for Lower Kern

The Kern River Ranger District of the Sequoia National Forest is currently contemplating options for management of the Lower Kern River and is inviting public input at a meeting Tuesday, Feb. 7, in Lake Isabella. The Lower Kern consists of National Forest System lands starting . . . Read Full Story >>

Supervisor outlines challenges for 2017

Kern County 2nd District Supervisor Zack Scrivner reported on potential growth factors and continuing financial challenges Wednesday during Kern’s annual State of the County Dinner. The county’s top staffers, elected officials and local community leaders were in attendance. See details in next week’s News Review. . . . Read Full Story >>

Legislators respond to Brown’s address

Rebecca Neipp

While California Gov. Jerry Brown defied newly inaugurated President Donald Trump during this year’s State of the State address, local legislators expressed concerns that state policies are failing to meet the needs of citizens living outside the mostly densely populated areas. “California is not turning . . . Read Full Story >>

Fong announces committee assignments

Assemblyman Vince Fong announced his committee assignments, including his naming as vice chair of Transportation. “Fong’s leadership post in the Transportation Committee comes at a time when transportation infrastructure will be one of the highest priority issues facing the legislature in 2017,” said a spokesperson. . . . Read Full Story >>

Fong leads bipartisan  effort to pump water  from NorCal delta

Fong leads bipartisan effort to pump water from NorCal delta

SACRAMENTO — Assemblyman Vince Fong (R-Kern County) issued a statement last week on his bi-partisan letter supporting a joint decision by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, National Marine Fisheries Services, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to increase water exports from the Sacramento-San Joaquin . . . Read Full Story >>

Fong assembles  military  caucus

Fong assembles military caucus

Rebecca Neipp

Newly elected Assemblyman Vince Fong, who was sworn into office last month spent his first official visit to his district in Ridgecrest, meeting with community leaders last Friday. “I always love coming to Ridgecrest,” he told a crowd of members and guests of the Ridgecrest . . . Read Full Story >>

Gov. unveils budget

Rebecca Neipp

After years of steady progress toward building up a rainy-day fund for fiscal emergencies and reducing the $27-billion shortfall inherited by Gov. Jerry Brown, this year’s budget proposal includes a risky $2-billion deficit. Brown, a Democrat, has been mostly praised for his moderate fiscal approach . . . Read Full Story >>

Fuller outlines challenges, opportunities

Fuller outlines challenges, opportunities

Rebecca Neipp

During a recent visit to Ridgecrest to install new officers for the Ridgecrest Republican Women Federated, State Sen. Jean Fuller shared with her listeners an update from the state Capitol. In November California Democrats managed to capture a supermajority (two-thirds) in both the state Senate . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy rep to come to IWV

Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy will hold mobile office hours in Ridgecrest Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 10 a.m. in the city clerk’s office of City Hall. Field Representative Keenan Hochschild will meet with local constituents to hear their concerns on important issues and current events and . . . Read Full Story >>

Ridgecrest Republican Women officers sworn in

Ridgecrest Republican Women officers sworn in

State Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller swears in the new officers of Ridgecrest Republican Women at last month’s meeting. From left are President Tabitha Weaver, Vice President Vickie Herczeg, Secretary Martha Jauregui and Treasurer Marlene Tracy. -- Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Benz is under scrutiny — again

Rebecca Neipp

The Kern County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to block the sale of Tehachapi-based waste hauler Benz and directed staff to take steps toward a forensic audit and investigation of claims that Benz falsified records, overcharged customers, exposed the public to hazardous waste and underpaid . . . Read Full Story >>