Fong grills DOF on shady $1B deal

Fong grills DOF on shady $1B deal

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer The $1 billion in special projects linked with passage of the controversial gas-tax increase approved this month by both houses in the California legislature came into question during an Assembly hearing for SB 132, the proposed budget act . . . Read Full Story >>

Zimmer announces bid for DA

Zimmer announces bid for DA

Rebecca Neipp

Nearly a year before the official opening of the filing period for candidacy, the race for Kern County District Attorney is already shaping up with Cynthia Zimmer, supervising deputy district attorney in charge of gang-related criminal prosecution, announcing her campaign in a Tuesday press conference . . . Read Full Story >>

Fuller brings sobering report from state capitol

Fuller brings sobering report from state capitol

Rebecca Neipp

Just days after stepping down from her historic appointment as the leader of the Republican caucus in the California Senate, Jean Fuller returned to the Indian Wells Valley last week to share an update from the state capitol. However, with Democrats holding a supermajority in . . . Read Full Story >>

‘No sanctuary’ item pulled from agenda

Rebecca Neipp

Kern County Counsel Mark Nations pulled an item relating to “no sanctuary” from the Kern County Board of Supervisor’s May 2 agenda. Sheriff Donny Youngblood has gone on record proposing that the supervisors adopt a resolution declaring Kern a “law and order” county in light . . . Read Full Story >>

State passes $52B tax hike

Rebecca Neipp

A tax hike that will cost taxpayers $52 billion over the next decade was approved with minimum support in both upper and lower houses of the California legislature last week, despite strong opposition from Kern County members. “It is deeply disappointing that legislative Democrats chose . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy comments on U.S. strike on Syria

Rebecca Neipp

On April 6, U.S. military forces launched an attack on the Syrian government in response to a reported chemical weapons attack that killed more than 80 civilians earlier that week. U.S. warships, on President Donald Trump’s orders, launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles on the airbase . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy weighs in on ACHA impact

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer During a question-and-answer session of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s visit with China Lake Alliance last week, he fielded questions relating to concerns ranging from base realignment and closure (see related story, this page) to healthcare reform. Before . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy tours China Lake

McCarthy tours China Lake

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (center) listens to an update on the Solid Fuel Ramjet project from aerospace engineer Nick Quigley (left). Also pictured are Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division Executive Director Joan Johnson and Rear Adm. Brian Corey, commander, NAWCWD. Watch the next . . . Read Full Story >>

Fong, Brown spar over tax hike

Rebecca Neipp

Amid concerns that taxes and regulations are driving revenue-generating businesses out of California and making the state unaffordable for the lowest-income earners, conflicting solutions for addressing the state’s crumbling infrastructure have emerged in a watershed issue between warring political ideologies. Gov. Jerry Brown answered concerns . . . Read Full Story >>

IWVGA is now the only GSA

INDIAN WELLS VALLEY GROUNDWATER AUTHORITY — The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority has met the 90-day notice period required by the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act to become the exclusive Groundwater Sustainability Agency for the IWV basin. The last day to file a competing GSA application . . . Read Full Story >>

Suver: stalled ACA repeal is good for IWV

Rebecca Neipp

While analysts speculate on the divide within congressional Republicans that ultimately led to the cancellation of last week’s vote on the American Health Care Act, health care advocates and executives are expressing relief that the failed initiative could make way for a more inclusive approach . . . Read Full Story >>

Fong leads opposition against  tax hike

Fong leads opposition against tax hike

Rebecca Neipp

Assemblyman Vince Fong, Kern County’s newly elected voice in the state’s lower legislature, is leading opposition against Gov. Jerry Brown’s unveiling Wednesday of a $5 billion tax proposal to fix the state’s crumbling infrastructure. “Californians already pay some of the highest gas taxes in the . . . Read Full Story >>

Fong brings military  caucus to  China Lake

Fong brings military caucus to China Lake

Assemblyman Vince Fong, the architect and co-chair of the recently assembled Military Instal-lation Caucus, brought California legislators with him to the Naval Air Weapons Station for the China Lake Air Show last weekend. Other visitors included Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller of Bakersfield, co-chair Assembly-man . . . Read Full Story >>

Fong introduces bill to limit abusive lawsuits

SACRAMENTO — Assemblyman Vince Fong announced legislation this week that will reform the Private Attorneys General Act to protect local small businesses from frivolous legal actions. Assembly Bill 1429 and AB 1430 aim to limit the scope of the act and will require the state . . . Read Full Story >>

Ridgecrest United bring concerns to McCarthy reps

Rebecca Neipp

Ridgecrest United, the grassroots group that organized the local Women’s March in January, brought their concerns relating to federal governance to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s staff during their monthly visit to Ridgecrest earlier this week. During the 90-minute session, some 30 residents expressed opposition . . . Read Full Story >>

Dubytskyi to address Dems

The Democratic Club of the High Desert will host Jenna Dubytskyi at its meeting Sat., March 25, at noon in Charlie’s at the Clarion Inn. Dubytskyi is the spokesperson of Ridgecrest United, a group recently formed to stand for the protection of our rights, safety, . . . Read Full Story >>

Fong seeks accountability, balance in air regulation

SACRAMENTO —Assemblyman Vince Fong introduced legislation to bring more balance and accountability in the implementation of California’s major environmental policy, SB 32. AB 1301 will require the California Air Resources Board to consider the economic costs and real world consequences of regulations intended to meet . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy rep comes to IWV

A representative from House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s office will be in Ridgecrest on Tuesday, March 14, from 10-11 a.m. at Ridgecrest City Hall. McCarthy holds “mobile office hours” throughout his district to provide an opportunity for constituents in the local area to visit and . . . Read Full Story >>

Treasurer gives update on bank fraud

By JORDAN KAUFMAN Kern County Treasurer-Tax Collector On Feb. 3, potential fraudulent transactions were discovered in the Kern Community College District and the Kern County Superintendent of Schools’ clearing bank accounts. Working with our bank, Wells Fargo, and the two districts involved, the fraud was . . . Read Full Story >>

Elected officials cite improving prospects

Rebecca Neipp

Despite the resource constraints that have contributed to fiscal challenges over the last several years, Indian Wells Valley’s elected officials — via video message and personal addresses — pointed to opportunity for growth and prosperity in the coming year during last week’s IWV Economic Outlook . . . Read Full Story >>