City Council candidates debate on KZGN

Rebecca Neipp

Six of the seven candidates for Ridgecrest City Council participated in a debate on KZGN. Moderators Tonia Pyle, Lois Beres and Matthew Alexander asked each candidate a series of different questions. Candidates had 90 seconds to answer and 45 seconds to respond to questions asked . . . Read Full Story >>

Leahy outlines platform for council campaign

Leahy outlines platform for council campaign

Rebecca Neipp

Ridgecrest City Council candidate Scott Leahy, who was prohibited from participating in several recent forums while healing from a medical procedure, shared with the News Review his vision for the city and positions on several key municipal issues during a recent interview. His priority as . . . Read Full Story >>

Realtors to host water district forum

The Ridgecrest Area Associa-tion of Realtors will host a candidate forum for those seeking seats on the Indian Wells Valley Water District Board of Directors. The forum is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 27, from 6-8 p.m. in Ridgecrest City Council Chambers. RAAR President Dru Hawkins . . . Read Full Story >>

Late exit causes stir in judge race

Rebecca Neipp

The latest development in an embattled race for Kern County Superior Court Judge has left the outcome of the Nov. 8 ballot item vulnerable for state intervention. Sitting judge Cory Woodward was embroiled in controversy when his extramarital affair with a court clerk came to . . . Read Full Story >>

WD candidates talk of GSA costs

WD candidates talk of GSA costs

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Concerns of groundwater sustainability costs and economic growth dominated the discussion Saturday when the Democratic Club of the High Desert held a candidate forum for Indian Wells Valley Water District Board hopefuls. Candidates and the public discussed the . . . Read Full Story >>

Prop 52 could mean millions to RRH

Prop 52 could mean millions to RRH

Rebecca Neipp

Of the 17 state initiatives facing voters on the November ballot, the most significant impact to our community arguably comes with Proposition 52 — which, if passed, would yield between $7-10 million in continued funds for the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital. The ballot measure would make . . . Read Full Story >>

Is state water mandate possible?

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Our state’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act has sent elected officials across drought-stricken California scrambling to set up conservation efforts in the form of Groundwater Sustainability Agencies. But amid the scramble, questions about whether or not sustainability is achievable . . . Read Full Story >>

Measure J addresses CCCC facility needs

Measure J addresses CCCC facility needs

CERRO COSO COMMUNITY COLLEGE — On July 14, 2016 the Kern Community College District approved to place a facilities bond (Measure J) on the November ballot that will provide funding to construct, repair and improve classrooms and training facilities and increase access for students at . . . Read Full Story >>

Committees structure, GSA formation on IWVGA agenda

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority heard from the public at length last month regarding the groundwater board’s formation of advisory committees. The board will meet Thursday, Oct. 17, 10 a.m. at City Hall to further discuss committee . . . Read Full Story >>

Dems to host water board candidates

The Democratic Club of the High Desert will host at its next meeting candidates seeking seats on the Indian Wells Valley Water District Board of Directors. Candidates have been invited to give seven-minute presentations. The club will meet Saturday, Oct. 15, at noon at Charlie’s . . . Read Full Story >>

Chamber forum airs council, mayor platforms

Policies and philosophies relating to municipal government came out of last week’s candidate forum, hosted by the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce and moderated by Bill Farris Jr. Some 50 citizens in attendance and an untold number watching the live stream heard mayor candidates Michael Neel, . . . Read Full Story >>

Seven hopefuls pursue positions on Water District board

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer With Gov. Jerry Brown ordering state-wide management of groundwater for the first time in California’s history, water is as hot a topic as ever in the Indian Wells Valley. The IWV Water District’s board of directors will face . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy comments on slain officer

U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy released the following statement on Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sergeant Steve Owen, who was fatally shot today in the line of duty: “Judy and I are saddened by the news that Sergeant Steve Owen has died today in the . . . Read Full Story >>

Fuller earns perfect score from small biz

SACRAMENTO — Today, the National Federation of Indepen-dent Business, a small-business organization with thousands of California members, announced that Sen. Jean Fuller earned a perfect score in 2016 for supporting small businesses. “Our local small businesses are job creators and the backbone of our economy, . . . Read Full Story >>

Conservation District denied GSA membership

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority met earlier this month when members discussed a potential committee structure for the development of a Groundwater Sustainability Plan for the IWV basin. The East Kern County Resource Conservation District filed a . . . Read Full Story >>

Grove to hold Town  Hall Oct. 6

Grove to hold Town Hall Oct. 6

Assemblywoman Shannon Grove will hold a Town Hall meeting in Ridgecrest on Thursday, Oct. 6, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Historic USO Building. The gathering, rescheduled from the previously announced date earlier this week, will give constituents a legislative update and review of some of . . . Read Full Story >>

State Sen. Fuller opposes ‘job-killing’ legislation

State Sen. Jean Fuller spoke out last week in opposition to Gov. Jerry Brown’s signing of SB 32, which mandates the reduction of statewide greenhouse gas emissions. “It is unfortunate but not surprising that the governor has chosen to sign this job-killing legislation,” said Fuller. . . . Read Full Story >>

Grove opposes emissions bill

Assemblywoman Shannon Grove spoke out against AB 197, a bill that give the California Air Resource Board, an appointed state board, even more authority to enforce new greenhouse gas emission reductions in a companion bill, SB 32. Here are some speech excerpts: “Who is going . . . Read Full Story >>

Ag industry ‘targeted’ in new state legislation

Rebecca Neipp

“Agriculture is not crop production as popular belief holds — it’s the production of food and fiber from the world’s land and waters. Without agriculture, it is not possible to have a city, stock market, banks, university, church or army. Agriculture is the foundation of . . . Read Full Story >>

Fuller opposes ‘job killer’

SACRAMENTO — This week, Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller announced that she opposes Senate Bill 32 (Pavley, D-Agoura Hills) and made the case to protect jobs in California. SB 32 would require the California Air Re-sources Board to ensure that statewide greenhouse gas emissions are . . . Read Full Story >>