McCarthy addresses passage of NDAA

WASHINGTON — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy commented last week on the passage of the Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Aurhorization Act, which fulfills Congress’ constitutional duty to provide for common defense. “The fundamental responsibility of our government is the defense of our nation,” said . . . Read Full Story >>

Fuller responds to May budget revision

State Sen. Jean Fuller responded to Gov. Jerry Brown’s revised budget proposal, released last week. Fuller said she was pleased to see the budget focus on investment in education, the repayment of debt and preparations for economic uncertainty. “However, I will remain cautious as the . . . Read Full Story >>

Grove lauds closure of abusive DCs

Assemblywoman Shannon Grove lauded one aspect of Gov. Jerry Brown’s revised budget plan as it includes a proposal to close the state’s remaining Development Centers, which have been plagued with documented cases of abuse, rape and neglect of residents. “These facilities needed to close, and . . . Read Full Story >>

State agency approves drastic cuts in water use

Rebecca Neipp

Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed mandates to drastically reduce water consumption in the face of California’s drought were approved by state regulators on Tuesday. The State Water Resources Control Board’s action followed nearly eight hours of testimony and discussion, where opponents of the draconian measures expressed . . . Read Full Story >>

House bill offers state drought relief

WASHINGTON, D.C. — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced last week passage of House Resolution 2028, which provides energy and water funding in the face of California’s drought crisis. “In two days, the House moved in quick succession to pass the first two appropriations bills . . . Read Full Story >>

School construction bill postponed

Last week, the California Senate Appropriations Committee heard State Senator Jean Fuller’s Senate Bill 111 which will help obtain funds for Burroughs High School and Murray Middle School, among other schools on or near military installations. The bill was moved to the committee’s suspense file . . . Read Full Story >>

Grove urges action in state water storage project

Grove urges action in state water storage project

SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Shannon Grove, R-Bakersfield, today joined farmers, ag workers, water advocates, business and labor leaders, concerned citizens and fellow legislators at a rally at the State Capitol supporting legislation (AB 311) she co-sponsored to expedite new water storage projects in California. “The people . . . Read Full Story >>

Petition calls for Brown act

Rebecca Neipp

While Gov. Jerry Brown is cracking down on Californians for their everyday water use, a groundswell of critics are saying that citizens have done their part in conserving water — and now it is up to state leadership to resolve the dysfunction that exacerbated the . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy rep talks of water, defense

McCarthy rep talks of water, defense

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s representative Vincent Fong spoke to the Ridgecrest Republican Women last Friday on topics ranging from the California drought to national defense. One of his main talking points during the luncheon at the Clarion Inn was . . . Read Full Story >>

Grove opposes new mandate for churches

SACRAMENTO – Assembly-woman Shannon Grove has introduced legislation (AB 1254) to stop state health officials from forcing churches and other California employers to buy insurance coverage for elective abortion in violation of their religious beliefs and in violation of federal law. “Last summer the California . . . Read Full Story >>

Fong to speak here today

The Ridgecrest Republican Women, Federated, will meet today, April 17, at noon in the banquet room of the Clarion Inn. The guest speaker will be Bakersfield-based Vince Fong, district director of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. Born and raised in Bakersfield, Fong attended local public . . . Read Full Story >>

Brown mandates reduced water consumption

Rebecca Neipp

The partisan divide in resolving California’s drought crisis continues with Gov. Jerry Brown’s announcement of mandatory water-use reductions, and quick-following response from House Republican Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy that conservation alone will not solve the problem. Brown announced on Wednesday that, in light of record-low . . . Read Full Story >>

Grove aims to reform state budget process

SACRAMENTO — Assembly-woman Shannon Grove introduced two bills this week aimed at reforming the state budgeting process as part of a larger legislative package the Assembly Republican Caucus is pushing to reestablish trust in state government. One of Grove’s bills requires the state to establish . . . Read Full Story >>

State unveils $1B drought package

Rebecca Neipp

Gov. Jerry Brown joined with other state leaders in the California Senate and Assembly to unveil a $1 billion package that, in the face of California’s continuing drought, will expedite bond funding to make the state more resilient in dry conditions and ensure continued water . . . Read Full Story >>

New VA rule gives veterans more choice

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced last week a policy adjustment that provides a veteran the choice to receive health care from private facilities if the closest VA facility is more than 40 miles away from his or her home. House Majority Leader Kevin . . . Read Full Story >>

Public rallies behind county libraries

Rebecca Neipp

Scores of library employees, volunteers and other supporters delivered impassioned testimony to what they believe is an undervalued asset to Kern County, in a plea to restore the institutions of public information to their former glory. Over the years, the Kern County Board of Supervisors . . . Read Full Story >>

Council: oppose unless amended

Rebecca Neipp

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer After an overwhelmingly critical public testimony regarding Kern County’s planned changes in land use, the Ridgecrest City Council voted at a special meeting on Saturday to withhold support until the Board of Supervisors addressed local concerns. Although the . . . Read Full Story >>

Stakeholders rally around ‘Option D’

Rebecca Neipp

As the clock ticks down to the deadline for public input on proposed changes to Kern County zoning and land use, county officials report that the project is “evolving,” and citizens are scrambling to understand how those changes will ultimately impact them. The Kern County . . . Read Full Story >>

Air pollution control group to meet tomorrow

The Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District will meet Thursday, March 12, at Rosamond Community Services District, 2379 35th Street, Rosamond, to consider proposed amendments relating to permit fees and schedules, fugitive dust and agricultural operations. The EKPCD Board of Directors is considering changes that . . . Read Full Story >>

Gov. selects Fuller for military council

SACRAMENTO — State Sen. Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) joined military leaders in Oakland to discuss military operations in California. Recently Senator Fuller was chosen by Gov. Jerry Brown to serve on the Governor’s Military Council replacing former state Sen. Steve Knight, now a congressman. Fuller represents . . . Read Full Story >>