Fuller voted minority leader for state senate

Fuller voted minority leader for state senate

Rebecca Neipp

Last week State Sen. Jean Fuller was unanimously selected by her peers as Republican leader-elect. Current leader Bob Huff of Diamond Bar will continue in the position for the next eight months, with Fuller taking the mantle on Nov. 1. Fuller is the first woman . . . Read Full Story >>

Fuller responds to ‘zero water’ allocation

SACRAMENTO — State Sen. Republican Leader Jean Fuller responded to last week’s announcement that the Central Valley Water Project allocation will be zero percent of the contracted amount. “Continuing the zero water allocation to the Central Valley will impact Californians’ lives and livelihood. In order . . . Read Full Story >>

Public learns details of draft water-zoning report

The public had an opportunity Feb. 17 to ask questions about the draft environmental impact report for the Indian Wells Valley Land Use Management Plan. Lorelei Oviatt, director of the Kern County Planning and Community Development Depart-ment started the meeting by presenting an overview of . . . Read Full Story >>

Water rate vote set for March 9

By JAMES SIMMONS News Review Correspondent The board of directors of the Indian Wells Valley Water District has rescheduled a vote on a series of proposed rate and fee changes to its March 9 regular board meeting. At its February meeting, the board heard persuasive . . . Read Full Story >>

Impact of port closure felt locally

Impact of port closure felt locally

Rebecca Neipp

West Coast port closures — brought about by a standoff in labor negotiations — have already impacted industry in our remote high-desert community, as well as other parts of Kern County. Searles Valley Minerals in Trona, one of the area’s largest employers, also reported a . . . Read Full Story >>

Fuller signs letter to water control board

SACRAMENTO — Last week state Sen. Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) joined several other California legislators in signing a letter to State Water Resources Control Board Chair Felicia Marcus. The letter asks for the immediate reconsideration of a temporary urgency change petition to allow the Department of . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy taking intern applications

Rep. Kevin McCarthy announced he is accepting internship applications for his Summer Internship Program for the summer of 2015. “My first congressional internship almost 30 years ago was one of my most valuable learning experiences,” said McCarthy. “Through my internship, I gained a tremendous appreciation . . . Read Full Story >>

Property owners still seek answers

Rebecca Neipp

Property owners continue to express alarm over the unknown impact wrought by imminent zoning changes in the Indian Wells Valley and worry about whether their concerns will be taken into consideration before changes are adopted. During the first week of February, some 18,000 local property . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy says president’s budget raises taxes and increases national debt

Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy released the following statement on President Obama’s proposed budget: “The president says he wants to work with Congress but everything he does indicates the opposite. His latest budget simply isn’t a serious proposal. While Washington is still . . . Read Full Story >>

Grove speaks out against assisted suicide

Assemblywoman Shannon Grove released the following statement to express her opposition to a newly released piece of legislation (SB 128), which would allow a doctor in California to prescribe a lethal dose of medication to a terminally ill patient who wants to commit suicide. The . . . Read Full Story >>

Leaders dismayed by decision to uphold smelt protection

Rebecca Neipp

In light of California’s search for water solutions during the state’s historic drought, Kern County leadership expressed disappointment in the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold environmental protection for the delta smelt. Critics of the restriction say that the protection of smelt places the needs . . . Read Full Story >>

Ag, dust rules deferred for 60 days

By JAMES SIMMONS News Review Correspondent The Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District has postponed adoption of two proposed regulations that would affect agriculture, roads, ranching, farming, construction, grading, homebuilding and potential sources of dust. The district’s board of directors heard from a dozen people . . . Read Full Story >>

Gov’s budget receives mixed reviews

Rebecca Neipp

California legislators got their first look at Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget, unveiled last week, which addresses — in varying degrees — education, healthcare coverage, the state water crisis and the debt he inherited upon taking office in 2011. “This carefully balanced budget builds for the . . . Read Full Story >>

High-speed rail breaks ground amid protests

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer On the same day he released his proposed budget (see related story, this page), Gov. Jerry Brown attended a groundbreaking in Fresno for his controversial high-speed-rail project. The invitation-only crowd of 700 that included rail enthusiasts, labor representatives . . . Read Full Story >>

Fuller announces committee assignments

SACRAMENTO — Last week, State Sen. Jean Fuller announced the following committees on which she has been nominated to serve: • Vice Chair, Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communi-cations — Responsible for bills relating to electricity and gas companies, energy companies, all forms of energy . . . Read Full Story >>

Fuller comments on return to capitol

SACRAMENTO — On Monday the California State Senate began the New Year and the 2015-16 legislative session with a busy week including the swearing in of Gov. Jerry Brown. Following his swearing in, the governor delivered his ‘State of the State’ address to a joint . . . Read Full Story >>

Drought relief bill stuck in Senate

Drought relief bill stuck in Senate

Rebecca Neipp

While the rain brings welcome relief to drought-afflicted California, local elected officials are expressing concern that without policy reform, the state will not be able to protect one of its dearest resources. At the heart of the political conflict are the tiny smelt that live . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy comments on recently passed House bills

WASHINGTON, D.C. — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy released the following statement on the budget recently passed by the House: “The House passed a budget agreement that, combined with previous House budgets, has reduced discretionary spending by $176 billion since fiscal year 2010. And it . . . Read Full Story >>

House votes on drought relief

At press time the U.S. House of Representatives was scheduled to vote on legislation that would provide emergency relief to California to deal with impact from the drought. Bakersfield Republican Kevin McCarthy, recently re-voted in as the House majority leader, co-authored the bill to provide . . . Read Full Story >>

Grove, Fuller sworn back in on Monday

Grove, Fuller sworn back in on Monday

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer Local state legislators took the oath of office for their new terms in a swearing-in ceremony Monday in Sacramento. State Sen. Jean Fuller and Assmblywoman Shannon Grove — both Republicans from Bakersfield — each shared with the News . . . Read Full Story >>