Fuller opposes groundwater ‘power grab’

Last week, state Sen. Jean Fuller released a statement in opposition to Assembly Bill 1739, which is one of two bills floating through the state legislature that will have a significant impact on California’s existing water policies. “New layers of bureaucracy, additional fees, and the . . . Read Full Story >>

Grove gives views on Sacramento

Rebecca Neipp

At a recent meeting of the Ridgecrest Republican Women Federated, Assemblywoman Shan-non Grove shared with local listeners the challenges of being a conservative legislator in a liberal state. “My first year in Sacramento, I was upset with everyone who elected me. My second year, I . . . Read Full Story >>

Grove helps defeat bill to ban plastic bags

SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Shannon Grove comments on the state legislature’s recent attempt to ban plastic shopping bags. “The California Assembly finally resisted the temptation to pass another law that does more harm than good. The proposed law would have required Californians to either bring their . . . Read Full Story >>

Fuller pushes for hearing on budget reserves

SACRAMENTO — State Sen. Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) brought a motion to the Senate floor that would allow a public hearing on Assembly Bill 146 (Olsen and principal coauthor Fuller) in the Senate Education Committee. Fuller and several other concerned senators cited the integrity of the process . . . Read Full Story >>

Local legislators comment on water bond

Local representatives in the California legislature weighed in on recent actions to address the state’s drought crisis. State Sen. Jean Fuller said she supported the Water Quality Supply and Infrastructure Improve-ment Act, passed by the legislature and signed by the governor last week, because it . . . Read Full Story >>

Ballot shapes up for November

Rebecca Neipp

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer County and city clerks have announced the final list of candidates for local offices on the November 2014 ballot. The most crowded races involve the six candidates seeking the two-year mayor seat on the Ridgecrest City Council and . . . Read Full Story >>

County sets scoping meeting for land use

By JAMES SIMMONS News Review Correspondent The Kern County Planning and Community Development Depart-ment is beginning a process that will produce changes to the existing Kern County General Plan and the Indian Wells Valley Specific Plan. The county also envisions changes to existing zone classifications . . . Read Full Story >>

Water District steps up education

By JAMES SIMMONS News Review Correspondent Enhanced education efforts on water conservation to comply with the state’s new emergency regulations are the primary recommendations from the Water Management Committee to the board of the Indian Wells Valley Water District. Meeting July 31, the committee deliberated . . . Read Full Story >>

Supervisors oppose state water bills

Rebecca Neipp

The Kern County Board of Supervisors voted last week to oppose two bills moving through the state legislature that could further complicate for county governments the mitigation of California’s convoluted water woes. State Senate and Assembly authors are working with the governor’s office on AB . . . Read Full Story >>

Fuller gives sobering capitol update

Fuller gives sobering capitol update

Rebecca Neipp

While our polarized state legislature continues to seek solutions to the drought crisis, high unemployment and a too-slowly recovering economy, state Sen. Jean Fuller reported to members and guests of the Ridgecrest Republican Women Federated last week what she is doing in Sacramento to fight . . . Read Full Story >>

KMC plan makes painful progress

By JAMES SIMMONS News Review Correspondent Kern County’s effort to place its county hospital and primary trauma center into a new independent authority is encountering a difficult birthing process. The county board of supervisors sees that the best chance for the money-hemorrhaging Kern Medical Center . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy is new Majority Leader

Rebecca Neipp

The meteoric political ascent of Bakersfield Congressman Kevin McCarthy continued last week when House Republicans chose their former whip as the new Majority Leader. McCarthy replaces Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, whose loss to an obscure candidate in the June primary sent shockwaves through the . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy praises VA bill

Rep. Kevin McCarthy released the following statement after the House of Representatives recently passed the Veterans Access to Care Act by a vote of 426-0. “For years, the House has been pushing for cultural and structural reform within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) since . . . Read Full Story >>

California legislators pass budget

Rebecca Neipp

Both houses of the California legislature passed a $156.4-billion state budget — at the 11th hour — that has been hailed by state leaders as a compromise for the economically recovering state. The lack of support from Republican legislators, and outright criticism from local leaders, . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy the next Majority Leader?

Rebecca Neipp

The shifting political landscape that resulted from Virginia Republican Eric Cantor’s shocking loss in the primary election has left Kern County’s own Kevin McCarthy — currently serving as the Republican Whip — as the favorite to replace Cantor as majority leader in the House of . . . Read Full Story >>

Brown dominates in primary

Rebecca Neipp

Despite garnering a majority of votes in the open primary for California Governor, Democratic incumbent Jerry Brown will face Republican challenger Neel Kash-kari in the November general election. Some 54 percent of voters in the June 3 election cast their ballots in favor of Brown . . . Read Full Story >>

Lifquist, Johnson to face off in November

Rebecca Neipp

With no local seats or measures at stake, Ridgecrest election volunteers reported one of the lowest voter turnouts in recent memory for last week’s primary election. The last statement of votes cast (not yet released for this election) indicated that more and more voters are . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy lauds Shinseki resignation

Rebecca Neipp

After weeks of pressure and calls for reform following an alleged attempt to conceal dysfunction in the Department of Veterans Affairs — which critics say led to unnecessary deaths — Secretary Eric Shinseki has resigned as director. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, who has been vocal in . . . Read Full Story >>

Russell Johnson addresses Democratic Club

Russell Johnson addresses Democratic Club

Russell Johnson, candidate for Assessor-Recorder, addresses the Democratic Club of the High Desert on May 17. He pointed out flaws in the current system, as well as his proposal to fix it by adding staff and technology. While he admits there is no current funding . . . Read Full Story >>

Claims of ‘dysfunction’ challenged in assessor race

Rebecca Neipp

With some challenging the “$281 billion dollars [that] hangs over the county finances” in the election over Kern County Assessor, elected officials have weighed in that the misunderstanding of that figure is precisely why the county needs a technically qualified person to perform the duties . . . Read Full Story >>