Suver to address High Desert Dems

The Democratic Club of the High Desert will meet Saturday, Sept. 15, at 11:30 a.m. in the meeting room of China Lake Buffet. Jim Suver, CEO of Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, will be the guest speaker. RRH’s expansion has been significant under Mr. Suver’s leadership,” said . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Dine With Candidates’ on Sept. 24

The Democratic Club of the High Desert will host “Dine With Your Candidates” on Monday, Sept. 24, from 5-6 p.m. at the Homestead Family Restaurant. Ridgecrest mayoral and council candidates will be invited to meet informally with members of the public. Attendees will be encouraged . . . Read Full Story >>

Stay tuned for candidate coverage

Stay tuned for candidate coverage

Challengers for the two seats up for election to the Ridgecrest City Council present their platforms to members and guests of last Friday’s Ridgecrest Republican Women, Federated, meeting — the first candidate forum of the political season. From left are Steven Morgan, Scott Hayman and . . . Read Full Story >>

Republican women host candidates

The Ridgecrest Republican Women, Federated, will host Ridgecrest City Council candidates at a Friday, Aug. 24, meeting from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Casey’s Steaks and Barbecue. According to an RRWF spokeswoman, all candidates will have opportunities to introduce themselves and discuss their platforms. The . . . Read Full Story >>

Gleason says no on finance committee

Gleason says no on finance committee

Supervisor Mick Gleason and Mayor Peggy Breeden, at the most recent meeting of the IWV Groundwater Authority. — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The oft-discussed topic of a finance committee for the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority came . . . Read Full Story >>

Legislators vote to eliminate bail bonds

Rebecca Neipp

A proposal to eliminate the cash bail-bond system passed through both houses of the California legislature this week and at press time awaited only a signature from Gov. Jerry Brown to take effect next year. Proponents of Senate Bill 10 said that the current system . . . Read Full Story >>

Filings close — three races go to ballot

Rebecca Neipp

With the last of the candidate filing periods closed as of Wednesday evening, ballot items for Mayor, City Council and Indian Wells Valley Water District Board of Directors have been finalized for the Nov. 5 General Election. A lack of contest in the IWV Airport . . . Read Full Story >>

Agriculture secretary comes to Kern County

Agriculture secretary comes to Kern County

On Wednesday, Aug. 15, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy hosted U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in Bakersfield, where the entourage met with three dozen local growers and dairies. The meeting was an opportunity for industry representatives to share with Perdue the challenges they face from . . . Read Full Story >>

Groundwater authority hears grant report

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer When the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority met Thursday morning, on the agenda was a status update from Water Resources Manager Steve Johnson on some $2.1 million in Proposition 1 grant funds. While details were not available at . . . Read Full Story >>

Filing questioned for absent candidate

Rebecca Neipp

UPDATE: After going to press Thursday, the News Review learned that Council candidate Mike Neel dropped out of the race following events at city hall where he was allegedly attempting to bully the city clerk according to sources at City Hall. Additionally, Council Incumbent Mike . . . Read Full Story >>

Local races filling up

Rebecca Neipp

At press time, Kern County Elections officials were spending their last day in Ridgecrest gathering candidate filings for local races, as the Aug. 10 filing deadline neared. So far, incumbents Amy Covert, Tim Johnson and Kurt Rockwell — are the only candidates who have filed . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy staffer here Tuesday

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy will hold mobile office hours in Ridgecrest Tuesday, Aug. 7, from 1-2 p.m. at City Hall. A staff member from McCarthy’s office will be on hand to provide an opportunity for local constituents to conveniently visit and share concerns on . . . Read Full Story >>

Millions secured for energy, water

Millions secured for energy, water

Rebecca Neipp

Dave Janiec of China Lake Alliance (left) and Scott O’Neil of IWC Economic Development Corp. address the media Thursday morning about the newly approved funding. — Photo by Laura Austin ------ Legislation passed through both the U.S. House and Senate this week includes a provision . . . Read Full Story >>

Attorney: GA ‘crossed the line’

Attorney: GA ‘crossed the line’

Ridgecrest City Attorney Keith Lemieux confers with Mayor Peggy Breeden during last week’s meeting of the Groundwater Authority. — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer City Attorney Keith Lemieux addressed an ongoing Ralph M. Brown Act compliance issue with . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy helps secure funding for water security

McCarthy helps secure funding for water security

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Rep. Paul Cook helped secure a provision in the Conference Report for the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act that would create a funding stream for Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake to address water and energy infrastructure . . . Read Full Story >>

Groundwater Authority passes pump fee 3-1

Groundwater Authority passes pump fee 3-1

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer A monthly groundwater pumping fee was formally approved last week by the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority. Acting as the Groundwater Sustainability Agency for the IWV, the Authority passed the $30-per-acre-foot fee to cover a $930,000 funding gap . . . Read Full Story >>

More candidates pull papers

Rebecca Neipp

Candidates seeking local offices continue to trickle in as the Aug. 9 filing deadline nears. At press time, Mayor Peggy Breeden remained the only candidate to file for that seat. For City Council, Reese Hogg III was joined by Chip Holloway, Amy Belasco and Loren . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy backs public land use

This week, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced support for a letter by Natural Resources Committee Federal Lands Subcommittee Chairman Tom McClintock to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management Acting Director Brian Steed requesting new policy and guidelines for state and field offices to implement . . . Read Full Story >>

Fong brings update  from state capitol

Fong brings update from state capitol

Rebecca Neipp

Assemblyman Vince Fong shared the challenges facing Californians and some of his proposed solutions, in a Wednesday morning address to the members of the Indian Wells Valley Economic Development Corp. “Vince is a real forward thinker,” said IWVEDC Executive Director Scott O’Neil. He pointed to . . . Read Full Story >>

Supervisor indicted for conflict of interest

Supervisor indicted for conflict of interest

Rebecca Neipp

For perhaps the first time in Kern County history, an elected official is being indicted on criminal charges. Kern County District Attorney Lisa Green is seeking two misdemeanor charges against 5th District Supervisor Leticia Perez for an apparent conflict of interest in her support of . . . Read Full Story >>