Youngblood to speak to chamber

Youngblood  to speak to  chamberKern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood will discuss the proposed 1-cent sales tax increase to bolster public safety funding when the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce meets Tuesday, Oct. 9, at noon at the Historic USO Building.

Youngblood said revenue from the additional sales tax will help put more deputies on the streets.

A Bakersfield native, Youngblood is a Vietnam veteran who has more than 40 years of experience in law enforcement. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees and has trained with the FBI National Academy and POST Command College.

He has served as Kern County Sheriff since 2006, and was recently elected to a fourth term.

Kenneth Dieball, a professional volunteer for the Red Cross for more than 20 years, will also speak to the chamber. As the sheltering and mass care lead volunteer from Ridgecrest, Dieball is one of the first to answer a mobilization call and is one of the most seasoned disaster workers in the region.

He will share some of his experiences from his recent work in North Carolina and will provide information from the Red Cross to help our community to be better prepared for our next disaster.

Lunch will be catered by Ephen Tacos. The cost per member is $20 with reservations, with a $25 cost per guest or members without reservations.

For reservations call 760-375-8331.

Story First Published: 2018-10-05