Chief speaks today at noon

The Ridgecrest Republican Women Federated will meet Friday, July 19, at noon at Casey’s Steak and BBQ to hear a brief about the aftermath of the earthquakes. Ridgecrest Police Chief Jed McLaughlin will discuss lessons learned and outline current needs, and take questions from the . . . Read Full Story >>

State budget skids in  under deadline

State budget skids in under deadline

Rebecca Neipp

California legislators passed the state’s $214.8-billion spending plan for the coming fiscal year — just two days before the June 15 constitutional deadline — but remain in negotiations for the finer points of the Golden State’s largest-ever budget package. While most of the proposed new . . . Read Full Story >>

Breeden to address RRWF

Ridgecrest Republican Women, Federated, will host Mayor Peggy Breeden at its Friday, June 21, luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the banquet room of Casey’s Steak and BBQ. Breeden will present an update on the city. “Peggy will cover one key part of the . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy to hold mobile office hours

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy will hold mobile office hours in Ridgecrest on Tuesday, June 11, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the clerk’s office of City Hall. A staff member from McCarthy’s office will be on hand to hear from constituents. “This time provides an opportunity . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy brings capitol update to IWV

McCarthy brings capitol update to IWV

Rebecca Neipp

“First of all, thank you so very much for coming out today. Everything is fine in Washington.” House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy’s greeting to a packed house Tuesday at SpringHill Suites was met with hearty laughter from the crowd. But he went on to give . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy gets a look at solutions for water, schools

Rebecca Neipp

During House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy’s whirlwind trip to Ridgecrest Tuesday (see related story, this page), he met with leaders from local schools, as well as advocates for China Lake and economic development efforts. McCarthy spent about an hour with officials of Sierra Sands Unified . . . Read Full Story >>

Fong bill fixes loophole in Public Records Act

Last Thursday, May 23, members of the California Assembly unanimously approved AB 289, authored by Assemblyman Vince Fong (R-Kern County). The bill establishes an independent California Public Records Act ombudsperson, who will act as an objective referee when a state agency denies a CPRA request . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern leaders question safety of state policies

Rebecca Neipp

• While scores of prisoners were diverted from an early release in Kern County, legislative, law enforcement and criminal justice officials continue to push back against erosion of public protections in California —————— Kern County officials expressed relief over the California Department of Corrections and . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy to  visit Tuesday

McCarthy to visit Tuesday

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy will be in Ridgecrest Tuesday, May 28, to hear local concerns and bring a congressional update to his constituents. The Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce and Ridgecrest Exchange Club will co-host a luncheon at noon at SpringHill Suites. Tickets at $15 . . . Read Full Story >>

Sen. Grove responds to failed state water tax

SACRAMENTO — State Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) issued the following statement after discussion of a water tax proposal failed to come to fruition yesterday in the Senate Budget Committee. “The decision to kill the water tax is a victory for Senate Republicans. My . . . Read Full Story >>

Feds pull $1B from rail project

Rebecca Neipp

Kern County elected officials — some of the strongest opponents of previous Gov. Jerry Brown’s High Speed Rail project — are urging California’s leaders to abandon the project in response to the federal government’s action May 16 to remove nearly $1 billion in funding for . . . Read Full Story >>

Conservatives balk at ballooning budget

Conservatives balk at ballooning budget

Rebecca Neipp

When Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled his revised state budget on Thursday, conservative leaders balked at the increase in spending and continued tax hikes as bipartisan officials warn of “taxpayer fatigue.” In January, the newly elected governor proposed a $209 billion budget proposal. As revenues continue . . . Read Full Story >>

County, union  fail to come  to terms

County, union fail to come to terms

KERN COUNTY ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE — The Kern County Firefighters Union has voted down the county’s offer in the latest round of negotiations for a two-year collective bargaining agreement. As a result, the parties are now at impasse in the negotiations. The County Administrative Office will . . . Read Full Story >>

Local realtors advocate for property owners

Local realtors advocate for property owners

Ridgecrest Area Association of Realtors President Norman Alexander and President-Elect Carole Vaughn listen to Gov. Gavin Newsom at the annual California Association of Realtors’ Legislative Week in Sacramento. The local contingent met with state officials and elected representatives to advocate on behalf of property owners . . . Read Full Story >>

More overruns for high speed rail

After the High Speed Rail Authority projected another $1.8-billion increase for the HSR project — taking the total expenditure to $12.4 billion — Assemblyman Vince Fong is speaking up once again on the project, which now covers only a small area in the Central Valley. . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy to hold mobile office hours

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy will hold mobile office hours on Tuesday, May 14, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the City Clerk’s office of Ridgecrest City Hall. A staff member from McCarthy’s office will provide an opportunity for constituents in the local community to conveniently visit . . . Read Full Story >>

Republican Women to host national federation leader

Ridgecrest Republican Women, Federated, will host a national leader in the Republican party at its Friday, April 19, luncheon at noon at Casey’s Steak and BBQ. Guest speaker Carol Hadley is the Region 1 director of the National Federation of Republican Women, member at large, . . . Read Full Story >>

McCarthy rep here Tuesday

A staff member from House Republic Leader Kevin McCarthy’s office will be in Ridgecrest Tuesday, April 9, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the City Clerk’s office of Ridgecrest City Hall. “This time provides an opportunity for constituents in the local community to conveniently visit and share . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern officials oppose governor on death penalty

Kern officials oppose governor on death penalty

Rebecca Neipp

Kern County elected officials are among those who oppose Gov. Gavin Newsom’s executive order last week to suspend the death penalty — granting reprieve to the 737 convicted murderers on death row in California. Newsom cited the historic contentiousness of the issue, a purported bias . . . Read Full Story >>

Lighthouse founder to address RRFW

Lighthouse founder to address RRFW

Ridgecrest Republican Women, Federated will host Tara Packer of the Lighthouse at its Friday, March 22, meeting from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the banquet room of Casey’s Steak and BBQ. The Lighthouse is a nonprofit Christian ministry that offers a place of prayer and . . . Read Full Story >>