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    Supervisors approve new domestic violence program

    BY JAMES BURGER The Bakersfield Californian
    Tuesday, Dec 16 2014 01:11 PM

    The deal went through without a hitch -- this time. Kern County supervisors approved a new domestic violence diversion program Tuesday, one week after unexpected opposition sidelined the idea.

    The program, championed by District Attorney Lisa Green, would allow individuals charged with misdemeanor domestic violence crimes to have their cases dismissed by paying an $85 fee and finishing a counseling program.

    The money would fund a family justice center to aid victims of domestic violence. Public Defender Konrad Moore, whose challenge last week delayed the program, offered support for the concept Tuesday.

    "Our department supports and approves the ordinance," Moore said. During talks last week, Moore and Green agreed to add language...

  2. Diversion program up for review at Supervisors' meet

    Supervisors will take up the domestic violence diversion program this morning - and a host of other items now and at 2 p.m. There's a lot of stuff that looks pretty routine that isn't on the consent agenda so we may see some surprises today...

  3. Domestic violence diversion program before supervisors

    Supervisors are reviewing a grab-bag of issues today -- from runway rehabilitation at Meadows Field to the consideration of a domestic violence court diversion program.

  4. Supervisors talk airlines and jail construction today

    Supervisors will tackle the contract for a new expansion of Lerdo Jail this afternoon, but first they will hear about the future of Kern County's commercial airline connections during this morning's meeting. There are some other things on...

  5. Kern River branch

    Kern River Valley offers unique concept to reopen Lake Isabella court

    Kern County Superior Court administrator Terry McNally is looking into a unique proposal from leaders in the Kern River Valley that could reopen the Lake Isabella court branch closed since 2013 by budget constraints. American Legion Post...

  6. Fireworks and Medal of Honor road name on Supes agenda

    The conty will talk about new fireworks rules this morning at the Kern County Board of Supervisors meeting. And, in the afternoon, supervisors are expected to rename a section of Renfro Road as Leonard L. Alvarado Road in honor of a Medal...

  7. Supervisors to talk ag freeze and and KMC contract increase

    Kern County supervisors will discuss a freeze on all agricultural development in the Indian Wells Valley and a contract adjustment for the management firm that runs Kern Medical Center. That will take place this afternoon during the 2 p.m....

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    Supes agenda full of interesting nuggets

    Kern County supervisors have a long list of issues to dig through today. This morning they will hear an update on the county's ongoing battle with methamphetamine, review the results of an audit of the Kern County Sheriff's Office, and...

  9. Runways, solar panel and fireworks scheduled for Supervisors meeting

    Supervisors will get a report about reconstruction of the main runway at Meadows Field Airport and hear a man cited for using illegal fireworks argue he shouldn't face the $1,500 fine. Then, in the afternoon, supervisors will discuss...

  10. KERN QUIRKS: Supervisors face flood of items today

    Morning mix A high dollar contract for a chief financial officer, slated for a routine vote during supervisors' 9 a.m. session, could cost Kern Medical Center $520,000 for a year. That's more than double what the last CFO at the struggling...

  11. County budget to get routine approval today

    The county had, for the most part, buttoned up its budget weeks ago. But on Monday and Tuesday Supervisors sat down for two final hearings for a spending plan that is already two months into its 12 month run. Only one county department -...

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    County poring over draft report on Arvin gas leak

    Kern County officials are reviewing a draft of the human health risk assessment for the neighborhood of homes in Arvin that was evacuated due to a leaking gas line earlier this year. Supervisor Leticia Perez said the report on the...

  13. Retirement costs and park fees on Supervisors agenda

    Kern County supervisors will talk about park fees and debate strategies for handling retirement costs at today's weekly meeting. We'll see if lively discussion develops - especially in the afternoon's retirement talk. Stay tuned.

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