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  1. Supervisors face major talks at hot ticket Tuesday meet

    By The Bakersfield Californian
    Tuesday, Jan 27 2015 09:11 AM

    There will be a lot of balls in the air, today, as Kern County supervisors work on some of the year's toughest issues in a mega-session in downtown Bakersfield.

    Kern County's budget situation, already challenged by rising pension costs across the county and Sheriff's Office operations increases to run a planned jail expansion, now have to face a $61 million estimated drop in oil and gas property taxes.

    Then there is Kern Medical Center, the county-owned hospital which has bedeviled county finances and defied management for years. The plan is to shift the hospital in a hospital authority which would have fewer bureaucratic strings tying its hands in running the place. County officials hope off-loading the hospital to the authority would...

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    Renteria 'locked out' of 21st Congress by big money, report states

    CALPIRG, a public interest group that supports controlling the impact of big campaign money on American politics, profiled failed 21st Congressional District candidate Amanda Renteria in a new report released Wednesday. Democrat Renteria...

  3. Short supes agenda no guarantee of boredom

    Today's Kern County Board of Supervisors' meeting has one of the shortest main meeting agendas I've seen in all my years covering the county. But, as we learned last week, even boring-looking agendas can hide surprises. I'll keep you...

  4. Couch chairs his first supervisors meeting

    Supervisor David Couch takes over his first meeting as Chair of the Kern County Board of Supervisors today. He should have an easy ride of it with a moderately slow schedule. We'll be there to see what tone is set and if any surprises crop...

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    Supervisors approve new domestic violence program

    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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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.

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  13. 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...

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