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  1. Supes to discuss good budget news

    By The Bakersfield Californian
    Tuesday, Jul 22 2014 08:28 AM

    Kern County Supervisors will go over the budget picture this morning -- a considerably brighter illustration than they got last month when layoffs in the District Attorney and Sheriff's offices and the closure of Sheriff's substations were on the plate.

    Now a $25 million end-of-year carry over -- the county's annual financial white knight -- has provided cash for serious one-time maintenance and upgrade spending and more than $6 million in additional property tax revenue expectations will wipe out the layoffs.

    The most serious budget discussion today -- apart from the cheering -- could be over which non-profit groups are going to be doled out a share of the extra cash.

  2. Tax break and jail taxes on supes plate

    Supervisor Leticia Perez wants to know if Kern County voters support operations of a new wing at Lerdo Jail with a quarter-cent sales tax increase. This afternoon she'll ask her fellow supervisors if they would support putting the sales tax...

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    Committee: KMC authority on track, merger needs work

    Kern County's plan to move Kern Medical Center into an independent hospital authority took a wobbly step forward Wednesday. Meeting in Sacramento, the California Senate Health Committee approved Assembly Bill 2546, which would create the...

  4. Supervisors tackle KMC layoffs, county budget

    Today Kern County supervisors will decide whether to layoff approximately 50 employees at Kern Medical Center to match the volume of work to the number of staff working -- and to save around $5 million a year. Supervisors will also consider...

  5. Centennial Corridor rolls into Supervisors' meeting

    Kern County supervisors will ponder, Tuesday morning, whether to support the alignment that Caltrans prefers for the Centennial Corridor -- a route that will take a multitude of homes and business as it cuts through the Westpark...

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    Supervisors approve sharp ambulance rate hikes

    An ambulance ride in nearly all of Kern County will cost substantially more after Tuesday. County supervisors on Tuesday approved substantial rate increases for Hall Ambulance and Liberty Ambulance -- the two companies that have exclusive...

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    Hall Ambulance rates at Supes today

    Hall Ambulance and Liberty Ambulance - the county's two biggest companies - are asking for a rate increase of $300 or more a ride. Supervisors will have to decide whether they want to add that cost to customers of two companies that have...

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    District Attorney talks cash and jobs with supervisors

    District Attorney Lisa Green will make her pitch for nearly $900,000 in additional salaries for new workers at the Kern County Board of Supervisors meeting today. The discussion could set the tone for future county budget discussions....

  9. Supervisors take on Kern Medical Center's future

    Today the Kern County Board of Supervisors takes up one of the most challenging issues facing the county -- what to do with Kern Medical Center. Today supervisors plan a day-long workshop on the financially-troubled county hospital. "KMC is...

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    Supervisors meeting could offer interesting discussion

    On the surface today's Kern County Board of Supervisors' agenda looks pretty tame. But there is a lot of turmoil going on over at the county and Kern Medical Center, at least, should prompt some discussion. Keep an eye here to find out...

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    Supervisors survey a buffet of items at today's meeting

    Kern County supervisors will hear -- today -- about Kern Medical Center's finances, discuss a planned multi-family housing development in north Bakersfield and an alternative energy project. They won't be talking about closing off streets...

  12. Stray pets, dust storms and health care, Oh my

    Kern County supervisors will tackle some testy issues Tuesday - including two items that have been struggles for them in the past. In the morning they are scheduled to approve a slate of funding for non-profit animal welfare groups to do...

  13. Wild dog reports top Supes meeting today

    Kern County supervisors will get a report on the activities of the Child Abuse Prevention Council and learn more about aggressive animals and animal attacks in the county during this morning's Board of Supervisors meeting. Then, in the...

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