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

    By The Bakersfield Californian
    Tuesday, Apr 08 2014 08:46 AM

    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 targeted spay-neuter in high-volume animal intake areas of metro Bakersfield.

    While the item is on consent - it is expected to be pulled by either supervisors or animal activists. In the afternoon supervisors will discuss whether they should start the process of finding new managers for two employee health care insurance programs. That kind of talk -- especially since one of the plans is managed by Managed Care Systems -- is likely to bring up some old wounds and could split the board again.

  2. 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...

  3. Supes may talk about peer's plane pay

    Kern County supervisors could talk about Supervisor Mick Gleason's airplane mileage plan this afternoon. Or they can stick with the agenda and approve it on consent with no comment. Things seem light on today's agenda. We'll be there to...

  4. County supervisors field a mixed bag of items today

    Happy Womens' Military History Week folks, and welcome to the Kern Quirks blog! Today Kern County supervisor have a round of unique proclamations (next week is Adult Education Week, if you didn't know) to offer up for your inspection....

  5. LIVE BLOG: Supervisors' agenda in flux

    Kern County Supervisors could see some sparks today at their afternoon meeting. Or nothing big could happen. The most action could come from the west Bakersfield Islamic Center and school project. County planners and the Kern County...

  6. LIVE BLOG: Supervisors to talk desert water today

    Supervisors have a fairly mellow morning meeting but at 2 p.m. they take up a presentation on the Indian Wells Valley water basin overdraft situation. Planning Director Lorelei Oviatt will endeavor to explain how the county can work its way...

  7. BLOG: Supervisors to hear interesting grab-bag of items

    Pensions and bad debts and negative audit reports smatter this morning's Kern County Board of Supervisors' agenda like little dark stars. We'll see what happens at the meeting, which expected to be full of interesting talk, though many of...

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    Supervisors to review next year budget rules

    Supervisors will discuss the rules they want departments to operate under as they develop next years budget. Budget news out of the county has been bad for a week and it didn't get better Monday when Kern Medical Center released...

  9. Budget troubles and Jail cost confront Supervisors today

    It's a money day at the Kern County Board of Supervisors. Chatter in the morning session will center around two big-dollar county issues -- the mid-year budget review and the future cost to run the expansion of Lerdo Jail. The budget is, at...

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    Supervisors face flurry of big issues today

    Spay and Neuter program design. Animal Service shelter cost overruns. City of Los Angeles dumping in Lebec. An Islamic School and Cultural Center that neighbors think pose security problems. Throw in a discussion of county employee health...

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    Ad hoc committee digs into spay neuter plans

    Supervisors David Couch and Leticia Perez are preparing to roll up their sleeves and dig into some spay-neuter data, toss around some ideas and start building a plan for fixing Kern County's animal sheltering and euthanization problems at...

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    Supes talk water letter

    Supervisors take up water wording this afternoon as they approve a letter urging Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a drought and help ease restrictions to state water deliveries here to Kern County.

  13. County supervisors to discuss spay, neuter efforts

    Spay and neuter efforts will be front and center today as the Kern County Board of Supervisors meets for the first time under the chairmanship of Leticia Perez. Supervisors will hear in the morning from acting Kern County Animal Services...

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