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  1. Spending and sludge on Supes schedule

    By The Bakersfield Californian
    Tuesday, Mar 03 2015 08:49 AM

    Supervisors will review a number of spending items on today's agenda, and it's expected that they will keeping up the fiscal crisis theme by holding department's spending feet to the fire.

    Then, in the afternoon, they might talk about a decision to rescind an ordinance that created a requirement that future developer who want to land apply biosolids on farm land would have to complete a full environmental review and get Kern County approval for their operation.

    That item is on consent, even though eliminating the ordinance was triggered by a city of Los Angeles claim that the county slipped the ordinance into existence with inadequate public notice in violation of the Ralph M. Brown Act.

  2. Fireworks bring a boom to Supervisor's meeting

    Some fireworks have gone off, at the last minute, around the proposed Kern County ban on two types of fireworks that are legal in California. Supervisors will likely get an earful this morning from representatives for fireworks retailer TNT...

  3. Sheriff's budget up for hard cuts, tough talk

    Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood and Kern County Supervisors will be in a pickle Tuesday morning as they talk about Youngblood's budget and how he will take a $1.2 million mid-year cut to the amount of money he gets from the county's...

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    Talking about fireworks up for supes discussion today

    Supervisors will discuss, Tuesday morning, setting a time to talk about making some big changes in county fireworks ordinances. Banning piccolo petes and ground flowers? Making hosts responsible for the fireworks their guests launch in...

  5. Supervisors face major talks at hot ticket Tuesday meet

    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...


    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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...


    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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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.

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

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