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  1. County budget to get routine approval today

    By The Bakersfield Californian
    Tuesday, Aug 26 2014 08:38 AM

    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 - Probation - is on the agenda for a discussion. Outgoing Chief Probation Officer David Kuge scheduled to speak about his budget one last time before he retires at the end of 2014. His prospects for more money aren't great since the last time he came asking, at a previous budget hearing, supervisors took offense at his wheedling tone and told him rather nicely they weren't interested in giving him more money.

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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...

  3. 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.

  4. Supes tackle odd items on Tuesday's agenda.

    It's a bit of an eclectic day for the Kern County Board of Supervisors. They'll consider a new slate of fees for the Assessor-Recorder and County Clerks offices. They will talk about a summer lunch program for children at Beale Memorial...

  5. Supes to discuss good budget news

    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...

  6. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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....

  13. 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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