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Supervisor Zack Scrivner
Spring Newsletter

I am grateful for the honor and privilege of serving Kern County's Second District on the Board of Supervisors. Together, we have accomplished much, and this newsletter focuses on some of the highlights for Kern County and the Second District
 

Budget Development Update

The Board of Supervisors, along with the County Administrative Office, is starting development of Fiscal Year 2019-20's budget. Final approval of this budget will be in August. County budget staff projects that our long-running structural deficit will be closed by the end of this developing fiscal year. This is a major success that all County departments and employees have achieved! Our efforts to eliminate the structural deficit began in August of 2016, with a plan to spread out a $44.5 million deficit over four years. We have reduced our deficit by judiciously using reserves, contract reviews, "hiring within" concepts, conservative spending by departments, implementing Lean Six Sigma into our county culture, and the LaunchKern initiative, which will have saved the County $8 million by September of this year. READ MORE
Lets Abandon High Speed Rail

At the February 26th meeting of the Kern County Board of Supervisors, I introduced a resolution calling on the California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) to abandon the High Speed Rail (HSR) project in its entirety. The Supervisors voted, 4-1, to approve this resolution March 12th.
 
At its best, this so-called 'bullet train' was nothing more than a pie-in-the-sky idea sold to the California voters in 2008 as a way to produce more jobs, cleaner air, less congestion, etc. at a "modest" $9 billion - plus federal taxpayer & private investor money to cover another $10 billion-- and audits every step of the way .
 
Fast forward today - 10 years later - today's price tag is $77 billion, and the project never left the station, tore up lands, produced massive concrete structures connected to nothing, filled the coffers of consultants and attorneys, caused chaos and costly planning nightmares from San Diego, through Central Valley towns and farms, and up through the Bay Area. (You know a project is terribly flawed when folks from Kern and San Mateo Counties BOTH oppose it!) And private sector investment? No one in the private sector invested a dime and it took 9 years to get an audit. READ MORE
 
2nd District Constituent Feature
Audrey Post and Lydia Cheney, Owners of South Street Digital

Entrepreneurship and small businesses are the backbone of the American economy. Small businesses account for nearly half of our nation's GDP, create millions of jobs, and contribute mightily to the growth and vitality of our economy.
 
Here in America, many of our small businesses are owned by a rapidly growing percentage of women. According to the American Express 2018 State of Women-Owned Business report, the number of women-owned business has grown from 400,000 in 1972 to over 12 million in 2018. That is over a 3,000% increase, and that number continues to rise.
 
The Second District is home to two exceptional women, Audrey Post and Lydia Chaney, who exemplify female entrepreneurship here in America. Audrey and Lydia own South Street Digital, a company they opened in 2014 in Tehachapi. South Street Digital is Tehachapi's first full digital printing company, and is committed to growing the opportunities available to small business in their community and supporting the "Tehachapi Lifestyle".
 
On May 8th, Audrey and Lydia were recognized as the "Woman Owned Business of the Year for the Central California Small Business Development Center Region". This region includes 14 counties and spans from Stanislaus County to Kern County, from the Pacific Ocean to the Nevada State line.
 
It is entrepreneurs like Audrey and Lydia who help to grow the Kern County economy, and help to keep it vibrant and healthy. They also give back to their community. Lydia is the president of the Greater Tehachapi Economic Development Council, and both are involved in the local Chamber of Commerce, Service Clubs, and fundraising for local charities.
 
On behalf of the Kern County Board of Supervisors, it was my honor to present Audrey and Lydia with a Certificate of Recognition for their outstanding achievement. Congratulations, Audrey and Lydia, and thank you for your contributions to the Second District!

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