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Couch's Corner: Working to end homelessness

This week our District 4 staff had the pleasure to visit three facilities in Kern County that are trying to address our local homelessness problem. Homelessness is on everyone’s... — Updated 4/3/2022

 

Crime prevention specialist to speak in Wasco

Next Tuesday, March 8, at 7 p.m., the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Specialist Lorie Meza will be presenting at the Old Courthouse Building in Wasco, 810 8th St.... — Updated 3/6/2022

 

Couch's Corner: BVARA and Kern River Parkway Bike Trail connected

Kern County has many jewels, places and things for which we can be proud. Two of them are the Buena Vista Aquatic Recreation Area (BVARA) and Kern River Parkway Bike Trail. Back in... — Updated 2/21/2022

 

Couch's Corner: Christmas 2020

After a tumultuous year, we as a community will hopefully get to relax and enjoy Christmas with our loved ones. During this Christmas season, I am thankful for the opportunity to... — Updated 1/6/2022

 

Couch's Corner: Delano Recovery Station provides a safe space

Can you believe it has been one year since the opening of the Delano Recovery Station? This past week, Telecare opened the doors to the public to celebrate the one-year... — Updated 7/3/2021

 

Couch's Corner:

Last year, state and local governments nationwide encountered a once-in- a-generation global pandemic. Our community remained resilient, and the Kern County Department of Public... — Updated 6/29/2021

 

Couch's Corner: Sunset Middle School renovation project

One of the most rewarding experiences of serving as Fourth District supervisor is working with young adults that share an idealism and belief that no limits can stop what they can... — Updated 4/19/2021

 

Couch's Corner: Ag and energy working collaboratively

I love it when Ag and energy work together in Kern County to show the world how to do things better and this week, it happened again. The two industries worked together in Arvin at... — Updated 4/4/2021

 

Couch's Corner: Spring

Spring is around the corner, and with it, spring cleanups. That’s why I’m pleased to announce that this month the Board of Supervisors approved the bylaws and the formation of... — Updated 3/6/2021

 

Couch's Corner: Resources for substance abuse

This week I want to share a program available in north Kern that may be just the thing your family needs to deal with an adult family member experiencing a substance-abuse crisis.... — Updated 1/18/2021

 

Couch's Corner: Thanks to the California Farmworker Foundation

It’s 2021, and with 2020 in the rear view mirror, let’s all hope these vaccines, our social distancing, and our personal protective measures help eradicate this pandemic in the... — Updated 1/9/2021

 

Couch's Corner: Vaccine offers hope; stay-at-home order in place

District 4, we now have a vaccine that offers us hope that we can finally begin to see the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, but we still have a stay-at-home order we need... — Updated 12/25/2020

 

Couch's Corner: McFarland Animal Shelter opens

Recently the City of McFarland opened a new animal shelter with 15-20 kennels. The facility is equipped with several amenities including a medical room, laundry room, and food... — Updated 11/17/2020

 

Couch's Corner: Kern County Animal Services reaches no-kill status

As Fourth District supervisor, I work with Kern County Animal Services on efforts to reduce the euthanasia rates in our county. Recently, KCAS announced for the first time on... — Updated 10/20/2020

 

Couch's Corner: More testing will help county reopen

In recent months, Kern County has taken measures to reopen the economy and support small businesses with CARES Act stimulus funds. In May, the Kern County Public Health Department... — Updated 10/13/2020

 

U.S. Surgeon General visits Bakersfield

In light of the ongoing battle against covid-19, Kern County received a surprise visit from the U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams. As the nation’s doctor, Vice Admiral Adams... — Updated 9/27/2020

 

Couch's Corner: You bring the ideas, we'll try to implement them

One of the great things about being your county supervisor is the chance it gives me to hear your ideas and help implement them, when feasible. Three current examples of this come... — Updated 9/7/2020

 

Couch's Corner - April 16, 2020

The united effort between the community and county officials to bend the curve and combat COVID-19 continues to make substantial progress. The Board of Supervisors, public health... — Updated 4/18/2020

 

Couch's Corner - March 26, 2020

By now, I’m certain that all of us have been impacted by the COVID-19 virus, and I’m also certain that you are keeping informed so I will not use our weekly Couch’s Corner to... — Updated 3/26/2020

 

Couch's Corner - Jan. 16, 2020

Much thanks to the Valley Ag Voice for their article “Local Leaders React to Passage of USMCA,” in their January issue. For those of you who may not know, USMCA is an updated... — Updated 1/18/2020

 

Couch's Corner - Jan. 2, 2020

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a great 2019 and am looking forward to 2020. It’s that time of year to look back at what we’ve accomplished, and look forward to things we... — Updated 1/3/2020

 

Conch's Corner - Nov. 21, 2019

On Nov. 15, a group of us traveled to Fresno to testify at a hearing of the California Transportation Commission. I was in attendance with Councilmember Cathy Prout of Shafter and C... — Updated 11/24/2019

 

Couch's Corner - July 25, 2019

This week I would like to remind the community about different steps being taken to prepare for the 2019 wildfire season, especially power outages. Even though you may not be near... — Updated 7/30/2019

 

County's role in immigration

This week I wanted to discuss what seems to be the most controversial issue in our nation at this moment: immigration. It's important for all of us to understand the roles of all... — Updated 4/22/2019

 

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