City councilmembers discussed a variety of topics during the regularly scheduled council meeting held at the Beekay Theatre the evening of June 21, including the appointment of a new member to the Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Park District's board of directors.

Councilmembers appointed MaryAnne Paciullo to serve on the board to fill the vacancy created by board member Wes Backes, who resigned. This appointment will fill a four-year term and will expire Feb. 2, 2025.

"We are super happy and excited for her appointment," said City Manager Greg Garrett.

Councilmembers also reappointed three incumbents to continue to serve on the Tehachapi Planning Commission.

Commissioners Steve Hamblin, Daryl Christensen and Charles White were the only three applicants received by the city, and will serve four-year terms to expire June 30, 2025.

"We are looking forward to continue that seamless Planning Commission. That is super important to our processes," Garrett said.

According to Garrett, the city has also launched its beautification program to honor businesses and residents that maintain their yards and places of business.

 "The council was very engaged and gave several ideas on what we might incorporate into this program...," Garrett said. "We will not be handing these awards out like bubblegum. There will be a nomination committee."

The High Speed Rail environmental impact report is now available for public review. The 1,000-plus-page document includes a section between Bakersfield and Palmdale, which is of particular importance to residents of Tehachapi.

"We are encouraging people to look at that and comment," Garrett said.

The document can be viewed at hsr.ca.gov.

Other items of discussion included the slurry sealings of local streets to restore the oil moisture to asphalt and the start of the Snyder Avenue project which includes adding curb and gutters.