The city of Tehachapi is proud to present our 2019 Year in Review. The annual printed publication recaps the accomplishments and major initiatives by the various departments within our organization. It’s a top-level view of what is being done on your behalf.
There I was, driving like a maniac around town a few days before the first snow, looking for a pair of 2T snow pants for my daughter. This town did not have any. I had to resort to good old Amazon. I would like to give my town my business, but it is hard as a parent.
Thank you to the Tehachapi News staff for all the work you do to keep us informed about what's happening or not happening around Tehachapi. The Marriott is going to be beautiful.
Big thank you to Las Palmas and Jiffy Lube for quickly resolving my dead battery dilemma on snowy Green Street when Auto Club was unable to service our icy area on a recent Tuesday.
I and my neighbors would like to thank the Tompkins Elementary School's students and teachers for coming out in the cold to sing Christmas carols to us. Also, for the mason jar presents.
A big thank you to the kind gentlemen plus Shawn from Bank of the West for getting me out of the snow in the bank's parking lot. I was stuck and AAA doesn't do that.
A big thanks to TPD during our major snow storm on Dec. 26. My daughter works the overnight shift at her job. Her co-worker did not come in to work on Christmas Day. She worked her shift all alone.
The Christmas story of Joseph and Mary traveling through the desert to the town where Jesus was born has taken on a whole new meaning for me this holiday season for a specific reason: the 2020 U.S. Census is coming in April.
The Thunder on the Mountain Car Show Committee would like to thank all of those who made the 2019 show possible. Many businesses and individuals donated money for winner's plaques, raffle prizes and the materials and supplies necessary for the event.
I wish to thank the many people who offered to bring my two friends, me and our dogs warm drinks and snacks while we were bell ringing for the Salvation Army in front of Albertsons last week during the cold and windy storm.
The Friends of the Tehachapi Library have had a great year. It has been a busy year with reorganizing and growing the group. The Library has been creating a lot of popular programs such as The Hogwarts Yule Ball, Comic Con, The Haunted Library, the Summer Reading Program and so on. And weekl…
One can understand given today’s climate the desire for many to leave the state of California. The issues have been well noted and continue to be so daily in the news media. Just read the Los Angeles Times and you’ll see things unfathomable for those of us in Tehachapi. These examples are a …
Shortly before his inauguration in 2009, Barack Obama promised that “we were moments away from the fundamental transformation of America.” Not much attention was given to the meaning of this phrase at the time, certainly not by the sycophants in the mass media, but the weaponization of nearl…
If the longtime residents of greater Tehachapi haven't figured this out by now, their once quaint natural beauty and charming community is very much now on the developers map and things are never going to be the same ever again.
The sign welcoming people to the "Land of Four Seasons" represents more than just the city of Tehachapi. It represents the Greater Tehachapi area including Golden Hills, Old Town, Stallion Springs, Bear Valley, Alpine Village, Cummings Valley, Brite Valley and all of the other small unincorp…
The authors of “To grow or not to grow is no longer our choice” (Forum, Nov. 27) argue that because of an affordable housing shortage in the Antelope Valley and Bakersfield, the state government will force Tehachapi to build houses on its empty lots.
One of the things I cherish most about the holiday season is the pervasive sense of goodwill that floods the hearts of those in our community. Our town is gracious and generous year-round, but during the holidays we are really inspired to show our love for our friends and neighbors.
My husband and I made our last trip to Kmart today. It was so sad to see it in that condition, but as usual we got quite a bit of merchandise for a really reasonable price.
To grow or not to grow? This metaphor on the Shakespearian phrase of a soliloquy, made by the protagonist Hamlet, can be interpreted in the same way as intended in the play. The main point of Hamlet’s words, deciding if either living or dying is best, is to some the equivalent of holding on …
For crying out loud! We're about to have another ridiculous traffic signal installed at the corner of Red Apple and Westwood Boulevard. Even the guys installing these signals told me it's stupid to put more traffic signals in town, since they already installed three traffic lights in town ju…
It’s certainly the holiday season as our public works team completes one of my favorite tasks, putting up the Christmas decorations downtown.
I want to thank the city of Tehachapi for planting trees on the west side of Curry Street a few years back. We are just now leaving the season where all the leaves change colors and every year the trees become absolutely breathtaking with the bright red and orange leaves. They’re so beautifu…
Our three supermarkets, Albertsons, Save Mart and now Walmart, are really generous to our community in supporting good-deed efforts. This is the ninth year we have experienced this support from Albertsons and Save Mart!
As part of the Inspire Charter School State Impact Day, our local charter, Heartland Charter, hosted an event to provide service opportunities for people in our community. The students had the opportunity to write letters to those in the service, paint kindness rocks to hide around town, and…
This letter explains my family's first experience with youth football in Tehachapi. We were pleasantly surprised at the organization and professionalism from the voluntary staff this season. Those who think that football is too dangerous or somehow not good for kids should know that the rewa…
About a year ago, I attended a presentation by two Southern California Edison engineers on a project to install covered conductors. The SCE website has a story on this project: https://energized.edison.com/stories/insulated-wires-help-reduce-wildfire-risk.
What an amazing year to wage hope to find a cure for pancreatic cancer. This year, Christina’s 5th Annual Pancreatic Cancer Fundraiser raised $16,025.
On Nov. 11, Veterans Day, my husband and I attended the ceremony at Cub Lake honoring veterans, past and present. A family with two young girls, the Barton family, made and presented star Christmas ornaments to the vets in attendance with a heart shaped note attached that read "Thank you hero!"
Have a Heart Humane Society would like to give our heartfelt thanks to the Bear Valley Springs Tail Wagers Club for their recent donation drive. They collected food and cash donations for our little fur babies.
Once upon a time... the majority of public utilities in the world were publicly owned and were nonprofit. They operated as a SERVICE to the community, and they invested in INFRASTRUCTURE and planned for the future.
The world is filled with scientists who have been telling us for 36 years that our world is suffering from global warming. Now those scientists are warning us that their current measurements of the rise in temperatures indicate we may have only eight to 10 years to do something about it.
My family just got home from this year's Veterans Day program. It was great. There were many activities for the families to participate in. The flyover by our fire department helicopter was awesome.
EGADS! My property taxes jumped up $600 this year. When I complained and wanted my house reassessed, the county tax assessor told me that my house was properly appraised at the current market value and no change will be made to my property tax statement.
I agree with what Greg Garrett had to say in his memo. I have lived in Tehachapi for more than 16 years. When these shut-offs started, I didn't believe this area had ever had a wildland fire started by a downed power line in this time. Garrett took it even further, that is to say during all …
Responding to the city manager's rant about SCE cutting power: Some cities provide electricity and gas. Float a bond and build your own utility. And if you really want to poke SCE in the eye, build a small nuclear power plant.
I understand and appreciate the fact that undergrounding power lines is prohibitively expensive. However, one solution that is not mentioned anywhere is insulated lines. My brother,who lives in Washington state, tells me many of the power lines there use insulated cable.
I would like for our city manager to consider my position. These are nonpolitical problems. Finger-pointing will do nothing! If you point at the other party than yours all it is another (make hate do nothing).
The American Legion Auxiliary 221 hosts a monthly quarter auction on the third Sunday of each month. It is such a fun way to give back. Every month, an organization or family in need is our “silent” vendor.
City Manager Greg Garrett hits it right on the head with his letter! He is saying what Sacramento is afraid to, because they are the cause of the problem.
I have been reading and listening to some people commenting on the recent public safety power shut-offs. Almost all of them are negative, which happens to be kind of sad. Not many have seen the positives of the shut-offs.
I recently spent a few days at our new Adventist Health Tehachapi Valley hospital here in Tehachapi. I couldn't have asked for a better experience, under the circumstances.
The city of Tehachapi received electrical power in 1915 when the municipal lighting system went into place. That was sooner than many neighbors due to our proximity to the Monolith Cement Plant, which was making the cement for the nearby Los Angeles Aqueduct project. As a result, we received…
It’s been one year since we opened the doors of the new Adventist Health Tehachapi Valley hospital, and, when I reflect on our time here, I’m humbled.
I don't know how this suing the utility companies got started, but it should cease. This all started with last year's wildfires. This caused PG&E to go into bankruptcy. This got started with our governor and the Democratic party. There is nothing they would like better than to do a gover…
Democrats hyperventilate about enemies like Russia possibly interfering in the 2016 presidential election, but they have found no evidence of interference after spending more than $30 million on three years of partisan investigating. Meanwhile, they are trying every dirty trick in the book t…
On behalf of Honor Flight Kern County and local area veterans, a big thank you to the Tehachapi Area Association of Realtors. Through your continued support and donations, you have sent 11 WWII, Korean and Vietnam veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit their memorial along with others.
Along with some members of the city staff and City Council, I attended the League of California Cities Conference last week. It's always an informative time of learning best practices, community engagement tips and networking with fellow city leaders in our state.