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June 7, 2019

Open Forum: The public’s right to know is under threat in California. Passing AB289 would help.

California proponents of good government could use some good news. So how about this: On May 23, the California Assembly unanimously passed legislation strengthening the public’s ability to learn what the government is doing in its name. What we’ve learned lately is alarming. Earlier this […]
May 29, 2019

Is your representative voting “Yes” on blank bills?

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Last year Eyewitness News told you about budget trailer bills; essentially blank bills going through the state capital with little to no input from the voters. Today California lawmakers are still voting on legislation that legitimately says and does nothing, until […]
May 23, 2019

Fong bill will close loophole in CPRA

AB 289 passes Assembly with unanimous and bipartisan support, goes on to Senate The California Assembly passed AB 289, authored by Assemblyman Vince Fong (R-Kern County), which closes a loophole in California Public Records Act, on Thursday with unanimous bipartisan support. The vote was 68-0. […]
May 17, 2019

Assemblyman Fong responds to upcoming release of over 100 inmates in Bakersfield

State officials have responded to BPD’s release news of more that 100 inmates to be dropped off at the Greyhound bus station in Downtown Bakersfield Thursday. Bakersfield police say the released inmates will be dropped off on Thursday between 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. by […]
May 11, 2019

Op-Ed: Dangerous Sacramento proposal puts lives at risk

By Vince Fong and Jed McLaughlin Our law enforcement officers go to work every day knowing they face constant uncertainty and danger on the job serving our community. Any incident and response, whether it is a traffic stop or a domestic violence call, can lead […]
April 16, 2019

JACKSON: DOES CALIFORNIA HAVE A FUTURE?

Republican California State Assemblyman Vince Fong recently tweeted about California’s 19 percent poverty rate, which he said “is driven by the extreme high cost of living here.” “Yet,” said Fong, “Sacramento continues to pass policies that make it even more expensive.” In a story illustrated […]