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July 31, 2019

COMMUNITY VOICES: The (preventable) public health disaster that is looming over California

By Vince Fong Millions of Californians who depend on life-saving medications are now facing the threat of seeing their access to health care cut off. It’s a looming disaster that comes from new Medi-Cal reimbursement rules drafted by state bureaucrats in Sacramento, under former Gov. […]
July 19, 2019

Bill to help public get state records is tabled by Democrats. It must get second try

A proposed bill that would help Californians get public records got unfortunately shelved for the year, a victim of partisanship in the state Senate. Here’s hoping it has a fairer treatment next year. Assemblyman Vince Fong, a Republican from Bakersfield, is co-author of AB 289. […]
June 21, 2019

Assemblyman Vince Fong names Urner’s “Small Business of the Year”

Assemblyman Vince Fong has named Urner’s as the 34th District’s “Small Business of the Year.” Urner’s has been in Bakersfield for an entire century. Fong called Urner’s a generational staple and thanked the family for it’s dedication to supporting local non-profits. In honor of Urner’s […]
June 8, 2019

OUR VIEW: Assemblyman Fong vs. secretive bureaucrats

Bakersfield’s Republican Assemblyman Vince Fong is an unusual politician in these partisan times. Not only is he willing to work across the aisle to get things done, he gives more than lip service to the idea that people have a right to know what their […]
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 […]