Caltrans Seeking Public Comment on Inyokern/Ridgecrest Pavement Project
INYOKERN / RIDGECREST – Caltrans District 9 is seeking public comment on its proposed Inyokern/Ridgecrest Pavement Project from Feb. 15 through Mar. 22, 2021. Currently in the planning stages and being funded by Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, the project will repave SR 178 E from the SR 14/SR 178 E intersection, through Inyokern, Ridgecrest and end at the Kern County/San Bernardino County line. This stretch of SR 178 E is showing signs of distress and cracking. Repaving the road will create a better driving experience for motorists and cyclists and defer the need for major maintenance projects. Other features of the project include culvert repair, sign and light replacement and American with Disabilities Act (ADA) infrastructure upgrades.
Public comment is requested to help identify other needs that might be addressed in this project. Information on the project, as well as instructions on how you can submit comments, can be found here: https://arcg.is/1uXKrP0.
SB 1 invests $5.4 billion annually to fix roads, freeways and bridges in communities across California. SB 1 investments are focused on fix it first projects, repairing our aging infrastructure.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to California businesses and residents affected by earthquakes that occurred July 4-12, 2019, announced acting Administrator Christopher M. Pilkerton of the U.S. Small Business Administration. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster in response to a request SBA received from Gov. Gavin Newsom’s designated representative, Mark S. Ghilarducci, director of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, on Aug. 5, 2019.
The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in Inyo, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Tulare and Ventura counties in California; and La Paz and Mohave counties in Arizona; and Clark County in Nevada.
“SBA is strongly committed to providing California with the most effective and customer-focused response possible, and we will be there to provide access to federal disaster loans to help finance recovery for businesses and residents affected by the disaster,” said Pilkerton. “Getting our businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.”
“Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters whose property was damaged or destroyed by this disaster,” said SBA’s Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West. “Beginning Friday, Aug. 9, SBA representatives will be on hand at the following Disaster Loan Outreach Centers to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process and help each individual complete their application,” Garfield continued. The centers will be open on the days and times indicated below until further notice. No appointment is necessary.
Businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets. SBA can also lend additional funds to businesses and homeowners to help with the cost of improvements to protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.
For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic injury assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any property damage.
Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.
Interest rates can be as low as 4 percent for businesses, 2.75 percent for private nonprofit organizations and 1.938 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.
Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.
The deadline to apply for property damage is Oct. 7, 2019. The deadline to apply for economic injury is May 7, 2020.
Inyokern isn’t just dust and sand. Every spring we have a fabulous superbloom of wildflowers. You don’t have to go far to see it! Below is a collection of photos I, Evan Carroll, took 3 separate days in the Spring of 2019.
Maturango Museum is having a wildflower exhibit Friday, April 5th to Sunday April 7th 2019. Admission is $2, children are free. They will have Nick Jensen speaking Saturday, April 6 at 2 pm, on “A Botanist comes full circle: from studying to defending Tejon Ranch, California’s largest private landholding.”
Kern County Sheriff’s Office will be providing an informational meeting about how to start a neighborhood watch with your neighbors. It’s the best way to protect against property crime. It’s also a great way to interact with your neighbors!
The Inyokern Chamber is hosting at the Inyokern Town Hall, March 18th at 6 PM.