Mojave CHP

CHAMBER HONORS — California Highway Patrol Lt. John Williams, commander of the Mojave area office, was recognized Thursday by the Mojave Chamber of Commerce for his efforts throughout the community beyond the job description, through toys drives, the Explorer program to introduce young people to law enforcement and support for charitable and community events.

MOJAVE — Businesses in Mojave’s traditional down­town business dis­trict may once again apply for grants from Kern County to spruce up their appearance, part of an effort to help revitalize the area.

The $5,000 and $10,000 grants are available through the Renewable En­er­gy Neighborhood En­hance­ment Wind Bus­i­ness Investment Zone pro­gram, better known as RENEW­BIZ.

The RENEWBIZ pro­gram, approved by Kern Coun­ty supervisors in 2012, takes a portion of the increased property taxes generated by the wind energy industry and turns that money over for im­prove­ments in the un­in­corporated com­mu­ni­ties impacted by the industry.

The program is intended to spur investment in the down­town cores of these com­munities, improving them aesthetically and econ­omically, and there­fore improving quality of life for residents.

The program has been on hiatus for the past coup­le years, as Kern Coun­ty has dealt with a fis­cal crisis.

“I’m grateful we’re able to offer grants again this year,” Second District Su­per­visor Zack Scrivner said.

This week, the Board of Supervisors agreed to bring the program back, ap­pro­ving $380,000 for grants for this year for the communities of Mo­ja­ve, Rosamond, Boron and unincorporated Te­ha­chapi.

The application period opens March 15 and the deadline is April 30, Mojave Chamber of Com­merce President Doug Clipperton said during Thursday’s meeting.

“We want people to start thinking about it as soon as possible,” as the applications require a great deal of information, he said.

Businesses may apply for more than one grant at a time.

The Mojave Chamber of Commerce also honored California Highway Pat­rol Lt. John Williams, com­man­der of the Mo­ja­ve area office, for his service throughout the com­mu­nity, “not only our com­munity, but the sur­round­ing communities,” Clip­perton said.

“It’s a lot more than giving people tickets and reporting accidents,” he said. “There is so much that he and his crew do.”

Among the projects Clip­per­ton detailed are the of­fice’s hugely successful toy drives, Explorer program and providing support for various community events.

“It’s nice to be able to stand up here and have my name on here, but the reality is it’s these folks sitting right here that have done all the hard work,” Williams said of his management team.

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Free money, pulled right out of tax payers wallets. Oh gee, who would have thought?

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