Hey Mojavians! Do You Want Mojave to be a City?

Credit: Robin Snelson
Credit: Robin Snelson

For the past several decades, residents in the town of Mojave have had a very odd political status.

They can democratically elect for the directors of the Mojave Air and Space Port. However, no one (officially) lives on the airport, and the directors have no authority beyond the facility’s property line.

However, Mojave residents have no government of their own because they live in an unincorporated, census-designated community whose upkeep and services are provided by Kern County. They can only vote for county officials.

A group calling itself Mojave Together (http://www.mojavetogether.org) wants to chage that situation. It has called a meeting on Thursday, March 6, to discuss Mojave applying to the state to become a city.  The meeting is set for 6 p.m. in the Mojave Elementary School auditorium at 15800 “O” St.

A brochure that has popped up around town says the struggling town of 4,200 residents is too often ignored by Kern County. The group says the status of a city would help Mojave get its fair share of tax dollars and facilitate the election of accountable local officials.

Mojave Businesses to Get Funds for Facade Upgrades

Mojave businesses are now eligible for grants worth up to $10,000 to upgrade their building facades under a new Kern County program aimed at helping to revitalize the community.

The program will be unveiled at a business mixer next Thursday, April 11, at 6 p.m. in the Mariah Country Inn on Business Route 58. The mixer, which is being sponsored by the Mojave Chamber of Commerce, will include light refreshments and drinks.


Revitalize Mojave Honored With Merit Award

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (Kern COG PR) — Kern Council of Governments (COG) will honor 16 individuals, organizations and programs for making major contributions to this area’s quality of life through innovative, cooperative efforts during its 22nd annual Regional Awards of Merit Program on March 7, 2013.

Regional Awards of Merit recipients, as decided by a Kern COG Board subcommittee, are divided among nine broad categories and include:

Local Government: Revitalize Mojave citizen group for its unique private-public partnership and development of a new Vision Plan project that improves Mojave’s physical environment…

This is the 22nd year Kern COG has recognized those programs and people in our region whose ideas and hard work have made life in Kern County better for us all.

The awards banquet will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 7, 2013 at the Petroleum Club on the 12th floor of the Stockdale Towers, 5060 Stockdale Highway in Bakersfield. Cost is $40 per person, which includes a dinner buffet.

Reservations are due by noon Tuesday, March 5, 2013 by calling (661) 861-2191 or emailing lcollins@kerncog.org . No money will be accepted at the door.

Mojave Visioning Workshop Set for this Weekend

Revitalize Mojave will be hosting a Community Visioning Workshop this Friday and Saturday that will allow residents and business owners to help plan the future of the town.

The two-day workshop will include hands-0n exercises in which participants will be able to help design a plan for revitalizing Mojave. The goal is to create a public vision for the town’s future and a list of projects and improvements that would need to be done to accomplish the vision.