The Ridgecrest City Council is looking at what may be a short meeting on Dec. 6.

Honoring American Association of University Women and Tech Trek

First will be a presentation honoring the China Lake-Ridgecrest branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW). The AAUW has been around since 1881, when it was founded by 17 female college graduates hoping to improve opportunities for women. The local branch is celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2017.

The AAUW works toward equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. The local branch supports Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) by sending local seventh-grade girls to a week-long science camp called Tech Trek. The camp is held at a college or university in California and was originally developed in response to AAUW research asking why so few women take part in STEM occupations. Since 1998, the China Lake-Ridgecrest Branch has sent over 130 seventh-grade girls to participate in Tech Trek.

The council's proclamation will honor the local AAUW for its anniversary and their contributions to the local community.

Community Development Block Grant Public Hearing

Also on the agenda is a public hearing and potential approval of the fiscal year 2018-2019 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application.

The estimated CDBG share for fiscal year 2018-2019 is $89,487, which may be combined with other funds.

According to a staff report, the public hearing was established to discuss and prioritize proposed CDBG programs projects for fiscal year 2018-2019.

Public comments are being solicited and will be heard and accepted prior to the approval of the selected project, and “[t]he resolution is presented to confirm the allocation of funds at the conclusion of the Public Hearing and must be filed, along with the project application, with the County of Kern prior to December 12, 2017,” according to the report.

For more on this topic, see an upcoming edition of the Daily Independent.

School crosswalk upgrades

On the consent calendar is an item approving $39,000 in California Department of Transportation funds for school crosswalk upgrades. The agreement is pavement markings for eight city school crosswalk upgrades, at the following locations: [Graaf] Street and Alene Avenue; Drummond Avenue and Sanders Street; Las Flores Avenue and Sierra View Street; Church Avenue and Helena Street; Upjohn Avenue and Guam Street; Guam Street and Iowa Avenue; Gold Canyon Drive and Sandora Street and Gateway Boulevard south of Upjohn Avenue.

The project is funded 100 percent from the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP).

South China Lake Boulevard

Also on the consent calendar is a request to approve a notice of completion on South China Lake Boulevard from Bowman Road to College Heights Boulevard. The item also requests the release of retention of $29,683.13 to contractor the Griffith Company, Inc. thirty days later.

The project consisted of resurfacing and rehabilitating on China Lake Boulevard from Bowman Road to College Heights. The work has been completed and the contractor paid except for the retention.

According to a staff report, the project was funded by the Regional Surface Transportation Program (RSTP) and Tax Allocation Bonds and was completed and reviewed by Caltrans on Nov. 14.

The original contract amount was for $457,366. Change orders and quantity adjustments were $136,296.55 and the total contract amount was $593,882.55.

The only discussion and/or action item listed is providing direction to Mayor Peggy Breeden as the city's representative on the Indian Wells Valley Groundwater Authority. This is a recurring item.

The closed session will be held Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 5:00 p.m., in City Council Chambers Conference Room. On the agenda is anticipated litigation/significant exposure to litigation – one case.

The regular council meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m., at City Council Chambers at City Hall, 100 W. California Ave in Ridgecrest. It will also be broadcast on Mediacom Channel 6 and streamed online at

Note: this story was edited to correct a typographical error and provide more factual information.