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City Council Update

Aug. 7 marked the first City Council meeting of the month. With the arrival of Mountain Festival on Aug. 19 and the start of the 2023-24 school year on Aug. 9, the City has seen an especially busy past few weeks.

At the meeting, new police chief Richard Standridge recognized Sgt. Dunham for stepping up and taking on many extra responsibilities during the police chief transition, keeping the department together in a time of instability. Sgt. Dunham received his official commendation, while family and members of the department watched on with pride.

Key Budge, Community Engagement Specialist for the city of Tehachapi, stood to announce a generous anonymous $50,000 donation to the Valley Park Project for outdoor furniture made by a new company called Canvus. Canvus recycles old turbines from windmills into 100% recycled and waterproof outdoor furniture, making Tehachapi the perfect flagship for their furnishings.

With a $6 million dollar FAA grant and $305k from CalTrans in hand, the Taxiway Relocation Project is a huge leap closer to breaking ground. Once the City is able to file final applications and select a contractor for the project, construction will officially begin.

In final news, the City Council has one chair open with two current prospective applicants. At the next meeting, on Aug. 21 at the police department, applicants will be announced to the public for further consideration.

The Tehachapi City Council meets on the first and third Monday of the month at 6 p.m. They are currently meeting at the Police Department Community Room, 220 W. C St.