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23ABC Midday News: Top Stories for February 18, 2020

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23ABC Midday News: Top Stories for February 18, 2020

23ABC Midday News: Top Stories for February 18, 2020

President Donald Trump is slated to visit Bakersfield on Wednesday where he is scheduled to discuss water issues in Kern County.

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23ABC Midday News: Top Stories for February 18, 2020

WATCHING 23 ABC NEWS AT 11AM,I'M MIKE HART..AND I'M DANIELLE KERNKAMP.THE PRESIDENT'S MOTORCADEARRIVING AT JOINT BASE ANDREWSINMARYLAND ABOUT 20 MINUTES AGO..TO BOARD AIR FORCE ONE FORHIS TRIP TO THE WEST COAST.PRESIDENT TRUMP IS SCHEDULED TOARRIVE IN LOSANGELES THIS AFTERNOON AROUND3-30.THE PRESIDENT IS EXPECTED TOATTEND EVENTS IN SANTA MONICAAND BEVERLY HILLS.HE WILL ALSO GET A BRIEFING FROMOLYMPIC OFFICIALS IN LOSANGELES CONCERNING THE 2028SUMMER GAMES.HE WILL END THE DAY WITH A QUICKFLIGHT TO LAS VEGAS TONIGHT..FOR AN EVENT EARLY TOMORROW.ON DAY TWO..

PRESIDENT TRUMPWILL LEAVE LAS VEGAS FOR AFUNDRAISER IN RANCHO MIRAGE..BEFORE HE TURNS NORTH AND HEADSTO BAKERSFIELD.LET'S TAKE A LIVE LOOK FROMMEADOWS FIELD... THINGS LOOK ALITTLE DIFFERENT FROM OURVANTAGE POINTJUST 24 HOURS AGO.THERE ARE TRUCKS LINED UP ALONGTHE FENCELINE..

ANDSECRET SERVICE AGENTS ASKED OURCAMERA'S TO MOVE FARTHER BACKFROM THE PROPERTY LINE.A C-17 TRANSPORT PLANE ISSCHEULED TOLAND ANY TIME NOW.AD LIBTOMORROW..

THE PRESIDENT WILLJOIN HOUSE MINORITY LEADERKEVIN MCCARTHY IN BAKERSFIELD TOSPEAK WITH FARMERS IN THECENTRAL VALLEY.THERE IS STILL NO OFFICIAL WORDON WHERE THAT MEETINGWILL BE OR HOW LONG HE WILL BEIN BAKERSFIELD.WHEN HE DOES LEAVE..

HE'LL HEADTO PHOENIX.WE'LL HAVE ALL YOUR COVERAGE ONPRESIDENT TRUMP'S VISIT TOBAKERSFIELD ONLINE AND ON AIRTHROUGHOUT THE DAYTOMORROW.BE SURE TO HEAD TO OUR WEBSITE-- TURN TO 23 DOT COM -- ANDDOWNLOAD OUR MOBILE AND TABLETAPP.ONCE AGAIN..

THE PRESIDENT ISEXPECTED TO FOCUS ON WATERISSUES WHILE IN BAKERSFIELD.23ABC SPOKE WITH SEVERAL LOCALFARMERS WHO TOLD USTHEY'RE STILL PAYING 100 PERCENTOF THEIR WATERBILLS... BUT ARE ONLY RECIEVINGA LOWER PERCENTAGE OFWATER -- BECAUSE OF THESHORTAGES AND RESTRICTIONS.THEY SAID IF THESE ISSUESCONTINUE -- IT COULD HAVESIGNIFICANT CONSEQUENCES TO THELOCAL AGRICULTUREBUSINESS."BECAUSE OF THE WATERRESTRICTIONSWE'VE HAD LESS CROPS GROWN INTOTHIS COMPANY THAT WE DO BUSINESSWITH, WHICH CUT THE SEASON SHORTFOR US, IT'S MADE IT TO THEPOINT WHERE IHAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO MAKE THEMONEY THAT I USED TO MAKEBEFORE, SO I HAD TOGO WORK ELSEWHERE."A LOT OF THE ISSUES WE'RECHALLENGEDWITH ARE AGING INFRASTRUCTUREAND A REPRIORITIZATION OF WHERETHE WATERNEEDS TO GO AND UNFORTUNATLEYTHAT MEANT MORE AND MORE WATERHASBEEN TAKEN FROM THE FARMER."LOCAL CONGRESSMAN AND HOUSEMINORITY LEADERKEVIN MCCARTHY SAID MONDAY THATHE SHARES FARMER'SCONCERNS.HE SAID HE IS EAGER FOR THEPRESIDENT TO ARRIVE AND FORTHEM TO GET TO WORK.LET'S CHECK IN NOW WITH 23ABC'SCHIEF METEOROLOGISTELAINA RUSK FOR A FIRST LOOK ATYOUR STORM SHIELD FORECAST.PASSING CLOUDS TODAY WON'TPREVENT A NICE WARM UP AS HIGHPRESSURE BUILDS IN THE PACIFICAND DOMINATES OUR WEATHERPATTERN THE NEXT COUPLE DAYS.THAT MEANS WE'RE ENJOYINGPLENTY OF SUNSHINE AND 70S INTHE VALLEY AND DESERT THE NEXTCOUPLE AFTERNOONS WITH 60S INTHE MOUNTAINS.VALLEY AIR QUALITY IS MODERATESO THERE IS NOWOOD BURNING PERMITTED UNLESSYOU HAVE A REGISTEREDDEVICE.IN ELECTION NEWS -- DEMOCRATICPRESIDENTIALCANDIDATE ELIZABETH WARREN'SCAMPAIGN ISMAKING ITS WAY TO BAKERSFIELD ASTHE 20-20 RACE CONTINUES.ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASEFROM HER CAMPAIGN --WARREN'S POLICY ANALYSTALEXANDRA WILCOX WILL BE INBAKERSFIELD TONIGHT.THE EVENT IS A LATIN-X COMMUNITYENGAGEMENTFORUM.IT'S SCHEDULED FOR TONIGHT AT 7P-M AT UNITED STEELWORKERSON 19-TH STREET.THE FORUM WILL BE FACILITATED BYMARIA MARTINEZ..

THE WARRENCAMPAIGN'S NATIONAL LATIN-XCOMMUNITY ENGAGEMENTDIRECTOR.THE CAMPAIGN WILL THEN MAKE ITSWAY TO SANTA MARIA ONTHURSDAY AND OXNARD ON FRIDAY.MEANTIME -- THE NEXT DEMOCRATICDEBATE IS RIGHT AROUND THECORNER...IT IS SCHEDULED FOR TOMORROW INLAS VEGAS.THE LAST ONE WAS EARLIER THISMONTH IN NEW HAMPSHIRE.SO FAR -- JOE BIDEN... PETEBUTTIGIEG... MIKE BLOOMBERG --AND SENATORS AMY KLOBUCHAR...BERNIE SANDERS AND ELIZABETHWARREN HAVE QUALIFIED FOR THISDEBATE.THE DEBATE IS SET FOR 9 O'CLOCKTOMORROWNIGHT.TODAY IS ALSO THE LAST DAY TOREGISTER FOR THE CALIFORNIAPRIMARY --- HAPPENING TWO WEEKSFROM TODAY..YOU CAN REGISTER ONLINE... BYMAIL OR IN PERSON.VOTERS WILL NEED TO REGISTERBEFORE MIDNIGHTTONIGHT.TO REGISTER -- YOU'LL NEED ADRIVER LICENSE OR I-D CARDNUMBER... THE LAST FOUR DIGITSOF YOUR SOCIAL SECURITYNUMBER AND YOUR DATE OF BIRTH.IF YOU MISS THE DEADLINE -- YOUHAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO"CONDITIONALLY" REGISTER TO VOTEAND VOTE PROVISIONALLY ATYOUR LOCAL COUNTY ELECTIONSOFFICE.THE CALIFORNIA PRIMARY FALLSTHIS YEAR ON SUPER TUESDAY --WHICH IS MARCH 3-RD.23ABC WANTS TO HELP YOU MAKE ANINFORMED DECISION ONSUPER TUESDAY -- WHEN CALIFORNIAVOTERS GO TO THE POLLS ONMARCH 3RD.WE HAVE INFORMATION ON LOCALMEASURES, NATIONAL ANDLOCAL CANDIDATES, ALONG WITHPROPOSITIONS ONOUR WEBSITE -- TURN TO 23 DOTCOM.TONIGHT - THE FUTURE OF AN 'ICE'FACILITY IN THE CITY OFMCFARLAND WILL ONCE AGAIN BEDISCUSSED AT THE MCFARLANDPLANNING COMMISSION MEETING.23ABC'S DANIELA GARRIDO SHARESITS IMPACT ON THE CITY AND HOWTHEY ARE REACTING TO IT."WE SEEK TO CHANGE THE USE OFOUR TWO FACILITIESLOCATED IN THE CITY OF MCFARLANDFROM PROVIDINGHOUSING TO INMATES FROM THECALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OFCORRECTIONS TO PROVIDING SECURERESIDENTIALSERVICES TO INDIVIDUALSCOMPLETING THE FEDERALREGULATION PROCESS"THE GEO GROUP, A PRIVATE PRISONCOMPANY THAT OWNS THE MESAVERDE ICE PROCESSING CENTER INBAKERSFIELD,MADE THEIR STANCE ON THE NEWCONTRACT WHICH WOULDADD 1,400 BEDS FOR ICE DETAINEESIN KERN COUNTY.BUT THROUGHOUT THE MEETING,AUDIBLE CHANTS COMING FROM THEOUTSIDE PROTESTS."AN IMMIGRANT HOUSING CENTER NOTONLY PROVIDESHOUSING, FOOD, AND MEDICAL CAREBUT IT GIVES THEM ANOPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TO FEDERALIMMIGRATIONOFFICIALS ON SITE REQUEST ANIMMIGRATION JUDGE TO HEARTHEIR CASE AND FACILITATE ACCESSTO LEGAL COUNSEL""AS FAR AS WE'RE CONCERNED ONCEICE GETS JURISDICTIONINTO OUR CITY THEIR GOING TO BEABLE TO COME IN AND RAIDHOMES AND THE GROCERY STORE ANDTAKE PEOPLE THAT AREUNDOCUMENTED"SOME RESIDENTS SEEING IT AS ATHREAT TO MCFARLAND'SECONOMY"THESE PEOPLE ARE NOT DOCUMENTEDAND THEYRE THEBACKBONE OF OUR ECONOMY THEYCANT JUST GO ANYWHEREAGRICULTURE IS HERE IN THECENTRAL VALLEY AND THEY NEEDTO STAY HERE TO KEEP FOOD ON OURTABLE"OTHERS SEEING IT AS ANOPPORTUNITY THAT WILL ADDJOBS."MEETING ALL THESE PEOPLE THATWORK FOR GEO TELLS METHAT THESE ARE OPPORTUNITIES FORUS FOR OUR COMMUNITY ANDWE NEED THOSE OPPORTUNITIES MOREBUSINESS IN MCFARLANDNOT JUST GEO AND THIS IS ANOPPORTUNITY TO DO THAT"FOR 23ABC I'M DANIELA GARRIDO,CONNECTING YOU.TODAY THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATIONSAID IT WILL WAIVE FEDERALCONTRACTING LAWS TO SPEEDCONSTRUCTION OF A WALL AT THEU.S.-MEXICO BORDER.THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELANDSECURITY SAID WAIVINGPROCUREMENT REGULATIONS WILLALLOW 177 MILES OF WALL TOBE BUILT MORE QUICKLY INCALIFORNIA, ARIZONA, NEWMEXICO AND TEXAS.THE 10 WAIVED LAWS INCLUDEREQUIREMENTS FOR HAVING OPENCOMPETITION, JUSTIFYINGSELECTIONS AND RECEIVING ALLBONDING FROM A CONTRACTOR BEFOREANY WORK CAN BEGIN.AND TAKE A LOOK AT THIS.ACCORDING TO CHIEF RODNEY SCOTTFROM THE U-S BORDERPATROL... THIS IS THE PROGRESSTHAT HAS BEEN MADE.

HE TWEETEDTHIS GRAPHIC.SO FAR 121 MILES COMPLETED...218 MILES UNDER CONSTRUCTION...414 MILES IN PRE- CONSTRUCTIONCITY COUNCIL IS GEARING UP TODISCUSS A NUMBER OFTOPICS IN THIS WEEK'S COUNCILMEETING -- INCLUDING BODYCAMERAS FOR THE BAKERSFIELDPOLICE DEPARTMENT.THE CITY IS LOOKING TO TRANSFER737-THOUSANDDOLLARS IN ADDITIONAL SALES TAXREVENUE TO B-P-D'S CAPITALIMPROVEMENT BUDGET.THE MONEY WILL GO TOWARD THEFUND TO PURCHASE BODYWORN CAMERAS.CITY OFFICIALS WILL DISCUSS THEREQUEST DURING TOMORROW'SMEETING.THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING ISSCHEDULED TO BE HELD AT CITYHALL -- STARTING AROUND 5-15 P-MTOMORROW.AND, THE BAKERSFIELD CITYCOUNCIL WILL ALSO CONSIDERAPPROVING MID-YEAR BUDGETAPPROPRIATIONS FOR THE NEW CITYAND COUNTY HOMELESS SHELTERSDURING THE COUNCILMEETING.THE FUNDING FOR THEAPPROPRIATIONS WOULD BECOMING FROM THE 5-POINT-4MILLION DOLLARS RAISED IN SALESTAXREVENUE FROM MEASURE N.THE CITY COUNCIL WILL BECONSIDERING A 822-THOUSANDDOLLAR ALLOCATION TO THE CITY TOADDRESSHOMELESS SERVICES.THE BULK OF THE MONEY - 500-THOUSAND DOLLARS - WOULDGO TO KERN COUNTY TO HELP WITHEXPENSES FOR ITS NEWHOMELESS SHELTER AT 29- HUNDREDM STREET.THE REST OF THE MONEY WOULD GOTO SUPPORT THE CITY'S SHELTER,TO BE LOCATED AT 19-HUNDRED EASTBRUNDAGE LANE.THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING WILL BEHELD AT 5:15 P.M.

IN THE BOARDROOM AT 15-01 TRUXTUN AVENUE.STILL TO COME HERE ON 23ABC NEWSAT 11 A-M...




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