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Josh Ellsworth appointed new Bishop interim chief of police

Did Bishop City Council “Diss” the Current Interim Police Chief?

Did the Bishop City Council “Diss” the current Interim Police Chief, Josh Ellsworth, when it announced its intentions to offer the job to an “Outsider?” At the last Bishop City Council meeting, in a letter sent by Bishop Sgt. Dan Nolan, a 20-year police department veteran, the Council’s decision to offer the currently position, opened […]

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Bishop City Council Offers Chief of Police Position to Richard Standridge from Porterville Police Department

In late 2020, the City of Bishop initiated a comprehensive search for a Chief of Police following the retirement of former Chief Ted Stec. [SWM Background Note – Chief Stec announced his retirement after 5 years of service with the Bishop Police Department.] The extremely successful recruitment process was facilitated by the Executive Search Firm, Ralph […]

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Commercial Cannabis Ordinance on Monday’s Bishop City Council Agenda

Nobody can claim Bishop rushed into allowing commercial cannabis operations within town limits. But, four years after Prop. 64 legalized commercial marijuana in California, the Bishop City Council will get its first look at a town ordinance allowing and regulating commercial operations. Here are the highlights of that ordinance, reflecting two passes through the Bishop […]

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City of Bishop Sends Letter to State Requesting Lowering Covid-19 Standards for Rural Counties

The Bishop City Council is asking Governor Gavin Newsom to consider relaxing the standards for rural counties under the Level-1, Purple Tier, Widespread category, pointing out that the current standard is unrealistic for a county that encompasses 10,000 square miles. The claim is that the “matter is exacerbated when you take into account that our […]

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Bishop Planning Commission Gets a Look at Commercial Cannabis Ordinance

The Bishop City Council’s four-year history with commercial cannabis operations may take a different turn in the near future. Wednesday evening, the city’s Planning Commission got its first look at a draft ordinance. While the Commission didn’t give the draft the go-ahead, it did ask for more information from staff and a second run at […]

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Open Letter from Local Realtor’s Opposing View to Bishop City Council on Vacant Building Nuisance Ordinance

Sierra Wave reporter, Deb Murphy’s article last week, Bishop City Council Passes Vacant Building Nuisance Ordinance But Balks at Registry, brought a lengthy, detailed response from local realtor, Stan Smith, with Pleasant Valley Associates Real Estate, who wrote the following response in opposition to the city council’s actions on February 8, 2021. Downtown District Planning Overlay […]

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Keep Bishop Open and Safe Reminder

Press Release: September 30, 2020 Protecting yourself, your family, and your community CITY OF BISHOP, September 29, 2020 – Coronavirus/COVID-19 is a concern for everyone in the world at the moment and the City of Bishop along with our business community are committed to staying informed and passing along facts as we receive them. The […]

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  Bishop City Council will vote on the appointment and employment agreement with Rondall Phillips, the final candidate for the City Administrator position at this evening’s meeting. Phillips’ LinkedIn page shows a broad range of experience in city management, regional transportation and water and wastewater management and government relations. The employment agreement is for a […]

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Bishop City Council Eyes LADWP Land

At a special City Council meeting held Wednesday afternoon, Bishop got in under the wire on all four properties being divested by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power within the city limits. This doesn’t mean the City will launch a land shopping spree. The action taken simply gives Bishop the first right of […]

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BCC gets first shot at ESCOG’s JPA

By Deb Murphy The Joint Powers Authority establishing the Eastern Sierra Council of Governments as a legal entity got its first test at Monday’s Bishop City Council meeting. The document was approved, with a significant change requested by Councilmember Stephen Muchovej. With its new status, ESCOG will require funding for administrative staff and other services. […]

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