“[Voters] were told that this is the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act, and a lot of people don’t read much past that so they voted yes for that,” one lawmaker said.
Seventeen people in Kern County have been charged in an unemployment insurance fraud scheme.
The utility has faced varying degrees of pushback from local leaders over its proposal since introducing the proposal in 2021.
As it stands, human traffickers face criminal penalties on-par with theft or vandalism. Sen. Shannon Grove (R–Bakersfield) wants to change that.
“We can’t change the state with all the regulations that have driven the costs where they are today,” Bakersfield Councilman Bruce Freeman said of housing costs.
At the center of ire for Kern County Supervisors: a bill that would require COVID-19 vaccinations for all public and private employees along with independent contractors.
Opponents of the SEIU and Dolores Huerta-backed proposal say it is meant to engineer election victories that lawsuits and redistricting couldn’t.
“Staff and administration have been stretched thin in attempts to maintain a safe learning environment…” a statement from the district announcing class cancellation reads.
The starting point in finding out the impact of government pandemic cash on homelessness rates begins with point-in-time counts, which began this week.
A guitar owned by country legend Buck Owens that was stolen from an Oildale Post Office was recovered in mid-January, Kern officials said.