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  • By KASEY MEREDITH kmeredith@bakersfield.com

Attorney General Xavier Becerra on Thursday announced plans to establish the Environmental Justice Bureau which will help those in communities that bear the burden of environmental pollution. Many of these communities also are low-income and communities of color that suffer the consequences …

  • By ROBERT PRICE rprice@bakersfield.com

About that countywide, get-up-and-go-right-now evacuation alert that went out to the public Thursday afternoon: Never mind.

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On the day of the Valentine's Day massacre in Parkland, Fla., local officials had protocols, emergency response plans and high school security all in place. But the security staff and fencing around the campus was still inadequate. They needed additional school security — armed officers.

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