Columnists

  • Outstanding rockfish angling on Central Coast

    For some reason probably known only to DFW biologists, fishing for Pacific rockfish has turned for the better over the past two years, and that’s an understatement. While several endangered species are still being specifically managed (most notably canary, goldeneye and cowcod rockfish), the rest

  • Two customers wait in line for lunch at Tacos Mi Casa.

    PETE TITTL: Best Bakersfield taco trucks a parking lot away

    Food trucks are not new — they’ve been around as long as working people have needed food brought to the job site — but they’ve been growing in popularity over the past five years, especially in Southern California. We happened to be in Santa Barbara about a year ago when Four Seasons, the high-end

  • Ellie Sivesind will perform a number from "The Wild Party" as part of "The Role I Was(n't) Born To Play III" fundraiser at The Empty Space.

    STEFANI DIAS: Theater may seek expanded 'Space'

    The Empty Space lets freedom ring this weekend with “The Role I Was(n’t) Born to Play III,” its annual fundraising musical revue. Kristina Saldana, the show’s creator/director and theater’s financial director, said that this year’s show revisits 14 musicals that have been performed at the theater:

  • The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band will perform at the Fox Theater July 10.

    CESAREO GARASA: Shepherd loves the blues, but genre doesn't define him

    When Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s first album was released in 1995, he was an 18-year-old self-taught blues-guitar prodigy with a shocking amount of raw talent and ability. Twenty years later, he’s a 38-year-old bona-fide guitar hero and elder statesman of the blues, paying respect to the music that

  • HERB BENHAM: Don't take hospital elevator to Code Blue

    You are destined to spend a certain amount of your time in emergency rooms. It might as well be written in the Book of Life. Pack light, bring a novel and wear comfortable shoes. Last week my mother-in-law fell and broke her pelvis. I’d like to blame it on her husband, John (lucky son-of-a gun

  • Bakersfield Californian CEO Richard Beene.

    BAKERSFIELD OBSERVED: A blog about life, media, politics and people

    HISTORY: The political fracas over the Confederate flag has led to a new movement calling for the renaming of every street, school or county in the South named in honor of Confederate war dead. So where does all this end? If this country is going to embrace a long apology tour, we have a ways to go.

  • Californian columnist Lois Henry

    LOIS HENRY: How low can the river go? Don't ask

    The Kern River is so low, even dismal forecast models aren’t dismal enough. Dana Munn, the Kern watermaster, did a model last month trying to forecast river levels through the summer. The river is already trailing the model by 15 percent to 20 percent, he said. “When you do models, everything is

  • Herb Benham

    HERB BENHAM: Hard to get me on stage, harder to get me off stage

    Amy Adams sang first. You know Amy Adams. “American Idol” finalist Amy. Singer extraordinaire Amy. N-one-wants-to follow-her Amy. I have to go on after her? Sorry. My publicist won’t allow me to do that. This was last Saturday at the Crystal Palace for the Media Music Jam, a concert featuring

  • Bakersfield Californian CEO Richard Beene.

    BAKERSFIELD OBSERVED: A blog about life, media, politics and people

    SCAM: Gilbert Alemao shared with me yet another scam, this one an email from "The Internal Revenue Service" informing him of a $1,900 refund. The catch? It asked for all his personal information, bank account number, etc. "I wasn't born yesterday but I have to admit the

  • Olivia Garcia

    OLIVIA GARCIA: Paying tribute to law enforcement officers

    The past couple of days have been a trying time for the community as it mourns the loss of a young Bakersfield Police Department officer. Officer David Nelson died early Friday in a fiery crash at the intersection of Mt. Vernon Avenue and Panorama Drive, near Bakersfield College, while in pursuit

  • Californian columnist Lois Henry.

    LOIS HENRY: Water deal with SoCal district bears watching

    How does giving the Irvine Ranch Water District access to local groundwater, and Kern River water, leave us in a better water position? Yeah, hard for me to wrap my head around too. But the Rosedale Rio-Bravo Water Storage District insists that will be the outcome of its proposal to double the

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    BAKERSFIELD OBSERVED: A blog about life, media, politics and people

    FLAG The controversy over the Confederate flag is resonating across the country, and it is nowhere as hot as on social media. When Amazon decided to stop selling the flag, I spotted this note on Facebook speaking to the hypocrisy of it all: "Amazon sells a huge variety of shirts, posters,

  • David Dennis, who introduced Taft High to the computer age and coached an Olympic athlete, has retired from the school where he had taught for 27 years.

    HERB BENHAM: The older the violin, the sweeter the music

    I like people who obliterate the idea of age. Ignore it, step over it and do what they do in spite of it. I appreciate the rest of you too but I want you to buck up. Take a walk to the stop sign and back. Start now. I’m talking about Albert Lee, who performed last week as part of Rick Kreiser’s

  • Steve Merlo

    STEVE MERLO: Taking TNT to task for its portrayal of pro bass anglers

    TNT Network's writers for a recent episode of the popular TV program "Rizzoli and Isles" need to be taken to task for the outright and untrue accusations the storyline made about professional bass fishing. Titled "Bassholes" (which is bad enough), the one-hour police/action

  • Dining Out with Pete Tittl

    PETE TITTL: La Colonia hard to find but worth the search

    There are restaurants in Bakersfield you can best classify as the culinary pioneers: Bill Lee’s, Rice Bowl, KC Steakhouse, Mexicali, Sinaloa — the ones dating to the ’70s or even farther back. They’ve inspired enough regulars to keep the doors open in what can be a very fickle business. A peer in

  • Herb Benham

    HERB BENHAM: Ice makers, like people, get tired

    The ice maker quit. Ice makers are like fountains. They’re temperamental creatures and would as soon quit on you as work with you. “They get tired,” said Dave the appliance man. “It should be making a rack an hour. If it isn’t, it’s tired.” “Tired?” I understand that. I get tired, too, and one