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New contract, raise on tap for Bakersfield College leader

Sonya Christian is president of Bakersfield College.

Bakersfield College President Sonya Christian is all but set to get a new three-year contract and a 10.51 percent raise, distributed over time, according to the language of a proposed contract obtained by The Californian. 

The Kern Community College District, the parent entity of Bakersfield College, Cerro Coso Community College and Porterville College, recommended a $16,060 increase in Christian’s salary this year and a $9,460 increase in 2016-2017. 

Christian earns $180,000 now and would make $196,060 this fiscal year and $205,520 next, according to the

The Oleander coyote is known for easily scaling backyard fences and playing with neighborhood dogs. In this photo, he's simply cooling off in the shade on a hot afternoon.

Oleander coyote: Should he stay or should he go?

The coyote hops the backyard fence, stretches out in a garden of cool ivy beneath the shade of a mature tree, and rests. It’s hardly the natural habitat of a North American coyote, but this is no typical coyote. Residents of the Oleander neighborhood in central Bakersfield — where some say the

A patient rests during a PET scan at Central Cardiology in Bakersfield. The equipment was recently installed at Central Cardiology, and provides physicians a clearer image of heart-related issues.

New cardiac imaging machine brings revolutionary technology to Kern County

Precise, reliable information is something every doctor seeks when treating patients, but it’s not always been easy to get in Bakersfield. That is beginning to change. The latest example is Central Cardiology’s newly unveiled Positron Emission Tomography, or PET, imaging machine, which provides

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