The Cesar Chavez Foundation plans to dedicate a 49-unit affordable housing project in east Bakersfield Friday.

The three-story building at 1655 E. California Ave. was named Casa de Eva in honor of Eva Camacho, a longtime community and political activist who died in August. Rent there is to be limited to no more than 30 percent of a resident's income.

The project joins a list of more than 30 affordable housing communities in four states, all of them owned and managed by the foundation.

power and chemical plant proposed near Tupman.

The $3.15 billion, 453-acre HECA project proposes to use brackish groundwater from the Buena Vista Water Storage District for cooling and processing.

An advisory distributed by the commission this week says the event is intended to "clarify the water supply issues and discuss possible alternatives and mitigation strategies."

The workshop is set to start at 1 p.m. at the commission's Hearing Room B, 1516 Ninth St. Anyone interested in participating in the workshop by telephone can find out how to do so by going online at

The Downtown Business Association has scheduled its 2013 State of the Downtown Breakfast and Installation of Officers for 7:30 to 9 a.m. Feb. 14 at the Bakersfield Marriott at the Convention Center.

Mayor Harvey Hall is expected to present this year's Downtown Beautification Award, and Councilman Terry Maxwell is to give out new project and renovation awards, as well as a review of his goals as Ward 2's new councilman.

Cost of the breakfast is $30 for DBA members, $40 for non-members. To RSVP, call 325-5892.

A Starbucks Coffee Co. kiosk has opened in front of San Joaquin Community Hospital .

Located just south of the hospital's main entrance, the walk-up facility offers a full Starbucks menu. It employs only hospital staff and is fully licensed by the chain but not owned by it.

The American Society of Safety Engineers' Bakersfield chapter has scheduled its annual symposium for March 27 at the Rabobank Convention Center.

Featuring workshops and seminars on workplace safety, the event is sponsored by locally operating companies including Aera Energy LLC, Chevron Corp., Occidental Petroleum Corp. and Plains Exploration & Production Co. Registration can be completed online at

A nonprofit social services agency serving foster youth in Kern County has won a Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval .

Aspiranet and its subsidiary, Aspira Wellness and Education Inc., received the honor after undergoing a lengthy review last summer.

Aspiranet serves 31 foster care youth in Kern County; it has two offices in Bakersfield.

The Joint Commission accredits and certifies nearly 20,000 health care organizations and programs nationwide.