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CONSUMER AGENCY PROPOSES CUTTING PG&E'S CUSTOMER-FUNDED BONUSES: Consumer advocates are asking the California Public Utilities Commission to scale back the amount of executive bonuses customers would have to pay for under a series of rate increases proposed by Pacific Gas and Electric Co. The commission's Office of Ratepayer Advocates issued a news release Thursday saying a plan to limit customer contributions to bonuses to $92 million per year doesn't go far enough. The ORA suggested limiting customer funding for the executive bonuses to only $52 million per year. Read the full story here.
Tehachapi's city council on Monday finalized a repeal of a local sex offender ordinance in order to stave off potential lawsuits. City Attorney Tom Schroeter had recommended the council repeal an ordinance adopted in 2010 that prohibited any registered sex offender from loitering within 300 feet of a public or private school, park, school bus stop or similar facilities. The state law, Jessica's Law, bars convicted sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of any school or any place where children gather. The council voted 5-0 to remove the ordinance from the city municipal code. .
ALLEY CAT REGULARS GET THIER CLOSEUP: Kenny Reed is usually the star of the show at Guthrie's Alley Cat, the downtown Bakersfield bar he's owned for decades. But on Thursday, they wouldn't even let him through the door. John C. Reilly and his crew took over the Alley Cat to film his upcoming movie "Entertainment." The movie is about a dorky-looking comedian trying to revitalize his career, hitting the clubs. Reilly let bartenders take pictures with him and sat quietly until his scenes were up and visited with whoever came up and talked to him. Read the full story here.
WHAT'S TRENDING ON BAKERSFIELD.COM
In case you missed it, here are the stories that are trending across bakersfield.com.
EAST HILLS MALL PROPOSED COMEBACK TURNS LOCAL ATTENTION: After news broke about East Hills Mall making a comeback this year -- with city and developers coming together to revitalize the 250,000 square feet location --it became the number one story on bakersfield.com. Here are some of the suggestions from readers about East Hills Mall: This is a great location! Right off the freeway & surrounded by tons of residents. Needs to be rebuilt. Cracker Barrel, Dave and Busters, TGIF, bring some new places to eat and different places to shop; Turn it into a mall of dollar stores and have a tv dinner food-court. C'mon let the good times roll; It has just never been an inviting place. The other retailers around it like Walmart, Home Depot etc. are doing fine. I always shop for price and so I never shop in malls. Strip malls or whatever you call the Marketplace are the thing. Indoor malls all across the country are vacant. Read the full story here.
POLICE SOLVE FOUR OFFENSES WITH TWO ARRESTS: The arrest of two Bakersfield men Wednesday in connection with a stolen check also helped police solve three other cases. It began about noon when police were dispatched to Bank of America at 4480 Coffee Road for someone trying to pass a check later determined stolen in a July 7 vehicle burglary. Adalberto Bravo, 30, and 40-year-old Jose Lara were arrested on suspicion of forgery, vehicle burlgary, grand theft auto, robbery and other counts. Read the full story here.
SUSPECTS WANTED FOR STEALING TV FROM TARGET: Bakersfield police are asking for the public's help identifying two suspects wanted for stealing a television from a Target store. Police said the suspects entered the Target at 11000 Stockdale Highway about 3 p.m. May 13 and loaded a TV into a shopping cart. They left the store without paying. The first suspect is described as a black man in his early 30s, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall. The second suspect is described as a white woman in her early 30s, 5 feet to 5 feet 3 inches tall. Read the full story here.
THE TECH REPORT
RISE OF THE DRONE: The website TechCrunch is reporting Amazon has petitioned the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for exemption from rules barring it from testing drones in the United States. The online shopping company made waves recently by showing off small unmanned aircraft that it claims will be able to deliver parcels to consumers in 30 minutes.
THE HEALTH REPORT
COFFEE BEFORE A WORKOUT: Half of Americans start their day with coffee, and according to recent study, working out after downing a cup of java may offer a weight-loss advantage. The study found that trained athletes who took in caffeine pre-exercise burned about 15% more calories for three hours post-exercise, compared to those who ingested a placebo. Drinking coffee before a workout improves circulation, there's less pain, you have better memory, you acquire muscle preservation, and you have more muscle fuel.
THE SPORTS REPORT
EAST HIGH TENNIS: East High's Kaleb Johnson, who went 24-2 in singles, advanced to the Central Section finals, and lost only one doubles match the entire year, was named the BVarsity Boys Tennis Player of the Year. Read the full story here.
GOLFER OF THE YEAR: Centennial's Tyler Burnes was named the BVarsity Boys All-Area Golfer of the Year after leading the Southwest Yosemite League in scoring average (75.0), winning the South Area meet and placing third at the section championships. Read the full story here.
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