Supervisors refuse to put safety sales tax measure on ballot

Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood asked the Board of Supervisors Tuesday to put a sales tax measure on the November ballot to fund public safety agencies. The board rejected the idea.

Kern County supervisors on Tuesday rejected public safety department appeals for more money from the county budget and through a sales tax measure despite warnings services will suffer.

The work of the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, Fire Department, Probation Department and District Attorney’s and Public Defender’s offices remains the county’s highest priority, supervisors said. They have sheltered those departments from cuts for years.

But the county is in a four-year fiscal crisis that will only get worse in coming years, they said, and public

Linda and Jeff Jarvis, board members of Kern Citizens for Patient Rights, review signatures on a petition that proposes replacing the City of Bakersfield's dispensary ban with state regulations.

Local pot initiative won't make November ballot

Bakersfield’s Medical Cannabis Initiative won’t be added to the already bulging November ballot despite 22,000 residents having signed petitions supporting the measure. The proposal to replace the City of Bakersfield's dispensary ban with state regulations just hasn’t attracted enough

Lois Henry

LOIS HENRY: FEMA needs to help Erskine Fire victims

There’s so much wrong with FEMA’s recent denial of aid to Erskine Fire survivors, it’s almost painful. It’s hard to pin down exactly why the Federal Emergency Management Agency skunked California’s plea for help, but I think it comes down to insurance. While most of the folks who lost homes in



More News

  • BCSD commits to $110M bond measure

    Bakersfield City School District trustees unanimously approved placing a $110 million bond measure on the November ballot, the fourth largest measure to be put before Kern County voters so far this year. That bond would be used to upgrade aging and deteriorating buildings and for new property

  • Breaking News and Traffic slides (4).jpg

    Sheriff: Mass shooting earlier this month could have killed man

    A man found dead in his apartment three days after a mass shooting July 16 could have been killed by a stray bullet, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said Tuesday. That man, whose identity has not been released by law enforcement, was found dead July 19 in his apartment, located about 500

  • More than 80 local firefighters battle farflung blazes

    Numerous Kern County and Bakersfield firefighters are battling blazes around the state as the result of mutual aid pacts — which last month, of course, brought hundreds of firefighters to Kern to put out the giant Erskine Fire. On Saturday, the Kern County Fire Department sent a helicopter to

  • Breaking News and Traffic slides (4).jpg

    Three convicted in shooting of pregnant woman and her husband

    A Kern County jury has found three gang members guilty of attempted murder in the shooting of a pregnant woman and her husband. The jury convicted James Rios, Anthony Rios and Anthony Sanchez Monday in the May 2015 shooting, in the 3100 block of Monterey Street, that wounded Mario Bravo and his

  • Hillary Clinton acknowledges applause at a July 5 speech. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

    History made as Clinton secures U.S. Democrats' White House nomination

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton secured the Democratic Party's 2016 nomination for the White House on Tuesday, becoming the first woman to head the ticket of a major party in U.S. history. Delegates from South Dakota gave Clinton 15 votes, ensuring that she had more than the 2,383

  • Breaking News and Traffic slides (4).jpg

    Bakersfield woman was strangled, coroner's office says

    Coroner’s officials have determined a Bakersfield woman who prosecutors believe was killed by her husband died from strangulation. The death of Rosa Garibay is a homicide, coroner’s officials said in a news release Tuesday. The 41-year-old’s husband, Gonzalo Garibay, is charged with murder

  • Funeral services for July 27, 2016

    Services scheduled Inez Etchechury, 94, Bakersfield, July 24. Rosary 9:30 a.m. and Mass 10 a.m. Aug. 1, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Doughty-Calhoun-O’Meara Funeral Directors. Dashun Henry Sutton, 16, Bakersfield, July 8. Visitation and quiet hour 5 to 8 p.m. July 28, Basham Funeral