Blue light special: As Tuesday's memorial for Nelson approaches, porch-light salute gains momentum

These blue lightbulbs are available at the Kern County Bridal Association for a donation of $6, which goes to a scholarship fund in Officer David Nelson's memory.

Blair Budai and Kyle Brown want to help reinforce law enforcement’s thin blue line.

That’s why since the June 26 death of Bakersfield Police Department Officer David Nelson, fatally injured in a single-vehicle crash during a pursuit, the two men have been raising funds for a memorial scholarship established by Nelson’s family in his name.

Bakersfield’s free, public memorial ceremony for Nelson, a two-year patrolman who had recently finished coursework to become a field training officer, will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Rabobank Arena.


This home located at 15701 Marty Ave. sold for $355,000 on April 22. The 2,619-square-foot home in the 93314 ZIP code has 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and a pool. The median list price for existing homes in the greater Bakersfield area was $260,000 in June, up 6.1 percent from June of last year but down 0.4 percent from May, according to the Preliminary Crabtree Report, produced monthly by Gary Crabtree of Affiliated Appraisers.

Previously excluded buyers returning to housing market

Would-be homebuyers who were forced out of the market by short sales and foreclosures are trickling back in again, but that hasn’t resulted in stable prices, according to real estate experts. The median list price for existing homes in the greater Bakersfield area was $260,000 last month,

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