Bakersfield accountant announces bid for Congress

Connie Perez

Connie Perez, a partner in a Bakersfield accounting firm, announced Friday she will take on the uphill battle to unseat Congressman David Valadao of Hanford in next year’s 21st District election.

She’s the second Democrat to vie for the post, which Valadao has won handily the last two elections even though it’s a Democratic-leaning district.

“I’ve always liked numbers, that’s why I majored in accounting…but when I look at where we will live there are some numbers I don’t like,” Perez said in a statement that cited the

Parents and kids grab items from trays to complete their robots at "Robots 4 Tots Day" hosted by the North of the River Recreation and Park District's Neighborhood Place Community Learning Center.

More than 100 little ones attend Robots 4 Tots

Preschoolers transformed cardboard boxes, pipe cleaners, duct tape and other recyclables into robots and dinosaurs Friday at the fifth annual Robots 4 Tots Day at Riverview Community Center in Oildale. This year’s educational event attracted more than 100 children and 50 volunteers, said

Oak, manzanita, toyon, sage and penstemon in an island at Steve Kranyak's Rosedale home. "Trying to conquer the weekly work of mowing, fertilizing, chemicals, the bugs — that's been my goal," he said.

Love for native plants taking root with sale, presentation

When Steve Kranyak planted his first landscape 25 years ago, he was inspired not by the plants and trees at local nurseries or the cookie-cutter lawns of his neighbors, but the oaks and manzanitas he saw in the mountains. “I wondered why couldn’t you plant those,” said the Bakersfield resident, 56.



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