News

Family, attorneys lash out at law enforcement during press conference in David Sal Silva case

Christopher Silva's eyes well up with tears as he listens to attorneys speak about how his brother David Sal Silva died while being taken into custody by Kern County Sheriff's deputies. A Settlement was reached in the case by the law firm of Chain Cohn Stiles for $3.4 million.

Family members of David Sal Silva and the civil attorneys who represented them in a wrongful death lawsuit against Kern County that settled for $3.4 million shared harsh criticism of local law enforcement Thursday morning as they discussed Silva’s death following a confrontation with deputies and California Highway Patrol officers.

Neil K. Gehlawat, of the law firm Chain Cohn Stiles, questioned the thoroughness and accuracy of investigations conducted by the Kern County Sheriff’s Office and District Attorney’s office in the wake of Silva’s death in May 2013.

Video

    more

    More News

    • The Daily Beast posted a photo of the New Orleans situation on twitter and said, "It's Sinkhole de Mayo in New Orleans!"

      It's 'Sinkhole de Mayo' time

      The pretense that New Orleans needs a reason to party sank to a new low this week as residents of the Big Easy organized the first ever Sinkhole de Mayo. Yeah you right: Louisiana's fiesta central used Thursday's similar-sounding Cinco de Mayo as an excuse to, well, celebrate a giant hole

    • A supporter of democratic U.S.  presidential candidate Bernie Sanders holds up a sign before a campaign rally in San Diego, California March 22, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake

      Tow truck driver denied service because he didn't want to get 'Berned'

      Ken Shupe, a tow truck driver, responded to a woman who was involved in an accident in North Carolina on Monday, reports The Washington Post. Once Shupe arrived to the scene, he decided he was going to deny the woman, Cassandra McWade, service. Why? Because she was a supporter of Democratic

    • 'Finger Lickin' Good' nail polish

      New KFC-flavored edible nail polish

      There's a new shade of nail polish out, and it's finger lickin' good – literally. The Colonel himself is coming out with a Kentucky Fried Chicken flavored line of nail polishes to be released in Hong Kong, CNN reports. And yes, it's edible. The nail polish comes in two flavors:

    • A man smokes an electronic cigarette vaporizer, also known as an e-cigarette, in Toronto, in this file photo taken August 7, 2015. The U.S. Transportation Department announced on Wednesday it has banned the use of electronic cigarettes on commercial flights. The rule applies to all scheduled flights by U.S. and foreign carriers involving transportation in, to and from the United States, the department said in a statement.   REUTERS/Mark Blinch/Files

      Governor Brown signs bill to raise smoking age

      On Wednesday, Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill to raise the legal smoking age from 18 to 21 in California, reports the Los Angeles Times. Brown also signed bills to restrict the use of e-cigarettes in public places and to expand no-smoking areas in public schools. A bill that would have allowed

    • Summer ozone pollution has long been a problem in the San Joaquin Valley but it's getting better. The valley has attained its first ozone standard, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday, based on clean air data between 2012 and 2014.

      San Joaquin Valley achieves decades-old ozone standard

      Federal and local officials are celebrating as the San Joaquin Valley attained its first ozone standard — albeit one that dates back to the late 1970s and that most of the country achieved by the November 2010 deadline. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday that the valley

    • This image released by Disney shows, from left, Duke Weselton, voiced by Alan Tudyk, Anna, voiced by Kristen Bell, and Elsa the Snow Queen, voiced by Idina Menzel, in a scene from the animated feature "Frozen." (AP Photo/Disney)

      LGBT community pushes Disney to give Elsa a girlfriend in 'Frozen' sequel

      Disney’s “Frozen” is full of smiles and music, and we don’t expect “Frozen 2” to be any different, but fans are looking for an added twist in the sequel: a lesbian? Twitter users have been spreading the hashtag “GiveElsaAGirlfriend” for almost a week. Elsa is already different from all other

    • Kern County Fire Department firefighters from Bear Valley Springs cover the worker who was crushed beneath a tree.

      Man killed while logging in Bear Valley Springs

      A man was killed Wednesday morning in Bear Valley Springs while logging, according to police and fire officials. It happened at about 8:30 a.m. near Deertrail Drive and Surrey Way, according to BVS Police Chief Jeff Kermode. “It sounds like a tree fell on (the victim) in the process of a logging

    • Celebrated jazz guitarist Mary Osborne in July 1973 at the Concord Boulevard Neighborhood Park in Concord, Calif. Osborne played the festival with her quartet. The Bakersfield Jazz Festival bestows on a deserving Cal State Bakersfield student a scholarship in Osborne's honor each year.

      Jazz fest: Memory of mom lives on in jazz festival scholarship

      This weekend, my family will mark the 20th anniversary of the Mary Osborne Memorial Scholarship at the Bakersfield Jazz Festival. My mother, Mary Osborne Scaffidi, was a wonderful woman (I think she was perfect) who also happened to be a celebrated jazz guitarist. As a guitarist, she made a lot of

    • Doug Davis, left, on piano, Paul Perez, center, on the saxaphone, Chris Tiner, right, on trumpet and several others put on a good performance, Saturday, at the CSUB Amphitheater during the annual Bakersfield Jazz Festival in 2014.

      Jazz fest: What do they do for encore?

      For Jim Scully, jazz is a very big tent, one that blankets different influences, sounds and inspirations and that doesn’t — and shouldn’t — follow any rigid definitions or restrictive paradigms. As it turns out, the same can be said for the Bakersfield Jazz Festival, which Scully has helped

    • Califia Farms has opened a new 52,000-square-foot distribution center off Lerdo Highway. It's adjacent to the company's existing 40,000-square-foot bottling plant.

      'Brand of the year' beverage maker opens Kern distribution center

      A Los Angeles-based maker of plant-based beverages has expanded its Kern County presence by opening a 52,000-square-foot distribution center employing about 100 people along Lerdo Highway. Focused on almond milk and citrus juices, Califia Farms’ new, 24-hour distribution center is located next to