Kudos: Hats off to Bob Lerude, the county Parks and Recreation director who has been honored for saving taxpayers' dollars. The Kern Citizens for Sustainable Government, an advocacy group dedicated to promoting responsible government spending at the local level, will honor Lerude this week for finding ways to save more than $300,000 by contracting out services for three remote parks.
Driller: Another Driller success story, compliments of Don Bollard: "My wife, Roberta, taught home economics at BHS for many years. She loved teaching there and is very proud of the school and the students she taught there. Our daughter, Kathleen, graduated from BHS in 1976. Went on to get her BS at Santa Clara, her MS and Ph.D. from Cal and is now the vice president for academic affairs at the University of Colorado. Another Driller success story."
: A young man is asked what he did that day. His response: "We bought a carton of cigarettes for a guy who just had a stroke."
Litter: And just when you think things can't get much worse, they do. De Rhodes was driving downtown last week when she spotted two women in a large SUV casually tossing trash out their car windows. "These women threw out of all of their Sonic trash onto K Street as they left the Sonic parking lot. As though that weren't enough, they continued to throw out even more accumulated garbage from their vehicle onto L Street (right in front of KGET), as they waited for a green light at 21st Street. Then, not once, twice, or even three times, they did it four times as the proceeded south on L Street, not missing one business in their path. Even Sequoia Sandwich Shop (which keeps its property soooo clean) got sacks full deposited near their front door. I can't say they even stopped pitching trash because I turned east onto 18th Street. Just once, I was able to pull along side their Explorer long enough to thank them for throwing out their garbage all over town. As you have no doubt assumed their car windows were rolled down affording them the 'quick pitch,' so they listened just long enough to thank me muttered with a whole lot of expletives, obscene gestures and something about "whoopin my ___."
Cy's: A question about who remembers the old Cy's Coffee Shop downtown drew this response from Sandy Oliver: "Donna Semar (posed a) question why her husband referred to Cy's as Robin Hood's. I believe is because the restaurant that replaced it was called The Robin Hood. My brother-in-law, Al Goetschalckx, owned the restaurant. He and Cy May were very good friends, and Al leased the building and bought all the fixtures from Cy. The Robin Hood burned down, I believe, in the early 1960s. Cy May then moved to the location on Union Avenue."
More Cy's: And then there was this from reader Paula Rodenburg: "My mother, Eve Pocorena, was a waitress at the Cy's Coffee Shop on 18th and Union from the early 1950s until 1960 when she and my dad, Larry, had saved enough money to pay off their mortgage and she could quit her job. She took her last weekly paycheck of $35 before tips and bought me a Pekingese puppy which I named Puppins, my first dog. Her boss was Cy May, and she got a real kick out of working for him ... At that time the old Route 99 was the only way in and out of Los Angeles from the north, so she served quite a few famous celebrities including John Carradine, father of Keith and his siblings. She remembered John coming in with five children and always talked about how well-behaved the children were. When my sister, now Patti Sergent, went to nursing school in Los Angeles, my mom and dad made her come home on weekends to hostess at Cy's -- Mr. May was kind enough to give her a job. It was Patti's first time away from home, and they were trying to keep her out of trouble. Didn't work!"
Richard Beene is president and CEO of The Bakersfield Californian. He blogs at www.bakersfieldobserved.com. These are his opinions, not necessarily those of The Californian. Email him at email@example.com.