Last weekend, we took Andrew on a train from San Diego to San Clemente, spent the night, and then took the train back. An hour and 15 minutes each way. If this had been the Polar Express, and the journey had been to the North Pole and included hot chocolate and presents, it's hard to imagine…

It seems like every week there’s a new report about the emaciated state of the California Dream. Housing prices continue to rise. Environmental regulations push more Californians into energy poverty. Taxes and frivolous lawsuits incentivize businesses to leave the Golden State.

Although you might not completely understand what the Mazzei Injector Co. does, it doesn’t take a genius to realize that Angelo and Mary Mazzei have friends. That they are loved and have contributed to the community in which they live.

Imagine you are someone who’s never been to Bakersfield. You’re planning a trip for work or to visit friends in California, you’ve received job offers in multiple cities and are making a decision about where to live or you simply want to learn more about this place you’ve heard in the news. …

Her name was Betty Jean Hollins but we knew her as Ms. Mosley. She was all business, not to be trifled with and demanded more effort from her students than just dragging themselves through the door into her fifth-grade class at Franklin Elementary School.

Reader: Why is the John Giumarra III hit-and-run fatal front-page news? Surely there are more important things going on in the world and/or community that would be more fitting for front-page coverage. Perhaps his “prominence in the community,” as you stated, is why you continue to obsess ov…

The first time I met John, I borrowed $5 from him. He was driving me to the airport. I was a broke college student and John had a big job in the credit department at Sears Tower.

It’s fitting that Jon and Jennifer Sampson — a powerhouse couple — met in graduate school at a powerhouse in its own right, The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. The duo’s energy is infectious. They are passionate and engaged members of the Bakersfield community, and we’re lucky that they land…

Did you see Stars Theater's presentation of "Big River," which concluded this month? If not, you missed out on the theatrical rendition of the Mark Twain’s American classic, "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." Congratulations to directors Frank Sierra and Amber O’Reilly, the cast, and, oh …

Reader: Where has all the good news gone? Every day I enjoying reading The Californian and the news app, but it seems as if most times there isn’t a lot of good news. People in America are hearing the bad news and then it spreads and it puts us down. Where is all the good news, not only in o…

Wrestler of the Year: Trent Tracy, FrontierJunior, 170, 48-6 recordJust two years removed from being a 126-pound freshman, the Frontier junior put on nearly 50 pounds and dominated the 170-pound weight class. Tracy lost in the quarterfinals of the Central Section Masters to Christian Rodrigu…

I met a friend whom I hadn’t seen in years. We’d been close as kids. We’d played together, competed against one another and then he had moved out of state where he has lived for almost 40 years.

Over the past few years, I’ve noticed a movement back to the basics, the simpler pleasures in life. This might explain the recent “hygge” obsession - a concept that’s been popular in Danish culture for decades but only recently caught on in America. When I visited Copenhagen 10 years ago and…

"Fake news," President Trump said in December of a New York Times report that his relationship with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was frayed to the point of breaking. March 13: Trump fires Tillerson and later tells reporters the move had been "a long time" in the making.