Gilroy has the Garlic Festival. Elko has the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Key West has Hemingway Days. The Black Rock Desert has Burning Man.
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…
Reader: In reference to your April 20 edition's "Toking up on 420," it is beyond my educated ability to comprehend why The Bakersfield Californian would promote this picture (of two men smoking marijuana) as front-page news.
If any of you readers have ever been to the Rabobank Arena for an event, I'm sure you noticed the huge display for the Bob Elias Kern County Sports Hall of Fame in one of the hallways.
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.
There are a couple of local highly respected individuals I want to tell you about who have much in common during this month. Both have passed on, but made this world a better place.
A couple Saturdays ago, Keith Shotts was riding his bike. People who know him will not be surprised. Last year, the 58-year-old retired petroleum engineer with Chevron, rode 11,000 miles, which included 600,000 feet of climbing.
Reader: After reading your April 12 article, “McCarthy’s name tops the buzz over House Leadership,” I feel compelled to make two observations.
Though my mom is regaining her balance two years after Dad died, I'm never sure whether I should give her bad news from her hometown.
No one publicly complained last week about the effort to recognize homegrown musician Merle Haggard with a post office named in his honor.
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.
If off-year elections are eminently ignorable, what are off-year election primaries? An excuse to get out of the office for an hour, right?
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.
In a race to see who can introduce the most absurd piece of legislation in 2018, it appears San Francisco Assemblyman Phil Ting might claim victory.
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 …
In February, U.S. District Court Judge Dale A. Drozd found that Kern County’s supervisor districts violated the Voting Rights Act. Specifically, Judge Drozd ruled that districts drawn up in 2011 illegally diluted the voting power of Latinos and ordered the district map be redrawn. Judge Droz…
A visitor from Nashville recently posed a familiar question to me about Bakersfield’s legacy of music: Who closed up the honky-tonks?
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…
Some things you want to remember. Some you don’t. Some things you can’t remember and those might be the experiences that toughen, shape and drive us.
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.
Earlier this month, the majority staff of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology released a report detailing Russian efforts to influence U.S. energy policy through social media propaganda.
A few weeks ago, we were flirting with the idea of replacing the carpet in our family room. To replace or not replace. This is the question whose answer rarely seems definitive or satisfying.
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.
On a Friday morning in June, I am driving too fast on a freeway south. My daughter has been in jail since last night. The bail bondsman I call from my car answers on the first ring.
California faces a statewide drinking water crisis that affects a million Californians each year, but most of us have no idea what’s going on.
Popular Papa was, for a moment, mean old Papa but mean old Papa can live with mean old Papa. Live with it and sleep like a 3-year-old.
Mid-term election season has begun, and a few Democratic candidates are daring to line up against Congressman Kevin McCarthy, who, if history tells us anything, is almost assured re-election again.