Richard Beene

  • Bakersfield Californian CEO Richard Beene.

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    DEMOGRAPHICS: Howell Raines, the Alabama-born former editor of The New York Times, penned an opinion piece for the Times this Sunday in which he succinctly summed up the challenge facing entrenched Southern Republicans (and there are lessons for California and the rest of the nation as well).

  • Bakersfield Californian CEO Richard Beene.

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    'WHITE PEOPLE': During these times of heightened awareness over race and political correctness, here is a sure sign of our times. It looks like MTV is about the launch a new documentary called "White People," which promoters say "aims to get young caucasian men and women

  • Bakersfield Californian CEO Richard Beene.

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    DROUGHT: Four years of drought have left huge parts of California forests dry as a tinder box, and no where is it worse than east of Fresno. According to a story by Bee reporter Mark Grossi, "California waits in dread of the next big wildfire. Ground zero is east of Fresno in the southern

  • Bakersfield Californian CEO Richard Beene.

    BAKERSFIELD OBSERVED: A blog about life, media, politics and people

    FIREWORKS: The Fourth is behind us but the heated passions over fireworks live on. Consider this note from R. Craig Lincoln: "I can't tell you how disappointed I am of the city and county to allow fireworks. What's wrong with our council and supervisors? Not only because of the

  • Bakersfield Californian CEO Richard Beene.

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    SCAM: Gilbert Alemao shared with me yet another scam, this one an email from "The Internal Revenue Service" informing him of a $1,900 refund. The catch? It asked for all his personal information, bank account number, etc. "I wasn't born yesterday but I have to admit the

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    FLAG The controversy over the Confederate flag is resonating across the country, and it is nowhere as hot as on social media. When Amazon decided to stop selling the flag, I spotted this note on Facebook speaking to the hypocrisy of it all: "Amazon sells a huge variety of shirts, posters,

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    SOCIAL MEDIA: You can mark this one as a victory for the good guys. A neighbor's house downtown was burglarized this past weekend and later in the day the intruders came back to finish the job, eyeballing the home from a rear alley. This time the owner was home, snapped a couple of

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    GLUTEN: Last week I posted a comment from a reader about what causes gluten intolerance, and it triggered a firestorm of emails. This one, from CSUB lecturer Adam Pennell, sums up how a lot of folks feel: "I am an adjunct lecturer/instructor at CSUB (Department of Physical Education and

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    SCAMS: KERO-TV anchor Jackie Parks is not one to be trifled with, and her response to a would-be telephone scammer is priceless. Said Jackie: "I keep getting a call from a guy claiming to be from Microsoft. I must have hung up on him five or six times. But one day I answered and said,

  • Californian President and CEO Richard Beene.

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    STRAY PIT: For every sad story about dogs being abandoned by their owners there are folks like Beth Morse who give us hope. Morse shared her story of rescuing a blue pitiful that she found in her neighborhood, skinny and starving after giving birth to a litter. (She submitted an adorable

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    SCAM ALERT: Last week, I wrote about a young woman who felt she was scammed out of $400 by a gardener who overcharged her for putting mulch in her yard. Well, it looks like the same guy struck again, this time charging a woman $530 for what she thought was a $100 job. The scam works like this:

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    SCAM: Jenifer Pitcher is an intelligent young professional who is aware of the world around her, yet even some of the smartest among us are susceptible to scams. Last month, a group of gardeners knocked on her door and offered to mulch her garden, at a cost of $8 a bag. After they put five

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    FRACKING: Keep an eye on Texas, where regulators are investigating a potential link between hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and earthquakes. At issue is whether the use of injection wells to dispose of fracking wastewater is linked to increased seismic activity. According to The Wall

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    FRACKING: The Environmental Protection Agency issued a report saying hydraulic fracturing (fracking) has not resulted in widespread damage to drinking water, but that won't stop the anti-fossil fuel crowd from claiming otherwise. In what can only be described as an example of extreme

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    MOBILE: Get ready for a whole new line of "smart TVs" designed to leverage the growing time we spend on our mobile devices. The new flat screen TVs, from manufacturers like Sharp, Samsung, Sony and Insignia are designed to take advantage of a growing trend by consumers to ditch

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    DROUGHT: Here is a real head-scratcher, compliments of Heather Van Arkel, who recently replaced her lawn with artificial turf: "California Water Service recently sent out an informational flier on water use during the drought. I read it thoroughly and was excited to read that they are now

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    ESTHER: Our community lost a terrific person recently with the passing of Esther Gamez, a daughter of the founders of Mexicali restaurant and quite possibly one of the most gracious, and kind, people I have been fortunate to have met. She was 84. Esther was a Bakersfield success story, born

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    UNIONS: In what one commentator called "sheer, naked chutzpah," the same unions that helped pass a $15 an hour minimum wage law in Los Angeles are now asking to be exempt from the law. That's right, the county Federation of Labor is saying collective bargaining agreements should