Kern High School District officials broke ground Monday on a multi-million dollar Career Technical Education facility to be located in southwest Bakersfield.

That $60 million facility, which is being funded through a $280 million taxpayer-approved bond measure passed in 2016, will serve students taking vocational education courses, including a construction trades class where students will build so-called "Tiny Houses" for their final projects.

It will provide state-of-the-art, industry-specific resources to help prepare students for post-secondary education or a career after graduation.

The facility will be located adjacent to Independence High School on Old River and Berkshire roads.


Citizens, business owners and employees of the city of McFarland will have a chance to talk about police activities and issues on Tuesday night.

The McFarland Police Department will hold a town hall meeting Tuesday from 6 to 7 p.m.

Refreshments will be served at the event which will take place at the Veteran’s Hall at 103 West Sherwood Ave. in McFarland.


Community college students across the state are being given a pathway to law school through a new program that is available at Bakersfield College, as well as more than two dozen other colleges across the state.

The Community Colleges Pathway to Law School offers community college students who enroll a connection to eight law schools in California, including those at UCLA, USC, Santa Clara University and Berkeley.

Students are able to get a taste of being in law school, get support in their journey from advisors from the participating law schools, counseling about financial aid and help preparing for the LSAT test.


Kern County legislators honored four woman with Woman of the Year honors Monday as part of an annual Women’s History Month tradition that the California legislature has followed since 1987.

Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield named Wasco City Council member Cherylee Wegman as Woman of the Year in the 32nd Assembly District.

She has served on the boards of multiple public agency and non-profit groups.

Wegman, Salas wrote in a statement, “has influenced the lives of so many with her dedication, tireless work ethic and selfless spirit.”

Senator Jean Fuller, R-Bakersfield named Honor Flight Kern County founder Lili Marsh as Woman of the Year in the 16th Senate District.

Fuller called Marsh “the embodiment of the American spirit and Bakersfield pride," for her work helping veterans travel to Washington D.C. to visit monuments to their military service.

Assemblyman Vince Fong, R-Bakersfield, chose Lavonne Jarrow to be Woman of the Year from the 34th Assembly District.

Jarrow is the lead kitchen supervisor at The Mission at Kern County and is responsible for making sure hundreds of homeless people get three meals a day every day of the year.

Vince wrote in a press release that Jarrow, “is a hero to so many of us and we’re blessed by the incredible dedication and heart for service that Lavonne exhibits each and every day.”

State Senator Andy Vidak, R-Hanford, acknowledged Robin Brassfield-Cooper as the Woman of the Year for the 14th Senate District.

Brassfield-Cooper owns Robin's EnviroVac, a local, certified Woman-Owned Small Business in Bakersfield serving oil and gas, agriculture, energy utility, construction and industrial companies.

"Robin is a role model not only to young women and girls, but to our entire community," said Vidak. "In addition to her success as a business owner, she has continued to open doors for many others in the community."

James Burger can be reached at 661‑395-7415. Follow him on Twitter: @KernQuirks.

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