As Cinco de Mayo nears, a perfect storm is swirling, threatening to leave many a tortilla chip high and dry on May 5.
The mainstreaming of special needs students in our schools is causing serious safety concerns. Swelling numbers of students with emotional and psychological issues are resulting in an increase in violence.
When I read Supervisor Zack Scrivner’s April 24 paean to Lean Six Sigma (“Turning to a new way to run county government”) as a management tool to help address the budgetary issues of Kern County, bells went off in the back of my head. A little history is in order.
The past few years have been challenging economically for the County of Kern. Due to the fall in the price of oil, the county has endured budget cuts and hiring freezes, and this past year, public safety was cut to balance the budget. Anything that can save the county money and allow us to o…
U.S. News recently released a report ranking all of the states on budget transparency. Where did California rank on that list? Dead last — 50 out of 50. The entire study was based on one simple and common sense metric: how easily the public can access the state’s spending data. This is deepl…
Our U.S. Constitution’s 8th Amendment is pretty clear: “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishment inflicted.” Nothing obscure, no beating about the bush here.
A new trend is sweeping across Kern County, offering people upgrades to their homes with energy-efficient improvements. It goes by several names, but the most common in Bakersfield is HERO — Home Energy Renovation Opportunity.
The only thing the Republican right has been able to accomplish after eight years of “repeal and replace” rhetoric is a failed health care insurance bill that would do more repeal than replace.
Earth Day propaganda, coming at us again this Saturday, has become an educational and political orthodoxy that is heresy to question. But do we really have to make drastic changes to “save the planet”?
The Kern County Sheriff’s Office Community Academy is one of the best uses of taxpayer dollars I have experienced: For 13 weeks, close to 20 others and I learned about the laws of arrest, community policing, patrol procedures, gangs, drugs, jail operations, first aid, search and rescue, SWAT…
This Saturday, Earth Day, you are invited to celebrate our 16th annual Great American Cleanup, Keep Bakersfield Beautiful’s signature event.
April is Autism Awareness Month. World Down Syndrome Day was observed on March 21. And World Cerebral Palsy Day is coming Oct. 6. My purpose in mentioning these days is to encourage people to learn more about those with special needs and to remind everyone that people with special needs also…
A good city councilman must be willing to humble himself before his constituents. After all, Bakersfield City Council members are paid just a $100-per-month stipend, given a car/gas allowance, and receive some benefits. Belying the low pay, the city’s seven council members are entrusted with…
With all the fuss about fake news these days, everyone seems to be overlooking realistic fiction. Of course, fake news has been widely covered by the real news these days (and vice versa). Makes it hard to tell which is which.
It happened. At the end of marathon floor sessions that stretched late into the night on April 6, both the California State Senate and Assembly passed Senate Bill 1, imposing the largest single increase in our gasoline tax, in addition to increases to the diesel tax, diesel sales tax and veh…
With misinformation swirling through our community, it’s time to set the record straight about Property Assessed Clean Energy financing, or PACE, why it exists, and the benefits it’s bringing to our community.
Downtown Bakersfield has come a long way over the past 10 years. The Padre Hotel, Maya Cinemas, the Mill Creek linear park and dozens of new restaurants have brought new life to our beautiful downtown since 2007.
If there is one thing Californians can agree on, it is the sad state of our roads and highways. Whether coastal or inland, northern or southern, Democrat or Republican, urban or rural, no one contests the fact that our transportation infrastructure is in need of critical repairs.
April is Child Abuse Prevention month and serves as a reminder that there are things we all can do to protect and enrich the lives of our children.
In its March 22 editorial, The Bakersfield Californian praised the Scottish Games & Gathering and other similar ethnic festivals for celebrating the diversity that has made this nation great. All of these celebrations offer opportunities to experience other cultures and allow us to have …
It turns out it wasn’t Danny or Lois who’ve been provoking anger with their controversial views in the pages of The Californian: It was Herb Benham! And he seems so mild-mannered.
The phrase “What Would Jesus Do?” became popular in the United States in the 1990s as a personal motto for Christians as a reminder of their belief in a moral imperative to act as Jesus would.
I am a carpenter, and I spent over 20 years swinging a hammer. I look around Bakersfield and I am constantly reminded how much of this city I helped build with my own two hands.
John Pryor’s March 31 Community Voices article, “Healthcare solution is astonishingly simple,” was very wrong-headed. I want to start though, by complimenting him for his honesty and candor about one thing. Republicans often point to the idea of selling health insurance across state lines as…
Last month, President Trump admitted that health care is “complicated.” We continue hearing discussion and debate about the Affordable Care Act and further attempts by Republicans to replace it. But what do we really know or understand about them and their implications for Kern County?
Last week, Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic lawmakers in Sacramento unveiled a “landmark” solution for funding critical transportation infrastructure projects. However, when their solution to every budget woe is to increase taxes and fees, it’s easier to see this proposal as banal more than g…
California’s long, wet rainy season is nearly over. Our abundant snow pack is melting. Our rivers are full and even overflowing and the Bureau of Reclamation announced its initial water allocations for federal water users.
I was in college and my dad and I were playing tennis at the Rio Bravo Resort tennis club. He introduced me to developer and visionary George Nickel. “Where do you go to school, USC?” Nickel asked. “Sonoma State,” I answered with hopeful enthusiasm. “They have a new communications department…
Kern County has been on a number of negative lists over the years, but one in particular is really disconcerting: out of 58 counties in California, Kern County ranks 58 in heart-related diseases.
What is mainstream America’s response to the outrageous behavior of the Hollywood “stars’” ongoing stream of malicious slandering of the president of the United States? Where is the media response to these egotistical brats and their ranting, senseless whining? With few exceptions, the ultra…
There is much more that consumers need to know about Property Assessed Clean Energy programs, which are one way to finance energy-efficient home improvements.
Ancient Jewish lore tells us that Adam (a metaphor for mankind) is to exercise dominion over all the earth. That same lore tells us that we are stewards of that same earth.
California’s working families are the foundation of our great state. However, for too many low-income Californians — those among us who work the hardest but still make the least — a job alone is not enough to provide for a family and rise above poverty.
OK, it’s high time we begin discussing the implementation. President Trump has said it’s time to get those lawbreakers out — those Mexican-border-crossers who lack the proper papers. Doing the deportations, unlike simply promising them, raises a number of practical issues.
The American Health Care Act abandons our most vulnerable communities by rolling back foundational coverage programs like the Medicaid expansion.
A grainy cell phone photo and Facebook posts by guests at President Trump’s plush Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida last month touched off a firestorm of concerns about potential security breaches associated by the new president’s continued use of his Android cell phone.
It’s about time someone started recognizing the truth about Obamacare. I applaud Steve Schilling’s March 17 Community Voices article, “Repealing the Affordable Care Act is the real job killer.” However, the Republican leadership has promulgated many more “fake facts” about the “failing” ACA …
San Francisco recently enacted the most comprehensive parental leave law in the nation. New parents working for San Francisco companies are eligible to receive six weeks of fully paid leave.
California’s vast public education system is in the midst of an exciting renaissance. The changes we have seen in just the past five years have been resounding. These major shifts have raised the bar for student learning, transformed testing and put an emphasis on equity.
In response to Inga Barks’ March 2 column, “Reform healthcare, even if government jobs are lost,” the claim that the Affordable Care Act is a job-killer and only created more government-funded jobs is not based in fact or reality.
Subscribers don’t usually get the last word when it comes to the Opinion page, but after Danny Morrison called me out in his most recent column for schooling him on his you-can-be-both-pro-choice-and-pro-life stance, I requested and received equal time to rebut his rebuttal of my rebuttal.