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  • OUR VIEW: Making the right call the first step

    The Bakersfield City Council made the right decision Wednesday night by enacting odd-even watering days as a way to save during the drought. Approved with a 5-1 vote, residents with even-numbered addresses may water on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday. The odd-numbered addresses will take Tuesday,

  • OUR VIEW: Blaming others for drought ramps up

    Carly Fiorina is running for president and she knows how to fix California -- blame the liberals. Well, there's certainly plenty of blame there, but this blame game mentality is not helping matters when it comes to California's drought. Californians have made it pretty clear that we like

  • McCarthy wise to attend march in Selma

    The Republican Congressional leadership put itself in a potentially unflattering position this week when it appeared that no one at the top would be attending events marking the 50th anniversary of the "Bloody Sunday" march in Selma, Alabama. Fortunately, at least one member of the

  • Privatization option merits close scrutiny

    The Kern County Board of Supervisors faces some of its steepest economic challenges in years thanks to massive fluctuations in the price of oil. The Board must deal with a financially troubled hospital, expensive improvements to county jails and deep public employee pension obligations. Now the

  • Saint Serra? The question is complicated

    Father Junipero Serra's role in California's development has long occupied an important place in the state's collective consciousness. Starting in the fourth grade, California students are introduced to the famed Franciscan missionary, who built missions up and down the state. Many

  • OUR VIEW: Time for Taft to address Bryan Oliver fallout

    Bryan Oliver brought a gun to school. He aimed it at another student. He fired. A fellow student was wounded before the young shooter could be wrestled to the ground by a teacher. Those are the facts. However, clear as the facts may be, their ramifications are not simple. On Friday, Bryan

  • Do HSR's foes have a better alternative? No

    California's controversial high-speed rail project has officially broken ground, and contracts have been awarded. But we're still no closer to solving the state's pervasive and growing transportation issues. Critics have long enjoyed calling the project "the train to nowhere,

  • Scalise affair was good opportunity missed

    It's been a challenging week for House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield. Rep. Steve Scalise, the man who took McCarthy's job as majority whip, we learned recently, inexplicably once spoke to a group founded by the neo-Nazi leader David Duke. Some might say that white

  • Lerdo decision had to be made

    Kern County Supervisors are right to be uneasy about spending the money to upgrade the Lerdo jail, but it's clear the work needs to be done. Under the fog of potential lawsuits from inmates with disabilities or special needs, supervisors voted to spend $100.5 million to build an 822-bed

  • A day of welcome rain and notoriety

    Like rain, good news can come in buckets, and we saw plenty of that on Monday with uplifting moments and a good hire. For the Bakersfield and Kern County motor sports community, a tight-knit bunch already, the rise of Kevin Harvick, already one of NASCAR's premier stars, has been one of the

  • Peterson best Secretary of State option

    Few people probably give much thought to the position of California Secretary of State. Perhaps more people ought to: If they wish to vote or do business in California, the character and abilities of this elected official are vitally important. The secretary of state, if he or she is doing the job

  • Re-elect Vidak, Fuller to state Senate seats

    Democratic and Republican legislators should heed 14th District Sen. Andy Vidak's words. The Hanford Republican recently told The Fresno Bee that despite being a member of a minority party, he can get things done in Sacramento because "I don't poke people in the eye. I don't kick

  • Vote Valadao, McCarthy for congressional seats

    One big difference between the two candidates running for the 21st Congressional District seat is that the incumbent has a lifelong involvement in the district and his challenger just recently returned and is pursuing a political opportunity. Both Republican incumbent Rep. David Valadao of Hanford

  • Weir the best choice in city's Ward 3 election

    Ward 3 Councilman Ken Weir will never win a Mr. Personality contest. He can be gruff, aloof and sour. He has been accused of ignoring voters' concerns over the desires of developers. Shortly after his election in 2006, he was the target of a recall campaign when he tried to fire an

  • Re-elect Rudy Salas, Shannon Grove to Assembly

    Incumbent 32nd District Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield, is a much stronger contender in this year's rematch with Republican challenger Pedro Rios of Delano. In 2012, Salas, a Bakersfield City Councilman and former member of state Sen. Dean Florez's staff, narrowly won election to his

  • Elect Parlier to fill Council's Ward 7 seat

    An open seat on the Bakersfield City Council is rare indeed. Ward 7 Councilman Russell Johnson's decision to seek the Kern County assessor's post, rather than run for re-election, has triggered a three-way race for his open seat representing south Bakersfield. Chris Parlier, 52, Harmeet

  • Choose Rivera in Ward 1, Smith in Ward 4

    Incumbent Bakersfield City Councilmen Willie Rivera and Bob Smith were recently endorsed by voters. Ward 1's Rivera was elected to the council last year to complete Rudy Salas' term, after Salas' election to the Assembly. Ward 4's Smith was elected to the council in 2012 to complete

  • Re-elect Brown: The right man at the right time

    By all reckoning, Jerry Brown is expected to be re-elected in November to a fourth term as California governor. The 76-year-old Democrat was first elected governor in the 1970s, before voters imposed a two-term limit on the post. Brown now is seeking a second term as governor under the term limit