HIT: Kern High School District trustees made the prudent decision to “redraw,” rather than waste education money on fighting a threatened lawsuit by the Dolores Huerta Foundation contending the boundary lines of trustee districts exclude Latino representation.

“I don’t see a reason to waste $1 million of taxpayer money on a lawsuit,” Trustee Bryan Batey said, adding that he didn’t “need a judge to tell me what to do.”

In deciding to redraw voting districts ahead of the November election to provide more equity on the board, trustees referenced last month’s decision by a federal judge that the Kern County Board of Supervisors’ voting districts drawn in 2011 violated the U.S. Voting Rights Act. About 65 percent of all KHSD’s students are Latino; however, the KHSD board is comprised of five men -- four white and only one Latino. All are Republicans.

MISSES: An undercover sting operation conducted by the Contractors State License Board cited 15 unlicensed contractors at a Kern County house where they had been invited to place bids for exterior and interior projects. Ten of those cited also did not have state-required insurance for their workers and face additional charges.

Don’t get us wrong, the fact the state is cracking down on unlicensed contractors is definitely a HIT. The MISS is that these shady characters continue to take advantage of property owners with their shoddy, unlicensed work. Also a MISS is that property owners wanting to save a buck, continue to hire them. In California, all home improvement work totaling $500 or more in combined labor and material costs must be performed by a licensed contractor.

“Homeowners take a huge risk when they hire unlicensed contractors,” said CSLB Registrar Dave Fogt. “They are potentially liable if an unlicensed individual gets hurt on their property. Plus, recourse for homeowners is limited if the person's work is substandard or never completed.”

HIT: Whowuddathunk? According to the automotive data and research company iSeeCars.com, Bakersfield is the fastest-growing market in the nation for green car purchases. Between 2014 and 2017, metropolitan Bakersfield residents increased their purchases of green cars 276 percent. Green cars are hybrid and electric vehicles. Bakersfield ranked 16th nationally in overall green car sales, according to the research company.

MISS: In what universe would you think creating more politicians would ever solve a problem? Mercifully, a hairbrained scheme by Republican gubernatorial candidate John Cox failed to qualify for the November election. Despite throwing more than $2 million of his own money to the effort, Cox failed to gather sufficient signatures to place a proposition on the ballot that would have created a “Neighborhood Legislature” and expanded membership to 12,000 elected politicians. Isn’t California “ungovernable” enough?

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