It may have taken the last six years off, but the 2016 Bakersfield Business Conference holds a special place in the hearts of current and past attendees — even if it hasn’t been held since 2010.

Interviewed at Kern County Superior Court on Friday, City Attorney Ginny Gennaro, a past attendee, said she wouldn’t be attending this year’s edition but remembered its fun atmosphere from years past.

Bakersfield City Manager Alan Tandy, who said he would attend, called it a “happening,” and pointed out Chubby Checker, originator of the dance The Twist, will be performing this evening.

Cal State Bakersfield political science professor Mark Martinez also said he won’t be able to make this year’s event — but agreed with Tandy and Gennaro.

“It’s not a business conference. This is a celebration of Republicanism and conservatism. Everybody has already pretty much picked their horse in the race,” Martinez said Thursday afternoon.

Of course, that was less than 24 hours before the release of a 2005 hot mike recording of Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump making derogatory comments toward women.

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