Trice Harvey had a gift — a willingness, an eagerness even, to look outside that comfort zone and connect with people whose stories were different from his. Democrats, city folk, even journalists.
In recent years, communities in Connecticut, Florida and, yes, California have borne the awful toll of mass shootings. Few, if any, have touched Bakersfield.
Before Tara Crews could even open her eyes, she became a bit of a local celebrity — gracing the pages of The Californian Jan. 2, 1972, under the headline: “Year’s First Tot Arrives at Memorial.”
The most notable breaking news stories of the year are often a variation on a regular, almost expected theme.
I don't get to as many concerts as I'd like, but I go to the ones that count. This year, the one that counted most was Chris Stapleton at Rabobank Theater, just weeks after the death of Merle Haggard in April.
If the scenario sounds like a country song, maybe it's because it actually became one: Singer returns to the hometown he loved/loathed/ultimately escaped to make peace, relive his earliest memories of home and family, and say goodbye.
The election of Donald Trump as president was of course the biggest political story of the year. But our annual list is decidedly local, so he appears only tangentially here.
The Californian remembers the people we lost this year who helped shape the city’s identity and inspire us. Reflections on country music great Merle Haggard and activist Helen Chavez begin our special commemoration