The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s California Farm to School Incubator Grant Program recently released a competitive grant to support innovative local and regional farm to school projects.

A few weeks ago, I noticed a posted stop sign with stickers “the racism.” The message was purposefully meant to say “Stop The Racism.” I would assume the person who did this was not aware they were committing vandalism by defacing a posted legal sign, which could have resulted in a minimum o…

A quote I've often recited goes like this: "A wise man learns from his mistakes; a genius learns from the mistakes of others." I heard this several years ago and apply this to my life. All of us have made mistakes, aka as "learning from the school of hard-knocks." What I don't understand are…

Homelessness is everyone’s problem. It’s a problem for the police departments and health care providers, who have to spend time and tax money dealing with desperate people’s lives and their daily crises on the street. It’s a problem for shop owners, who have to deal with the homeless and the…

The McFarland Lions Club and and the city's mayor and council members conducted a community clean up day on April 10.

Delano Union School District students came away with awards during the Kern County Virtual Science Fair held the last week of March. A total of 25 DUSD scientists from Grades 4 through 8 were part of the competition.

Baseball in the city of Delano has wrapped up its first two weeks of the season in what is its first competitions since March 2020. The three Delano teams competed in their respective games with no COVID-19 concerns.

The city of McFarland teamed up with the McFarland Lions Club, McFarland Recreation and Park District, and the McFarland Greater Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, April 10, to conduct a personal protection equipment  distribution event for local small businesses.

The term “rubbing salt in open wounds” is a phrase used to describe the actions or words of an individual who purposefully makes things worse to the one experiencing a difficult time. Another phrase is “adding insult to injury.”

Delano Police Cpl. Christopher Nino said he and other members of the Delano Police Officers Association wanted to spark a conversation about autism. And the best time to do it is this month, which is National Autism Awareness Month.

Delano Union School District’s Nueva Vista Language Academy made another worldwide stop during its academic “visit” to China, during its Flying Towards a First Class Education theme this school year.

Prior to the cruel beatings on our Lord Jesus Christ, which led to his crucifixion and death, we find one of his disciples named Judas Iscariot was a betrayer, pretending to be a loyal disciple to the Lord. (Judas never was loyal to the Lord.)

This past Tuesday, District 4 staff had the pleasure of attending and speaking at the McFarland electric vehicle charging station groundbreaking. We love being a part of events like this, most importantly, for what the event foreshadows: More electric cars on our roads and more charging stat…

Two high school athletes from Delano have signed their letters of intent at a small ceremony in Bakersfield. Robert F. Kennedy’s Frankie Ruiz and Cesar Chavez’s Julianna Tabian had a joint ceremony to celebrate their futures playing collegiate baseball and softball, respectively.

Delano Kiwanis Club is co-sponsoring with Delano's Parks and Recreation Department and the Delano Police Department as well as Key Clubs of Delano High, Robert F. Kennedy High and Wonderful High the 39th Easter eggvent drive-thru on Saturday, April 3.

With special thanks to so many who have worked to get the vaccines out throughout Kern County and in particular, District 4, this week I am pleased to announce a couple more hard-to-reach District 4 communities will be able to get their vaccine shots this week.

As we approach the occasion known as Easter, we recognize this as one of the essential teachings of the Bible, which validates our faith, the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:14). Shorty before the death of Jesus Christ, he suffered dreadfully. Christ paid the ultimate p…

I don’t believe our first responders (police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians) are given the recognition or appreciation they deserve. They do what they do in their respective fields as a service to our community when emergencies happen.

With sirens blaring and lights blazing, six squad cars roared up a vineyard road in Delano on June 5, 2020, halting in a cloud of dust before a group of farmworkers. But the men and women who crowded around these cars weren’t alarmed by the officers’ arrival. To the contrary, they were delig…

Spring is around the corner and we all hope outdoor activities may be arriving with it. To do our part, the District 4 office staff and I have taken an opportunity to teach some local kids a relatively new recreational sport called pickleball. Working in conjunction with the Boys and Girls C…

On March 10, a Kern County Superior Court jury found Carlos Carrillo guilty of the murder of Arturo Galvan, along with various other charges, including gun and narcotics sales charges.

Recently, the governor visited our District 4 community of Arvin to announce that the state is partnering with OptumServe, Kern County and other counties to open up to 11 vaccination sites to serve some of the hardest-hit or most at-risk communities in the Central Valley, in addition to othe…

Delano Union School District’s schools have capitalized on the use of video and Zoom to continue the tradition of holding virtual Read Across America events during early March.

Robert F. Kennedy senior Frankie Ruiz has committed to Blackburn College to continue his baseball career. The Thunderbirds catcher is set to head to Carlinville, Ill., after graduation, but his journey to get to this point goes beyond high school, as it has been nearly a decade in the making.