Delano City Council had special meeting on June 12 and approved a new contract with the State of California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for operating the Delano Modified Community Corrections Facility for an additional five years.

The new contract will start July 1 and will need to be renegotiated before June 30, 2023, to continue operating the state-funded jail.

The Community Corrections Facility has created jobs to local residents and has improved the city budget since 2013 when the governor approve funding the once-closed facility.

The Delano facility has had to undergo a number of upgrades and security modifications to qualify in a continued relationship with the state to insure compliance.

The city council has authorized the needed upgrades understanding that this new contract will bring the city a total of $ 67.5 million during the next five years.

Public forum held for Delano armory

Delano had a public forum on June 20 at the Civic Center to receive comments and ideas from the public on how to keep the National Guard Armory available for large assemblies and to remain in compliance with California and FAA regulations.

All persons were invited to be heard within the specified time referenced above. If you were unable to attend, please provide written correspondence delivered to the City Clerk of the City of Delano, 1015 – 11th Ave., P.O. Box 3010, Delano, CA 93216.

CASA Volunteers needed in Delano, McFarland areas

CASA of Kern County is in desperate need of volunteers, specifically in the Delano and McFarland area, said Myrna Arias, community outreach coordinator at CASA of Kern County.

This summer’s training class is schedule to begin July 9 and it will last two weeks.

“We are very excited for this training course, since a volunteer could become a CASA (court appointed special advocate) in just two weeks,” Arias said.

A CASA volunteer speaks for the abused and neglected children in the juvenile dependency process. Through the use of highly trained volunteers, the CASA program seeks to provide every child who needs an advocate with a voice in the court process. Right now, CASA does not have many advocates in the Delano and McFarland areas.

“It is imperative that we put as much CASA information as possible in the Delano and McFarland communities,” Arias said.

For more information, call 661-631-2272 or go online to www.kerncasa.org.

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