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State and local cooperation seen as key to bringing local industry into compliance with the latest COVID-19 restrictions has gotten off to a slow start despite hundreds of recent complaints that local businesses are operating in violation of rules issued by Sacramento.

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"I was a cholo in high school," said Cornelio Rodriguez, better known as simply "Corny" to friends and colleagues. For those of you who are culturally deprived, "cholo" is a slang term, which at one time was used by police and institutions to equate young people of Mexican descent who dresse…

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A state Senate bill authored by Melissa Hurtado, D-Sanger, aims to provide safe drinking water by exempting small, disadvantaged communities from certain CEQA provisions, according to a news release from her office.

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Reader: First, I love The Bakersfield Californian — the comics, puzzles, many great columnists, and of course, news. My father was a newspaperman also. He owned his own paper, lost it in the Depression and then worked for several other papers, including lastly, the N.Y. Daily News.

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All $30 million of Kern's pandemic recovery fund has been spoken for and no new applications are being accepted, though the county has indicated it hopes to put more money into the program soon.

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The Kern County Sheriff’s Office has released a video with tips for parents related to internet safety in response to recent high profile incidents involving online child predators, KCSO said in a news release.

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Canyon Hills Assembly of God church partnered with CityServe Kern County to host a Truck to Trunk food giveaway Friday. Approximately 1,800 boxes of fresh produce were supplied to those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Food was provided by the United States Department of Agriculture Far…

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A bill proposing to establish buffer zones between oil wells and public facilities in California, potentially costing Kern's economy billions of dollars, was narrowly defeated in Sacramento on Wednesday — but not before sparking frustration among supporters who later said the virtual public …

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A federal judge has granted weekly rapid COVID-19 testing, no new intakes and a dorm for COVID-19 positive detainees at the Mesa Verde ICE Processing Center following a coronavirus outbreak at the Bakersfield facility, according to a news release from a California civil rights activist group.