The United Farm Workers Foundation says it will provide “know your rights” information Tuesday to agricultural laborers who might soon face deportation proceedings.

Working with Lideres Campesinas, Bakersfield Mecha and a local chapter of the Brown Berets, the labor union said it will reach out to farmworkers at various locations around the county.

The UFW Foundation said it suspects federal agents may soon target undocumented immigrants in California after recent enforcement actions by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in other states.

The first annual report on California’s regulation of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” says there were no spills, emergency responses or well failures associated with it or other oil well stimulation techniques in the state last year.

The report by the state Department of Conservation says 99 percent of all such well stimulation activity in California took place in Kern, and that 89 percent of it was performed on diatomite, a type of oil-bearing soil common in the western part of the county.

More than three-quarters of the water used in well stimulation technologies came from domestic water systems, the report says, and 84 percent of it was reported as suitable for domestic purposes or irrigation.

The division reported issuing 58 notices of violation for what it called minor infractions of the state’s regulatory requirements.

Applications are due Friday for anyone hoping to attend a nine-week career training program Pacific Gas and Electric Co. is starting in Bakersfield Feb. 22.

More than 1,000 people have already applied to take part in the training, including about 400 people from the Bakersfield area. The San Francisco-based utility hopes to enroll a “diverse group“ of 20 students, and that anyone with construction-related skills is encouraged to apply.

PG&E says nearly 800 people have graduated from the program, called PowerPathway, since its introduction in 2008. More than 80 percent of graduates have been hired into the utility industry, it says.

The program requires students to attend class Monday through Friday at Kern Community College District’s Weill Institute campus in downtown Bakersfield. Application information is available online at

Forbes has ranked Citizens Business Bank the country’s best bank heading into 2016.

After reviewing regulatory data on file through Sept. 30, the magazine said it was impressed by the consistent profitability, low loan losses and other financial measures reported by Citizens, owned by CVB Financial Corp.

The Ontario-based bank has nine locations in the Central Valley, including three in Bakersfield.

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