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Worth Noting: Bike Bakersfield names new executive director

Jack Becker

Jack Becker

Bike Bakersfield has brought on a new executive director. Jack Becker, who previously served as program director for the organization, now heads up the organization.

Becker grew up in Bakersfield and earned his bachelor’s degree in environmental studies at University of California, Santa Cruz.

“In an effort to increase community involvement, we will expand our bike education programs for adults and children in Bakersfield and South Kern,” Becker said. “I hope to strengthen our bike advocacy efforts by attracting more members to our organization. We will continue our successful recycle-a-bike program to provide bicycles to individuals in need of low cost transportation.”

Bike Bakersfield also added Asha Chandy as its grant manager. Chandy received two bachelor’s degrees from UC Irvine, in criminology and public health. Chandy previously worked in Bakersfield College’s public health department and as the project manager for the CQN4 Asthma Project at the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Natalie Barrett has been added as the organization’s communications manager. Barrett graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in print journalism and has previously worked for newspapers including The Bakersfield Californian, Daily Herald and St. George News.

Kern County Judge Robert Tafoya will be speaking about the impacts of prison reform at a Saturday meeting of the League of Women Voters.

The meeting will be held at 8:15 a.m. at Hodel’s, located at 5917 Knudsen Drive. Following breakfast, Tafoya will discuss the impact that Proposition 47 has had on the county’s prison population.

The breakfast is $15. Those who only want to attend the program don’t have to pay. They are encouraged to come at 8:45 a.m.

For more information, call 634-3773.

Adventist Health Bakersfield will provide tips for eating healthier to avoid diabetes on Jan. 18.

The hospital will hold a free lunch and lecture at noon at the Adventist Health Conference Center, located at 1524 27th St. Complimentary valet parking will be available in front of the hospital.

To RSVP for the event, call 869-6560 or visit

Cal State Bakersfield’s Kegley Institute of Ethics is presenting "Executive Order 9066: The History, Legacy, and Lessons of Japanese Internment" on Jan. 30.

A short film, “Stand Up for Justice: The Ralph Lazo Story,” will be shown at 5:30 p.m. in the Walter Stiern Library’s Dezember Reading Room. Following that, there will be an interview with Mary Higashi, who was sent to the internment camp known as the Colorado River Relocation Center.

A 6:45 p.m. panel focusing on the internment will include Douglas Dodd, Isao Fujimoto and Jeanine Kraybill. Kegley Institute Director Michael Burroughs will moderate.

Dodd and Kraybill are professors at CSUB, teaching U.S. history and political science, respectively. Fujimoto is a professor emeritus from University of California, Davis, who was interned at centers in California and Wyoming.

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