The Bakersfield City Council will discuss community feedback to a sales tax measure during its June 6 meeting.

City staff said that after a survey was conducted and the city reached out to local groups and businesses for input, there is enough support for a one-cent tax measure to warrant putting it on the November ballot.

The City Council will consider directing the city attorney to draft ballot language to be included in the council’s June 20 agenda. If the council goes through with the action, the council could vote at its next meeting to place the measure on the ballot.

In other matters, the council will hold a public hearing regarding the city’s 2018-19 operating budget and Capital Improvement Programs budget.

The meeting is at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, 1501 Truxtun Ave.


The North of the River Recreation and Park District is holding its Summer Plunge on Saturday, kicking off the summer recreation season.

The free event is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the NOR pool, 401 Galaxy Ave. Besides swimming, the event will include an inflatable obstacle course, sidewalk CPR and water safety lessons. Refreshments will also be provided.

The event will take up to 200 people, with the entrance to the pool being first-come, first-served. All children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult. No water wings or floaties will be allowed. However, Coast Guard-approved life jackets are.

For additional information, call the NOR Aquatics Department at 392-2010.


Delano Regional Medical Center is holding a grand opening ceremony for its new Outpatient Services building on June 13.

The ceremony will be at 5:30 p.m. at the hospital, 1401 Garces Highway. The event will include presentations, live music by Bakersfield Jazz Workshop as well as light appetizers. Tours of the new building will also be available.

Located adjacent to the main hospital entrance, the new facility includes services such as patient registration, pre-operation consultation, a laboratory, x-rays, ultrasounds and a pharmacy. The building will have an advanced and new imaging center.

For more information, call 725-4800.


The Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance approved a $1 million grant for Bakersfield College to expand its workforce development programs.

The money would be used for the expansion of HVAC, industrial automation and welding programs, as well as improving distance education. The college said Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield, was instrumental in garnering support for the grant.

The grant funding has not been completely approved yet. It still has to move on to the Budget Conference Committee for approval.

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