County Allocates $2m for Parks, Prioritizing ‘Building Healthy, Safe, Forward-Thinking’ Communities Through General Plan

With a new grant for improved parks and other public spaces, Kern County is tackling an ambitious goal of adopting new changes that residents have been pushing for. Also on the agenda are improved drainage systems, libraries, and pedestrian pathways. “This tells us that the county is willing to listen to the residents’ priorities to […]

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A Forgotten History: Why Doesn’t My School Place a Greater Emphasis on Black History Month?

Even though February was Black History Month, Bakersfield’s Ja’Nell Gore continually notices how the narrative surrounding black history and accomplishments is weak and often incomplete. She wants a comprehensive adoption of black history into schools’ curriculums, ones that don’t just focus on slavery and Martin Luther King Jr. “Schools constantly nag students about the importance […]

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ACLU Report Exposes Excessive Force and Lack of Accountability in Local Law Enforcement Agencies

After two years of investigating the Bakersfield Police Department, the ACLU released a scathing report condemning the body’s civil rights abuses. But it’s still unclear whether anything is being done to reform the department. “The report named BPD “one of the deadliest” departments in the country.” Read more at South Kern Sol.

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‘Migrant Stories’ Documentary Can Teach Teens About Immigrant Struggle

After hearing the Trump administration’s uncertain stances on immigration policies, a group of Bakersfield lawyers produced “American Migrant Stories,” a documentary about the struggles of immigrant families seeking better lives. Among other things, the film reinforces the fact that political activism in the Trump era is more important than ever. “It should awaken all of […]

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