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Teen’s Body Found in Neighborhood Park.

BAKERSFIELD, CA – A local teen’s body was found in Polo Park in Northwest Bakersfield Saturday morning.

Anthony Spence, who was a senior at Vista West Continuation School, was found on Saturday morning, January 5, 2019. Police found him impassive in a baseball dugout at the park at 6:30 AM.

The dugout is now a memorial site for Spence. Locals and friends have been leaving candles and flowers in the dugout where police found Spence’s body.

There have been many rumors floating around on social media. Although, Bakersfield Police have yet to confirm the cause of death.

Those close to Spence said that he was with up to 20 people the night before he was found. According to his ex-girlfriend, Spence smoked marijuana early in the evening and then drank half a bottle of rum. After consumption, he then took a bar of Xanax laced with fentanyl. The bar of Xanax was an opioid 50 times more potent than heroin.

Spence’s ex claims that the friend who was with him provided the drugs and alcohol but left him alone at the park at 4 AM.

The residences who live around the dugout know that the spot is a common hangout for teens doing illegal activity.  They also hope that this is a warning for police to watch teens hanging out at parks.

Many locals are upset by the passing, and request more patrolling to be done around local parks.

The Kern High School grief counselors are also available for students and staff at Vista West.

Also, any relevant information could be used by the Bakersfield Police Department. You can visit their website, or call 661- 327-7111.

Breaking the California Rest Break Rules

Controversy over new rest break rules for truckers has been circling in the news throughout the last few years. While it is clear that truckers need specific break times in order to operate trucks safely, some of these rules are creating difficulties for the industry. And, where these rules are being protested most? California.

As a result, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, also known as FMCSA, told trucking companies that they can ignore California’s extra rest break rules for truckers. Their reasoning? That the rules damage the economy and cut down on productivity.

FMCSA granted a petition on December 21. The petition came from the American Trucking Associations, along with other trucking groups. Some of these supporting groups? Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association, the Oregon Trucking Associations, and the Western States Trucking Association.

The Petition

In the petition, the groups asked for permission to prevent the State of California’s Meal and Rest Break (MRB) rules. Basically, a ruling that was made back in 2014 was overturned. The US Court of Appeals made a decision back then. It stated that truckers working in California were required to follow these rules. Now, that has changed. In the new ruling, FMCSA states: “California may no longer enforce the MRB Rules with respect to drivers of property-carrying CMVs subject to FMCSA’s HOS rules.”

With the old rules, drivers had to have a 30-minute meal break for every five hours worked. Additionally, they were given a 15-minute paid break every four hours. And, according to California law, if an employee is not given these breaks, the employer must pay them for the extra work.

Apparently, these rules were not working out well with companies. Because the rules are inconsistent across the country, FMCSA argues that it hurts the economy. Trucking productivity went down. So, FMCSA granted the petition in order “to ensure uniform and consistent rules in order to promote safety and economic growth.”

So, the question is: how will this granted petition impact the truckers themselves? Productivity may increase again, but what about truckers’ health and wellbeing? Without the strict rest break rules, what will change for them?

Body found in Drainage Sump Finally Identified!

BAKERSFIELD, CA – In October, police found the body of a woman in a drainage sump. Coroners ran the woman’s fingerprints and identified the body yesterday.

By using fingerprint analysis, the coroner’s identified this woman as Jessie Flores, age 52. Local residents state that this particular sump was frequent location where homeless people sought out shelter. Police assumed she was transient.

This Bakersfield woman had no signs of trauma or abrasion. Even so, at the time the police found her body, the amount of decomposition made it impossible to detect more precise injuries. Moreover, the only injuries that could be detected were extreme ones, like a gunshot or a stab wound. Suspiciously, she had no clothes or possessions at the time they found her body.

After Flores was identified, it became clear that she was a Bakersfield resident, although there is only a possibility that she was transient. The only record of her existence is her Kern County Criminal record. She had a various minute crime record ranging from 1993 to 2016. Common among many transient people, most of the charges were misdemeanors. Such charges include sleeping in a public space or loitering on public property.

Unfortunately, there is no evidence of how long Flores was dead before the police discovered her body.

She was never reported missing and no one stepped forward to identify the woman.

Sadly, the cause of death is still a mystery. Kern County Sheriffs are asking that her family come forward to claim her body. If you or any other Bakersfield residents know any information about Flores or her death, contact the Kern County Sherriff’s Office. 

Salvation Army Looking for Holiday Helpers

Amid the holiday season, many people of the Bakersfield community are working to share the holiday joy. Salvation Army is an organization dedicated to helping those in need and has serviced about 25 million American families through the years. This holiday season the organization is looking for extra hands, so you can help your local community!

With their goal of $155,000, Bakersfield Salvation Army hopes to collect more volunteers to better serve those in need. Giving the gift of your valuable time to help those less fortunate is a great way to give back to the community, and here’s your chance!

Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t have the time to volunteer. If you can’t volunteer, you can donate money at 1-800 SALARMY or salvationarmyus.org. You can also visit one of the 22 locations for bell ringers in Bakersfield. Of those 22 bell ringers, only about 7 are volunteers, but all members support the cause. This is also the reason the group is looking for more volunteers.

Since fewer people are carrying around cash these days, the Bakersfield Salvation Army is working to adapt to modern times. The group invested in two Dip Jars. These Dip Jars add a card option to some of their locations. The process is simple, you add a preset amount to donate and merely slide your card.
Even though people don’t carry as much cash around anymore, Bakersfield Salvation Army hasn’t cut staff. The group is grateful to provide the extra holiday season jobs every year.

As of this week, the Salvation Army in Bakersfield is down $1500 from last year. Although, with the help of the community and people like you, they hope to reach their goal!

Are You a Beer Fan? Bakersfield’s Breweries Have Exciting News for You

BAKERSFIELD, California — Bakersfield is having a major increase in the brewery district. What can be better than a good-quality beer in the evening? Nothing.

One of the industry leaders, the original Lengthwise Brewing has its roots in Bakersfield and, at this moment, other brewers are calling Bakersfield home, as well. The brewing industry is growing between Stine and Gosford, White and District.

 

bakersfield breweriesMaking a huge business out of small brews? It is possible for Dionysus Brewing Company which is one of the growing companies.

According to Matt Quigley, the man tending bar at Dionysus, beer crafting and its enlargement in Bakersfield is “cool.”

At Dionysus, everyone can find a flavor of their choice, however, rumor has it that they only brew sour ones.

 

Other than Dionysus, Bakersfield holds different booming breweries which are worth to be noted.

Have you heard about unusual ways of beer crafting? Well, at the Bakersfield Beer Company, the world is changed. The co-owner, Tara Douhan, is not even making beer, instead, she travels around California and brings beer to be sold here in Bakersfield.

The brewing district is proud of its breweries. And one of the components to the district is a store dedicated to giving people the tools to craft their own beer. Isn’t it amazing?

Nowadays, more people are making craft brews and it has a huge influence on the city’s budding brewery district.

Beer is something to be enjoyed, however, many people don’t understand how important it is to keep safe while driving. So, leave your car at home, today, and visit the brewery district to enjoy some high-quality beer!

 

Keep You and Your Children Safe on Halloween with These Tips

Halloween is full of activities and fun for children and for adults as well. Children are dressing up as famous cartoon characters or movie stars and go trick-or-treating around the near areas. Adults are celebrating it in restaurants, bars or pubs, having parties with drinks and everything.

We offer some safety tips that must be considered during the Halloween Day, as the safety of you and your children is the most important thing.

bakersfield halloweenSo, let’s start with the driving issue because it is the most disturbing and dangerous problem. You must avoid driving through areas where the celebration is likely happening. A lot of children will be running around, keep children’s safety and prevent tragic results. Slowing down is also a requirement as this night is full of heavy foot traffic, you need to be extra attentive.

If you are a parent, you need to plan the destinations where you are headed to, as the traffic is going to be tough. Also, along with that, try to dress your children visible and bright costumes so it will be easier for other drivers to see. You can even use retro-reflective tape to make the costume more visible. Here is another problem, some of the kids may not be seen on the streets, so slow down and pay attention to every little action.

Another option for children and adults carry a flashlight while trick-or-treating. It will be safer for you on both the streets and sidewalks, where tens of people are going to walk today.

 

Some Fire Protection Tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

  • Choose a costume with a material which won’t be easily ignited when having a contact with flame.
  • Decorations that are easily flammable are dangerous such as cornstalks or dried flowers. Make them be away from a place of fire or heaters.
  • Use battery-operated candles instead of the real ones with fire. But if you, however, want to use fire candle, please, keep every each of them well-watched and keep you and your children safe from accidents. Pay extra attention to children while being near a lit candle.
  • Remember to keep clear all the exits, (don’t put decoration that will block the way out)

 

Stay safe and have a good Halloween Evening!

$200 Million Less for The New Alternative High-Speed Bakersfield Rail

Bakersfield high-speed railBakersfield, California – The rail authority’s board voted to approve a new route developed in collaboration with Bakersfield city leaders.

According to the plan, the route approaches the city from the north and establishes a station north of downtown.

The original plan of the route was adopted back in 2014. The new route is the product of the legal settlement of the city of Bakersfield.

In December 2014 the city declined the initial plan in order to work on developing an alternative route to avoid several sensitive or historic resources west of downtown.

Fewer homes, businesses, farm acres and parks will be affected by the new route alternative according to the authority’s planning stuff. Besides, the new route will be more cost –effective.

It will cost about $200 million less than the original plan.

Dan Richard, the rail authority’s board chairman, said the decision they made features the successful partnership between the authority and their regional partners to bring high-speed rail to Bakersfield.

According to Richard, the best way to generate economic impact, it to placing a station in Truxtun Avenue.

 

Lowest Homelessness Rate in California: $3.8 Million will be Allocated to Bakersfield

Bakersfield homelessBakersfield, California – Bakersfield had the lowest homeless rate among the 11 largest cities in the country. However, Bakersfield is the ninth largest city in California.

Mayor Karen Goh is still worried about the issue and calls homelessness a crisis. She said the crisis is all over the United States.

In 2017, California’s homeless population number equals 134000. The biggest factor causing homelessness is the lack of affordable housing, according to the assistant legislative director at the League of California Cities.

The state is taking actions to resolve the homelessness issue. $500 million of the state budget is going to be addressed to homelessness crisis.

According to the state initiative, each city will be allocated an amount based on how many people are outdoor on one particular night.  $3.8 million will be allocated for Bakersfield.

The money that the city will get will be used for emergency temporary shelters. But the program aims at providing permanent, sustainable housing.

The state program will take people off the streets and house them immediately. The money is allocated on the emergency basis.

As some rumors whisper, the homeless people are coming from larger cities, such as San Francisco and Los Angeles.

City officials, police and fire chiefs are involved in this program.

Shooting in Bakersfield Left One Person Dead and Four Others Wounded

bakersfield shootingBakersfield, California—A man was killed and multiple others were wounded in a shooting on Chandler Court near Wilson Road on Sunday, before 1 a.m. This information was confirmed by Bakersfield Police.

When the police arrived they found one victim on the scene and witnesses reported more victims had gone to the hospital.

Police have not identified the names of the victims yet. But according to officials four males and one female were wounded in the shooting. The female representative was injured and in critical condition.

Luckily, three other men suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to the Bakersfield Police Department.

The tragedy happened while the victims were at a gathering at an apartment located on the 2600 block of Chandler Court, near Wilson Road in southwest Bakersfield.

This is what the witnesses said. At least 15 people were at the place of crime, in the garage of the apartment, when the suspect opened the fire.

There is no information available on the suspect at this time.

The investigation is still underway. Bakersfield is investigating the shooting as a homicide.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Bakersfield Police Department at 661-327-7111.

 

 

Which City is The Hottest in US? New Book Introduces The Highest Temperature in The Nation in 2011-2017

Bakersfield bookThere is no way you don’t know how hot it is in Bakersfield. But do you know it’s getting even hotter? San Joaquin Valley’s southernmost big city is warming up rapidly.

In his new book called “Local Warming: An Almanac of American climate change.” the author Thomas Munro talks about higher temperatures from 2011 through 2017 .71 of 84 months averaged warmer-than-normal temperatures are spotted in Bakersfield.

If we break this down, it will mean over the past seven years it has been warmer than normal.

Here is some interesting fact about Bakersfield:

  • In Bakersfield, no months have been 5 degrees or more below normal.
  • Bakersfield is the only city in the United States totally warming of more than 3 degrees in its average monthly highs over the past seven years.
  • 2011-2017 have charted the most extraordinary highs in Bakersfield.

It’s interesting how the author started his book. In this book’s preface, Munro expressed his thoughts on how people think of global warming as a theoretical fancy of mysterious scientists.

‘’Global warming is, it seems to many, a hypothesis residing in rarefied halls of academia, and climate scientists seem to endorse this vision by refusing, on entirely legitimate scientific grounds, to associate any given day’s weather with the greenhouse effect’’.

The extraordinary record over the past seven years tells a story of local warming impact the way people live and plan the future in their own communities.

The data shows Bakersfield was the most abnormally hot large city in the country over the past seven years, 3 .1 degrees above normal highs.

Fresno has the same tendency to experience warming. The last 6 years are now the six warmest years on record for Fresno.

Munro is not a climate scientist. He doesn’t identify the cause of climate changes or the solutions in his book. All he does is dealing with temperature records in the nation’s 100 most populous cities.