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Salvation Army Looking for Holiday Helpers

November 30, 2018

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!

Keep You and Your Children Safe on Halloween with These Tips

October 31, 2018

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!

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

September 11, 2018

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.


No Report Has Been Made by the US Air Force About the Meteor Striking the Earth

August 6, 2018

us air force meteor struckNo mention was made by the US Air Force about the meteor that hit the earth and exploded with 2.1 kilotons of force last month.

There was a confirmation of an object of unspecified size by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory traveling at 24.4 kilometers per second and striking earth in Greenland. The location is just 43 kilometers north of an early missile warning Thule Air Base on the 25th of July 2018.

Hans Kristensen, the director of the Nuclear Information Project for the Federation of American Scientists, tweeted about the impact, but there was no report from America’s Air Force.

Mr. Kristensen argues it’s concerning there was no public warning from the US government about the incident. “Had it entered at a more perpendicular angle, it would have struck the earth with significantly greater force,” he writes on Business Insider.

Mr. Kristensen points to the example of the Chelyabinsk meteor, a 20-meter space rock that exploded in the air over Russia without warning on the 15th of February 2013.

If you looked at it from afar you could see that it was the size of a house, brighter than the sun and visible up to 100 kilometers away.

After the struck, around 1500 people were injured by glass from windows smashing or other effects of the meteor’s impact as it crashed to earth, the biggest known human toll from a space rock.

Following the 2013 incident, the International Asteroid Warning Network was established to assist governments to detect and respond to Near Earth Objects.

The event of an asteroid to enter the earth’s atmosphere is not uncommon.

A meteor has been striking the earth every 13 days over a 20-year-period, due to a study referenced by Mr. Kristensen. Most break apart upon entering the atmosphere and are “harmless.”


After Trump and Putin Conference in Helsinki Some Criticism Arose

July 17, 2018

trump meeting putinPresident Trump had a news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki today and here are some of the words describing Trump’s performance — treasonous, disgraceful. Mr. Trump defied normal presidential behavior by going against his own intelligence officials and siding with Putin over Russian interference in the U.S. Presidential Election.

“I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today,” said Mr. Trump.

Scott Robertson, a San Francisco resident, and Trump donor, wasn’t embarrassed by the president’s remarks. He even liked what was said by Trump.

“Russia is not our enemy. We’re not at war with Russia. Why wouldn’t we want to get along with Russia?” said Robertson.

But the overwhelming response was outrage. The criticism came from solid Trump allies like Newt Gingrich to even the president’s favorite news channel.

“That’s what made his performance disgusting. I’m sorry that’s just how I feel. It’s not a right or left thing. It’s just wrong,” Fox News Channel’s Neil Cavuto said during a broadcast.

The fact that the president’s statements are at odds with the rest of his administration brought up the question that many have long been wondering, does Russia have something on Mr. Trump?

“I had heard about that we had allegedly collected compromising materials on Mr. Trump when he came to Moscow. Respected colleagues, when Mr. Trump came to Moscow, I didn’t even know he was there,” said Putin.

Kern County Providing Appropriate Value For its Residents

Bakersfield living rateKern County offers an appropriate value to the people living there, according to a new study by Chapman University. Locals are even getting a slight bargain, the study found.


Jim Doti, an economist and a professor, led the study with his undergraduate students at the private university in Orange.


The research was called “the Amenities Factor.” They examined median income, average home prices, proximity to the ocean and the climate index to find the best values in the Golden State.


Doti and his students ranked 39 of California’s counties using this method and found out Kern County is 0.2% undervalued.


“I am a transplant from Chicago,” Doti said in a news release, “and I have believed for 40 years that there is more value to a home in California than just the price. The Amenities Factor explains why. We hear that the secret to real estate is ‘location, location, location,’ and the Amenities Factor proves the adage.”


Also, the study found Placer County is the most undervalued in California, and Santa Clara is the most overvalued.


An infographic that can be enlarged with the full rankings is below.


About Bakersfield

Bakersfield has long been known as a layover place for those traveling between from San Francisco to Los Angeles and vice versa. But those people who want to put their roots and live here will find a healthy job market and an affordable place to raise a family. In fact, it’s Bakersfield’s strong sense of community and family and its booming oil and agriculture industries that keep the region thriving.


Bakersfield is similar to Texas: Oil rigs dot the horizon, and honky-tonks are easy to come by. But the metro area’s location in the fertile San Joaquin Valley has instilled in residents the love of fresh, locally sourced foods, which is at the heart of California culture.


Bakersfield has hundreds of miles of bike paths and lanes and nearly 60 parks, offering locals plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Plus, residents are a short drive from the Sierra Nevada Mountains and some of California’s expansive national forests.


Amazon is Giving Their Prime Members Benefits in Whole Foods Stores

June 11, 2018

Prime MembersAmazon has been adding a lot of new benefits for its Prime Members lately.

One of their most recent and amazing new deals includes teaming up with Whole Foods.

Whole Foods is introducing new “Prime-exclusive deals” at their stores in 10 states.

California is one of 10 states that Whole Foods has chosen to add their new discounted prices in regards to collaborating with Amazon.

Amazon Prime members will get an additional 10% of any sale items at participating Whole Foods stores.

Although the prime membership prices have increased, it is still including lots of benefits.

Whole Foods stores contain over hundreds of items that are on sale and qualify for the prime discount.

Participating prime customers will have to download the Whole Foods app on their phones.

They will have to sign into the app with their membership login information.

Once it is downloaded and ready to be used, customers can scan the app to cashiers to get the discount.

The items that are on sale will have yellow signs on them that say “extra 10% off SALE.”

For members who have the Amazon Prime Visa card, they will receive 5% back on any purchase made in Whole Foods with their card.

Prime customers can also use their phone numbers while checking out to qualify for the discount.

They also have another benefit added in certain cities.

Prime members can get a free-delivery for up to two hours.

Amazon has really grown from where it first started. With these new improvements and customer perks, they are more than likely to gain more members this year.

Gas Prices Are About to Reach $4 Per Gallon: Financial Analysts

May 14, 2018

bakersfield gas pricesWill a gallon of unleaded gasoline reach $4 any time soon?


Financial analysts say it’s possible, especially if things spiral out of control in the Middle East. Short of that, though, they see petroleum supply and demand coming into global balance and settling into a kind of “sweet spot” that oil producers and consumers alike can live with.

In other words, forget about $2.50 a gallon gas. And don’t worry too much about prices going a lot higher than they have lately, because the expert consensus is that a steady rise in gas prices should soon even out.

As of Friday, Bakersfield’s average price of a gallon of unleaded at the pump stood at $3.60, up 4 cents from a week before, according to the AAA. Compared with a year earlier, Friday’s price represented a 62-cent increase.

Part of the recent bump can be attributed to California’s switch to the so-called summer fuel formulation, which is intended to reduce evaporation and improve air quality. The automobile association says the transition adds 8 to 10 cents to the price of a gallon of gas.

Gasoline prices are generally tied to crude oil prices, which have gone through quite a rough ride in the last four years. A glut that peaked in mid-2014 has taken years to work out, as oil-producing countries cut back on production to bolster prices.

At the same time, the world economy has strengthened considerably, raising demand for fuel. Only recently have tensions in the Middle East added what’s known as a “geopolitical premium” to the price of a barrel of oil.

Nicole Decker, an energy sector strategist for New York-based UBS Wealth Management Research, said foreign oil producers could suddenly break from their pact to limit production, which could push prices lower. Domestic drillers could also ramp up activity and knock barrel prices back down again.

She sees West Texas Intermediate crude rising no higher than $80 per barrel during the next three months, then dropping back to $70 within a year. WTI was trading at about that level last week.

“Barring any economic setback, I think that the fundamental backdrop is very good,” she said.


Here are some tips offered for drivers:

  • Consider carpooling,
  • Slow down. Reducing your speed by even 5 mph saves money. Just try not to be a hindrance to other drivers,
  • Avoid “jackrabbit” starts that burn fuel unnecessarily,
  • Remove the “junk from your trunk.” A lighter vehicle burns less fuel.



A Magnitude 7 Earthquake Could Kill Hundreds in San Francisco Bay

April 19, 2018

An earthquake with a hypothetical magnitude 7 on the San Francisco Bay region’s notorious Hayward fault, could kill hundreds, injuring thousands and cause $82 billion in property damage and business losses, according to a scenario created by a coalition of experts to help residents and policymakers prepare for and reduce disaster impacts.


The “HayWired” scenario was released Wednesday, the 112th anniversary of the Great Quake of 1906 that ravaged San Francisco.


“A scientifically realistic scenario is one way to learn about a large earthquake without the people of the bay region actually living through a disaster,” said a summary of the report, which was created by the U.S. Geological Survey and numerous partners as part of a campaign by the state Seismic Safety Commission and the California Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency.


While the magnitude 7.8 earthquake of 1906 ruptured almost 300 miles (483 kilometers) of the mighty San Andreas fault, the HayWired scenario envisions a break of the Hayward fault, which lurks beneath cities on the east side of San Francisco Bay and has long been considered to potentially be the greatest seismic threat to the region of 7 million people.


The scenario’s epicenter is under Oakland and the break extends 52 miles (about 84 kilometers) along the fault, north to Richmond and south to Fremont. The movement is so huge that the offset of one side of the fault to the other is as much as 6 feet (1.8 meters) and shaking could cause landslides in hills and mountains.


Such a quake would be a danger to about 2 million buildings around San Francisco Bay, including 300 with foundations directly atop the fault, according to the report.


All the region’s water supply systems could be affected, especially in the East Bay, where outages could last six weeks to six months.


The scenario estimates 800 deaths, 18,000 injuries, rescue of 2,500 people from collapsed buildings and 22,000 from stalled elevators.


With damage from shaking and fire combined, an estimated 152,000 households — about 411,000 people — could be displaced.


The report contends that for a small increase in cost, construction of buildings to more stringent standards could allow 95 percent of the region’s population to remain in their homes after the envisioned earthquake.




150 Arrested in Northern California Suspected of Violating Immigration Laws

February 28, 2018

California immigrationCALIFORNIA (state) — Federal agents arrested more than 150 people suspected of violating immigration laws during a three-day sweep across Northern California, authorities said Tuesday.

About half of those arrested have criminal convictions. A top Immigration and Customs Enforcement official said he thought others were able to elude arrest after the Oakland mayor alerted the public about the upcoming raids.

ICE Deputy Director Thomas D. Homan blasted so-called sanctuary laws in San Francisco and Oakland, saying they endanger immigration officers who aren’t allowed in jails and therefore must make more arrests in the community.

“The Oakland mayor’s decision to publicize her suspicions about ICE operations further increased that risk for my officers and alerted criminal aliens — making clear that this reckless decision was based on her political agenda with the very federal laws that ICE is sworn to uphold,” Homan said in a statement.

He added that 864 immigrants with criminal histories are still at large despite the raids this week that led to arrests in Stockton, Sacramento, San Francisco and Bay Point.

“I have to believe that some of them were able to elude our thanks to the mayor’s irresponsible decision,” Homan said.

Among those at large are Oakland residents with multiple prior removals, said James Schwab, a spokesman for ICE in San Francisco, a field office that spans 49 counties from Bakersfield to the Oregon border. They include someone convicted of carrying a loaded firearm and selling drugs and another suspected of transporting cocaine and having sex with a minor.

Immigration detainers lodged against them have been “repeatedly ignored,” Schwab said. “Instead they have been released back into the community to potentially re-offend.”

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf sent out the alert Saturday night, saying she had heard from multiple sources that immigration agents would be conducting enforcement operations “starting as soon as within the next 24 hours.”

She does not regret offering the heads-up about the arrests, in a statement, late Tuesday said Schaaf.

“It was my intention that one mother, or one father, would use the information to help keep their family together,” she said. “It is Oakland’s legal right to be a sanctuary city and we have not broken any laws. We believe our community is safer when families stay together.”

Some of those who were arrested in the latest sweep will be prosecuted for returning to the country after deportation, Schwab said. One person arrested in Bay Point had been removed from the country eight times.

Another, a documented Sureño gang member identified as Armando Nuñez-Salgado, has four prior removals, Schwab said. Over the last 18 years, he added, the 38-year-old has been convicted of assault with a deadly weapon, burglary, hit-and-run causing injury and evading a peace officer.

Dozens of people caught in the sweep have no criminal histories. Although the raids prioritized people who pose a threat, officials said anyone violating immigration laws was subject to arrest.