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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.

What were the reasons that parents underfed their children and chained them to beds?

January 16, 2018

BAKERSFIELD, California – Sheriffs in Perris, California are investigating a distressing case where two parents stand accused of shackling their children to their beds.

57-year-old David Allen Turpin and 49-year-old Louise Anna Turpin were arrested after one of their kids called the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and warned authorities of the situation.

The girl escaped who was actually 17 but “appears to be only 10-years-old,” told police her 12 brothers and sisters were all chained to their beds in dirty conditions.

According to authorities an emaciated teenager led them to a home where they found 12 sisters and brothers were locked up in dirty conditions. Some of them were underfed and chained to beds.

Riverside County deputies arrested the parents Sunday at the home in Perris east of Los Angeles.

Further investigation revealed the parents were unable to give a logical reason why their children were restrained.

Deputies found 13 of the couple’s children inside the home, including seven adults, all ranging in age from 2 to 29.

Both parents were arrested and booked into jail on child endangerment charges.

Their bail is set at $9,000,000 each.


Nikola Motor Co. Called Tesla’s CEO a Fraud

November 27, 2017

California TeslaEarlier this week, Elon Musk revealed Tesla’s highly anticipated electric semi-truck in California, which surprised many with its greater than expected specs. Now, one of Tesla’s main competitors in the alternative-fuel truck space is questioning the accuracy of Musk’s claims.


Nikola Motor Company, the creators of the hydrogen-fueled Nikola One semi-truck, made several accusing Twitter posts shortly after Tesla’s reveal, claiming that Musk may be ‘misleading’ people (or worse — committing fraud) by claiming that Tesla’s electric truck will have a range of 500 miles before needing to be recharged.


The posts, which were picked up by a Reddit user and since deleted by the company, were captured in a screenshot that can be seen below.


Based on the battery of the truck, the tweet claims that Tesla’s 500-mile range would only be achieved in a perfect environment — a flat road, with normal temperatures, no hills, and regular driving. However, once you factor in normal driving conditions, including hills and AC usage, Nikola Motor says a more probable range for the Tesla semi would be closer to 125-200 miles.


“I guess he ‘blew his mind out of his skull with a portal gun’,” the Tweet reads. It further questions if Musk misled shareholders and committed fraud by making his claims.


When asked about the accusatory Tweets, Nikola Motor said they did not come from the company’s CEO Trevor Milton, but instead a “passionate employee.”


The tweets were deleted but the company did reply to a user who called them out for attacking Tesla’s claims.


“I believe we gave very clear data in the response. Data that we normally don’t share due to millions of dollars in simulations and trials. We went off his data that he announced in his unveiling. Don’t blame the messenger,” Nikola Motor added.


The hydrogen-fueled semi-truck of the Nikola Motor is set to be revealed in 2019 and will cost roughly $375,000 — more than double the price of Tesla’s most expensive truck model. Nikola Motor says their truck can run for 750 miles before needing to be recharged at a hydrogen fueling station.


Recent Updates about Accident in Downtown Bakersfield

Bakersfield Accident

Bakersfield, CA- as is already known police reported an injury accident near 21st and H Streets on Tuesday evening.


BPD recorded the accident as a vehicle versus pedestrian. H Street has been shut down between 20th and 21st Streets because of the accident.


It was uncertain what exactly occurred, how serious the injuries were and how many people were engaged.


Recent Updates

According to Bakersfield Police, the pedestrian who was hit by a car at 21 and H Streets Tuesday evening was taken to Kern Medical with moderate injuries.


According to BPD alcohol or drugs did not appear to be a factor with the driver. But it is unknown if drugs or alcohol affected the pedestrian.


Currently, Bakersfield Police are investigating a vehicle versus pedestrian crash in downtown Bakersfield.


According to BPD, the crash happened near H and 21 Streets at 5:19 p.m. on Tuesday evening.


BPD also reported that the pedestrian suffered moderate to major injuries and was taken Kern Medical.


H Street between 20th and 21st Streets have been shut down as BPD investigates the crash. BPD said if the accident turns fatal, the area will be shut down for a much longer period of time.


It is to be noted that the driver of the vehicle did not escape. He stayed on scene and was supportive.


Law enforcement officials are on the scene of a traffic incident in downtown Bakersfield.



6 California Cities Marked With Horrible Air Quality…. Which Number Is Bakersfield? Find Out Here!

April 21, 2017

A combination of unfortunate topography, a large population, and the realities of worsening climate change makes California cities some of the worst places to breathe air in America.

Eight of the 10 cities with the highest year-round concentration of particulate matter—or PM2.5—between 2013 and 2015 were in California, according to the report. The state is also home to seven of the 10 American cities with the worst ozone pollution. Both PM2.5 and ozone are linked to an long list of health problems, including asthma, lung cancer, premature death, and developmental delays in children.

Most polluted metropolitan regions by average year-round concentration of particulate matter (PM2.5)

  1. Visalia-Porterville-Hanford, CA
  2.  Bakersfield, CA
  3.  Fresno-Madera, CA
  4. San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland, CA
  5. Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA
  6. Modesto-Merced, CA
  7. El Centro, CA
  8. Pittsburgh-New Castle-Weirton, PA-OH-WV
  9. Cleveland-Akron-Canton, OH
  10. San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles- Arroyo Grande, CA

Six of the top 10 cities with the biggest problem with unhealthy spikes in PM2.5 are in California, too. A “spike” is defined as a day when the concentration of PM2.5 rises above the limit set by the US Environmental Protection Agency for acceptably healthy air.
Most polluted metropolitan areas by dangerous “spikes” in particulate matter (PM2.5)

  1.  Bakersfield, CA
  2. Visalia-Porterville-Hanford, CA
  3. Fresno-Madera, CA
  4. Modesto-Merced, CA
  5. Fairbanks, AK
  6. San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland, CA
  7. Salt Lake City-Provo-Orem, UT
  8. Logan, UT-ID
  9. Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA
  10. Reno-Carson City-Fernley, NV

Bakersfield, California remains the most polluted city in America in terms of spikes in particulate matter, with Visalia, Fresno, and Modesto-Merced coming in second, third, and fourth. All four cities are in California’s Central Valley, where PM2.5 is made abundant by the high volume of oil and gas drilling and diesel engines in the area.

The Central Valley is also topographically cursed—it’s shaped like a bowl, so pollution is often trapped, unable to disperse, causing concentrations to rise to ever more unhealthy levels, according to Billings. Los Angeles, similarly, is stuck in a topographic bowl, which helped to land it at number one on a list of the most ozone-polluted cities in America (on that list, Bakersfield came in second).

Most polluted cities by ozone pollution

  1. Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA
  2. Bakersfield, CA
  3. Fresno-Madera, CA
  4. Visalia-Porterville-Hanford, CA
  5. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ
  6. Modesto-Merced, CA
  7. San Diego-Carlsbad, CA
  8. Sacramento-Roseville, CA
  9. New York-Newark, NY-NJ-CT-PA
  10. Las Vegas-Henderson, NV-AZ


Both Los Angeles and the Central Valley cities are prone to “ozone inversions” due to that topography, where warmer air floats above cooler air, forming a sort of atmospheric lid that keeps the air stagnant and prevents pollution from exiting the area. Agriculture, too, can contribute to ozone: the prevalence of certain pesticides containing volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, a precursor to ozone formation, pose another problem for the agriculture-rich Central Valley.

Climate change is making all this worse—it means more severe periods of drought, and more hot, dry days mean more ozone formation. Climate change also creates prime conditions for more extreme wildfires, which produce both PM2.5 and the elements needed to form ozone.

Obama Takes Action On Drought In California

March 21, 2016


According to Alice Hill, presidential aide on the climate issue, about 12,5% of the continental U.S. was facing a problem of drought as of March. It means that over 39 million people which is one eighth of the population of the country, experiencing drought. The states that suffer the most are those in the West. For instance, California is going through its 5th year of fighting with draught.

On Monday Obama issued a presidential memorandum and separate action plan. It sets the goals for the federal government: to share information about the risks that drought brings with authorities of all levels, starting with regional and ending with tribal, and to improve the organization of draught-related activities.

Among many negative draught effects are energy costs increasing, effects on the economy, infrastructure and food supply. Because of the climate change, drought conditions are expected to become even worse, so fighting the change is one of the main priorities for Obama.

Hill says that the draught will become a bigger challenge due to the climate change and that is why a more comprehensive strategy of using existing resources to deal with the draught is required.

Last year Obama met with leaders from California, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Montana, Oregon and Wyoming and $110 million were pledged by federal agencies to help them fight the draught.

On Tuesday, which is also World Water Day, there will be a “water summit” in the White House. The goal is to raise awareness of how important reliable and safe water resources are.

The initiatives on drought were released during Obama’s visit to Havana.