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Bakersfield Schools to Serve More Government-Sponsored Meals This Year

BAKERSFIELD, California — More students will receive government-sponsored meals this year. The state law requires universal meal service for all kids in “high poverty” schools.

 

A large number of the schools fall into this category in Bakersfield, according to government standards.

 

Free or reduced-price meals already existed in schools, but a new state law taking effect this school year requires that schools extend the free service to all kids at a poor school, regardless of their family’s specific financial situation.

 

Free meal applications at those schools will be scrapped, which officials say will save time.

 

School officials who spoke to the local news representative were pleased to offer the food, noting some students are not fed well at home.

 

Kids pay better attention and perform better after eating something nutritious, said Jennifer Davis, the food services coordinator for the Kern High School District.

 

Davis oversees the preparation and delivery of approximately 16,000 meals a day across the district.

 

From a financial perspective, individual schools and districts will actually benefit from increasing the number of meals served. The federal government reimburses school kitchens for meals served to low-income students, who sometimes don’t pay for the food they eat anyway.

 

Lunch costs $2.90 per day in the high school district. Breakfast is $1.65.

 

Incident in The Hospital. No Active Shooter Was Found By the Police

Bakersfield Hospital shootingBAKERSFIELD, CA- Active shooting took place at the Mercy Southwest Hospital on Wednesday around 8 p.m.

Police did research in the hospital.

They couldn’t find evidence of an active shooter.

A press conference was held concerning “Code black’’ lockdown.

Bakersfield Police Sergeant Brian Holcombe says that one of the workers of the hospital called the police at 7:57 P.M.

The person told that there was a possible active shooter.

Bruce Peters, the operator at the hospital, made announcement of a ‘’code black’’, said the CEO of Mercy South West Hospital.

He also said that he is not sure about the origin of the alert.

Fortunately, everybody is safe.

As far as he knows there wasn’t any gunman in the hospital.

100 emergency personnel was in charge of things.

No shots were fired. By the time police officers arrived, they didn’t hear any shots.

Some business located nearby were lockdown.

The California Supreme Court Made a Decision on Proposition 9

The California Supreme Court finally came to a conclusion yesterday with Proposition 9.

 

They decided not go through with it and have it removed from the November ballot.

Basically, Proposition 9 would have had California split into three. California, Southern California, and Northern California.

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At first, it was qualified for the June ballot. However, now that members have taken a good look at actually making this happen, they noticed that it would not be such an easy task.

 

On the order that the court released, it states, “Significant questions have been raised regarding the proposition’s validity.”

 

For years now, members have been trying to push the idea of splitting the Golden State into 3 parts. But it is easier said than done, especially in such an overpopulated state.

This challenge was also originally proposed by the Planning and Conservation League. Their goal is to “protect California from the destruction caused by fast-paced and poorly planned developments.”

 

Though venture capitalist Tim Draper disagrees with the court’s decision. He invested over $1.7 million into this whole idea.

 

His view of the Proposition states that it will improve California in numerous ways. The structure and education will become much better and tax rates will decrease.

 

Though the Supreme Court is not completely on board with the Proposition, they set dates for discussion within the next month.

Over 50 Citations for Illegal Fireworks During the Fourth of July

Bakersfield newsBAKERSFIELD, California — Firefighters issued 48 citations for illegal fireworks on the Fourth of July, according to the Bakersfield Fire Department’s Facebook page.

The fireworks hotline operators reported that there were more than 1,000 calls from concerned citizens, according to BFD,

A citation for illegal fireworks could cost city residents up to $1,000.

Firefighters teamed up with Bakersfield police in 38 teams to patrol the city and respond to calls of illegal fireworks usage on July 3 and July 4 — typically the department’s busiest days of the year.

A drone owned by the fire department was additionally used in different areas to pinpoint where illegal fireworks were being set off.

 

Be careful when doing fireworks, it may cause fire and danger around the people living near the spot.

Be Safe!

 

Police Arrest Woman who Stole Cop Car and Kidnapped Suspect

arrestA woman stole a police car Sunday evening in Fresno.

 

At the time of the theft, there was also a suspect in the back seat in handcuffs.

 

Police believe she the woman was not sober and possibly under the influence of drugs.

 

Her name was not released, however, police later found her and arrested her. She was taken into Fresno County Jail.

 

Police are charging her for theft and kidnapping.

 

Here’s what happened before police found her and arrested her.

 

At first, Fresno Police were dealing with another suspect.

 

Around 7 P.M. a man who was in a used car lot contacted police for a vandalism attack on his car. A woman had scratched up his car and ran off.

 

When police located the woman that scratched up his vehicle, they took her back to the lot for questioning while the man was also there.

 

Police and the man and the suspect were then interrupted by the kidnapper. She started to go through the other suspect’s purse, claiming that she is the suspect’s friend and she will take the purse home with her.

 

However, the suspect in the police car said she did not know who this woman is. So, police asked her to get out of the lot.

 

She left then came back later on. When police were talking to the victim, she got into the cops’ car with the suspect in the back seat and took off.

 

The police officers went after her until she ended up crashing into a utility pole on Glenn Avenue.

 

There were no injuries, but the woman was arrested for committing theft of an officer’s car and kidnapping a suspect.

 

 

Bakersfield Man Arrested for Stealing a Historic Diamond T Truck

bakersfield truck theftBAKERSFIELD, California — Kern County Auto Theft Taskforce arrested a man in southeast Bakersfield on Thursday in connection with stealing an expensive historic truck last week.

 

The Casagrande family asked for the community’s help in finding a 1936 Diamond T truck that was stolen in central Bakersfield on May 31.

 

The truck was bought new and has been in the Casagrande family ever since. Buttonwillow CHP found the truck on June 4 on Mirasol Avenue between Buerkle Road and Brite Road, just outside of Buttonwillow.

 

According to BPD, on June 7, Gordon Yates was arrested on E Belle Terrace near Cottonwood Road without incident.

 

Yates, 30, was arrested on felony charges of grand theft auto and possession of a stolen vehicle.

 

The truck has been returned and was not damaged, according to BPD.

A Girl Died When Pulled out from the Southern California Lake

bakersfield girl deadPERRIS, California — A 9-year-old girl has died after being from pulled from a Southern California lake.

The Southern California News Group reports the girl was reported missing shortly after 5 p.m. Monday at Lake Perris State Recreation Area.

Park’s official John Rowe says lifeguards and state parks scuba divers searched the water for about 50 minutes before finding the girl.

She was taken to a hospital but died.

The girl had last been seen in Power Cove, a non-swimming area for boating.

 

A Car Crashed into a Starbucks Under Construction Killing 1 Person

bakersfield crash newsFULLERTON, California — One person was killed in a fiery crash at a Fullerton intersection, where a car careened into a Starbucks under construction.

 

The wreck occurred shortly after 1 a.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Harbor and Brea boulevards. Authorities said a vehicle jumped a curb, struck what appeared to be several electrical boxes, then slammed into the Starbucks.

 

When first responders arrived on the scene, they found the car engulfed in flames. The driver was found dead inside the vehicle, fire officials said.

 

Investigators believe speed was likely a factor in the wreck. Authorities are also trying to determine if roads were slick at the time of the crash.

 

If you have any relevant information about this ongoing investigation, you’re asked to contact Fullerton Police Department.

 

Trailer Park Management Company Charged for Deadly Fire that Killed a Child

bakersfield fireBAKERSFIELD, California — A trailer park management company has been charged with a felony count of involuntary homicide for a fire that killed a baby.

The DA says Pama Management, Inc. is in violation of legal code section 192(b) after a five-month-old died in a fire at the 4J’s Trailer Park in Oildale on January 24, 2016.

Pama Management operated the trailer park and leased the trailer where the fire happened, the DA said. The fire started in or around the child’s bedroom where she was sleeping. The adults living in the home were able to escape safely.

A settlement was reached in January in a legal proceeding against Nijjar Realty INC., Pama Management Inc., Cobra 28 No. 7, LP and IE Rental Homes after alleging charges including wrongful death, negligence, and fraud.

According to the DA’s Office, Pama Management is accused of failing to abide by its legal duties to maintain the trailer in compliance with the state’s statutory requirements for its residences.

Two years after the fire, Kern County Fire officials have yet to determine the cause of the fire. The family’s lawyer told back in January that they were experiencing electrical problems the day the fire broke out.

The DA said the initial court appearance hasn’t been set.

A Street Vendor Beaten to Death in South Los Angeles

California newsLOS ANGELES, California — A family is pleading for the public’s help after a street vendor, the member of their family was robbed and brutally beaten right before his shift.

Pedro Reyes, 54, was among a group of street vendors setting up shop around 5 a.m. Sunday at San Pedro Street and 31st Street in South Los Angeles. Two vehicles pulled up and a group of young men inside demanded money from three street vendors, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Reyes told detectives he threw his money at the suspects and ran – and that’s when they chased after him and beat him up.

His stepson told that the group of people cut his throat, knocked out three of Reyes’ teeth, fractured his face and left him unconscious.

Reyes was the most severely hurt – the other two vendors had minor injuries and were not taken to the hospital.

At this point, the suspect descriptions are vague, and police are looking for surveillance video to aid them in their search.

Reyes remains hospitalized at California Hospital Medical Center in downtown Los Angeles. He’s set to undergo surgery Monday on his face.

Reyes said six men attacked him, speaking from his hospital bed, leaving him unconscious and waking up in the hospital.

His stepson said doctors are estimating it will take Reyes at least six months to fully recover from the attack. His main worry now is how to support his family. He does not have health insurance and a Fund that is helping has so far raised almost $40,000 for his medical costs.

If you would like to donate to a GoFundMe account set up for Pedro Reyes, you may do so here. Note that GoFundMe deducts 2.9 percent of all funds raised, plus 30 cents per donation, in the form of payment processing charges.