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

October 5, 2018

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

September 24, 2018

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.

 

 

Late Evening Bakersfield Shooting Sent 2 People to Hospital

August 31, 2018

BAKERSFIELD, California — A robber was shot by a security officer guard Thursday night at a Metro PCS store on Chester Avenue, police said.

bakersfield shootingShortly before 6 p.m., at around 5:57 p.m., two suspects entered Metro PCS with guns. It was near the night; the robbers entered the store. After that, they were pointing a gun at employees and shoppers. According to police, they were asking for the cashier’s money.

An armed security officer guard stepped in to stop the robbery and shot at the robbers. According to the news release, he hit two individuals who were struck by gunfire and were transported to local hospitals.

No further information is available about the conditions of the victims, the hospital doesn’t have any information at this moment.

Police said, a shopper was injured as well but there is no information on how that person was hurt.

At this moment Chester Avenue is closed temporary from 10th Street to 11th Street.

If you are someone with additional information about the incident, you are asked to contact police at (661) 327-7111.

Bakersfield Schools to Serve More Government-Sponsored Meals This Year

August 16, 2018

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

August 2, 2018

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

July 5, 2018

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

June 18, 2018

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

June 8, 2018

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

May 29, 2018

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.