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    JOSE GASPAR: Here's a thought, McFarland: hire police with clean records

    By Jose Gaspar
    Sunday, Jul 20 2014 03:00 PM

    Help wanted: Looking for a person to be police chief in a small northern city in Kern County. Pay not all that great, but excellent career opportunity. Serious inquiries only. If interested, contact McFarland City Manager John Wooner.

    Yes, the city of McFarland is looking for a new police chief -- again. The last one, Greg Herrington, resigned earlier this month. The new hire will be the fourth permanent chief in five years since McFarland re-established its police department in 2009. I hope the city gets a flood of qualified candidates from which to choose.

    But whomever the city winds up hiring, I'll tell you this: It better be someone with squeaky clean credentials. Preferably someone who has not been fired from other law enforcement...

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    JOSE GASPAR: Nellie Martinez enters a new chapter in life

    If there's a positive side to working in the news business, it's that it can bring you to know people who have faced the most tragic losses and yet somehow are able to endure, achieve and rise above adversity. One such person is Nellie...

  3. JOSE GASPAR: Transient sex offenders proving difficult to monitor

    Law enforcement in Kern County is finding it increasingly difficult to keep track of registered sex offenders. A growing number of them are joining the ranks of the homeless and are listed as transients. "When you have a sex offender who is...

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    JOSE GASPAR: These foster youth inspire

    Every so often, I run into people whose life stories are an example of human perseverance over the most challenging circumstances. And while many such examples are told from a lifetime of an adult experience, there are young people who are...

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    JOSE GASPAR: Shafter divided over school district unification plan

    One year after schools in Wasco tried to create a new school district by unifying its elementary and high school districts into one, the same effort is brewing in Shafter. But the current process under way there has already dissolved into...

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    JOSE GASPAR: New citizens achieve their dream

    They came from all over the world including China, India, Israel, Mexico, Brazil and Saudi Arabia. A week ago today, 23 immigrants came together in the Tehachapi Mountains to achieve a milestone moment in their lives. They became...

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    JOSE GASPAR: Cesar Chavez movie brings local history to the big screen

    As my older brother and I approached the entrance to the supermarket that summer day in 1969, there were perhaps 10 or so men and women near the store's entrance with handwritten signs that read, "Boycott Jewel's" and "Justice for...

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    JOSE GASPAR: Go to court, get deported

    Kern County Superior Court Executive Officer Terry McNally is eager to dispel rumors that any court personnel is in cahoots with immigration officials by tipping them off about a person's legal status. "It's pure speculation," said...

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    JOSE GASPAR: Abused farmworkers often afraid to speak out

    At what point does a victim of sexual abuse say enough is enough and denounce the perpetrator? What if your job and the means to support your children lie in the hands of that perpetrator? If you are threatened with being fired and...

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    JOSE GASPAR: Anemic Hispanic enrollment a big problem for Obamacare

    Ever since he started working as an adult, the 25-year-old father had never had a job that provided health benefits. All trips to the doctor as well as prescriptions for him and his wife were paid by them. In fact, Hermes Castro of Lamont...

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    JOSE GASPAR: McFarland officer has misdemeanor conviction

    A McFarland police officer recently promoted to the rank of commander turns out to have a criminal record. Documents from San Bernardino County Superior Court reveal that in 2009, Steven Nieves was arrested by Fontana police and charged...

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    JOSE GASPAR: Sadly, it'd take a 'Hail Mary' to get immigration reform done this year

    Going once, going twice... it appears "leaders" in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives will fail to pass any comprehensive immigration reform this year. When Congress returns to work Tuesday, there will be just 16...

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    JOSE GASPAR: New laws rightfully protect California's undocumented

    While Congress carries on with its political shenanigans, ignoring the people's business, California Gov. Jerry Brown made it real clear he isn't waiting any longer on immigration-related issues. And with good reason. California has...

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