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    BAKERSFIELD OBSERVED: A blog about life, media, politics and people

    By Richard Beene
    Monday, Jul 28 2014 08:54 AM

    SCAM: More on those telephone scams going on around town. From Alice Merenback: "Today, I received 11 phone calls (obviously their machine jammed because it was the same message each time). The caller had a very strong foreign accent and told me that my house and bank accounts were going to have a lien on them within 24 hours due to my tax default. He said a bill collection officer would contact me soon to complete my paperwork ... Since my bills are all paid up, I was more amused than anything, but they might be calling people randomly who do have tax problems, so I think you might spread the word. I did look on my call log, but the number there was marked 'private' so I could not locate the origin of the call."

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    TRAGEDY: Horrible news out of Cabo San Lucas, where a Bakersfield man was severely injured in a zip-lining accident. Brian Hodges and his wife, Shimeaka, were in Cabo celebrating a year of marriage when Brian broke his neck after slamming...

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    PLEDGE: Kati Hartnett McKeown, who works in the district office of Rep. Kevin McCarthy, noted this as she was driving with her 6-year-old son: "Jake just said the Pledge of Allegiance to a flag flying on a pole by a building as we were...

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    FREEMAN: I had a chance the other day to catch up with Bruce Freeman, who is retiring as president of Castle & Cooke after 21 years on the job. When Freeman arrived in Bakersfield in 1993, Seven Oaks Country Club had just been built, and...

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    OXY: Occidental Petroleum has named a president for its new subsidiary, ­California Resources Corp. The company, which is moving its headquarters to Houston, named Todd A. Stevens president and chief executive. Stevens, 47, is a graduate...

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    HEADS UP: There have been more reports of folks posing as alarm company technicians trying to gain access to alarm codes. The latest report came from Rivera Westchester, where two men in their mid-to late 20s showed up telling a homeowner...

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    FIREWORKS: Until our City Council puts public safety over the needs of the nonprofits, Bakersfield will continue to endure the danger that both legal and illegal fireworks pose every July Fourth. But it does appear that public opinion...

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    REALLY BAD FORM: Hollywood is known as the home of inflated egos, but what happened to decorum and common courtesy? This came to mind when KBAK-TV aired an interview with actor Eric Roberts (brother of Julia Roberts) who is in town...

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    BACK: Yes, I am back from a two-week vacation. It's amazing how time off can cleanse and sharpen one's focus, and when I travel I am always in awe of what a small world we share. In Zihuatanejo, Mexico, I met a cabbie who lived for three...

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    OIL: Thanks to a boom in domestic oil production and better fuel economy in cars and trucks, the United States is experiencing fewer shocks at the gas pump. According to The Wall Street Journal, domestic crude oil production has shot up 47...

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    TANDY: One of the subplots in the dustup over whether City Manager Alan Tandy assaulted another man during an amateur hockey game are the attorneys involved, in this case two of the most prominent Hispanic lawyers in town. Criminal defense...

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    HERB BENHAM: Every 4 years, we become soccer fans

    Saw a friend at the pool recently. After our swim, we engaged in locker room conversation. Not about sex, not wives, not jobs. Something way more universal and with global ramifications. World Cup soccer. "I am a soccer fan once every...

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    MCCARTHY: We will know next week if Rep. Kevin McCarthy will become the new majority leader of the House of Representatives. With the stunning election defeat of Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor, the Bakersfield Republican has to be considered...

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