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

    By Richard Beene
    Tuesday, Nov 25 2014 06:01 PM

    GIVING THANKS: Life can be chaotic and challenging, and sometimes heartbreaking, but we all have our lists of things to be ­thankful for in this world. Among mine this Thanksgiving: I am blessed with a core group of friends who have been there to listen, support, guide and challenge me; I have two grown daughters, Bakersfield girls them both, who are off making their own way in the world; I have a rewarding job and live in a town I proudly call home; I have my health that I work every day to maintain; I have the memories of a mother who had no equal; and, finally, I have a 9-year-old tabby cat whose soft purr and head nudges wake me each morning. To ask for more would border on pure greed.

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

    CRIME: We have entered the high crime season as we head toward Thanksgiving and Christmas. I have heard reports of packages being stolen off porches and of residential burglaries, from the Bakersfield Country Club area to downtown and out...

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    RETAIL: Had a nice chat with three of the partners at Cushman & Wakefield — Duane Keathley, Wayne Kress and Jeff Andrew — who appeared as my guests on “First Look with Scott Cox” on Tuesday. A couple of interesting tidbits: Construction is...

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

    SCAM: A reader who asked that I not identify her offered this warning about yet another scam: "I opened a letter today from Amex saying my data had been breached. I Googled the name at bottom of letter and found a lot of people have gotten...

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

    SAVINGS: If you have children under the age of 35 (this is the millennial generation), a recent report about their lack of ability to save money may not surprise you. According to The Wall Street Journal, millennials have a negative 2...

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

    HOUSING: Some nuggets on the sputtering recovery in our home sales: The National Association of Realtors says fewer young people see home ownership as a goal, and the statistics support that. Only 33 percent of homes were bought by...

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

    RAIN: Who knew that a passing rainstorm could pick up our spirits? The rain (and wasn't Friday night amazing?) was the No. 1 topic in town over the weekend and everyone is hoping for more. Which brings us to this: You know you are from...

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

    DEAN: There is a heated debate going on ­regarding how California’s public ­universities and community colleges can better prepare students by providing more creative, inexpensive and efficient degree offerings. And right in the middle of...

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

    GAS: The price of gasoline is close to dipping below $3 a gallon, certainly good news for motorists, but it also carries a potential downside. Some economists are worrying that lower gas prices could prove to be a drag on the nation’s...

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

    SCAM: From the scam file comes this from Riviera Westchester: Three men show up at a house claiming to be from the Drug Enforcement Agency and demanding to come inside (without a warrant) to "look around" in case there are drugs inside....

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    FOODIE: Another privately owned restaurant has opened downtown, this one a cozy bistro that features soft leather couches, a comfortable, homey interior, a wide selection of drinks, and light salads and sandwiches. It's called CraSh Lounge...

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

    SCAMS: Can you stand another story on people getting scammed out of their money? This one comes compliments of Irene Edmonds, who was going to a local restaurant with her husband, Tom, when they were approached by a clean-cut man who...

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

    POLITICS: Is anyone else sick of the political attack ads that have flooded the airways? You'd think there would be weightier issues than how many times Pedro Rios voted while serving on the Delano City Council or if Andy Vidak had...

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