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

    By Richard Beene
    Thursday, Oct 30 2014 07:08 PM

    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 the debate is former state Sen. Dean Florez, who serves as president and CEO of the Michelson 20 Million Minds Foundation, which is devoted to transforming education in a major way.

    I ran into Dean the other day at a lunch with Bakersfield College President Sonya Christian and he brought me up to date on what he is doing. Among other things, he has been appointed to a statewide committee that will be handing out $50 million in funding to programs that emphasize online learning and new ways to prepare...

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    SCAMS: I can’t get enough of these scams ­going on around town. Listen to this reader who had an encounter at the downtown AMPM gas station where a nicely dressed young man was seen using a plastic container to pour gas into his own car....

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    SCAMS: Here is yet another example of the scams going on around town. The person who submitted this asked not to be named. Here is his story: “A few weeks ago, I was filling up at a gas station near Taft Highway and Highway 99. Two young...

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    CANCER:October is breast cancer awareness month, and a brief look at the statistics are humbling. For example, about 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12 percent) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. In 2014, an...

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    VIA ARTE: Make sure you remember that Via Arte is set for this weekend over at The Marketplace in the Southwest. This is always an amazing experience as chalk artists line up to show off their talents in the parking lot. The event is free,...

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    DEATH: The law firm representing the family of Nancy Joyce Garrett, the 72-year-old woman killed in an early morning crash with a Kern County sheriff's deputy, is waiting for a Highway Patrol investigation before deciding whether to file...

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    SCAMS: There are few things more annoying than being the victim of telephone scams involving fake pitches from the Internal Revenue Service, state tax collectors and "friends" stranded in Europe. Gary Schneider wrote that he, too, was...

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    CSUB: There is some good news out at Cal State Bakersfield, where the university is welcoming its largest freshman class ever. President Horace Mitchell said more than 1,400 freshmen are registered to start classes, boosting total...

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