Richard Beene

Monday, Aug 27 2012 06:04 AM

Bakersfield Observed: A blog about life, media, politics and people

By Richard Beene

Juicy

One of our community's local success stories is the success enjoyed by the privately run Juicy Burger restaurant on 24th Street, open since November 2010. It has created a large and loyal following and was awarded the "best burger" and "best new restaurant" by Californian readers in its first year in business. The owners, Moe Muthana and Justin Smith, also run the Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream parlor in the same complex. Now comes word the owners are expanding and will open a second location for both Juicy Burger and Dreyer's off Hageman Road and Calloway Drive next month.

Grapes Did you know that California produces 99 percent of all the table grapes grown in the United States? And in California, Kern County is the top producer of table grapes? About a third of the grapes grown here are destined for export to places like Canada, Mexico, China, Central America and Australia. I spent Sunday driving through the lush vineyards off Famoso Road, and it looks like we'll have another rich harvest of the popular red seedless grapes. If you are new to town and have not experienced a leisurely drive through our vineyards, treat yourself to this amazing experience.

Grove

Tune into Californian Radio (KERN 1180) today at 9 a.m. to weigh in on several hot topic issues. I'll be chatting with Assemblywoman Shannon Grove about the dysfunctional state Legislature and its inability to find common ground. Last week, the state Senate voted down a bill that Grove said would have "accelerated the cumbersome process of dismissing teachers that commit horrific actions upon school children."

Said Grove, "It is absolutely appalling that most Democrats are so beholden to the teachers union and their large political donations that they are not willing to make even the most obvious needed reforms in order to protect our children."

She will be on the show at 9:15 a.m.

Guns

Also for KERN 1180 Monday: What if you ran a sports store and Facebook would not let you advertise because it refuses to run ads featuring guns? That's just the case facing Gene Thome, the owner of Bear Mountain Sports on Weedpatch Highway. Gene will be coming on the radio Monday to share his frustration and talk about dove season and the gun business.

Honor Flights

The local group behind the "Honor Flights" that send aging veterans to our nation's capital is planning on hitting the streets to raise money on Thursday, Sept. 6. Organizers said they will be seeking donations in the morning at several locations to send more of our veterans to Washington, D.C., to view the war memorials.

Taft College

Taft College is getting ready to celebrate its 90th birthday this week with what it calls a good old-fashioned party. It is all set for Thursday beginning at noon with a 90-inch cake cutting ceremony. Officials from the college, the Taft College Foundation and Cougar alumni and friends are invited. Alumni are asked to contact Jan Ashley at jgarrattashley@gmail.com for more information.

Richard Beene is president and CEO of The Bakersfield Californian. He blogs at www.bakersfieldobserved.com. These are his opinions, not necessarily those of The Californian. Send him tips at rsbeene@yahoo.com.

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