Richard Beene

Sunday, Dec 08 2013 04:23 PM

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By Richard Beene

Housing: Good news for our local real estate market: According to the Crabtree Report, it appears that the "mini bubble" is waning and 2014 should bring more of a moderate recovery.

Said market expert Gary Crabtree: "The Bakersfield market is quite stable for the winter marketing season. Supply decreased slightly from last month and demand remains constant, leaving the market with a little over two months' unsold inventory. (Historically, the Bakersfield market has averaged a 3.1 month unsold inventory from 1999 to present)."

Crabtree said the demand for housing is increasing, and the median price increased $5,000 last month and almost 27 percent over the same period last year.

Bad form: Hard to find an example of bad form worse than whoever dropped off a box of newborn puppies in the cold at the SPCA.

This message was posted on Facebook by the SPCA: "We want to thank the person who dropped off a box of 15 puppies (eyes not even open yet) at 12:42 a.m. outside the Bakersfield SPCA this morning in freezing temperatures in a damp box. Perhaps the time may come when you cannot take care of yourself and someone will return the favor of dropping you off in the middle of the night in freezing temperatures in an empty parking lot. Happy Holidays!"

Spotted: From a Facebook post: "Child Protective Services needs to have a mobile office at Wal-Mart."

Small world So you don't think it's a small world? Then listen to this from Barry Rosenfeld, who spent Thanksgiving with his wife, Pat, in Ireland:

"On Sunday evening (Dec. 1) we were admiring the lights, vendors and happy faces at the Christmas Market in the town square in Galway. And standing right in front of us were Barry and Theresa Goldner! They told us their daughter is a university student in Galway and they, too, were touring Ireland. But that's not all. The very next day Pat and I were in line to purchase tickets for the tour of the Old Jameson Distillery in Dublin, and sitting in the bar was Elaine McNearney. She was having a drink with her cousin from New Zealand prior to a family reunion in Ireland that week. Wow, it is a small world, after all."

Memories: Nelda Oldham remembers the old military housing near the airport. "I believe they are referring to a WWII veterans' housing project of 90 units built following the war under Title V. Due to an acute housing shortage after the war, the government passed legislation to build these complexes. The one referred to was called Veterans' Square (and) was designed and built strictly for veteran families, was of minimum design with concrete floors, plywood walls, etc., and the demolition was provided for in the legislation following the lack of need. The Housing Authority built and managed a number of these projects, the largest of which was located on the north side of 34th Street and totaled 140 duplex apartments. I'm sure there are many people in Bakersfield who lived in this housing as children. I still remember the names of some of the managers so I, of course, number among the old-timers."

Richard Beene is president and CEO of The Bakersfield Californian. He blogs at These are his opinions, not necessarily those of The Californian. Email him at

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