The nearly month-long drama that unfolded in a San Francisco courtroom captivated Silicon Valley's attention and exposed -- for all the world to see -- the dark underbelly of one of California's most prestigious industries. And while the defendant company won the legal battle, there is little cause to do a victory dance at the goal post.
The case tarnished the firm's reputation, showing how even some powerful companies still "don't get it" when it comes to workplace diversity and equity.
In 2005, Ellen Pao, a Harvard Business School graduate, was hired by Kleiner Perkins Canfield & Byers, a Menlo Park venture capital firm that provides financing for such giants as Google and Amazon. Pao was first hired as the chief of staff for John Doerr, one of the firm's best known senior partners. She later became an investor.
But Pao's progress in the firm stalled. In a lawsuit she filed in 2012, Pao claimed Kleiner Perkins discriminated against her because of her gender; that the firm retaliated against her because she complained about discrimination; that the firm did not take steps to prevent discrimination; and that it fired her for filing a lawsuit against the firm. Pao asked for $16 million in compensatory damages and punitive damages.
After deliberating for three days, jurors on March 27 rejected Pao's claims, accepting Kleiner Perkins' contention that Pao was passed over and fired because of poor performance. But the trial testimony was filled with stories of an office affair; a partner showing up in a female colleague's hotel room wearing a bathrobe; and discussions of pornography and erotic poetry.
On a vote of 6 to 3, the Kern County Fair Board of Directors decided Monday to invite elephant rides back to the fair for two years, with the caveat that the attraction will be discontinued at the conclusion of the contract. An amendment that addresses public safety concerns was approved as well.
Few are more aware of the need to conserve water in the midst of California's historic drought than those who manage Bakersfield's shrinking water supply.
A restrictive, three-days-a-week residential landscape watering schedule, Bakersfield's latest response to the historic four-year state drought, will likely become reality at Wednesday's meeting of the City Council.
Police are searching for the driver of a vehicle a woman got out of the night before she was found dead at the Villa Inn Motel on Union Avenue.
Two men are wanted in connection with robbing people washing their cars at a Chevron station in southwest Bakersfield.
A man who heard a knock at his front door early Monday opened the door to find a gun pointed in his face.
A man and woman suspected of using a stolen credit card at the Lowe's Home Improvement store on Rosedale Highway allegedly went back to the store the next day and committed a similar crime.
A 13-year-old girl left home Friday and is considered at risk because of her age and because it's the first time she's run away from home.
Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood has been named 1st Vice President of the California State Sheriffs' Association for 2015-16.