Centennial Plaza's thousands of engraved bricks and tiles will be preserved, and possibly even several broken granite slabs that weren't part of the plan, in a nearly $269,000 remodel for the area approved Wednesday by the Bakersfield City Council.
Carved with messages of love and humor, the Plaza's bricks and tiles and granite slabs were sold to finance its 1998 opening, and as a way for residents and companies that purchased them to be part of Bakersfield history.
But the future of the bricks and tiles was threatened by a city press release in late July announcing their removal.
Outcry from residents and City Council members led to scrutiny from the full council, and a city committee last month.
Wednesday's 7-0 vote sealed plans to save most of the Plaza's most significant elements.
Gas, coffee, doughnuts and beer: They are four staples of American living, and the Greenacres Market in northwest Bakersfield used to serve them up as well as anybody.
ONE BOOK ONE BAKERSFIELD: Shirleen Achieng, a junior at Garces Memorial High School is not enrolled in an art class.
Bakersfield-area residents may have experienced the last in a string of close encounters with drought-affected black bears this year -- or not. Just in case we haven't seen the end of these visitations, it would pay to listen to wildlife officials who are urging caution and preparedness.
Despite record oil production, Occidental Petroleum Corp.'s California subsidiary on Wednesday posted a 20 percent third-quarter earnings drop attributed to higher energy costs.
Supporters of local charities have until Friday to vote for their favorite nonprofit in a contest that gives health and community service organizations a shot at cash prizes of up to $10,000.
Amanda Renteria's campaign for the 21st Congressional District touted a strong bit of news for the second day in a row Wednesday.
General Electric will shut down the manufacturing side of its operations in Tehachapi by the end of November, impacting about 37 jobs, according to a company spokesperson.
Faced with an environmental lawsuit, a Sacramento-based oil company has agreed to stop loading train shipments of crude oil at a city business park, officials involved in the dispute said.
Mark McCallum said he has lived in northeast Bakersfield his entire life.
Ken Weir is nearing the end of his second four-year term on the Bakersfield City Council and is the third-longest serving member.
Do you know who your City Council representative is? Although the question is simple, many people do not know who represents their ward and are left in the dark about issues in their neighborhood.