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  1. When will Calloway Drive be widened here?

    Q: A major bottleneck on traffic flow is Calloway Drive south of Rosedale Highway  to Holland Street. It's only four lanes. We have been waiting for several years to see it widened to six lanes.   What is the hold-up? — John Tierce A:...

  2. Will the county extend Patton Way?

    Q: Are there any plans to extend Patton Way from Meany Avenue to Downing Avenue? The current blockage of the short private roadway makes getting to Downing Avenue very difficult. — Carl Endsley A: Kern County Roads Director Craig Pope...

  3. Why are there bus-only fog delays?

    Q: Why, when school districts call fog delays, do they sometimes call two-hour delays for children who ride the bus but not for kids who walk or get transported to school another way? Bus drivers are protected but not the rest of us? —...

  4. Will these sidewalks be built on Stockdale Highway?

    Q: On Stockdale Highway there is a stretch of unfinished sidewalk on the north side of the road in between Allen Road and Jenkins Road. Does the city have any plans to finish this? — Anthony Flores   A: The short answer is no near-term...

  5. Would it be illegal for a school counselor to out a bisexual student to his or her parents?

    Q: I’m the mother of a 12-year-old seventh-grader in the Panama-Buena Vista Union School District. My daughter was upset yesterday because a friend of hers was in trouble. A school counselor called the girl into her office and confronted...

  6. Will there be a railroad overpass or underpass on Rosedale Highway?

    Q: I read your column Monday about Rosedale Highway (plans to expand it to three lanes each way from Highway 99 to Allen Road). I was wondering if the city is going to put an overpass or underpass at the railroad track. — Ray Brondel A:...

  7. How often do people skip out on jury duty?

    Q: Everyone I talk to in Los Angeles County just throws away their jury summons when they get them in the mail, saying that the court can’t prove you got it unless you sign for it. Is this the case in Kern County? How many people are...

  8. Will the city resurface 23rd Street downtown?

    Q: Are there any plans to resurface 23rd Street between F & L streets? It feels like a washboard.    — Darlyn Baker A: Kris Budak of the Thomas Roads Improvement Program answered: “As part of the 24th Street Improvements Project, the...

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    ASK TBC: Can people blow greenwaste into the street?

    Q: Why are gardeners allowed to just blow clippings and leaves into the street instead of onto the property they are tending? This happens daily by private and both city/county landscaping crews. Last week I was driving through my...

  10. When I dumped my trash at the Keene transfer station, they told me recyclables will be sorted out of it. Is that true? And does that happen in Bakersfield, too? --A reader

    Waste from the Keene transfer station ends up at the Tehachapi Recycling Facility, said Aurora Rush, special projects manager with Kern County Waste Management Department. There, the waste stream goes on a conveyer belt, and recyclables...

  11. How do I purchase one of the 2013 calendars online? --Dona Chertok

      Dona is referring to The Californian's Capture Kern County 2013 calendar, which features photos that Kern County photographers submitted for inclusion and local residents voted as the best. You can buy the calendars online at buy...

  12. Why is the new freeway (Westside Parkway) not open, at least to where it ends as far as pavement goes? I think if I were building that new freeway, I would have started it where it is supposed to end, in town, and as it was built, a complete new section at a time, to where the off- and on-ramps are located, I would have opened each new section as it went along so that traffic cannot only get used to using it, but it would also lighten up some of the traffic going into and out of town. Every day it sits empty, it costs the taxpayers tons of money in wasted time and fuel costs. I would have thought that was the main reason for building that new section of connector freeway in the first place, to speed up and ease the flow of traffic and save some of us expensive fuel costs. -- A commenter on The Californian's Facebook page

      Janet Wheeler, spokeswoman for the Thomas Roads Improvement Program answered: The Westside Parkway is a new 8.1-mile freeway facility that will extend from Truxtun Avenue near Highway 99 to Stockdale Highway and Heath Road. The...

  13. What brands of ice cream are made at the Dreyer's ice cream plant in southwest Bakersfield? --Craig Holland

    A Dreyer's spokeswoman, Diane McIntyre, provided this list: * Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream * Dreyer's Slow Churned Ice Cream * Dreyer's Slow Churned Yogurt * Dreyer's Sherbet * Nestle Drumsticks Cones * Skinny Cow Bars, Cones, cups *...


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