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    City Council approves odd-even watering days

    By THEO DOUGLAS, The Bakersfield Californian
    Wednesday, Apr 22 2015 10:13 PM

    The Bakersfield City Council dried up residential landscaping Wednes­day, passing an emergency ordinance that immediately limits outdoor irrigation to three days a week.

    City Council members expressed regret at having to impose their authority, but hope that the cuts will help Bakersfield water agencies comply with a looming state mandate to cut overall water usage by more than 30 percent.

    “Keep in mind that things are changing by the day. We may be back here in two weeks looking at something else. We’re just kind of depending on the state of California to come up with the final plan,” said Vice Mayor Harold Hanson, who is chairman of the city water board.

    The council voted 5-1 to approve the ordinance, which takes effect at 12:01 a...

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    Council to mull watering cuts, 178 widening

    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. Here's what you need...

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    Survey skips library privatization issue

    Kern County won't be asking the public what they think of library privatization, at least not under the public outreach plan County Administrative Officer John Nilon plans to take to the Kern County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. County...

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    Westside Parkway's final phase opens to drivers

    The freshly strewn wood chips along its broad shoulders are a little browner, the drought-resistant seed cover on its median a little more tan, and its chain link fences much more silvery. But the drive along the Westside Parkway's final...

  5. Bridge demo prompts 178 closure in east

    Northeastern motorists be warned: all lanes of Highway 178 will be closed Monday and likely Tuesday nights between Haley Street and Mount Vernon Avenue while crews demolish a pedestrian bridge used by elementary school students. It's part...

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    CITY BEAT: GET pleads with Congress to pass transportation bill

    GET STUMPS FOR NEW FACILITY: Golden Empire Transit officials urged Congress on Thursday to pass a long-term successor to MAP-21, the current federal transportation funding bill which expires May 31. With a GET bus parked behind them, GET...

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    New owners will restore landmark Jastro house

    Bakersfield’s circa-1875 Jastro house, a city landmark that has been vacant nearly a decade, has new owners who will restore much of its historic detail and turn the Gothic Victorian cottage-style residence into office space. After...

  8. City draft ordinance would limit watering to three days a week

    With the state drought in its historic fourth year and snowpack measurements at 60-year lows, Bakersfield's water clamp-down is tightening, albeit slowly. At a special meeting Wednesday, Bakersfield's city water board will consider sending...

  9. CITY BEAT: Homeless encampment lacks those privies

    DESIGNING 24TH STREET The look of 23rd and 24th streets when they're widened, likely later this decade, got a serious discussion Thursday by a Bakersfield City Council committee. One key issue is how soundwalls along the north side of...

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    Bakersfield will fold homeless Union Ave. tent city

    The southeast Bakersfield tent city of homeless folk at 600 S. Union Ave. will be removed, most likely later this month, Bakersfield officials announced Tuesday. A representative of the property's owner, the Nathan Daniels Survivors...

  11. COMMUNITY ROUNDUP: Christensen returns to city hall

    Veteran city and county manager Alan Christensen has been named Kern County's new deputy county administrative officer for water resources. Christensen, who is currently the county's risk manager, said he will take the new post on April...

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    Divided City Council OKs parking structure renovation

    The city’s downtown parking structure will get its first update in at least 10 years, opening up more than 400 spaces to the public at increased fees, the Bakersfield City Council decided Wednesday. After about 20 minutes of...

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    New look, fees eyed for parking structure

    A proposed makeover could make more than 400 public parking spaces newly available in Bakersfield's city-owned parking structure at 18th and Eye streets -- for a price -- if the Bakersfield City Council approves at its meeting Wednesday....