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    CITY BEAT: Immigration, bikes, bikinis

    By THEO DOUGLAS, Californian staff writer
    Thursday, Jul 10 2014 05:27 PM

    THERE'S A BIKE APP FOR THAT: Can't find the Kern River Parkway bike trail? Looking for an east-west commuter street? Need help fixing a flat? There's a free app for that.

    Local bike emporium Snider's Cyclery is a sponsor of the Bakersfield edition of a new My City Bikes cell phone app for iPhone and Android devices.

    The app, which came out in mid-June, lists commuter streets with bicycle lanes, as well as more bucolic rides like the bike trail.

    It also offers broken-down riders video help with problems like flats. Given its historically bad air, and ongoing struggles with heart disease and diabetes -- plus its recently-approved bicycle transportation plan -- Bakersfield was a natural choice, a My City Bikes representative said.

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    CITY BEAT: Water talk, lot sizes and the bullet train

    MUCH ADO ABOUT WATER: Residents deserve to hear the truth about the drought, Bakersfield City Council members said Wednesday -- before voting to spend up to $385,000 to pump city water back from Kern County Water Agency and keep the...

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    City Council votes to sue high-speed rail agency to stop train construction

    Nineteen months after authorizing a lawsuit against the California High-Speed Rail Authority, the Bakersfield City Council reaffirmed that plan late Wednesday, authorizing the City Attorney to sue to stop the multibillion-dollar bullet...

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    CITY BEAT: Looking at litter, 21st Street traffic

    PICKING UP ON CITY TRASH: Members of Keep Bakersfield Beautiful took their yearly bus trip Thursday to see how residents are doing cleaning up after themselves. The group has done this for at least eight years through fair weather and...

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    CITY BEAT: Centennial EIR, bikinied baristas on their way

    CALTRANS' READING LIST: The long-awaited draft environmental impact report on Centennial Corridor -- Bakersfield's most controversial major highway improvement project at the moment -- comes out Friday. Why is it so contested? Partly...

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    CITY BEAT: Population growth, freeway art and trash talking

    KERN CITIES ARE A-GROWING: Bakersfield is growing but McFarland is growing faster, according to revised 2013 and preliminary 2014 population statistics released Wednesday by the state Department of Finance. Bakersfield's population grew...

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    CITY BEAT: Narducci's buys, plans to improve, parking lot

    NARDUCCI'S PARKING PURCHASE: Narducci's Cafe was cleared to buy itself a parking lot recently but not before its councilman, Ward 2 representative Terry Maxwell, asked a few questions. The occasion was a consent calendar vote at the April...

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    CITY BEAT: Man home again after 22 years

    It's just a humble duplex, but for 60-year-old Arthur Misener, it represents impossible progress. Misener, a former plumber who suffers from health issues including kidney problems, has spent more than one-third of his life homeless in...

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    CITY BEAT: Cloud seeding pays off, Delano gets cash

    CLOUD SEEDERS AT WORK: If you appreciated last week's storms, hug a cloud seeder. Those magnificent people in their flying machines helped Bakersfield battle its historic drought. "The recent storms this week have helped the snow pack...

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    CITY BEAT: Truxtun traffic flow improvements planned

    TRUXTUN TRAFFIC TALLIED: Traffic on Truxtun Avenue has risen about 40 percent since the August opening of the Westside Parkway, from about 40,000 to about 56,000 vehicles per day. In response, officials at the Thomas Roads Improvement...

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    Latest scoop on municipal government: Meeting agendas go paperless

    CITY COUNCIL GOES ELECTRONIC: Some day soon, fewer trees will die so a Bakersfield City Council agenda packet can live. That's because at its March 5 meeting, the council approved a little line item on the consent calendar called...

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    CITY BEAT: The latest scoop on municipal government, including a water confab

    WATER CONFAB: Is this historic statewide drought serious enough for local officials to consider the possibility of water rationing in Bakersfield? No. Bakersfield's extensive Kern River and Isabella Lake water rights are keeping such...


    Council to consider small raises for police

    Bakersfield Police Department officers and detectives will get small pay raises but be responsible for more of their own pension contributions according to a proposed labor contract the Bakersfield City Council will consider Wednesday. If...