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

    By THEO DOUGLAS, Californian staff writer
    Thursday, Apr 24 2014 02:00 PM

    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 16 Bakersfield City Council meeting -- which could have gone quickly with no discussion.

    One item on the consent calendar was the approval of the sale of the parking lot Narducci's has used for years to Rodney Wade Crawford and Julie Anne Crawford for $99,000.

    The city owns the parking lot, which is also enjoyed by Pyrenees Cafe patrons, so the council had to sign off with a resolution declaring it surplus and documenting the sale.

    Maxwell pulled the item from the consent calendar to question the...

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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...

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    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...

  8. Parts of Centennial Corridor could be built early

    With construction of controversial Centennial Corridor more than a year away, city officials hope to build unrelated parts of the project sooner to improve traffic congestion, add jobs and spend federal highway funds before other...

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    Health club remodel serves up two more tennis courts

    Following a challenge by club members, the Bakersfield Planning Commission made its call Thursday, approving revised plans to remodel the In-Shape Laurel Glen health club, saving 10 of 15 tennis courts by shrinking a new parking lot and...

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    City officials pledge support in Internet cafe fight

    Tired of tolerating drug use and disorderly conduct, and finding used syringes and discarded underwear in common areas, business owners aired grievances against Internet cafes Monday at a downtown hair salon that is next door to one....

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    City thinks a state water bond is all wet

    Faced with a resolution supporting a statewide water bond at this week's annual League of California Cities conference, fiscally conservative Bakersfield is recommending its delegate stay neutral during an expected vote Friday. The...

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    Council approves Mohawk Street extension, settlement in traffic stop lawsuit

    The Bakersfield City Council approved a $3 million contract Wednesday extending Mohawk Street to Hageman Road, and a resolution letting the city quickly buy what it needs to take over an animal shelter from Kern County. But before the...

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    Bakersfield opens first new freeway in 37 years

    With prophetic and playful words, patriotic songs, the snip of a red ribbon, and a promenade of classic cars, Bakersfield on Friday inaugurated a five-mile, $178 million stretch of the Westside Parkway, the city’s first new freeway in 37...

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