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    CITY BEAT: The latest scoop on municipal government

    By THEO DOUGLAS, The Bakersfield Californian
    Thursday, Mar 05 2015 04:19 PM

    KEY SENIOR HOUSING APPROVED: The last of the five affordable housing projects Bakersfield committed to in order to win a state grant six years ago won approval Wednesday from the Bakersfield City Council.

    It was a timely vote; without its passage Wednesday, the project wouldn't have passed in time for the builder, Chelsea Development Corp., to make a Monday deadline on an affordable housing loan it needs.

    The split, however, was notable for the council, which doesn't often seriously divide on issues. Its vote Wednesday was 4-1 -- the minimum necessary for passage -- with Councilwoman Jacquie Sullivan absent and Councilman Willie Rivera, abstaining.

    Councilman Terry Maxwell, who voted against the project, had questioned the project...

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    National homeless advocate praises progress

    The man whose vision of how to end homelessness inspired work in Bakersfield visited the city a third time Tuesday, praising its progress in reducing homelessness and urging nonprofits to collaborate on solutions for the poor and...

  3. Residents report other local beaver deaths

    The deaths of two other rodents on local roadways in the past week continue to cast doubt on whether the animal found dead early Tuesday on Mohawk Street was in fact the city's famed bike path beaver. The animal found dead Tuesday was...

  4. Hockey game nets $3,112 for injured teen

    Saturday's friendly little afternoon hockey contest between firefighters and law enforcement ended with the former pulling out a 5-4 victory and raising $3,112 for Bakersfield teenager Josiah Iturriria, who has needed two surgeries since...

  5. Officials keep mood light in groundwater spat

    The city of Bakersfield wants the Kern County Water Agency to delay connecting what would be its 42nd well in the west and pumping groundwater out, until California's historic drought eases. That means attorneys for both sides -- City...

  6. Recognizing businesses with 'aesthetic appeal'

    If you're an entrepreneur and you know another business whose very appearance makes Bakersfield look better, local leaders want to know about it. Mayor Harvey L. Hall has announced that Keep Bakersfield Beautiful, the city's nonprofit...

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    Police chief will still answer to city manager

    After considering giving the city's police chief seven new bosses, a Bakersfield City Council committee decided against it. At its meeting Tuesday, the Legislative and Litigation Committee of the City Council wanted to find out whether...

  8. Roadwork in southwest will mean driving delays

    Culvert repairs will mean driving delays for motorists in south Bakersfield next week while crews repair a culvert, Caltrans officials warned Friday. The roadwork means traffic signals at Taft Highway and Stine Road will be disabled...

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    CITY BEAT: The latest scoop on municipal government

    NEW DOWNTOWN DRIVE STARTS: Inspired by the campaign to save Bakersfield's historic Fox Theater 20 years ago -- an effort that racked up $100,000 with a $1-at-a-time theme -- two members of Bakersfield Young Professionals announced a new...

  10. Councilman makes request for fire staff

    Councilman Willie Rivera, who represents the southeast, called on city officials to restore at least one arson investigator position at the Bakersfield City Council meeting Wednesday. That's because fires in vacant structures in Bakersfield...

  11. Council to consider paving path to Truxtun culvert

    A controversial paved connection from the Kern River Parkway bike path to a culvert immediately south that runs under Truxtun Avenue could become reality at the Bakersfield City Council meeting Wednesday. Runners, joggers, walkers and...

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    City manager's assistants are promoted

    Chris Huot and Steve Teglia, former assistants to City Manager Alan Tandy, earned promotions late last month. Each was formerly an assistant to the city manager. Now, each is an assistant city manager, a position Bakersfield has had on...

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    CITY BEAT: Council asked to save Centennial's granite slabs

    SAVING CENTENNIAL'S SLABS: Ten engraved granite slabs at Centennial Plaza that have cracked since its 1998 opening could be added to the area's restoration at next week's Bakersfield City Council meeting. That's because on Thursday, the...

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