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    Bakersfield will fold homeless Union Ave. tent city

    BY THEO DOUGLAS The Bakersfield Californian
    Tuesday, Mar 31 2015 05:37 PM

    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 Trust, has given Bakersfield the authority to do nuisance abatement at the property, Assistant Building Director Mark Fick said.

    In a consent for demolition and abatement form dated Thursday and taking effect April 1, court-appointed successor trustee Joseph Etienne gave the city a year to resolve the property's municipal code violations, including 10 observed from Jan. 30 to March 19.

    "It's a problem for everyone. That's why we're trying to cooperate with the city," said Etienne, who described the trust...

  2. 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....

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    Council committee targets synthetic drugs

    Bakersfield will get tough on the synthetic drugs "spice" and "bath salts," a city committee decided Monday. Members of the Bakersfield City Council's Legislative and Litigation Committee directed the City Attorney's office to draft a...

  6. Will Bakersfield ban spice, bath salts?

    Bakersfield could take a stance against the synthetic drugs "spice" and "bath salts" if a City Council committee has its way at 12 p.m. today. Acting on the referral of Councilman Chris Parlier, who represents the south, the Bakersfield...

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    Developer Kyle Carter will run for mayor in 2016

    Motivated to continue Bakersfield's downtown revitalization and highway improvements, former home builder Kyle Carter confirmed Friday he'll run for the largely ceremonial title of mayor in June 2016. Yet unanswered is whether Carter will...

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    CITY BEAT: Another piece of the transportation puzzle

    ROSEDALE GROUNDBREAKING: Another piece of Bakersfield's jigsaw puzzle transportation system was poised to fall into place Thursday, as officials broke ground on the Rosedale Highway widening. At a $16 million construction cost, the...

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    Southeast Bakersfield police substation will reopen

    In an effort to further lower response times on urgent calls -- which are down nearly 28 percent this year -- the Bakersfield Police Department will reopen a southeast Bakersfield substation that closed some eight years ago, officials said...

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    Legal battle against pot shops is not swift

    When Bakersfield's ordinance banning medical marijuana dispensaries took effect Aug. 1, 2013, 25 such businesses were open in the city. Nearly 20 months later, 16 have closed but others have taken their place. Today, some 28 are believed...

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    CITY BEAT: 24th Street crosswalks. and one hard-working city

    TALKIN' 24TH CROSSWALKS: The Bakersfield City Council will likely hear more from local residents about 24th Street crosswalks during the public comment portion of its meeting Wednesday. More than 20 area residents joined their councilman,...

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    New brewery on tap for later this year; downtown apartments considered

    Members of the city zoning board turned the tap on a new brewery in the southwest Tuesday, but gave a new downtown apartment complex proposal more time to mature. In a 3-0 vote with no discussion, the Board of Zoning Adjustment approved a...

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    Maxwell critiques new senior housing

    Downtown Councilman Terry Maxwell, whose ward includes the 63-unit affordable senior housing project approved 4-1 by the Bakersfield City Council, had a few more words to say on the project in a recent interview. The project, you'll...

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