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    Survey skips library privatization issue

    BY JAMES BURGER The Bakersfield Californian
    Friday, Apr 17 2015 09:16 PM

    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 officials are just hoping the public will tell them what they want their libraries to look like. Supervisors faced a firestorm of opposition last month after a plan to privatize county libraries was brought before them.

    The five board members chose not to advance the idea on March 17 and, instead, told Nilon to launch a 60-day campaign to gather public input on the concept of privatization and the future of libraries.

    The outline of that campaign is what Nilon is bringing them on Tuesday, more than...

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    Debate over libraries, and a possible tax vote, heats up

    The debate about how to improve Kern County's libraries is collecting momentum. Should voters consider a library tax? Should the county outsource? Should cities help pay for libraries? Even high school students are investigating those...

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    Opposition to library privatization gets more organized

    A substitute teacher with a love for libraries is trying to mobilize opposition to privatization of the Kern County Library Department. Miranda Lomeli-O'Reilly's Advocates for Library Enhancement group is inviting the public to an...

  4. Supes will ask Brown to speed review of injection wells

    Kern County supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to send a letter of concern to Gov. Jerry Brown expressing concern about the state's approach to water and gas injection wells. Since last summer, there has been close scrutiny of the...

  5. Oil permitting and KMC surgery center in the mix at supervisors meet

    The Kern County Board of Supervisors meeting today is a bit of a hodge-podge. But there are some interesting tidbits that could be interesting. We'll be there to check it out. On the afternoon agenda there are plans to open a KMC surgery...

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    Lamont facility's ownership change clears way for settlement

    A long legal battle over a controversial Lamont composting facility is over. Kern County supervisors have settled two lawsuits brought against the county by the Lamont Public Utility District and the composter, Community Recycling &...

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    Library's Kernville branch slated for closure

    Plans are underway to close the Kern County Library branch in Kernville. Kern County supervisors will be asked within the next few weeks to permanently close the 500-square-foot space, which has been out of circulation for repairs since...

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    Are biosolids a hazard? LA's opinions differs from Kern's

    This story isn't really about poop. It's about questions that don't yet have good answers. Does treated human and industrial sewage present a danger to the environment or human health when it is spread on farmland? We don't know that it...

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    Green Acres is the place to be, for tons of LA sludge

    Black biosolids slide off the dump truck in massive clumps. They mound on the field, still steaming, even after a long drive over the Grapevine from Los Angeles. Workers scurry around the truck, spraying down the bed and preparing to...

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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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    Library debate lands on supervisors' lap today

    Today Kern County supervisors are expected to formally launch what should be an exhaustive and contentious debate over whether the county should privatize its far-flung library system. The most likely course of action is the county will...

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    Foes rage over idea of privatizing county libraries

    A couple weeks of heated emails and letters have set the stage for a scrappy meeting on Tuesday as the Kern County Board of Supervisors takes up the issue of library privatization. Supporters of the Kern County Library system have...

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    Debate rages over civil service rules and library privatization

    Talk of hacking civil service rules and privatizing the Kern County Library system seem to have put a crimp in the relationship between the Kern County Board of Supervisors and Kern's largest employee union. Service Employees...

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