Quirks of the County Blog

Tuesday, Feb 26 2013 08:53 AM

Trashy yards, microchips and power plant make for a busy day for county supervisors.

By The Bakersfield Californian

Supervisors will look at possible regulation of bank-owned properties today when they hold their morning meeting.

Without care and maintenance, the host of vacant properties that are sitting off the market, can become huge problems for neighborhoods and government.

Kern County is looking for a way to prevent those problems from happening or, if they do, make the owner of the property cover the county's costs to clean up and secure the property.

Supes will also talk about spending an extra $55,000 to buy microchips for animals adopted out to the public from the shelter. The chips help animal control officers identify an animal's owner in the field and return the pet home without taking them to the shelter.

Then, in the afternoon, the Supervisors are expected to get an earful from opponents to development of a new coal-fired power-plant.

Unfortunately for the opponents, supervisors have zero control over whether the plant is built or not.

Supervisors are being asked only to send a letter to the California Energy Commission, who will decide the plant's fate, asking them politely to put more mitigations -- mandatory efforts the developer must take to reduce pollution and environmental damage -- on the plant if they chose to allow it to be built.

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