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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
City manager Alan Tandy appeared on "First Look with Scott Cox" Friday to give updates on projects in the city -- those moving forward, and those that have struck out.
Tandy said he was disappointed to hear the Bakersfield Blaze won't have a new stadium.
"It was disappointing but I admired their efforts and their hard work and enthusiasm," Tandy said.
On Oct. 7, team owners -- at the time -- Gene Voiland and Chad Hathaway announced that the efforts to raise $30 million to build a new stadium had fallen short. On Oct. 14, D.G. Elmore retook possession of the team.
The 3,500-seat stadium was to be the centerpiece of a family entertainment complex complete with restaurants and stores and possibly a movie theater. And Tandy said the complex is still in the plans.
"The Commons project was designed without the stadium," he said. "It was on a separate track but I don't have an exact timeframe of when it will happen but that plan is still active."
Californian reporter Theo Douglas asked Tandy for the latest information on the California High-Speed Rail project and if he saw the project moving forward.
Tandy said the California High-Speed Rail Authority has been uncommunicative and unresponsive to local concerns for the past six months.
"They have gone into a period of silence," Tandy said.
The city manager also talked about the Highway 58 Gap Closure near Cottonwood Road, which will widen the highway from four to six lanes.
Douglas said the groundbreaking is Oct. 23.