By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
A man was hospitalized early Saturday morning after being stabbed in the abdomen in downtown Bakersfield, specifically, according to police, inside the Padre Hotel.
Tuesday on "First Look with Scott Cox," Californian president and CEO Richard Beene talked about two letters to the editor regarding the safety of the hotel.
Jennifer Dougherty of Bakersfield wrote, "The Padre has become a place where I feel unsafe and disrespected." She went on to write about the night of the stabbing and other incidents she has experienced.
Beene said he visits The Padre frequently in the early evening hours and does not share those safety concerns.
Simulcast host Scott Cox said he has never experienced any concerns either, especially because it's an upscale place in Bakersfield where you go to enjoy a classy time.
"But let's face it, I don't care where it is, like The Beverly Hills Hotel, people have been stabbed and shot there," Cox said.
Cox added that over a period of time, if alcohol is involved, no matter who the people are or what the place is, incidents will happen.
"It just never occurred to me that this would be a black eye for The Padre," Cox said.
The stabbing of 22-year-old Anthony Rodriguez happened at about 12:34 a.m. The hotel offers a dance club atmosphere at the Prospect Lounge, from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
When you're the owner you have to be concerned with the kind of music being played and the crowd you're attracting, Beene said.
Beene has spoken to Brett Miller, CEO of the Padre Hotel, and said Miller will come to Bakersfield to deal with the recent incidents.
Miller will be a "First Look" guest Wednesday in the 9 o'clock hour with Californian Columnist Lois Henry.