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By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian
By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
The Beloved Care Funeral Services was closed by city code inspectors Monday after the funeral director did not make required repairs.
The funeral home at 717 E. Brundage Lane was cited last week for numerous violations by the city. But it also faces a financial investigation by Bakersfield police, and is delinquent in state licensing.
On Friday, owner James Gamble was given 48 hours to make electrical, plumbing, mechanical and structural repairs.
Tuesday, Randy Fidler, the city's chief code enforcement officer, said Gamble had not secured a "tenant improvement" permit for the work.
"He can't use (the building) for anything right now until he actually gets these things checked out," Fidler said.
Additionally, Gamble's state license as an embalmer expired Sept. 30, 2013. The funeral establishment license for Beloved Care Funeral Services expired Dec. 31.
"Licensees are required to have a current and valid license in order to operate legally," said a spokeswoman for the state Department of Consumer Affairs Cemetery and Funeral Bureau.
Gamble has not responded to numerous requests for comment.