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  1. Swearengin is the right pick for controller

    By The Bakersfield Californian
    Saturday, Sep 27 2014 11:01 PM

    Ashley Swearengin, a rising Republican star and candidate for state controller, was a keynote speaker at last weekend's GOP convention. Swearengin is remembered less for what she said during the event than for what she would not say.

    Swearengin, who hopes voters in November will elect her to be the state's fiscal watchdog, refused to endorse other candidates for statewide offices, including her fellow Republicans. Jim Brulte, head of the state Republican Party, called her refusal "felony stupid." But others said her stance was Swearengin being Swearengin.

    The mayor of Fresno, who rescued her city from the brink of insolvency, is known for her independence and no-nonsense approach to governing.

  2. Chiang a solid choice for state treasurer

    Termed out as state controller, Democrat John Chiang now is running for California treasurer. On the November ballot, he faces Republican Greg Conlon. A retired accountant, Conlon has run unsuccessfully for several California offices. In...

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    OUR VIEW: Take down intruder bears with darts, not lethal means

    The sudden recent increase in bear-human encounters is not pure happenstance: Relentless drought is the core cause, and there's not much that people or bears can do about it. What people can do, besides stay clear of any bear that may...

  4. Streets of Bakersfield haven't been very safe

    Reckless speeding. Red-light running. Impaired and distracted driving. These are just a few issues that have been cause for concern on local roadways. They have been for quite some time. In 2014, deadly wrecks and horrendous collisions have...

  5. Speak out: It's time to put an end to abuse

    By now, many of us have seen the video: Now-unemployed professional football player Ray Rice punches his fiance in the face in an Atlantic City casino elevator. He knocks her unconscious, then drags her slumped, rag-doll body out of the...

  6. A positive for preservation

    If you've never heard of the Mills Act before, well, it's better late than never. The four-decades-old state program allows eligible owners of historic buildings to receive a reduction in property taxes in order to make it more fiscally...

  7. Car dealer goes the extra mile for vets

    Kern County is known for being a generous place, and the proof was clear this past week when a local car dealership unveiled a huge gift to veterans. Three-Way Chevrolet and its employees donated approximately $21,000 to the Honor Flight...

  8. Bucket challenge could be the tip of the iceberg

    If you haven't yet heard of the Ice Bucket Challenge, you probably should be commended for somehow living without TV or the Internet for the past several weeks. It's a relatively simple and widely reported activity that involves either...

  9. It's time to show public transit a little more love

    The recent tiff between the Golden Empire Transit District and its drivers came to an end Tuesday after a five-week-long labor strike that parked GET's public bus system for the first time in more than three decades. Now, GET's fleet is...

  10. SISC's final move was its only good one

    Self-Insured Schools of California, the insurance company that represents the Kern High School District, has finally decided to drop its appeal of a $1.5 million award given to the family of an autistic girl who was allegedly sexually...

  11. Can McCarthy beat Ted Cruz at his game?

    In June, when Bakersfield congressman Kevin McCarthy was elected by his peers to replace outgoing Eric Cantor as majority leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, we challenged McCarthy to show some leadership befitting his status a...

  12. City staff trips over memorial bricks, tiles

    Bakersfield City Councilmen Russell Johnson and Terry Maxwell were correct to sound the alarm, warning Bakersfield residents that the city planned to remove engraved memorial bricks and tiles from Centennial Plaza. And City Manager Alan...

  13. End the court fight and get responsible, LA

    Kern County's attorneys are to be congratulated for their latest victory in their years-long defense of Measure E, the voter-approved ban on hauling Southern California sludge to Kern County and smearing it on local farmland. On a...

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