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

    By The Bakersfield Californian
    Wednesday, Aug 13 2014 11:01 PM

    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 assaulted by another student in a high school bathroom four years ago.

    However, this mess is far from cleaned up. Education officials in Kern County must demand changes from SISC. And consequences for some of those who were involved.

    The KHSD Board of Trustees, the Kern County Board of Education and Superintendent of Schools Christine Lizardi Frazier must toe that line. They must press for swift changes at SISC or take action to end the KHSD's relationship with the company altogether.

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. Why it's time to grow up and ban fireworks

    Let's say it with a bang: It's time to snuff out personal-use fireworks in Bakersfield. The longstanding tradition has finally worn out its welcome. The annual cavalcade of dangerous, ear-splitting incendiary devices that reappeared again...

  6. Politics must not indefinitely stall reform

    Bakersfield City Councilman Ken Weir may have been right. Maybe the city council had no business butting into the contentious U.S. immigration debate. Then again, more likely, the reason the council voted last week to "indefinitely"...

  7. Nurture the artistic intent of First Fridays

    Sooner or later, children must grow up and act like adults. Such is the case with downtown Bakersfield's First Friday celebrations. They are no longer in their infancy. They have grown in popularity and attendance. It is time for them to...

  8. What this retail store's move means for city

    Hear that? It's the sound of sales tax revenue hitting the county of Kern's coffers -- and not the city of Bakersfield's. The Gap's departure last month from Valley Plaza, after 20 years there, was already cause for concern. But now, with...

  9. The numbers don't lie: US cares about soccer

    The World Cup, the most popular sporting event in the world, has surpassed a cultural milestone U.S. cynics never thought possible: It has officially won over American fans. It helps that the U.S. squad has performed well on the pitch,...

  10. As Kevin climbs, he can't forget to look down

    Congratulations are in order for Rep. Kevin McCarthy. On Thursday in Washington, D.C., the GOP Congressman from Bakersfield completed the biggest leap of his political career when his fellow Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives...

  11. Next time, we might not be so fortunate

    Evacuation orders were lifted Tuesday in the Wofford Heights area after fire crews from Kern County and around the state worked tirelessly to contain the Shirley Fire, which burned more than 2,600 acres and, to date, cost more than $7...

  12. Good sportsmanship one way to solve ref shortage

    "If you're wearing a striped shirt, you're going to get yelled at. It goes with the territory." That quote comes from Randy Horne, president of the Kern County Officials Association, who last week explained to The Californian why it can be...

  13. Ask a Texan: Maybe Perry's way has merit

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry has a California fixation, but at least he's willing to admit it. As governor of Texas, he's looking to lure away as many California businesses as possible, and he's doing it at a rate that should alarm every...

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