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  1. A positive for preservation

    By The Bakersfield Californian
    Saturday, Aug 23 2014 11:00 PM

    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 feasible to restore and renovate those structures from bygone eras.

    Other California communities have entered into Mills Act contracts with property owners, but neither Kern County nor Bakersfield ever has. That looks as though it's about to change.

    Many have witnessed with newfound appreciation the unveiling of the 104-year-old former bank building at Chester Avenue and 18th Street in downtown Bakersfield. And now, the Kern County Board of Supervisors may be taking the next step, as evidenced by the...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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"...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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,...

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