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    Police study recommends adding 14 positions at $2 million cost

    BY THEO DOUGLAS Californian staff writer
    Friday, Sep 19 2014 06:56 PM

    A much-anticipated study of the Bakersfield Police Department was released Friday and its most urgent recommendations would cost about $2 million and require adding 14 positions.

    The City Council will learn more about the new International Association of Chiefs of Police report at its meeting next Wednesday. It won't be asked to act on the findings until Oct 22, but will have much to consider next week.

    The IACP study, commissioned in January at a cost of nearly $100,000, comes with 34 recommendations in 12 categories. They're ranked from priority-one, the most important, to priority-four and include:

    * Revising call priority classifications to ensure genuine priority-one calls -- often involving life or death situations -- get the...


    Man eats at Milt's Coffee Shop nearly every day for 50 years

    The 13th and final sea foam green swiveling chair at Milt's Coffee Shop countertop is Serrill Brooks' spot. Brooks, 96, has dined in that spot nearly every day, sometimes two or three times a day, since the northwest Bakersfield business...

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    Entrepreneur busy as a bee

    When Stacia Guzzo became a convert to the grow-what-you-eat-and-eat-what-you-grow movement, she dreamed of rows of fresh produce, chickens and bee hives full of honey. But in the cramped apartment near Los Angeles International Airport...

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    Drillers get back on track

    For 333 hours, Bakersfield High's football team had to think about one point. That's the amount of time from the end of the Drillers' one-point loss to Fresno-Edison two weeks ago to the kickoff of their home game against L.A.-Crenshaw on...

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    Centennial's D stands tall again

    They like to be called the Nasty Boys, and based on their recent play, that nickname is only fitting for Centennial High's defensive unit. The Golden Hawks' defense turned in a third straight stellar shut-down performance in beating...


    White's final-second INT allows Ridgeview to hold off BCHS. 49-42

    In a seesaw battle, it came down to a fantastic effort by Ridgeview junior Lawrence White, who intercepted a last-second heave by Brandon Jones as the Wolf Pack held on for a thrilling 49-42 non-league victory over Bakersfield Christian on...

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    Zach Ewing's Week 3 previews and predictions

    After a couple of overnight road trips the past two weekends and the ordeal of a sick child at home for the past few days, I have neither the time nor the energy to completely corroborate the following statement, but I believe it to be...

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    BCHS volleyball team rallies from 2-game deficit, tops Garces

    When coach Mystie Goodban created the Bakersfield Christian volleyball schedule this season, there were two things she knew. One, these Eagles players had talent. Two, she needed to test them early and often in their non-league schedule....

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    Officials slam pay raise for GET chief

    Reaction to Golden Empire Transit CEO Karen King's new, nearly $4,100 raise was swift and negative Wednesday from many of the officials who appoint the bus agency's board of directors. Members of the Bakersfield City Council and Kern...

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    THE GRADE: Taft hazing update, BHS to enclose campus

    COACH'S JOB TBD, TAFT HAZING: The Taft Union High School District plans to determine by the end of this week how long head football coach Jarudd Prosser will remain on leave after reporting a hazing incident earlier this month. Prosser...

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    MATT MUNOZ: David J. as good as goth gets

    British goth rock pioneer David J. Haskins makes a rare visit to Bakersfield on Friday night, much to the delight of the children of the night. But don't expect a traveling cavalcade of caskets, crucifixes and hooded figures from the...

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    BC gets first win of season in shootout with Golden West

    It was a night of the offenses at Saturday night's Bakersfield College opener. The Renegades and Golden West combined for 1,007 yards of total offense, but it was the BC defense that stiffened in the fourth quarter that was the difference...


    PETE TITTL: Krush uncorks nice experience

    I went to Krush Wine Bar expecting it to be the Imbibe of Rosedale: couches, beer and wine, live music, laid-back operation. Where do I begin to list the incorrect assumptions and the toll they took on me? First off, before stopping by I...

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