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    Abernathy settles more tax debts after Californian raises questions

    BY JAMES BURGER Californian staff writer
    Monday, Aug 25 2014 07:00 PM

    Political consultant Mark Abernathy has long talked about turning the former Bush house on Monterey Street into a museum. Not only has that not happened, Abernathy hasn't been keeping up on his property tax payments.

    That is until Monday, days after The Californian started asking questions about the unpaid bills. Abernathy then paid them in full.

    The property in question is the modest east Bakersfield home where former President George W. Bush and his parents, former President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush, lived during the summer of 1949.

    The elder Bush, then 26, was working as an oil field equipment salesman when he brought his young family there. Abernathy bought the house in 2000 with plans to turn it into a museum.

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    Safe drinking water, storage money in water bond

    The $7.5 billion water bond on the November ballot is laden with funds to enhance ecosystems and safe drinking water programs, and increase storage -- all of which directly or indirectly benefit Kern County, two local officials said Monday...

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    Former county supervisor, treasurer fined for misuse of campaign funds

    Former Kern County Supervisor Jon McQuiston and the treasurer for his unsuccessful 2012 California Assembly campaign were fined by the Fair Political Practices Commission Thursday for using funds from the campaign for personal use....

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    CITY BEAT: Sullivan takes record, council finances

    SULLIVAN IS LONGEST-SERVING: That rumbling beneath your feet Thursday wasn't the San Andreas Fault bringing destruction to poor old Frazier Park -- it was Ward 6 Councilwoman Jacquie Sullivan passing 19-year Ward 7 rep Mark Salvaggio to...


    Legislature approves creation of KMC hospital authority

    A bill that would create a public hospital authority to manage Kern Medical Center has passed both houses of the California Legislature and is on its way to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk for final approval. The Assembly gave the bill, AB 2546,...

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    Council incumbents generally lead in fundraising

    Early into city council election season, the most expensive contest by far is the one to represent Ward 1 -- the city's poorest area. The Ward 1 incumbent, 23-year-old Willie Rivera, has raised more money than anyone else seeking election...

  7. KHSD teachers back newcomer in board race

    The Kern High School Teachers Association will endorse newcomer Aurora Cooper instead of incumbent Mike Williams in one of two contested school board races in the Kern High School District this year. "We just felt like he didn't really...

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    Kern lawmakers applaud historic water bond compromise

    SACRAMENTO -- The $7.5 billion water package brokered by Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders signals a rare bipartisan agreement on a thorny, politically divisive issue that has bedeviled California governors and lawmakers for decades...

  9. ELECTION NOTEBOOK: Council races draw most candidates in 20 years

    The Kern County elections office made it official Monday, certifying nominating papers for Daniel Mbagwu in the Ward 4 Bakersfield City Council race and squeezing one final candidate onto the most crowded council election slate in 20 years...


    A dozen file for council, two with criminal records

    In what could be a first, two certified candidates for the Bakersfield City Council elections have criminal records. A total of 12 people have filed nominating papers to run in council Wards 1, 3, 4 and 7 -- the southeast, northeast,...

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    Ward 7 council candidate has criminal past

    The only person so far to file nominating papers to run for the Ward 7 Bakersfield City Council seat has a criminal history that includes two misdemeanor driving under the influence convictions during the last decade. Matthew Braman, 33,...

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    ELECTION NOTEBOOK: Ward 3 city council race shapes up in final days

    The Ward 3 Bakersfield City Council race shaped up Tuesday, as candidate Mark McCallum filed to take on incumbent Ken Weir, and fellow northeast resident Heidi Carter Escudero pulled papers to run. Council wards 1, 4 and 7 also are up for...

  13. School board races already drawing candidates

    School board members and trustee hopefuls in Kern County have sent candidacy announcements, created election Facebook pages and filed nomination forms in hopes of securing a spot on the ballot for school board elections Nov. 4. Five days...

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