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    Local immigration advocates simultaneously celebrate, worry

    BY STEVEN MAYER The Bakersfield Californian
    Friday, Nov 21 2014 06:24 PM

    A coalition of immigrant advocacy groups gathered in front of Rep. Kevin McCarthy's Bakersfield office Friday to celebrate President Obama's executive action on immigration and to call on Congress to address the issue permanently through legislation.

    But they had another message for the millions of undocumented immigrants hoping to come out of the shadows: Don't give your hard-earned money to charlatans, they warned. Beware of attorneys or "notarios" -- who charge lots of money to file applications or otherwise "help" clients negotiate the administrative process.

    "Don't be ripped off by people who claim to know the law," said Paola Fernandez, an organizer with SEIU Local 521.

    The 20 or so present at Friday's event came from several...

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    Madera, Merced vote count updates assure Costa of another term in Congress

    For the second time in the past three elections, Fresno Democrat Jim Costa has rallied from an election night vote deficit to win re-election to Congress. Fresno, Madera and Merced counties on Wednesday finished their vote counting in the...

  3. Obama poised to announce go-it-alone plan on immigration Thursday

    WASHINGTON, Nov 19 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama is set on Thursday to outline a controversial plan to relax U.S. immigration policy and grant relief from deportation to as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants in a go-it-alone...

  4. Mitchell leads Renegade men to consolation title

    FULLERTON-- Demontrey Mitchell finished with 37 points and 18 rebounds to lead Bakersfield College to a 75-70 victory over Victor Valley College for the consolation championship of the Fullerton Tournament. Mitchell was also selected to the...

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    CITY BEAT: Mesa Marin lights on late for a reason

    WHY BALL FIELD LIGHTS ARE ON: Cities don't just trap warmth -- leading to their technical designation as "urban heat islands" by scientists who study them. They also give off light at night, thanks to thousands of street lights, traffic...

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    O they did see: Man's rendition of national anthem a hit on Facebook

    Donald Lora doesn't do Facebook. Not Twitter, either. "I'm not really a computer person," the 85-year-old Bakersfield man says. But he became a social media hit last week when video of him singing the national anthem -- including a...

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    Rep. Jim Costa takes slim lead in 16th District race

    Republican Johnny Tacherra is in Washington, D.C., at the orientation for new members of Congress, but he's no longer in the lead for the 16th Congressional District seat. Fresno County updated its vote count Wednesday afternoon, and...

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    Rios accepts $4,000 fine for campaign-finance violations

    Two-time unsuccessful state Assembly candidate Pedro Rios has agreed to pay a $4,000 fine for violating campaign-finance rules during his 2012 run. Rios and Pedro Rios for Assembly 2012 accepted voluntary expenditure limits -- which comes...

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    Eight things you (probably) didn't know about the council election

    Think you're an expert on the recent Bakersfield City Council races? Here's eight things you may not know about the contests in Wards 1, 3, 4 and 7. VOTES COST MOST IN WARD 1 Ward 1 Councilman Willie Rivera spent the most per vote of...

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    Police asked to investigate theft of election documents

    Tensions spiked on election night in southeast Bakersfield as campaign workers fought to get voters to the polls before voting ended at 8 p.m. At one polling place, the situation ended in a confrontation and the theft of campaign...

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    THE GRADE: Challenger seizes lead in KHSD race

    ELECTION UPDATE The only woman on the Kern High School District board may very well lose her seat. By early Wednesday, voters in Area 4 had pushed newcomer Phillip Peters ahead of incumbent Martha Miller by 317 votes. Peters, owner of...

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    Kern incumbents coast to victory; Vidak likely to be among them

    A pall of silence fell over south San Joaquin Valley politics Wednesday as campaigns stopped to take stock of what happened Tuesday night. On Twitter and Facebook, and in small groups over lunch and coffee, the political warriors talked...

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    Early numbers show voter turnout plummeted in Kern, California

    Kern County elections chief Karen Rhea estimated Wednesday morning that turnout among Kern registered voters in Tuesday's election was 32.1 percent so far. But there were 30,000 ballots left to process, so the turnout potential is as high...

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