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    COUNCIL ELECTION PROFILE: Parlier calls for southern BPD substation

    BY THEO DOUGLAS Californian staff writer
    Monday, Sep 15 2014 02:06 PM

    This is the first of 12 candidate profiles for Bakersfield City Council races in Wards 1, 3, 4 and 7. Remaining profiles will be published in subsequent days.

    All will be online at bakersfield.com/politics. The election is Nov. 4.

    Candidate: Chris Parlier Age: 51 His story: It's no surprise Ward 7 candidate Chris Parlier considers public safety south Bakersfield's biggest issue.

    Parlier was a member of the military police during four years in the U.S. Air Force in the early 1980s. He went on to become a correctional officer in Tehachapi; and later, a special agent with the California Department of Justice before retiring in the early 2000s.

    At DOJ, he was assistant commander of a task force focused on methamphetamine...


    CD 21: Renteria touts Democratic voter registration efforts; poll shows Valadao well ahead

    Democratic voter registration efforts in the closely watched 21st Congressional District have paid off, candidate Amanda Renteria said Wednesday. She released registration numbers her campaign pulled from elections officials in the four...


    Local businesses challenge McCarthy on Ex-Im Bank

    Bakersfield-based Chemex is a small company with big dreams. When the manufacturer of modular oil refineries inked a $22 million deal a few years ago to export its products to Indonesia, it was a major coup -- worth popping a few...

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    Election notebook: Congressional groups wage proxy battle on TV ads in congressional race

    The campaign rhetoric is ramping up as fast as an August valley day in the 21st Congressional District race between incumbent Hanford Republican David Valadao and his challenger, Sanger Democrat Amanda Renteria. It's actually a bit of a...


    Election notebook: Renteria, Valadao now fighting over robocalls

    The race between Hanford Republican Rep. David Valadao and Democratic challenger Amanda Renteria of Sanger just gets weirder and weirder. Only last month, the contestants for the 21st Congressional District seat exchanged...

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    No. 2 House Republican faces unlikely challenge

    WASHINGTON -- Raul Garcia has a question for Kevin McCarthy, the House's No. 2 Republican: "While we are waiting for you on immigration reform, who should be harvesting America's food?" It's a provocative query and the foundation of...


    Candidates decry the use of 'trackers'

    "Trackers" have come to the valley. Hanford Republican Rep. David Valadao's high-profile battle with Democrat Amanda Renteria of Sanger for the 21st Congressional District seat has attracted boatloads of party money, national attention...

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    Abernathy settles more tax debts after Californian raises questions

    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...

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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...

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