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  1. School board races already drawing candidates

    BY LAUREN FOREMAN Californian staff writer
    Saturday, Jul 19 2014 03:00 PM

    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 into a 20-day period for prospective board members to officially establish candidacy for all districts, the Kern High School District already had one contested race and two newcomer hopefuls -- both hailing from Kern County Board of Supervisors camps.

    Jeff Flores, chief of staff for Supervisor Mike Maggard, is campaigning to fill the vacated Area 2 seat of former KHSD Trustee William Perry. Perry retired June 23 from a board post he had manned since 2008.

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    Judge allows dispensary to appeal his Measure G ruling

    The Highway 99 collective earned the right Friday to appeal a court decision that overturned Kern County's Measure G medical marijuana dispensary ordinance. Kern County Superior Court Judge Kenneth Twisselman, who issued the ruling that...

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    Controller candidate calls off recount

    The recount battle between John Perez and Betty Yee is over. "They just pulled the plug," Kern County Deputy Registrar Karen Rhea said of Perez's camp at about 4:30 p.m. Friday. "Everywhere." Perez, the former speaker of the California...

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    Controller candidate asks Kern to speed up recount

    Kern County elections workers have found a rhythm to their counting and picked up the pace as the re-tally of the state controller's race rolls on. But the pace isn't fast enough for John Perez. On Tuesday and Thursday, Perez's legal...

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    Local Democratic Party chair -- the 'Queen' -- resigns

    Candi Easter, longtime chairman of the Kern County Democratic Party, unexpectedly stepped down from the position Tuesday for personal reasons. She said the ailing health of her father, who is 92 and lives with her, made her decision...

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    Elections in four City Council wards interest seven so far

    We interrupt this election season to bring you another election season -- contests in four of the Bakersfield City Council's seven wards starting Monday, the first day candidates can "pull" nominating papers. Technically up for grabs --...

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    Kern first up to bat in controller's race recount

    The race for second place in the super-close California controller's contest got under way Friday in Kern County, the first of two places where John Perez started his controversial recount effort. Nothing much had changed at the end of the...

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    Tehachapi removes local sex offender ordinance from the books

    Tehachapi's city council on Monday finalized a repeal of a local sex offender ordinance in order to stave off potential lawsuits. City Attorney Tom Schroeter had recommended the council repeal an ordinance adopted in 2010 that was a...

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    Government roundup: Governor signs Grove bill on ballot measure deadlines

    Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed a bill by Assemblywoman Shannon Grove , R-Bakersfield, that aims to make it easier to get initiatives on the ballot. The new law says that if the deadline to turn in signatures for a referendum...

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    Supporters of McCarthy challenger hope to make statement

    Farm workers and immigration activists waved red rectangles of paper and blew whistles outside the Bakersfield office of Congressman Kevin McCarthy Wednesday. "I call the red card on Mr. McCarthy," called out Arvin City Council member...

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    City files suit against first of five dispensaries

    The Bakersfield City Attorney's office filed the first of at least five civil lawsuits against medical marijuana dispensaries Tuesday -- this one against Healthy Life Center in central Bakersfield. Bakersfield is asking a Kern County...

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    McCarthy to face Wasco farmworker in November

    Democratic farmworker Raul Garcia of Wasco will be the one to challenge Bakersfield Congressman and future House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy in November, calls to election officials throughout the district revealed Tuesday. Speaking in...

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    McCarthy offices steeped in history, personal touches

    WASHINGTON -- Two of the rooms are among the oldest spaces in the Capitol building. The main corridor was the scene of a policeman's tragic shooting and the gunman's wounding 16 years ago. Up high along one wall, you can still see the...

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