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    COUNCIL ELECTION PROFILE: Public safety, jobs are big for Ward 1's Ramirez

    BY THEO DOUGLAS The Bakersfield Californian
    Friday, Oct 31 2014 04:34 PM

    This is the 12th 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: Manuel Ramirez Age: 21 His story: Campaign contribution totals are the highest in the race to represent southeast Ward 1 on the Bakersfield City Council -- and the candidates are the youngest.

    At age 21, the challenger, Bakersfield native Manuel Ramirez, could likely be the youngest candidate ever for Bakersfield City Council, although the Bakersfield City Clerk's office has never officially tracked the age of competitors.

    If there's a reason why Ramirez's age isn't more of an...

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    State Senate candidate's school board, Fresno City Hall attendance questioned

    State Senate hopeful Luis Chavez has missed a considerable amount of time from two taxpayer-funded jobs -- one in education, the other in government -- as he has campaigned for office the past two months. But Chavez says he's done nothing...

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    Governor makes a call on Arvin pipeline leak

    The Arvin gas pipeline leak that has displaced eight families from their homes since March got swift action from Gov. Jerry Brown at Wednesday's get-out-the-vote rally. Informed by a Telemundo reporter at the rally in Arvin that the...

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    Brown stumps for Dems, Props. 1 and 2 in Arvin

    He'd like only Democrats to vote on Election Day, Gov. Jerry Brown joked during his first-ever visit to Arvin Wednesday, where he got serious about water and money and stumped for two state propositions and his fellow party members. The...

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    Democrats say state GOP violated campaign-finance laws in Vidak-Chavez race

    Democrats are asking the state's political watchdog agency to investigate the California Republican Party for allegedly violating campaign finance laws in support of GOP candidate Andy Vidak, who is seeking reelection in the 14th state...

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    ELECTION NOTEBOOK: Governor coming to town; Ward 4 candidate challenges Smith on panhandling

    Ward 4 Bakersfield City Council candidate Richard Schwartz said Tuesday he thinks incumbent Bob Smith has inflated his role in passing the city's recent ordinance banning aggressive panhandling. Schwartz, one of three men challenging...

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    Renteria has beef with Valadao cattle

    Amanda Renteria accused Congressman David Valadao, R-Hanford, Tuesday of violating food safety laws by sending cattle from his dairies to slaughter with illegal levels of antibiotics in their tissues. The charges -- posted on Renteria's...

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    ELECTION NOTEBOOK: Labor council offering rides to the polls

    Need a ride to the polls next Tuesday? The Kern, Inyo and Mono Central Labor Council will be providing rides to the polls for those who need them, as it has done in the past. They're offered from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. To...

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    Public safety, restricting abortion, helping business key to Ward 4's Mbagwu

    This is the eleventh 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....

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    Ask TBC: Who are these judges on my ballot?

    Q: We are asked to vote for eight judges on the November ballot. Can you publish any information on them based on their court records so those of us who do not have or use computers can arrive at a yes or no vote? Your efforts in this...

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    ELECTION NOTEBOOK: Poll shows Renteria closing in on Valadao

    Amanda Renteria's campaign for the 21st Congressional District touted a strong bit of news for the second day in a row Wednesday. Her campaign quoted a SurveyUSA poll conducted for KFSN-TV, Channel 30 in Fresno that shows she has cut...

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    ELECTION 2014: Proposition 47 lowers penalties for some crimes

    This is one in a series of stories looking at the people and issues on the Nov. 4 ballot. The others can be found at bakersfield.com/politics. SACRAMENTO - A projected 40,000 offenders each year would face lower penalties for crimes such...

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    Renteria's team cheers early ballot returns in campaign against Valadao

    No independent-expenditure money is pouring in. The Washington Beltway crowd has largely stopped paying attention. But 21st Congressional District Democratic challenger Amanda Renteria says early mail ballot returns show she's in a...

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