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Monday, Mar 25 2013 09:45 AM

'First Look': Maggard addresses animal control, KMC finances

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    By Alex Horvath / The Californian

    Kern County Supervisor Mike Maggard appears on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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Kern County Supervisor Mike Maggard appeared on "First Look with Scott Cox" Monday morning to talk about animal control and health care in Bakersfield.

Scott Cox asked if there was any movement with challenges in animal control, and the city and county getting along regarding ongoing animal control issues.

"The city and the county are very different organizations with very different sets of rules," Maggard said.

They're trying a model of running concurrent operations side by side, the supervisor explained.

He said he hopes it can be transformed into a facility that's more than a place for people to drop off animals they no longer want, or to adopt an animal. He'd like to see it become a place for dog shows, competitions -- "something more," he said.

Cox joked that he was afraid Maggard would come in to the simulcast on KERN 1180 and bakersfield.com and announce he was trying to run for higher office, a reference to 5th District Supervisor Leticia Perez's bid for the 16th District Senate seat.

Maggard said he ran for office where he's lived -- and called it the simplest way to do it. One of the most humbling things, Maggard said, is when a "little old lady sends you a $5 check" and tells you "go get 'em," and it really comes from the heart.

The conversation turned to Kern Medical Center and health care.

"It's great, great care," Maggard said of what's offered at KMC, and said the financial situation is better than it was 10 years ago, and even six years ago, and it can come close to breaking even.

Maggard said county government is trying to incentivize its employees to go to KMC for their care.


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