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Mar 27, 2013 at 4:28 PM
Blaming her political party for saddling her campaign with a competitive disadvantage, Fran Florez dropped her bid Wednesday for the state Senate.
Mar 15, 2013 at 2:24 PM
Fran Florez wants to be your next state senator. The veteran Kern County Democrat announced her candidacy Friday for the 16th District Senate seat vacated last month by Michael Rubio, who took a private-sector job with oil giant Chevron.
Oct 10, 2012 at 8:26 AM
The owner of Bear Mountain Sports claims his business suffered potential damage as a result of a news story about a felon who was arrested for allegedly being in possession of assault weapons.
Oct 2, 2012 at 11:26 AM
Local public servant, political strategist and community activist Al Wagner has died. He was found dead in his home Monday. The cause of death has not been released.
Nov 15, 2010 at 4:57 PM
Of particular interest to thousands of Kern County students is the California Dream Act, which has been vetoed three times in a row by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Nov 9, 2010 at 4:23 PM
Kern County wins another legal round against Los Angeles in its effort to ban sludge from being dumped here. But the issue isn't over just yet.
Nov 4, 2010 at 11:22 PM
Rudy Salas was born and raised in Ward 1. He made history as the first Hispanic elected to the Bakersfield city council this week. And he's got his work cut out.
Nov 3, 2010 at 9:20 AM
California Democrats have increased their legislative clout despite a Republican backlash that prevented their capturing the supermajority they have long sought in the state Senate.
Sep 23, 2010 at 2:29 PM
The Detroit mayor's office on Thursday sharply criticized California Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman for comparing Fresno to Detroit and calling it "awful."
Sep 22, 2010 at 6:05 PM
Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman says Fresno is a lot like Detroit, making the comparison in the context of what the recession has done to one of California's largest cities.
Sep 2, 2010 at 2:06 PM
The report on Pacific Gas & Electric Co.'s SmartMeter program was released Thursday at a meeting of the California Public Utilities Commission. The regulators had ordered the five-month review.
Jul 28, 2010 at 6:43 PM
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has vetoed a bill to give California farmworkers overtime pay after working 40 hours in a week.
Jul 1, 2010 at 2:54 PM
Farmers would be required to pay field hands overtime after they work eight hours in a day under legislation headed to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's desk.
Jun 8, 2010 at 11:35 PM
Fran Florez and Shannon Grove came out victorious Tuesday night in two high-profile local primary races.
Jun 8, 2010 at 2:08 PM
The mother of a state senator and the father of a former assemblywoman are in a second-generation family feud in the southern San Joaquin Valley in one of the most colorful state legislative races taking place across California on Tuesday.