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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 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.
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 1, 2010 at 4:46 PM
The dumping of human waste on Kern County land may stop after action, or rather inaction, by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Mar 30, 2010 at 6:37 PM
The California Public Utilities Commission has finally named an independent auditor to evaluate the SmartMeters installed by Pacific Gas and Electric Co.
Mar 30, 2010 at 3:57 PM
A new report says voters in three Central Valley congressional and legislative districts have slightly more clout in Washington and Sacramento because thousands of inmates were counted in the last census.
Mar 23, 2010 at 6:34 PM
There's still no word on when an audit will start on the SmartMeters installed by Pacific Gas and Electric Co. The California Public Utilities Commission promised the independent review about five months ago, but an evaluator still hasn't been selected.
Mar 16, 2010 at 6:47 PM
Customers with questions about SmartMeters are still waiting for an audit to start. It's been five months since the California Public Utilities Commission said a review would be done, and that state agency missed its own deadline.
Mar 12, 2010 at 9:46 AM
Sen. Dean Florez, D-Shafter, is dropping out of the race to become lieutenant governor. Florez' decision came in response to San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom's announcement Friday that he's seeking the office.
Mar 8, 2010 at 6:05 PM
In a press conference Monday, Senate Majority Leader Dean Florez blasted the California Public Utilities Commission for working with Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and not for the people of the Central Valley.