Bakersfield

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Residents of Bakersfield breathe some of the most polluted air in the nation, thanks to a confluence of vehicle exhaust, industrial operations, and stagnant valley air. In an effort to combat pollution, air quality advocates are now targeting a potential source of emissions that, at the moment, is not even operating.

Ride your bike along the Kern River just west of downtown Bakersfield, and you pass joggers and people walking dogs. To one side of the trail, families play Frisbee golf in the grass. To the other side, a symbol of Kern County’s economy looms silently.

This week on Valley Edition FM89's Jeffrey Hess reports on a new tax that could bring a boost to Kern County Libraries. We are also joined by Fresno Bee Journalists Barbara AndersonBoNhia Lee and Andrea Castillo to talk about their reporting on blight in Fresno.

Kyle Carter For Mayor

Twenty-five different people all want to become Bakersfield's next mayor. One of those hopefuls is Kyle Carter. 

Carter is former developer from Bakersfield. He's run multiple companies and serves as a trustee of the Kern Community College District. He has also played a pivotal role in creating The Bakersfield Music Hall of Fame. And now today he is trying his hand at mayor. He hopes to replace Mayor Harvey Hall. 

To listen to the interview click play above. 

  

Chain Cohn & Stiles

Attorneys for the family of a Bakersfield man who died in custody of the Kern County Sheriff’s office three years ago have settled their wrongful death lawsuit with the county for $3.4 million. FM89’s Joe Moore reports.

David Silva was arrested in May 2013 after he was found intoxicated, sleeping outside Kern Medical Center. He allegedly resisted arrest, was beaten by deputies, and was then handcuffed and restrained before he died.

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Kern County marketing firm owner T.J. Esposito brings a unique personal story to his candidacy for Bakersfield mayor.

In his youth, Esposito was a self-described cocaine and methamphetamine addict, was homeless for a time, and was convicted of several crimes, including burglary, assault and domestic violence. Since then Esposito says he has turned his life around, with a successful business and a family.

Vanguard Records

Acclaimed author Gerald Haslam grew up in the blue-collar Kern County community of Oildale in the 1940's, a child of the Dust Bowl migration to California. He went to school with another boy with a similar background, a child named Merle Haggard.

Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio

While the CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners are playing Oklahoma today in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, they aren't the only roadrunners in Kern County. FM89's Ezra David Romero visited the California Living Museum zoo, also known as CALM, to learn more about the speedy birds that call Southern California home and lend their name to CSUB's sports teams. CALM's curator of animals Don Richardson tells us a little more about these birds and what the basketball team means for the community.

The Dolores Huerta Foundation

Immigration advocates are starting a new outreach effort in Kern County to enroll undocumented children in Medi-Cal. This is the first year undocumented kids can enroll in the government-sponsored insurance program.

Bakersfield Soloists on Young Artists Spotlight

Mar 2, 2016
Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

This week we feature three soloists from the Bakersfield Youth Symphony Orchestra, performing live in the Bonner Performing Arts Studio. This week features harpist Dana Peck performing a piece by Handel; Garces High senior Johann Palo performing a piece by Stravinsky for solo clarinet; and Stockdale High freshman pianist Isaac Kim performing works by J.S. Bach, Beethoven and Chopin. 

Joe Moore / Valley Public Radio

 Today on Young Artists Spotlight we feature two piano soloists from Bakersfield's Warren Junior High School, Anjolie Doan and Anna Jian. Both are students of piano instructor Bonnie Bogle Farrer.

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