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The Golden Empire Transit District Board met behind closed doors today to consider a proposal from the GET bus driver's union in hopes of ending the now 9 day old strike. Bus drivers walked off the job on July 15th after contract negotiations stalled.  The drivers want more money  and better treatment of part time drivers.  GET officials say they're already operating at a deficite, and just can't afford the pay raises.




Its like finding some forgotten cash in your pocket, only in this case, that cash is 30-million dollars in unexpected carry-over funds from the last fiscal year.  Supervisors divided up some of the money yesterday.  The D-As office will get 362-thousand, while the sheriff's office gets 5-point-3-million.  A big chunk of the rest will go to one time expenses such as upgrading technology systems and covering losses at KMC.




Another vivid reminder of just how dangerous the Kern River can be.  The body of a 19-year-old man was recovered from the water yesterday.  Alfonso Tellez disappeared in the rapids, about four miles inside the mouth of the canyon, while swimming with friends on Sunday. Just last month, another 19-year-old man drown in the same area while spending Father's Day at the river.



Bakersfield police think they know who was responsible for a fatal hit-and-run accident in the 25-hundred block of Akers Road last Friday. They're looking for Antwan Rowel on a warrant for hit and run causing injury or death.  A motorcyclist was killed when he was hit by an SUV and the driver left the scene.  The vehicle was later found abandoned. 




Delano police continue to search for a man who went missing on July 16th.  Jose Juan Rodriguez, who suffers from high blood pressure,  left his home in the 900-block of Ellington Street on his way to a doctor's appointment in Bakersfield.  He is Hispanic, about 5'6", 150 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.




A man believed to be responsible for a fatal accident on Coffee and Brimhall back in 2012 has pled guilty to gross vehiculare manslaughter. reports in exchange, Martin Juarez will not face second degree murder charges.  He allegedly hit Breana Webb, who was also legaly drunk.  She was killed and her four passengers injuried.  Sentencing for Juarez is set for next month.




How do you feel about the oil industry's use of fracking? You'll get your chance to speak up about proposed regulations at a meeting this evening in the Board of Supervisors chambers.  The California Department of Conservation's Oil and Gas division has been holding hearings around the state and they'll stop in Bakersfield this afternoon. Today's session runs from 4-until-7-pm. The final rules on the practice must be finalized by January First of next year.





Another victim of the statewide drought may be local spray parks.  The city will likely comply with a state crackdown on water waster by closing the nine spray parks on August 1st. reports the City Water Board meets this afternoon to look at ways to save water.




Gas prices are falling. Triple-A says that the national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded has dropped to the lowest it's been since early April. Here locally, we're paying an average of 4-0-1 a gallon, down 9 cents from a month ago.





July 23, 2014

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