Beyond Kern

McFarland City Council approves GEO’s request for permits to operate two immigration detention facilities

April 24, 2020 / By

After nearly three and a half hours of debate between residents, immigrant rights advocates, GEO employees, and elected officials, the McFarland City Council voted at Thursday’s city council meeting to approve permits that will allow The GEO Group, Inc.

PHOTO GALLERY: Dolores Huerta celebrates 90th birthday

April 13, 2020 / By


Acclaimed photojournalist Henry A. Barrios captured Dolores Huerta on her 90th birthday on April 10, 2020.

McFarland City Council appoints Eric Rodriguez to fill vacant seat

April 10, 2020 / By

The City of McFarland, today, wasted no time in appointing Eric Rodriguez, a former U.S. Marine and former GEO Group, Inc.

Schools to continue to provide meals over Spring Break

March 31, 2020 / By

The Kern County Superintendent of Schools and Kern County school districts announced Tuesday it will continue the “Grab and Go” meal service during Spring Break.

UPDATE: City of McFarland cancels city council meeting; does not fill vacancy on council

March 27, 2020 / By

The McFarland City Council cancelled its most recent city council meeting, where the council planned to appoint an individual to fill a vacancy.

Census kiosks no longer available at libraries during COVID-19 pandemic; advocates urge residents to respond online

March 19, 2020 / By

Plans for public kiosks at all Kern County Library branches and during the 2020 Census have been suspended following the closing of all countywide branches between March 17th and April 13th in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.