Kern County

Despite calls to de-fund BPD, Bakersfield City adopts budget that allocates more funds to police

June 25, 2020 / By

The Bakersfield City Council voted at Wednesday’s meeting to adopt a budget that many say allocates too much money to the Bakersfield Police Department.

Community organizations call to de-fund BPD, reallocate funds to services that promote equity

June 17, 2020 / By

At a community budget meeting held Friday via Zoom, nearly 90 community members called to defund the Bakersfield Police Department and reallocate those funds to other community services.

Kern to Launch Relief Program for Small Businesses and Nonprofit Organizations Affected By COVID-19

May 19, 2020 / By
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Kern County anticipates to launch the Kern Small Business Relief Program after Memorial Day weekend, County officials said Tuesday at the morning Board of Supervisors meeting.

74-year-old detainee dies at Mesa Verde

May 19, 2020 / By

Choung Won Ahn, who had been held at the Mesa Verde Detention Facility in Bakersfield since Feb.

County officials hope Governor is willing to work on state provisions that Kern doesn’t meet in order to reopen

May 11, 2020 / By

County officials said Monday at a press conference Kern does not meet two state-issued criteria that must be met in order for counties to reopen.

Judge orders review process to identify release of immigrant detainees

April 30, 2020 / By
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In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, today, a federal judge ordered a review process to identify people for release detained at the Mesa Verde Detention Facility in Bakersfield and the Yuba County Jail in Marysville in order to enable social distancing inside the centers.