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Bill that would have exempt small refineries from air monitoring deemed inactive

September 16, 2019 / By

After receiving much push back from environmental justice advocates, politicians pulled a bill that would have exempt small refineries from air monitoring and reporting.

Local hospitals help victims of human trafficking by educating staff and providing trauma informed care

September 11, 2019 / By

It’s not every day a human trafficking victim has access to health care, but when they do, they often do not speak up about their abuser, despite this being one of the very few moments victims are alone.  

However,  local Dignity Health hospitals are working to change that with the Human Trafficking Response Program.

‘A model for rural communities’: Early college program could transform education in the Central Valley

September 3, 2019 / By

In many rural communities, just getting kids to graduate from high school proves challenging.

But in McFarland, Bakersfield College and McFarland High School administrators are doubling down on efforts to ensure kids not only graduate with a high school diploma, but also take college courses and put them on a pathway to a degree.

Court ruling reverses Kern Superior Court decision; students can sue state for ‘failing’ to hold school districts accountable for discriminatory practices

August 28, 2019 / By

A California Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that students and community organizations can sue the State of California, through the Superintendent of Public Instruction, for failing to monitor and hold school districts accountable for discriminatory suspension, expulsion or transfer, according to a press release by the Equal Justice Society.

Voter Engagement Project encourages residents to be civically engaged; ready to inform community of elections and census

August 28, 2019 / By

The Kern County Voter Engagement Project is gearing up for another big push this school year, with two big events taking place next year — the Presidential election and 2020 Census.

‘We are one human race, we are one people’: Advocates call on elected officials to end gun violence

August 15, 2019 / By

Community members gathered Thursday in front of Representative Kevin McCarthy’s office rallying against his response to the recent mass shootings that shattered communities in the United States.