BY LILY E. HIRSCH
Kern County residents heard from a number of immigrant rights advocates Wednesday at the Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance’s second Immigrant Civil Rights Conference at Hodel’s Country Dining.
Kern County officials announced a possible plan last month that would decrease the homeless population on the streets. They are considering putting homeless people in jail for misdemeanor drug offenses and potentially for trespassing, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Sheriff Donny Youngblood and DA Cynthia Zimmer are spearheading the idea; however the plan is still in the early stages.
Bakersfield has seen a spike in the homeless population.
The Department of Homeland Security recently adopted a new “public charge” rule in August that is set to go into effect in just a few weeks.
After receiving much push back from environmental justice advocates, politicians pulled a bill that would have exempt small refineries from air monitoring and reporting.
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.
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.