Apr 112012

Invitation - Infrastructure Report Card

On Friday April 20 the 2012 Kern County Infrastructure Report Card will be presented to the community. 

This has been a joint community effort by the local members of the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Council of Engineering Companies, American Public Works Association and is being co-sponsored by the Kern Transportation Foundation.

The event is being held at 7:00 a.m. at Hodel’s Country Dining, Heritage Room (5917 Knudsen Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93308) the hyperlink above with provide additional details.


Please be sure to make your reservation in advance.

Jun 142011

Combating the Underground Economy - Unlicensed and Uninsured

This seminar is a collaboration between the Statewide Investigative Fraud Team (SWIFT) of the Contractors State License Board,  Kern County District Attorney, and the Better Business Bureau.  The event is sponsored by the Kern County Home Builders Association, State Compensation Insurance Fund, and the Kern County Builders Exchange.

The seminar is on Thursday June 30th from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. at the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce.

Please share this information with your friends & colleagues .

Click here for more information: Flyer HBA 063011

Apr 122011

The Office of the State Fire Marshal in conjunction with the Home Builders Association Tulare Kings (HBATK) has scheduled the SFM Awareness Level Course on Residential Fire Sprinklers and the 2010 California Residential Code May 11, 2011 in Visalia (download flyer from link below).  The purpose of this training program is to:

  • Recognize that the requirements for residential fire sprinklers are designed to be a “life safety system” to prevent flash over and allow for the evacuation or rescue from fire
  • Develop awareness of the 2010 California Residential Code and the 2010 NFPA 13D (1 and 2 Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes) and the  amendments  and/or modifications
  • Develop an awareness of the State of California Provisions as defined in the 2010 California Residential Code, Title 24, Part 2.5, and specifically Section R313.
  • Develop an awareness of the SFM Residential Fire Sprinkler Task Force Phase I, II, III Recommendations and Final Report.  Develop an awareness of the State of California Mandate.
  • Develop an awareness of the term, “Best Management Practices” as it relates to the various stakeholders and the Residential Fire Sprinkler Task Force Process
  • Develop an awareness of the various stakeholder considerations, training resources and technical terms

Target Audience for Training:

Fire Department/Fire Prevention Personnel (Plan Review, and Inspections) Building Department Personnel (Plan Review, and Inspections) Water Purveyors (Plan Review, and Inspections) Home Builders (HBA Chapters)/Contractors (Plan Preparation, Submittals, and Installation) Contractors: General Building Contractors [B], Fire Protection Contractor [C-16]).

Code Development and Analysis Division
CAL FIRE Office of the State Fire Marshal
1131 "S" Street
Sacramento, CA 95811
Tel: (916) 327-4998
Fax: (916) 445-8459

Click here to download flyer - 2011-05-11-Visalia


Nov 222010

Last week, Kern EDC’s Executive Committee voted to encourage the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) to select the Bakersfield-Fresno segment as the initial section for the intrastate rail system.

The Authority’s decision will be made on December 2, 2010.

We now ask you to seriously consider submitting correspondence recommending the Bakersfield-Fresno segment (vs. the Fresno-Merced segment) alternative.  (Please find attached a sample letter of support.)

Selection of the Southern San Joaquin Valley option will bring direct economic benefits to Kern County citizens and will even improve existing rail service:

  • $4.3 billion in federal and state funds would be targeted for this “backbone” section
  • Ten of thousands of construction jobs would be created in the Bakersfield-Fresno region
  • Until the initial segment is fully utilized, Amtrak would use the route, allowing trains to operate at 150 mph (vs. the current 78 mph).

I am also attaching a link to a related article and sample letter that can be copied and put on your letterhead:


Bakersfield-Fresno draft support

Nov 112010

City of Bakersfield

Ward 1 – Rudy Salas 1954 votes 43.54%

  • Occupation: District Director
  • Residential Director / Advisor, Cal State Bakersfield (CSUB)
  • Financial Assistant, The White House
  • University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • Community Leader Award, The BC Center for Kern Political Education


  • Safe Neighborhoods
  • Community & Economic Development
  • Action, Accountability and Results

Ward 3 – Ken Weir 9645 votes 95.42%

  • Occupation: accounting, tax, outsourced controller and management consulting

Ward 4 – David Couch 12468 votes 82.88%

  • Occupation: Financial Advisor/Councilmember

Ward 7 – Russell Johnson 4107 votes 58.15%

  • Occupation: public affairs and community relations

County of Kern

Supervisor, 2nd District – Not final – difference of 330 votes

Zack Scrivner - 16371 votes 50.21 %

Steve Perez – 16041 votes 49.20%

State of California & Federal Congressional Seats

30th Assembly District


>Fran Florez – 22,248 votes 39.2%


>David Valadao – 34,375 votes 60.8%

16th Senate District


>Michael Rubio - 60,364 votes 60%


>Timothy Thiesen - 40,288 votes 40%

32nd Assembly District


>Holly Spohn-Gross (dropped out) - 35,365 votes 27.6%


>Shannon Grove - 92,635 votes 72.4%

18th Senate District


>Carter Pope - 66,895 votes 30.8%


>Jean Fuller - 149,730 69.2%

34th Assembly District


Esmeralda Castro - 23,848 votes 30.3%


Connie Conway - 54,737 votes 69.7%

* first woman elected minority leader since 1981

20th Congressional District – Close Contest – not final


'> Jim Costa - 39,829 votes 50.9%


>James "Andy" Vidak - 38,511 votes 49.1%

37th Assembly District


Ferial Masry - 61,042 votes 41.3%


Jeff Gorell - 86,411 votes 58.7%

22nd Congressional District


'> Kevin McCarthy - 165,060 votes 100%

State Assembly breakdown

52 Democrats & 28 Republicans

2 votes away from having 2/3rds majority

Republicans lost 1 seat in this election AD 5 which    belonged to Roger Niello in a very close race between:

Richard Pan (Dem) – 64,593 votes 48.7% and Andy Pungno (Rep) 61,748 votes 46.6%

State Senate Breakdown

25 Democrats & 15 Republicans

One seat is vacant – SD 28

State Senator Jenny Oropeza passed away in October. The 53-year-old Redondo Beach Democrat represented Long Beach and the South Bay. Even though she had passed away she was re-elected and received 57.9% of the vote.

State of California Propositions:

Proposition Title Yes
% No
No 19 Legalize Marijuana in CA, Regulate and Tax 4,120,634 46.0% 4,822,119 54.0%
Yes 20 Redistricting of Congressional Districts 5,177,002 61.5% 3,253,872 38.5%
No 21 State Park Funding. Vehicle License Surcharge. 3,716,907 42.2% 5,080,845 57.8%
Yes 22 Prohibit State From Taking Some Local Funds 5,159,114 60.8% 3,338,162 39.2%
No 23 Suspend Air Pollution Control Law (AB 32) 3,366,163 38.6% 5,348,126 61.4%
No 24 Repeal Allowance of Lower Business Tax Liability 3,519,982 41.5% 4,943,571 58.5%
Yes 25 Simple Majority Vote to Pass Budget 4,698,601 54.8% 3,883,915 45.2%
Yes 26 2/3 Vote for Some State/Local Fees 4,437,704 52.6% 4,004,576 47.4%
No 27 Eliminate State Redistricting Commission 3,342,710 40.3% 4,935,355 59.7%