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Kern County law enforcement in cross-hairs

A year after being branded by a London newspaper as America’s most lethal police force, the Bakersfield Police Department and the Kern County Sheriff’s Office are now the subjects of civil rights investigations by the state Attorney General’s Office. Attorney

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County payroll hikes stay ahead of population increases

Sierra County, tucked in the foothills once traversed by the Donner Party along the Nevada border, has seen its population dip 7 percent since 2010 to 3,000 souls. Meantime, though, the county’s payroll increased from $7 million in 2013 to

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Education sector bond spending continues to spike

Schools and universities from the smallest unified school district to the top-tier university systems in the state issued more bonds in 2015 than they had in any year since the boom times of 2005, before the Great Recession. The result

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Suit filed over shooting of mentally ill man by L.A. County Sheriff’s deputies

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies are accused of shooting a mentally ill teenager in the street in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court just two weeks after the county settled a 2009 shooting case for $8.85 million. The lawsuit

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Miracle: L.A. Times finally admits Obama sees fracking as safe 0

June 23, 2013 By Chris Reed President Obama’s first energy secretary, interior secretary and EPA chief all at various times in his first term depicted hydraulic fracking — aka fracking — as safe. His Energy Department put out a report

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Crime jumps as prisoners flood into county jails 28

July 13, 2012 By Dave Roberts California’s experiment in incarcerating tens of thousands of criminals in local jails or their homes rather than in state prisons is 10 months old, so the verdict is not yet in on whether it’s

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Counties Still Ignore Pension Tsunami 0

APRIL 22, 2011 By WAYNE LUSVARDI The desire for imaginary benefits often involves the loss of present blessings. — Aesop’s Fables. In Kern County, things evaporate.  The County once had a 100-square mile seasonal body of water called Buena Vista Lake

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