Lessons Learned at the Labor Camp in Lamont Lessons Learned at the Labor Camp in Lamont

Lessons Learned at the Labor Camp in Lamont

By Leonel Martinez, Special to South Kern Sol I lived on farm housing east of Lamont until I was about 11 years old, but more than four decades later, I still remember the hard lessons I learned there. Next to a labor camp where farm workers lived off and on throughout the year, our ramshackle […]

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Latina Environmentalist Takes Fracking Fight to ‘Epicenter’ of California Oil Industry Latina Environmentalist Takes Fracking Fight to ‘Epicenter’ of California Oil Industry

Latina Environmentalist Takes Fracking Fight to ‘Epicenter’ of California Oil Industry

New America Media, News Report, Tara Lohan Rosanna Esparza parks her Prius in a sea of pickups. Across the street a makeshift flagpole has been erected in a truck bed to hoist Old Glory above the palm trees. We’re in Taft, California; a town built on one of the largest oil fields in the country. […]

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Record Number of Latinos to Serve in House Record Number of Latinos to Serve in House

Record Number of Latinos to Serve in House

VOXXI, News Report, Griselda Nevarez Pictured above: (From left to right) Ruben Gallego, Norma Torres and Carlos Curbelo are among the five new Latinos who will serve in the U.S. House of Representatives starting in January. (Campaign photos) A record-setting 29 Latinos will take seats in the U.S. House of Representatives following the results of […]

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Man on the Street: Why Are You Voting? Man on the Street: Why Are You Voting?

Man on the Street: Why Are You Voting?

By Daniel Jimenez Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 4 is Election Day! Your polling place is printed on the back cover of your sample ballot. Locations often change, so please check the polling place address for each election. In Kern County there are currently 332,228 registered voters. In the previous general election, only 67 percent of the […]

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Arts & Culture

Lessons Learned at the Labor Camp in Lamont

Lessons Learned at the Labor Camp in Lamont

By Leonel Martinez, Special to South Kern Sol I lived on farm housing east of Lamont until I was about 11 years old, but more than four decades later, I still remember the hard lessons I learned there. Next to a labor camp where farm workers lived off and on throughout the year, our ramshackle […]

Nov 18, 2014 22:53

South Kern

Central Valley Residents Grapple with Proposed Fracking Regulations

Central Valley Residents Grapple with Proposed Fracking Regulations

By Alfredo Camacho for South Kern Sol BAKERSFIELD, Calif. —  About 100 people packed into a chamber at the Kern County administration building in Bakersfield to testify at a public hearing Wednesday on the state’s new fracking regulations, saying they are already at a breaking point with pollution in their communities, and that they’ll be […]

Jan 11, 2014 1:04

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Record Number of Latinos to Serve in House

Record Number of Latinos to Serve in House

VOXXI, News Report, Griselda Nevarez Pictured above: (From left to right) Ruben Gallego, Norma Torres and Carlos Curbelo are among the five new Latinos who will serve in the U.S. House of Representatives starting in January. (Campaign photos) A record-setting 29 Latinos will take seats in the U.S. House of Representatives following the results of […]

Nov 9, 2014 0:13

Recreation

Sup. Perez Brings New Playground to Lamont Park

Sup. Perez Brings New Playground to Lamont Park

By Alfredo Camacho LAMONT, Calif. — Over a hundred community members gathered at Lamont Park on October 4 for a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the park’s new playground. The renovations also included a wheelchair ramp and wood chips in place of sand for improved safety and wheelchair access. The host of the event, Kern County 5th […]

Oct 10, 2014 18:15

Beyond South Kern Sol

Lessons Learned at the Labor Camp in Lamont

By Leonel Martinez, Special to South Kern Sol I lived on farm housing east of Lamont until I was about 11 years old, but more than four decades later, I still remember the hard lessons I learned there. Next to a labor camp where farm workers lived off and on throughout the year, our ramshackle […]

Proposition 47, “A Historical Passage”

By Alfredo Camacho With election season over, organizers campaigning for successful ballot measures can begin to relax knowing that not only is the grueling campaign season over, but the ballot reforms they campaigned for have passed. Proposition 47 proponents, Faith in the Valley and Faith in Action Kern County, discuss what they call a “historical […]

Latina Environmentalist Takes Fracking Fight to ‘Epicenter’ of California Oil Industry

New America Media, News Report, Tara Lohan Rosanna Esparza parks her Prius in a sea of pickups. Across the street a makeshift flagpole has been erected in a truck bed to hoist Old Glory above the palm trees. We’re in Taft, California; a town built on one of the largest oil fields in the country. […]

Man on the Street: Why Are You Voting?

By Daniel Jimenez Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 4 is Election Day! Your polling place is printed on the back cover of your sample ballot. Locations often change, so please check the polling place address for each election. In Kern County there are currently 332,228 registered voters. In the previous general election, only 67 percent of the […]

Dia de Los Muertos: A Special Celebration in Kern

By Daniel Jimenez for South Kern Sol El  día de los muertos (the day of the dead)  is a Mexican holiday celebrated every year during the first days of November. Every year, millions of people from Mexico and Latin America pay tribute to their loved ones who have passed away by celebrating their lives with […]

Youth Commentary: Why I Hope California Votes Yes on Prop. 47

By Dean Welliver for South Kern Sol Editors Note: On November 4 Californians will cast their votes on Proposition 47, a ballot measure to reclassify six non-violent felonies, including petty theft and drug possession, as misdemeanors. Proponents of the measure have been deploying thousands of volunteers across the state to talk with voters and encourage them to […]

Photo Essay: Guelaguetza 2014

South Kern Sol, Photo Essay, Daniel Jimenez Editors Note:  South Kern Sol’s youth reporter, Daniel Jimenez attended this years Guelaguetza celebration early this month and captured several great photos. To read South Kern Sol’s story on this year’s Guelaguetza click here. In this photo, two dancers hold up a flag of “Virgen de la Natividad”, […]

Young Candidates Make Case for Change On Kern High School District Board

South Kern Sol, News Report, Alfredo Camacho BAKERSFIELD — As the 2014 General Election approaches, one of the more interesting local contests is shaping up to be the race for Kern High School District Board of Trustees, where three young candidates are challenging older, more experienced incumbents. All school board candidates were invited to participate […]

ELECTION 2014: Development Was Key in Arvin’s Candidate Forum

South Kern Sol, News Report, Alfredo Camacho ARVIN, Calif. — Lifetime Arvin resident Larry Horton wants more places to shop. The 23-year-old, like many in the city, travels at least a half hour to Bakersfield any time he needs to purchase basic household items. “We need more than just 99 Cent stores and auto part […]

A Growing Cultural Celebration: Guelaguetza 2014

By Alfredo Camacho for South Kern Sol BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Earlier this week the Seattle School Board voted unanimously to replace Christopher Columbus Day with Indigenous People’s Day, a move that hopes to give indigenous people a restored prominence in the community. Such a prominence has grown and developed for almost 15 years here in […]