A Choice for Kern County – Libraries, Parks or All of the Above A Choice for Kern County – Libraries, Parks or All of the Above

A Choice for Kern County – Libraries, Parks or All of the Above

By Dr. Stanley E. Clark In the next few months many Kern County residents will likely be asked to make a decision on fiscal support for two institutions that have a direct impact on community health and education. Those of us most active in Building Healthy Communities-South Kern are urging residents in Arvin, Lamont, Weedpatch, […]

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Health For All Bill Addresses Uncle Sam’s ‘Failure,’ Says Senator Health For All Bill Addresses Uncle Sam’s ‘Failure,’ Says Senator

Health For All Bill Addresses Uncle Sam’s ‘Failure,’ Says Senator

New America Media, News Report, Viji Sundaram One-third of undocumented Californians earn enough to buy their own health insurance on the federal exchange, but Uncle Sam won’t let them, asserted Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens. That’s forcing them to make the costly decision to go to emergency rooms when their health deteriorates. “Allowing them to […]

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Judge Lets KHSD Discrimination Suit Move Forward Judge Lets KHSD Discrimination Suit Move Forward

Judge Lets KHSD Discrimination Suit Move Forward

South Kern Sol, Staff On Monday, Kern County Superior Court Judge Eric Bradshaw ruled that a discrimination suit filed by Latino and African American students against the Kern High School District (KHSD) can move forward. The ruling was announced by California Legal Rural Assistance (CRLA), which is part of a larger coalition of rights groups […]

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Young Leader Helps Youth Look ‘Beyond the Fields’ Young Leader Helps Youth Look ‘Beyond the Fields’

Young Leader Helps Youth Look ‘Beyond the Fields’

  By Alfredo Camacho, photo by Daniel Jimenez for South Kern Sol Photo above: Abel Guzman sitting in his Bakersfield office. Since his college days, Abel Guzmán has worked to expand Kern County young people’s horizons. Guzmán, 28, is now Executive Director of Youth 2 Leaders Educational Foundation, a nonprofit based in Bakersfield which works […]

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Arts & Culture

Most English Speaking Immigrants Embrace Bilingualism

Most English Speaking Immigrants Embrace Bilingualism

By LEONEL MARTINEZ / South Kern Sol LAREDO, Texas — One of the most striking differences between the Texas border city of Laredo and Kern County, where I’ve lived all my life, is this: Every time you talk to a stranger in Laredo you’ll probably get what I call “the bilingual check.” That’s when the […]

Apr 2, 2015 13:54

South Kern

Photo Essay: Building Healthy Communities Resident and Youth Summits

Photo Essay: Building Healthy Communities Resident and Youth Summits

By Luis Alvarado and Sabrina Garcia Photo: Building Healthy Communities South Kern youth In late March, Building Healthy Communities South Kern (BHC-SK) held their first-ever Resident and Youth Summit at Arvin High School. Community leaders presented on issues including water quality, keeping local parks safe and clean, and bringing jobs and public transportation to the […]

Apr 2, 2015 13:50

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A Choice for Kern County – Libraries, Parks or All of the Above

A Choice for Kern County – Libraries, Parks or All of the Above

By Dr. Stanley E. Clark In the next few months many Kern County residents will likely be asked to make a decision on fiscal support for two institutions that have a direct impact on community health and education. Those of us most active in Building Healthy Communities-South Kern are urging residents in Arvin, Lamont, Weedpatch, […]

May 19, 2015 4:08

Recreation

Live the Challenge Ends With Most Successful Run Yet

Live the Challenge Ends With Most Successful Run Yet

South Kern Sol, News Report, Alfredo Camacho LAMONT, Calif. — Building Healthy Communities South Kern (BHC-SK) celebrated the end of its annual Live the Challenge with its biggest and most successful Live the Challenge event to date. Over 300 runners from the South Kern area gathered at Lamont Park on Saturday, April 25 to participate […]

Apr 28, 2015 20:58

Beyond South Kern Sol

Health For All Bill Addresses Uncle Sam’s ‘Failure,’ Says Senator

New America Media, News Report, Viji Sundaram One-third of undocumented Californians earn enough to buy their own health insurance on the federal exchange, but Uncle Sam won’t let them, asserted Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens. That’s forcing them to make the costly decision to go to emergency rooms when their health deteriorates. “Allowing them to […]

Judge Lets KHSD Discrimination Suit Move Forward

South Kern Sol, Staff On Monday, Kern County Superior Court Judge Eric Bradshaw ruled that a discrimination suit filed by Latino and African American students against the Kern High School District (KHSD) can move forward. The ruling was announced by California Legal Rural Assistance (CRLA), which is part of a larger coalition of rights groups […]

Young Leader Helps Youth Look ‘Beyond the Fields’

  By Alfredo Camacho, photo by Daniel Jimenez for South Kern Sol Photo above: Abel Guzman sitting in his Bakersfield office. Since his college days, Abel Guzmán has worked to expand Kern County young people’s horizons. Guzmán, 28, is now Executive Director of Youth 2 Leaders Educational Foundation, a nonprofit based in Bakersfield which works […]

Undocumented Youth on Constant ‘High Alert’

New America Media, News Report, Viji Sundaram SAN FRANCISCO — Fear followed Alberto Velazquez every time he left the apartment he shared with his mother and siblings in Pomona, Calif. If he saw a cop walking on the sidewalk, he said, his first instinct was to turn around and walk the other way. “I was […]

South Kern Residents Offer Water Saving Tips

By Bianca Pulido Ed. Note: In early April, Governor Jerry Brown directed the State Water Resources Control Board to implement mandatory water restrictions across California to reduce water usage by 25 percent. Last Wednesday, the Bakersfield City Council passed an ordinance to limit outdoor irrigation to three days a week, effective immediately. Odd numbered house […]

Live the Challenge Ends With Most Successful Run Yet

South Kern Sol, News Report, Alfredo Camacho LAMONT, Calif. — Building Healthy Communities South Kern (BHC-SK) celebrated the end of its annual Live the Challenge with its biggest and most successful Live the Challenge event to date. Over 300 runners from the South Kern area gathered at Lamont Park on Saturday, April 25 to participate […]

Secrecy Surrounds Push to Privatize Kern Libraries

By Alfredo Camacho As the Kern County Board of Supervisors continues talks over whether or not to privatize local libraries, opponents of the move say their voices are not being heard. Many are now organizing to present a more unified front. “We are Advocates for Library Enhancement, we are a community organization that is concerned […]

Napolitano to Gov. Brown — ‘What Went Down Must Come Up’

New America Media, Video, Peter Schurmann Ed. Note: UC President Janet Napolitano is locked is a battle with California Gov. Jerry Brown and the state legislature over restoring funding to the University cut during the recession. In an interview with NAM Editor Peter Schurmann, Napolitano says the stakes are much higher than a budget tussle. […]

Kern Residents Voice Opposition to Planned Transfer of Principal

By Alfredo Camacho BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Concerned parents, teachers and community members of Mira Monte High School in Bakersfield recently attended a Kern High School District meeting to voice their opposition to a proposed change in the school’s administration. The change, they say, will deprive students and their families of a longtime advocate. District officials […]

One Justice Bus Brings Free Legal Counsel to Kern

South Kern Sol, News Report, Alfredo Camacho Last week the One Justice bus made its first stops in Kern County to provide underserved areas with free legal service on a variety of issues, including medical care and immigration. The Bus, operated by the California-based non-profit One Justice, made a stop at Lamont library on Wednesday, […]