Community Organizations Join Forces Against Harsh School Discipline Community Organizations Join Forces Against Harsh School Discipline

Community Organizations Join Forces Against Harsh School Discipline

By Dean Welliver / South Kern Sol BAKERSFIELD — Despite recent success by Kern High School District in lowering the number of student expulsions, parents and community leaders say the district’s school discipline practices are still a big problem. The overall suspension rate during the 2012-13 academic year at KHSD, the largest high school district in […]

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Greenfield Garden Brings Produce to South Kern Greenfield Garden Brings Produce to South Kern

Greenfield Garden Brings Produce to South Kern

By Alfredo Camacho / South Kern Sol BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The issue of availability of fresh local produce is somewhat resolved for the wealthier communities of Kern County, such as those of Haggin Oaks, who enjoy a weekly farmer’s market. But for Latino communities in South Kern, many of whom are the very farmers who […]

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Farmworker Advocates Give Cesar Chavez Film a Thumbs Up Farmworker Advocates Give Cesar Chavez Film a Thumbs Up

Farmworker Advocates Give Cesar Chavez Film a Thumbs Up

By Daniel Jimenez and Alfredo Camacho / South Kern Sol BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A day before the release of Cesar Chavez, the film, on March 27, farmworker advocates, children and elders gathered at Maya Cinemas in Bakersfield to watch the film alongside members of the Chavez family. Directed by Mexican actor Diego Luna, and starring […]

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New ‘Express Lane’ Links Food Stamp Recipients to Health Care New ‘Express Lane’ Links Food Stamp Recipients to Health Care

New ‘Express Lane’ Links Food Stamp Recipients to Health Care

New America Media, News Report, Anna Challet, Posted: Mar 27, 2014 Californians who receive food stamps are now able to get easy access to health care. Under a program that started last month, uninsured adults and children who are enrolled in the state’s food stamp program CalFresh are now able to access Medi-Cal, the health […]

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Arts & Culture

Farmworker Advocates Give Cesar Chavez Film a Thumbs Up

Farmworker Advocates Give Cesar Chavez Film a Thumbs Up

By Daniel Jimenez and Alfredo Camacho / South Kern Sol BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A day before the release of Cesar Chavez, the film, on March 27, farmworker advocates, children and elders gathered at Maya Cinemas in Bakersfield to watch the film alongside members of the Chavez family. Directed by Mexican actor Diego Luna, and starring […]

Apr 3, 2014 18:44

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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Greenfield Garden Brings Produce to South Kern

Greenfield Garden Brings Produce to South Kern

By Alfredo Camacho / South Kern Sol BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The issue of availability of fresh local produce is somewhat resolved for the wealthier communities of Kern County, such as those of Haggin Oaks, who enjoy a weekly farmer’s market. But for Latino communities in South Kern, many of whom are the very farmers who […]

Apr 4, 2014 19:43

Recreation

Why I Worked to Restrict Tobacco and Alcohol Use in South Kern Parks, and How We Won

Why I Worked to Restrict Tobacco and Alcohol Use in South Kern Parks, and How We Won

By Chris Romo for South Kern Sol “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, and to have made some difference so you know that you have lived and lived well.” These are the words of American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson; it inspires […]

Feb 24, 2014 19:51

Beyond South Kern Sol

Community Organizations Join Forces Against Harsh School Discipline

By Dean Welliver / South Kern Sol BAKERSFIELD — Despite recent success by Kern High School District in lowering the number of student expulsions, parents and community leaders say the district’s school discipline practices are still a big problem. The overall suspension rate during the 2012-13 academic year at KHSD, the largest high school district in […]

Farmworker Advocates Give Cesar Chavez Film a Thumbs Up

By Daniel Jimenez and Alfredo Camacho / South Kern Sol BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A day before the release of Cesar Chavez, the film, on March 27, farmworker advocates, children and elders gathered at Maya Cinemas in Bakersfield to watch the film alongside members of the Chavez family. Directed by Mexican actor Diego Luna, and starring […]

Naturalize Now – Citizenship Application to Double in Length

New America Media, News Report, Elena Shore LOS ANGELES – Two days after being sworn in as a U.S. citizen, 71-year-old Tongan American Sione Vanisi smiled broadly, holding a miniature American flag and proudly showing off his citizenship certificate as reporters snapped his photo. “I was here for 40 years and I’m glad I’m a […]

New ‘Express Lane’ Links Food Stamp Recipients to Health Care

New America Media, News Report, Anna Challet, Posted: Mar 27, 2014 Californians who receive food stamps are now able to get easy access to health care. Under a program that started last month, uninsured adults and children who are enrolled in the state’s food stamp program CalFresh are now able to access Medi-Cal, the health […]

Parent Engagement is Key for CA’s New School Finance Law

By Alfredo Camacho / South Kern Sol A historic change to California school funding is taking place that aims to give local school districts and parents more control over how money is spent, in a move that Governor Brown has described as one in which “schools that need more, get more.” While some districts in […]

Youth Commentary: Blackfish Inspires Bill to End Orcas Captivity, Huge Step for Animal Rights

By Daniel Jimenez for South Kern Sol Inspired by Blackfish, a documentary which shed light on the abuse and negligence of orcas at SeaWorld, Assembly member Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) recently introduced Assembly Bill 2140, to put an end to orca captivity in California. The bill, introduced on March 7, will prohibit orcas from being […]

As Obamacare Deadline Approaches, South Kern Residents Review Their Coverage Status

By Alfredo Camacho for South Kern Sol The March 31 deadline to sign up for Affordable Care Act health plans is less than two weeks away. Those that do not have health coverage by the deadline face fines of up to one percent of their annual income, if they are not already insured. But Central […]

After Suicide of Transgender Teen, LGBTQ Youth and Supporters Gather to Address Suicide and Bullying

By Dean Welliver In the wake of a recent suicide of a transgender male Bakersfield College student, community members gathered in downtown Bakersfield earlier this month to learn about how they can support LGBTQ teens in crisis. “I was really close to the transgender individual who had committed suicide recently, I just came pretty much […]

How Will Common Core Help Golden Valley High Students Meet Their Academic Goals?

By Yultzin Angeles / South Kern Sol California schools recently opted-in to new education standards, known as Common Core, that aim to fundamentally change the way K-12 students are instructed and tested. Common Core standards will place less emphasis on the traditional standardized testing teaching methods, and will center instruction on critical thinking, real-world applications […]

San Francisco Unified Brings End to Willful Defiance Suspensions

New America Media, News Report, Vanessa Tagliabuu Image: Students rally in front of the SFUSD offices in support of the Safe and Supportive Schools Resolution. SAN FRANCISCO — The Board of San Francisco Unified School District voted last week to pass the Safe and Supportive Schools Resolution, which will ban the use of “willful defiance” as […]