Court School to the Classroom — Bill Would Help Incarcerated Kids Stay Enrolled Court School to the Classroom — Bill Would Help Incarcerated Kids Stay Enrolled

Court School to the Classroom — Bill Would Help Incarcerated Kids Stay Enrolled

New America Media/VoiceWaves, News Report, Michael Lozano If there is one group of students with the most to gain from staying in school, it is those minors transitioning out of the juvenile justice system. Yet of the roughly 42,000 youth who attend California’s juvenile court schools each year, only 20 percent successfully reenroll within 30 […]

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New Study: Prop. 47 Would Help California Address Overcrowded Prisons New Study: Prop. 47 Would Help California Address Overcrowded Prisons

New Study: Prop. 47 Would Help California Address Overcrowded Prisons

New America Media, News Report, Ngoc Nguyen and Nicole Hundley SAN FRANCISCO – A measure on the November ballot would reclassify six non-violent felonies to misdemeanors, a move that observers say could help California finally comply with a federal mandate to reduce its overcrowded prison system. Under Proposition 47, those who commit certain low-level offenses […]

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Food Bank Increases Distribution After Drought Hurts Local Economy Food Bank Increases Distribution After Drought Hurts Local Economy

Food Bank Increases Distribution After Drought Hurts Local Economy

By Alfredo Camacho Pictured above: Alicia Rodriguez (left) with her son and mother. BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The past two harvest seasons in Kern have been unlike the others. Instead of sharing a bountiful harvest with loved ones, families are spending their weekday nights in their cars, waiting in line up to receive a box of […]

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Ferguson Through the Eyes of a Reporter Who Covered the L.A. Riots Ferguson Through the Eyes of a Reporter Who Covered the L.A. Riots

Ferguson Through the Eyes of a Reporter Who Covered the L.A. Riots

South Kern Sol, Commentary, Leonel Martinez Watching the television news footage of the riots in Ferguson, Mo., I remembered a unique assignment I worked more than 30 years ago, but will never forget. The screaming protestors. The heavily armed police. The burning buildings. The Ferguson unrest started after the killing of unarmed black teenager Michael […]

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Arts & Culture

South Kern Sol Launches Bilingual Print Publication

South Kern Sol Launches Bilingual Print Publication

“South Kern Sol is a youth-led community news platform” South Kern Sol will hold a press conference at the Brower Building’s Conference Room on Wednesday July 9, to introduce the inaugural issue of our community wellness print publication. Three years ago, New America Media, with financial support from The California Endowment, launched South Kern Sol, a […]

Jul 8, 2014 19:12

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

Uncategorized

Ferguson Through the Eyes of a Reporter Who Covered the L.A. Riots

Ferguson Through the Eyes of a Reporter Who Covered the L.A. Riots

South Kern Sol, Commentary, Leonel Martinez Watching the television news footage of the riots in Ferguson, Mo., I remembered a unique assignment I worked more than 30 years ago, but will never forget. The screaming protestors. The heavily armed police. The burning buildings. The Ferguson unrest started after the killing of unarmed black teenager Michael […]

Aug 27, 2014 4:51

Recreation

Annual “Live the Challenge” Campaign Ended with Lively 5k, 10k Races

Annual “Live the Challenge” Campaign Ended with Lively 5k, 10k Races

By Alfredo Camacho for South Kern Sol LAMONT, Calif. – In spite of a surprise winter storm the night before, close to 100 South Kern residents came together on April 26 to celebrate the completion of the “Live the Challenge” campaign, where participants devoted 100 days to a healthier lifestyle. The 4th annual “Live the […]

May 1, 2014 20:52

Beyond South Kern Sol

Court School to the Classroom — Bill Would Help Incarcerated Kids Stay Enrolled

New America Media/VoiceWaves, News Report, Michael Lozano If there is one group of students with the most to gain from staying in school, it is those minors transitioning out of the juvenile justice system. Yet of the roughly 42,000 youth who attend California’s juvenile court schools each year, only 20 percent successfully reenroll within 30 […]

New Study: Prop. 47 Would Help California Address Overcrowded Prisons

New America Media, News Report, Ngoc Nguyen and Nicole Hundley SAN FRANCISCO – A measure on the November ballot would reclassify six non-violent felonies to misdemeanors, a move that observers say could help California finally comply with a federal mandate to reduce its overcrowded prison system. Under Proposition 47, those who commit certain low-level offenses […]

Food Bank Increases Distribution After Drought Hurts Local Economy

By Alfredo Camacho Pictured above: Alicia Rodriguez (left) with her son and mother. BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The past two harvest seasons in Kern have been unlike the others. Instead of sharing a bountiful harvest with loved ones, families are spending their weekday nights in their cars, waiting in line up to receive a box of […]

Going ‘Wild’ in the Most Diverse City in America

New America Media, News Report, Ngoc Nguyen This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, federal legislation that was signed into law in 1964 to preserve America’s wild spaces. Through that landmark conservation law, 100 million acres of wilderness have been set aside for the public to enjoy. The U.S. Forest Service, along […]

Surviving ‘La Bestia’ – A High School Freshman Recalls His Journey to the U.S.

            By Daniel Jimenez for South Kern Sol Editor’s Note: José, a 14-year-old Guatemalan American high school freshman in Kern County, Calif., describes the journey he took to come to the United States when he was eight years old. BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The worst thing José saw crossing the United […]

Three Tips for Starting A New Life in College

  By Malcolm Rivera for South Kern Sol I never asked my brother, who attended UC Berkeley, for advice on the transition from high school to college life. I grew up as if I were an only child. But, with one year at UC Davis under my belt, I’ve complied three major points I wish […]

Q&A: Meet Dr. Ontiveros, A Mentor for Pre-Med Students

By Clarisa Olaguez Can you tell us a little about yourself, where did you grow up? I grew up in Baldwin Park. It was my younger brother and I. My dad is from Sinaloa and my mom is from San Luis Potosí. They came to the United States in 1977 when my mom was 19-years-old, […]

Initiative Brings Water Stations to South Kern Schools

By Alfredo Camacho LAMONT, Calif. – In late July The California Endowment announced that this fall, hundreds of Agua4all water stations will be installed throughout schools and public spaces in South Kern and the Eastern Coachella valley. The Agua4all initiative is also a partner in the First Lady’s Drink Up! campaign and only part of […]

No Guidelines from State About DACA Medi-Cal Eligibility

              New America Media, News Report, Viji Sundaram Above: Dr. Richard Pan at a voter education forum on the Affordable Care Act in Sacramento last year.  SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Health Care Services’ (DHCS) failure to issue guidelines to county agencies on the state’s health care program for […]

Transit Strikers Demand Better Pay, Full Time Work

By Alfredo Camacho photo: Kathy Best, GET employee BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Drivers and mechanics for Golden Empire Transit (GET), who have been on strike since July 15, continue to picket downtown and at GET’s northeast offices. In their demands, union members emphasize their need for living wages and the equal treatment of part-time drivers. “We’re […]