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Find out why alimony is costlier under new tax law on Page 20. Superheroes are more than a costume. Go on a trip with columnist Nina Ha to Comic-Con in San Diego and Bakersfield’s Mini Con on Page 30.
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As kids take off for college, it’s important to take care of their mental well-being. Get some tips on how to cope with anxiety and depression on Page 40.
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EDUCATION MAKES DREAMS REALITY
My sister, Sarah with her dog Lily.
I decided to wait until Aug. 15 to write this month’s editor’s note not because I’m a procrastinator – though I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t – but because it is the day most schools kick off the new academic year. There are few events like the first day of school. “Organized chaos” is the best way I can describe it, though an argument can be made that the latter by itself will suffice. As I drove down 18th Street past Franklin Elementary School, I witnessed children with colorful backpacks walking hand in hand with parents toward the entrance where smiling staff members eagerly welcomed them. Crossing guards directed traffic as vehicles pulled up and dropped students off with clocklike efficiency that maintained order in the surrounding streets (something I’m guessing could not be said at other schools across the city). On the other side of the fence, kids ran around the playground with reckless abandon – the peak of naivety where the concept of being tired does not exist – before they marched off into classrooms where they’ll have to sit still for prolonged periods of time. It is a day where excitement and dread combine in the pit of one’s stomach. But it is also an important moment in students’ lives. They’ll meet teachers who will light fuses students didn’t even know they had. They’ll explore new subjects that could paint a clearer picture of a once-fuzzy future. This is when they’ll realize that
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they can accomplish anything if they apply themselves – where all the potential in the world is within grasp; they just need reach out and take it. The first day of school is also a chance for a fresh start for students of all ages. I couldn’t be more proud of my older sister, who is going back to school to study medical billing and starts Sept. 10. She, too, will have a mix of excitement and dread on her first day, but, as her biggest cheerleader outside of her dog Lily, I know she can accomplish anything she sets her mind to. It is the first step toward something we all strive for: a better tomorrow. That’s the beauty of the first day of school. That’s the beauty of education. It allows us to expand our journeys by extending the finish line, making dreams reality by knocking down the barriers to paths once deemed off-limits.
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RUN PICKS WALK FOR RECOVERY HELPS MEN, WOMEN ESCAPE LIFE-CONTROLLING ADDICTIONS Continuing its mission to help men and women escape life-controlling addictions through the saving power of Jesus Christ is Kern County Teen Challenge’s 5K/2K Walk for Recovery, which takes place Sept. 15 at The Park at River Walk. Check-in is at 8 a.m. and the
race starts at 9. Registration is $25 per person and $100 for a family. Day-of registration is $35 per person and $125 for a family. Registration packet pickup is 3 to 8 p.m. Sept. 14, at Sole 2 Soul Sports, 9000 Ming Ave. For more information, call 399-2273.
SICKLE CELL RUN/WALK SUPPORTS RESEARCH AND EDUCATION The 10th Annual 5K/10K Sickle Cell Run/Walk, supporting the Hina Patel Foundation for Sickle Cell Disease, takes place Sept. 22 at The Park at River Walk. Proceeds will help fund research and education, assist local patients and families and allow children ages 8 to 14 attend sickle cell camp. Registration is required – $25 per person before Sept. 22 and $35 after – and can be done at aceentry.com. For more information, go to hinapatelfoundation.org.
MADD CONTINUES MISSION TO END DRUNKEN DRIVING IN KERN COUNTY Entering its fifth year, the Kern County chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving will host the Walk Like MADD and MADD Dash Sept. 29 at The Park at River Walk to raise funds to end drunken and drugged driving in the area. There is also a free kids fun run accompanying the 5K and 10K with free superhero capes to the first
100 children. All proceeds raised stay in Kern County to help innocent victims of DUI crashes, help raise awareness of the DUI epidemic in the community and fund MADD Kern County educational programs. Registration is $25. For more information, go to walklikemadd.org/Bakersfield.
LINKS FOR LIFE KICKS OFF BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH Lace’n It Up kicks off Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a 5K, 1-mile run/walk and family barbecue Sept. 30 at The Park at River Walk. Registration begins at 3:30 p.m., the run/walk starts at 4 p.m. and the barbecue starts at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 for supporters 18 and under and $30 for walk/run participants. For more information, go to linksforlife.org/events. For tips on training for a 5K, turn to Page 41.
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‘DO THE MATH’ SET TO BEGIN 17TH SEASON ON SEPT. 11
For the past 16 years, the “Do the Math” live interactive program has helped students strengthen their math awareness as credentialed teachers help them work out math problems on live television. Free, phone-in tutoring is available to students from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays by calling 636-4357 or toll free at 866-636-6284. From 4 to 5 p.m., “Do the Math” host and Executive Producer Michael Cushine and several math tutors take problems from callers and work them out live onair. Special guests and contests supplement the math instruction. Cushine said “Do the Math” has realigned its focus over the past few years because of a renewed emphasis on career technical education. “It isn’t just about crunching numbers any longer. It’s about problem-solving,” he said. “The goal is to show math at work – how it is used in the real world, in real careers, especially in STEM-related fields.” The program’s segment called “Math in the Real World” airs every Wednesday and features live remotes at local businesses, organizations and other community locations where industry professionals demonstrated practical applications of math concepts in their everyday jobs. For more information, visit www.dothemathonline.net. You can also follow “Do the Math” on social media: Facebook @dothemathbakersfield and Twitter @dothemathbako.
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A Tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd, 7 p.m. What: Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band Simple Man performs at the Bakersfield Music Hall of Fame. Where: Bakersfield Music Hall of Fame, 2231 R St. Admission: $30-$35 More Info: www.bakersfieldmusichalloffame.com
17th Annual Petroleum Club of Bakersfield Golf Tournament, 7:30 a.m. What: The community is invited to the 17th annual Petroleum Club of Bakersfield Golf Tournament. Where: Sundale Country Club, 6218 Sundale Ave. Admission: $150 More Info: www.pcbtheclub. com
Bakersfield Taco & Beer Festival is Sept. 14 and 15.
Beginner and Get Off of Auto, Small Group Digital Camera Class, 8 a.m. What: Hands-on photography class conducted by professional photographer and credentialed instructor Kevin Brian Toohey. Where: Hart Park Admission: $149 More Info: www.learnyourcamera.com
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Goat Yoga Goat Yoga, 8:30 a.m. What: Yoga mats, certified instructors and miniature baby goats. Where: The Links at RiverLakes Ranch, 5201 Riverlakes Drive
Admission: $37 More Info: www.californiagoatyoga.com/signup
3801 Chester Ave. Info: www.bakersfieldvillagefest.com
Bad Bunny, 8 p.m. What: Live performance with Bad Bunny. Where: Rabobank Arena, 1001 Truxtun Ave. Admission: $39-$139 More Info: www.axs.com
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Village Fest 2018, 6 p.m. What: Bakersfieldâ€™s biggest annual food, wine and music fest returns to the Kern County Museum! Where: Kern County Museum,
Bakersfield Taco & Beer Festival, 5 p.m. Sept. 14, 3 p.m. Sept. 15 What: Guests will experience unlimited pours of craft beer from local and regional breweries as well as unlimited taco tastings from some of the top restaurants and food trucks in California. Where: Kern County Museum, 3801 Chester Ave.
Kenny G. is playing Sept. 20 at the Spectrum Amphitheatre.
Admission: $29-$45 More info: www.eventbrite.co.uk
Racing for Wishes Night, 7 p.m. What: Racing winged sprints, American stocks, mod lites, mini dwarfs and mini mods. Where: Bakersfield Speedway, 5001 N. Chester Ext. Admission: $6-$45 More Info: www.bakersfieldspeedway.com
Where: Spectrum Amphitheatre, 11200 Stockdale Highway Admission: $24.50 More Info: www.axs.com
Selwyn Birchwood, 7:30 p.m. What: Selwyn Birchwood performs at World Records. Where: World Records, 2815 F St. Admission: $30 More Info: www.shopworldrecords.com
The Abrams, 2:30 p.m. What: Fourth-generation musicians John and James Abrams bring their distinct Americana/ country sound to Bakersfield. Where: Harvey Auditorium, 1241 G St. Admission: $75 More Info: www.bakersfieldcca. org
Kenny G., 7:30 p.m. What: Live performance from Grammy-Award winning saxophonist Kenny G.
Los Tigres Del Norte and Alejandro, 8 p.m. What: Live performance with Los Tigres Del Norte and Alejandro at the Rabobank Arena. Where: Rabobank Arena, 1001 Truxtun Ave. Admission: $49-$159 More Info: www.axs.com
The Boots and Bachelor Auction, 7 p.m. What: Annual charity event for the Bakersfield Homeless Center. Where: Buck Owensâ€™ Crystal Palace, 2800 Buck Owens Blvd. Admission: $100 More Info: www.kernbachelors.com
Mini dwarfs will be at Racing for Wishes Night at Bakersfield Speedway, Sept. 15.
ALIMONY IS COSTLIER UNDER NEW TAX LAW By Chris Thornburgh
The clock is ticking for couples who are throwing in the marital towel. Alimony, also known as spousal support, will no longer be tax-deductible for those signing divorce or separation agreements after 2018. This change is conceivably costly for the spouse paying alimony since tax savings can be substantial. Here are the basic rules.
POST-2018 DIVORCE AGREEMENTS – NEW LAW Tax reform eliminates the deduction for alimony required under divorce or separation agreements executed after Dec. 31, 2018. On the flip side, spouses who receive alimony will no longer have to pay taxes on it. The new law also permits ex-spouses to modify an earlier divorce agreement to adopt the new rules as long as both spouses agree.
PRE-2019 DIVORCE AGREEMENTS – NO CHANGE For those who have divorce agreements in place before 2019, there is no change – the old rules apply. Payments that meet the IRS’ definition of alimony are deductible by the payer and recipients must claim payments as income.
REQUIREMENTS FOR DEDUCTIBLE ALIMONY The IRS has strict requirements for qualified alimony deductions that many don’t realize. What the divorce decree says and what you and your ex might intend does not matter. For payments to qualify as deductible alimony under a pre-2019 agreement, make sure the following IRS rules are covered: • The spouses don’t file a joint return with each other; • The payment is in cash (including checks or money orders); • The payment is to or for a spouse or a former spouse made under a divorce or separation instrument; • The divorce or separation instrument doesn’t designate the payment as “not alimony”; • The spouses aren’t members of the same household when the payment is made (this requirement applies only if the spouses are legally separated under a decree of divorce or of separate maintenance); • There’s no liability to make the payment (in cash or property) after the death of the recipient spouse; and • The payment isn’t treated as child support or a property settlement. 20
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When payments fail to meet the above requirements for alimony, they are generally treated as child support or property settlement payments. Payments would be considered nondeductible personal expenses for the payer and tax-free payments to the recipient.
ARGUMENTS FOR CHANGE There is a high rate of noncompliance with tax returns claiming alimony deductions. Likely the biggest argument for the tax law change is to close the tax gap in unreported income. In past studies, the IRS found that almost half of the tax returns with an alimony deduction had no corresponding alimony income reported by a recipient or the amount of income reported didn’t match the alimony deduction.
CONCERNS Clearly, the new law will affect negotiations for alimony payments. Tougher negotiations, less cash to the lower-income spouse and more money in taxes are among top concerns. For those with prenuptial agreements, modifications should take into account the new law. If you are considering modifying the alimony provision, it’s best to talk with your family law attorney and your CPA to see if the potential impact is worth revisiting this touchy subject with your spouse.
THE BOTTOM LINE If you are in the middle of a divorce and want deductible alimony treatment, there is a huge incentive to wrap up your divorce negotiations and sign an agreement by the end of this year. On the other hand, if you will be the recipient of alimony payments, it makes sense to stall and finalize details after 2018 so the payments are tax-free. Divorce matters are complicated, especially regarding financial concerns. It’s a smart move to contact a knowledgeable CPA with experience in divorce tax issues sooner rather than later to help guide you to the best outcome.
Chris Thornburgh is a CPA and partner at Brown Armstrong Accountancy Corp. Contact her at cthornburgh@ bacpas.com or 661-324-4971. The views expressed are her own.
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REGAL TOURX By Glenn Hammett
Photos by Mark Nessia
The last Buick station wagon to roll off the assembly line was the 1996 Roadmaster Estate. It was more than 18 feet long, weighed well over two tons and handled like an aircraft carrier. The only things the 2018 Buick Regal TourX has in common with its massive forefather is the Buick nameplate and the station wagon classification – and even that is debatable. The line between SUVs and wagons has been getting more and more blurry each year, creating a new category called the crossover or sport wagon – basically, station wagons with added ground clearance, rakish exterior styling and, in some cases, all-wheel drive. It’s a category that has been dominated by the Subaru Outback for the last several years, but the Regal TourX definitely puts Buick in the conversation. The Buick Regal TourX makes a strong first impression with its beautifully designed exterior and low, sleek profile. The lower body plastic cladding is more understated and tastefully integrated into the design than most crossovers and the overall appearance is more refined. Despite its streamlined silhouette and increased ground clearance, the Regal TourX is incredibly roomy inside. The cockpit has a very open feel and, even with the front seats pushed all the way back, I was able to sit comfortably in the back with leg room to spare. When the rear seats are folded down, there is an impressive 75 cubic feet of cargo area, more than that of the aforementioned Outback. Powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that generates 250 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, the Regal TourX accelerates much quicker than I anticipated. It goes from zero to 60 in a speedy 22
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6.3 seconds and covers a quarter-mile in 14.7 seconds – more than enough juice to confidently pull out and pass a semi or provide a quick rush of adrenaline. The interior strikes a savvy balance between Buick elegance, sports sedan simplicity and SUV ruggedness. Gauges are all clearly visible, controls are easy to locate and operate, and I found the user interface on the 7-inch touch screen easy to navigate. I also appreciate the extra mile Buick went (triple-sealed doors and acoustic-laminated windshield and frontside windows) to create a quiet space so the Bose premium sound system can be fully enjoyed. Buick’s first station wagon in more than two decades is a thoughtful take on the crossover genre and a much different animal than its lumbering ancestor. The Regal TourX outshines the class leader in performance, exterior design, interior comfort and cargo capacity, while posing a significantly lower sticker price than the European models in the category. It is a perfect choice for those who value crisp handling and sporty dynamics, yet need the utility of a wagon or SUV. Promotional Content
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STYLE IS NOW IN SESSION
Location: Walter W. Stiern Library at Cal State Bakersfield Stylist: Laurie Brucker, style ambassador for the Outlets at Tejon Wardrobe: Outlets at Tejon Models: Haleigh Earls, English teacher at Liberty High School, Kern High School District Justin Janssen, fifth-grade teacher at Kendrick Elementary, Greenfield Union School District
CLASSROOM COOL Wardrobe and accessories: Banana Republic Factory Store Shoes: Rack Room Shoes Teachers can make an impact in their classrooms and, this season, with their wardrobes as well. Taking a sophisticated, causal approach to style, the teacherâ€™s uniform gets upgraded to easy-to-style pieces that are relaxed, yet put together. For men, pair your classic chino with a fresh plaid button-down and top it off with a cozy shawl sweater. For women, make a statement with a beautiful blouse paired down with a denim skirt and nude wedge shoe. For back to school, itâ€™s all about style that is stress-free.
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STYLE THAT IS SMART Wardrobe and accessories: Express Factory Outlet Shoes: Rack Room Shoes Back to school isnâ€™t just reserved for the students. Teachers deserve a newyear look, too! Teacher style should be comfortable and easy to move in. For the women, add personality with a printed blouse and a soft colored cardigan. Dress it up with a fall pinstripe trouser or switch to dark denim for a casual Friday. For men, look to classic plaids that pair well with dark slacks or black denim. Add a lace-up spectator shoe and cuff up your sleeves to add professionalism and also approachability.
IT’S A PARKING LOT PARTY Time for tailgating season at Bakersfield College
By Liarida Yoakum Photos courtesy of Bakersfield College
The art of tailgating is more than just a party of fans and nonfans alike getting together to barbecue before the start of sporting events. It’s a way to bring the community together. Tailgating at Bakersfield College football games for nearly 20 years, John Cope has always represented BC in true fashion, sporting Renegade white and red to all games. He has even gone to away games and tailgated at opposing schools. His loyalty to the community college started when his son played football. “It’s just somewhere you can meet at Saturday nights and have fun,” said Cope, who owns two meat markets in 26
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Kern County, Bakersfield College is the only junior college that allows its community to tailgate. Cope and two of his closest friends, who also had sons play at BC, have kept the tailgating spirit alive within their group. “I know we got the largest tailgate, we’re probably up to – on a given night – 60 to 80 people at our tailgate,” said Cope. “And 90 percent of those people are wearing BC colors.” An area for tailgaters is roped off for individuals only partaking in the event. “The people, the smiles and, at the end of the day, everybody’s happy – you meet a lot of people and everybody’s real friendly saying, ‘Hi,’” said Jon Quijada, who has been tailgating since his cousin played football in 2009.
Quijada and his mother, Janet Rodriguez, take their tailgating very seriously, even so far as participating in the friendly competition that ensues every year since they have been attending.
THE TAILGATER CONTESTS ARE: • • • • •
Best tri-tip Decorations Hospitality Flavor Presentation of food
Quijada has won best tri-tip and Rodriguez has
taken home first place for best decorations with her Halloween theme. The first-place prize is $500. Although winning is nice, to Rodriguez and her son, it’s more than that, that keeps them coming back each year. It’s their pride in Bakersfield College. “It’s a good family environment,” Quijada said. “Come out and have fun and bring your barbecue pit.” “Come and try our food and we’ll go and try yours,” Rodriguez added.
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LOVE IS A RING AND A RING HAS NO END
Rogers Jewelry sales associate Eason Eddington, left, shows Andrew Lewis, right, and Spencer Shoemaker an Elysium ring, which is the only ring made entirely of diamond. It is the ring Andrew chose.
Story and photos by Mark Nessia Ever since Andrew Lewis proposed to Spencer Shoemaker on the beaches of Cayucos on Dec. 9, 2017, the couple has spent countless hours planning their wedding, carefully selecting the components that will play major roles during their big day. But unlike the photographer, caterer and even the wedding dress that will be present at The Gardens at Monji on Oct. 14, there’s something from that day that will be around long after they say, “I do.”
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wedding ceremony is symbolic of the union between husband and wife. It’s not only a commitment, it’s a covenant. “It’s the bond between you, your wife and God,” Andrew said. Toward the end of November 2017, Andrew stepped foot inside Rogers Jewelry on Rosedale Highway where he was assisted by Karlie Reynolds and Eason Eddington. Andrew researched the four C’s – cut, color, clarity and carat – but was overwhelmed by the number of options available. Spencer sent Andrew a variety of Pinterest photos of rings she liked but ultimately wanted him to make the final choice. Andrew didn’t plan on buying a ring that day. But he did. The sales associates brought out
a variety of rings based on the photos Andrew showed them but it was the first option – a cushion halo, 18-carat white gold ring – that he presented to Spencer when he got down on one knee and asked her to marry him. “I was kind of shocked that he found something that was so perfect,” Spencer said. “It had literally all of the
things that I loved in rings.” Eight months later, the couple returned to Rogers Jewelry to find a wedding band for Spencer and a ring for Andrew. Because her wedding ring already had diamonds along the band, Spencer thought about getting a plain wedding band to pair with her ring. But after trying on a complementary band that also had diamonds on it, she felt it was a better match and added more personality to the wedding set. After trying multiple options, Andrew decided on an Elysium ring in matte black. As a firefighter for the Kern County Fire Department, Andrew is only allowed to
wear silicone rings on the job, which tear under pressure to keep the finger safe. But his off-duty ring is anything but fragile. Elysium rings are made with millions of diamond crystals fused together under 1 million pounds of pressure with temperatures exceeding 1,600 degrees Fahrenheit, resulting in superior strength and durability. It is the perfect representation of the couple’s upcoming marriage – one that won’t break under tremendous force. “I’m excited to wear it,” Andrew said. “I have to wait, but I’m just excited to wear it and be married to this woman.”
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Editor’s Note This is the sixth part of an ongoing series that follows Andrew Lewis and Spencer Shoemaker as they plan their Oct. 14 wedding. To see previous installments, go to www.bakersfieldlife.com. Coming next month: Final thoughts leading up to the wedding day.
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CELEBRATING THE SUPERHERO WITHIN By Nina Ha
Leather gauntlets slip into place, a golden lasso hangs from the hip and a very iconic tiara is ready for action. Wonder Woman, a symbol of courage and hope for so many, walks tall with her sword and shield along a busy corridor in San Diego. On one exciting day every year at Comic-Con, that Wonder Woman is me. I suited up this past summer at San Diego Comic-Con as Diana Prince’s alter ego for our family’s sixth visit to SDCC. Since it’s always more fun to dress up, we’ve done family cosplay in past years with themes such as “Minions,” “Star Wars,” “Super Mario Bros.” and, of course, superheroes. Over the years, you can see our attire evolving with each costume update in the DC Universe. What began as a small comic book convention in 1970 has since 30
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become the hottest ticket for pop culture fanatics. Comic-Con is where industry giants go to premiere trailers and promote the next big thing. It’s an oasis for people watching, a haven for aspiring artists and a mecca for gaming enthusiasts. With about 150,000 attendees annually, Comic-Con International suspends the realities of life and takes you to a multigenre world where entertainment and fandom intersect. Geek apparel is optional, but it’s not unusual to behold a trio of pastel-colored Chewbaccas, a Pomeranian pup driving a mini Batmobile or a pacifier-wielding baby Ewok. Outside Hall H, a 6,500-squarefoot mega room, thousands of people camp out, sometimes for days, just to catch a glimpse of “Aquaman’s” Jason Momoa, “Wonder Woman’s” Gal Gadot or surprise guests like Johnny Depp. Sometimes, classic movies make a comeback at the Con. 1984’s theatrical “Supergirl” promoted its new
Watch Nina’s Comic-Con video on our Facebook page or see more photos at www.bakersfieldlife.com.
Blu-ray and DVD release this year, and I finally got to meet its star, my childhood hero, Helen Slater. Experienced actors like “Star Trek’s” 85-year-old matriarch, Nichelle Nichols, received Comic-Con’s lifetime achievement award for her career. Meanwhile, up-and-coming actor Jason Liles, the 6-foot-9-inch man behind the gorilla from “Rampage,” is just starting his. Celebrities who convened in San Diego this past July had some positive things to say about our town. Greg Grunberg, from TV’s “Felicity” plus both “Star Trek” and “Star Wars” movies, said: “My kids play baseball and they have tournaments up in Bakersfield. I love Bakersfield!” Not bad coming from the unofficial mayor of Comic-Con. Bakersfield has its own two-day
“Star Trek” panel featuring Nichelle Nichols and Greg Grunberg
“Supergirl” star Helen Slater
Comic-Con in November. Last month, I had the honor of attending a Mini Con at Beale Memorial Library dressed, once again, as Wonder Woman. For me, she exemplifies strength, grace and, most important, compassion. When I don the superhero regalia, I feel the responsibility to rise up and embody those characteristics. As I took photos with adorable local kids, it finally occurred to me why comic book conventions have such a huge draw. I put my Amazon shield and sword in the hands of one beautiful little girl who was born with a cleft lip and palate. I looked in her eyes and saw a fierce confidence rising within her. In that moment, she became a warrior princess who could save the world. I believe comic cons help us reveal the superhero inside us all. When we connect with our inner fan while celebrating others, we learn to appreciate the things that make us unique. And, in striving for the ideals that make the world a better place, we inevitably become the best version of ourselves that God created us to be.
Opinions expressed in this column are those of Nina Ha. www.BakersfieldLife.com
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Arts & Culture
ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAMERS TO SHARE CRYSTAL PALACE STAGE
By Glenn Hammett
It’s not often that two Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees share the same Bakersfield stage. On Sept. 27, legendary guitarists and songwriters Dave Mason and Steve Cropper will perform together at Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace as part of the Guitar Masters concert series. The two have a lot in common. Both began their careers in the ’60s, were founding members of fabled bands and both are credited with writing iconic songs that have been successfully covered by numerous artists. Mason co-founded the band Traffic in 1967 with Steve Winwood, Jim
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Capaldi and Chris Wood and, over his career, has played and recorded with the likes of The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Michael Jackson and Fleetwood Mac. In 1968, he wrote “Feelin’ Alright?” for Traffic’s self-titled second album that has been covered by more than a dozen artists, most famously Joe Cocker in 1969. Mason’s biggest hit was “We Just Disagree,” which reached No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1977. Cropper first found fame when he helped start the influential R&B/ funk band Booker T. & the M.G.’s and went on to collaborate with legends such as Otis Redding, Tower of Power, Rod Stewart, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Johnny Cash. He played on both
the original recording of “Soul Man” (Sam & Dave), as well as the remake by John Belushi and The Blues Brothers. Cropper co-wrote “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay” with Redding and in 1996, was named “the greatest living guitarist” by Mojo magazine.
Guitar Masters: Dave Mason and Steve Cropper Sept. 27 Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace, 2800 Buck Owens Blvd. Doors open at 5 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $60. Visit www.buckowens.com or call 661-328-7560.
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‘PARTY OF THE YEAR’
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TURNS 24, CONTINUES MISSION OF RAISING FUNDS FOR CHILDREN’S CHARITIES
By Asha Chandy
Get ready for an evening of frivolity and charity at the 24th Annual Bakersfield Village Fest Beer Festival. The “Party of the Year” is turning 24, so raise a glass Sept. 8 at the Kern County Museum to the best food and philanthropy our community has to offer. It is instant karma, so don’t feel bad indulging. After all, summer is over and all the money goes to improving the lives of children in Kern County. Village Fest is 100 percent volunteer-run and celebrates local purveyors of beer, wine, food and entertainment while reinvesting all of the proceeds into the children of Kern. Twenty-four years ago, Brews in the Village started in the backyard of a steering committee member with the 34
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purpose of raising money for children’s charities while promoting local businesses. It has since grown into, literally, the biggest party of the year. “This is the original gangster of events in Bakersfield, and we really do make it look easy,” said Miranda Whitworth-Munoz, media relations officer for Village Fest 2018. “We’ve had 24 years of experience and hundreds of people clamoring to get on board and volunteer.” Setting new heights this year, over 400 volunteers and 4,500 guests will have access to five stages with live music throughout the night. Favorites like Mento Buru and radio DJs will take the stages, along with some local indie bands only your cool friends have heard of. Pro-tip: The bands will be chill, but the weather will be hot so remember to stay hydrated. Also, micheladas are high in electrolytes.
Keyboardist Jay Smith of Mento Buru.
Ticket and T-shirt sales from Village Fest alone raise over $160,000 for the Children’s Advocates Resource Endowment, which is a volunteer-based
Village Fest is 100 percent volunteerrun and celebrates local purveyors of beer, wine, food and entertainment while reinvesting all of the proceeds into the children of Kern. nonprofit that supports the children of Kern County. Sixty percent of Village Fest proceeds will go toward CARE’s endowment to ensure the needs of local children years from now are still met. Forty percent of the proceeds are awarded as grants to local nonprofits specializing in children’s programs. Organizations
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Casa Tequila dishes out samples.
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like the Boys & Girls Club, the Bakersfield Homeless Shelter and CASA of Kern County have received funds for equipment and programs that help children of all ages and backgrounds. Despite the fabulous eats – 30 of them to be exact, ranging from barbecue to Thai – this is still a beer festival. Visitors can choose from over 100 brews ranging from your typical lagers to some of the finest microbrews in the Central Valley, along with 70 wines from exclusively Californian wineries. Pro-tip: Vino Village has its own stage and entertainment, although wine samples are smaller in size compared to the beer samples. For those dessert-etarians, the sweet treats are also in one central location for optimal consumption. Tickets range from $70 to $78 and can be purchased at Eventbrite.com. For more information, go to bakersfieldvillagefest.com.
6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 8 Kern County Museum, 3801 Chester Ave. Tickets range from $70 to $78. www.bakersfieldvillagefest.com www.BakersfieldLife.com
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The refurbishing of the Fitton Guard Station Cabin was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
CABIN CAMPING IN SOUTHWEST COLORADO
Stunning beauty, welcome solitude in the San Juan Mountains Story and photos by Glenn Hammett
With the 416 Fire raging about 10 miles north of town, Durango had lost some its allure. The normally idyllic town at the foot of the San Juan Mountains in southwest Colorado was filled with smoke and, due to the fire and resulting closure of wilderness areas, offered few of its usually abundant nearby recreation opportunities. The solution was to head east, so we drove two hours to Del Norte, then 15 miles up a dirt road, before hiking about a mile and a half for an overnight stay in the Fitton Guard Station Cabin. The drive itself was beautiful, taking 36
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us through the charming little town of Pegosa Springs, where we stopped for lunch at the homey Riff Raff Brewing Company and were tempted by the natural hot springs over Wolf Creek Pass, which features some of the most scenic vistas in the country. The hike down to the cabin started in a small meadow, crossed Burro Creek and wound through a dense stand of aspen and pine trees before emerging into a huge, stunning meadow that was generously sprinkled with the brilliant yellow flowers of golden banner and dandelions. Fitton Guard Station Cabin sits at 10,600 feet elevation in the Rio Grande National Forest at the foot of 13,200-foot Bennett Peak. Set in a pastoral meadow
Burro Creek wanders through the meadow near the cabins.
Basking in the sun next to the Off Cow Camp cabin.
An antique wood-burning stove provides a heat source for campers.
The hike back to the parking area features a view of 13,200-foot Bennett Peak.
The views from Wolf Creek pass are stunning.
next to Burro Creek, the cabin was built in 1907 by Ranger D.E. Fitton to serve as a timber sale cabin but was later converted to a ranger station to serve the area. The rustic cabin is furnished with bunk beds, an antique wood-burning stove, firewood, table and chairs, a propane lantern and a pantry filled with supplies and items left behind by previous campers, including canned and dried food, board games and decks of cards. Outside, there is a small covered porch, a fire pit, horse barn and an outhouse. The door of the outhouse appeared to have been snapped off by the wind, but the site is remote enough for privacy to not be an issue and the view was spectacular. No need to haul in and set up a tent. At $25 a night, this place is a steal, especially for those who prefer sleeping on a mattress to the hard, bumpy ground. Four hundred yards downstream is the Off Cow Camp, a cabin of similar size and age that can also be rented for $25 a night. It was used as an outpost for cattle ranchers from 1915 to 1979 and, like the Fitton cabin, was restored as a U.S. Forest Service rental by a group called HistoriCorps in 2010. With seven in our group, we rented both cabins for the night. While we were there primarily to breathe some fresh air and see some new country, recreation opportunities around the cabins include hunting, fishing, horseback riding, mountain biking and hiking in the summer, and backcountry skiing and snowshoeing in the winter months. www.BakersfieldLife.com
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PROSTATE CANCER TREATMENT Outsmarting cancer during Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
CBCC’s oncology group. Front row, left to right: Dr. Richard Ng, Dr. David Kanamori, Dr. Ravi Patel and Dr. Ajay Desai. Back row, left to right: Dr. Shawn Shambaugh, Dr. Pradip Rustagi, Dr. Alan Cartmell and Dr. Giridhar Gorla.
What is the best way to choose the right options for prostate cancer treatment? Once you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, it is important to establish whether you have localized prostate cancer or prostate cancer that has spread. There are different options for cancers that are localized to the prostate gland versus if the cancer has spread outside the prostate gland. At CBCC, an MRI with a “prostate coil” is used to detect the extent of the spread of cancer. What options do patients with early stage or localized prostate cancer have? Not all early stage prostate cancers need to be treated. The “wait-andwatch” approach is reasonable in certain early stage prostate cancers, which are also called low-grade. These kinds of cancers are very slow-growing and can be treated with the wait-andwatch approach. Robotic surgery, prostate seed implants and specialized radiation such as the CyberKnife or IMRT are also other options. Nonsurgical options can, in selected cases, provide equally successful results as 38
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surgical options. Fortunately in Kern County, CBCC and Dignity Health offer CyberKnife, a nonsurgical treatment option that only a few centers in California, such as Stanford and USC, offer. Does the immune system help fight prostate cancer? Using the immune system to attack cancer is a new and exciting treatment option! Collecting specialized cells from the body and changing them to recognize prostate cancer cells and then injecting them back into the body allows the immune system to attack prostate cancer cells. CBCC and Dignity Health have been the first to successfully perform this procedure for patients in Kern County. Eighteen patients in Kern County have been successfully treated with this cutting-edge therapy with no complications. This treatment method of utilizing the immune system to attack cancer is also being used in melanoma and lung cancer. What options do patients with advanced prostate cancer have? In the past, the options were limited.
Several new options have become available for patients with advanced prostate cancer. Many of these do not have the traditional side effects of chemotherapy. These medications work in a variety of ways to block the male hormones from either being produced or from entering prostate cancer cells. All of these options are bringing hope to prostate cancer patients during Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. These methods may also be combined with the medication Lupron and include Zytiga and Xtandi, which are newer agents designed to attack prostate cancer cells. Through scientific advancements, new therapies have been discovered that help block the growth of prostate cancer cells by controlling the testosterone that drives prostate cancer.
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TAKING CARE OF MENTAL WELL-BEING
CRUCIAL FOR ‘NEW ADULTS’ ENTERING COLLEGE By Erin Auerbach
The beginning of the school year is demanding, especially for new college students. Campuses are much larger than what they are used to. Academic routines change drastically and performance expectations are higher. During this intense time of transition, the freedoms that come with young adulthood still have to be tempered with familial obligations and life challenges. Juggling it all can take a toll on students’ mental health and well-being. Rosealinda Carrillo, a licensed marriage and family therapist at Bakersfield College, says students struggle with everything from adjusting to the stresses of college life to dealing with relationship issues. “College is different than any other time in a student’s life. Their schedule is very different from what they’re used to,” she said. “I tell students if they’ve ever had any past anxiety or trauma, the stress of college will more than likely bring that up.” Carrillo is one of two full-time LMFT counselors at the school, a position that is contracted through her work with Clinica Sierra Vista. She said that student struggles often depend on the time of the semester. Getting used to college life is an early semester challenge. The middle of the semester and midterms can trigger issues with anxiety and depression. But relationship problems, whether with family or romantic partners, occur consistently. “Whatever they used to do to relax when they were stressed, they tend to get rid of it,” Carrillo said. “But it’s
really important for them to keep these things in place, like exercise, leisure reading and other outlets. If students don’t have coping skills, they need to implement them. Self-care can really be the difference when working to get through a tough time.” This can include anything from practicing yoga to listening to music to taking a walk, Carrillo said. The Centers for Disease Control advises that people take care of their mental well-being by eating healthy, exercising, getting enough sleep, taking regular breaks and talking to someone if they need to. The CDC also recommends avoiding drugs and alcohol during times of heightened stress. Students’ family members can help as well. “It can be a difficult balance for parents dealing with their child, who is a new adult,” Carrillo said. “They should let them know that they’re there for them. But they also have to give them appropriate space if they don’t want to talk about their problems.” There are many additional resources on campus for students to get help if they’re having difficulties, according to Nicky Damania, director of student life at Bakersfield College. Enrolled students are entitled to six counseling sessions for the semester. No referral is needed. Professionals will work to provide students the help they seek, which also may include referring them to Disabled Student Programs & Services. DSPS assists the college in providing equal access to educational opportunities for students with recognized physical, mental health and learning disabilities.
WAYS TO COPE WITH STRESS
Exercise Take a walk, do yoga or go work out.
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Leisure reading reduces stress and increases relaxation.
Listening to and creating music can have various positive effects on your mental health.
HOW TO TRAIN FOR A 5K IN 6 WEEKS
By Diana Fernandez
Preparing for a 5K run isn’t as difficult as it may seem. As long as you stay consistent, this program will allow you to progress every week. Your cardiovascular endurance will improve and you will be ready to go for your upcoming 5K event. Don’t forget to challenge yourself and have fun! The Training program, included with fit tips, will help turn a beginner and intermediate runner into a running machine. In addition, this program includes interval training. Interval training has been shown to be very effective with improving
speed, endurance and stamina. As a beginner, you want to make sure that you don’t overdo it and that you gradually increase your times to prevent injury and overtraining. As an intermediate runner, you can add two or more minutes to the running time and/or decrease your walking time to 30 seconds. Even if you have never run a 5K event, these tips and six-week program will ensure completion of 3.1 miles and make it feel like a breeze. Diana Fernandez is a certified personal trainer and owner of Diana Fitness. Contact her at diana.fitnessx@ gmail.com.
RUNNER’S TIPS 1. Make sure you have proper running shoes. 2. Stay hydrated. 3. Always start with a dynamic warmup and finish off with a cooldown. 4. Carry a stopwatch or wear a watch to keep an eye on time. Log results on a weekly basis. 5. Make sure to have a balanced, healthy diet that fuels your training. 6. Add resistance training two to three times a week, as it has been shown to be beneficial for runners. See page 14 for local run dates coming up.
TRAINING SCHEDULE WEEK 1 Day 1: Brisk walk for two minutes, run one minute. Repeat five times. Day 2: Resistance training or rest Day 3: Run three minutes, walk one minute. Repeat four times. Day 4: Rest Day 5: Run five minutes, walk two minutes. Repeat three times. Day 6: Resistance training Day 7: Rest
WEEK 2 Day 1: Run seven minutes, walk two minutes. Repeat three times. Day 2: Resistance training Day 3: Brisk walk five minutes, run 1 mile (track your time), walk five minutes, run five minutes. Day 4: Rest Day 5: Run seven minutes, walk one minute. Repeat three times. Day 6: Resistance training Day 7: Rest
WEEK 3 Day 1: Run eight minutes, walk one minute. Repeat three times. Day 2: Resistance training Day 3: Same as week 2, day 3. Beat last week’s time on the mile. Day 4: Rest Day 5: Run five minutes, walk one minute. Repeat four times. Day 6: Resistance training Day 7: Rest
WEEK 4 Day 1: Run nine minutes, walk one minute. Repeat three times. Day 2: Resistance training Day 3: Brisk walk five minutes, run 2 miles. Day 4: Rest Day 5: Run 25 minutes, brisk walk 10 minutes. Day 6: Resistance training Day 7: Rest
WEEK 5 Day 1: Run 15 minutes, walk 1 minute, run 15 minutes. Day 2: Resistance training Day 3: Brisk walk five minutes, run 20 minutes, walk one minute, run 10 minutes. Day 4: Rest Day 5: Run 20 minutes, walk two minutes, run 10 minutes. Day 6: Resistance training Day 7: Rest
WEEK 6 Day 1: Run 30 minutes. Day 2: Rest Day 3: Run 28 minutes. Day 4: Rest Day 5: Brisk walk 5 minutes, run 20 minutes. Day 6: Rest Day 7: Race day. You got this!
Consuming a diet rich in whole grains, such as whole-wheat pasta, is a good way to lower your chances of getting diabetes.
DIABETES Techniques include proper diet, lifestyle changes By Aaron Stonelake
Did you know there are more deaths due to diabetes in Kern County than anywhere else in California? This chronic disease can cause a wide range of health issues and has touched many Kern County families. However, there is good news. By embracing healthy eating habits and an active lifestyle, you can fight against one of our community’s most significant health threats. Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is crucial for the body to distribute glucose from the bloodstream to various places throughout the body for energy. Without insulin, glucose cannot be properly utilized for energy, causing glucose to build up in the bloodstream and leading to many complications. There are three types of diabetes; Type 1, Type 2 and gestational. Type 1 accounts for about 5 percent of cases in America and is commonly referred to as “juvenile” diabetes. This type is usually diagnosed when a person is 42
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younger and is caused by little to no insulin production. Type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented, as it is typically genetically inherited. Insulin injections are necessary to treat this type of diabetes. Accounting for roughly 95 percent of cases in America, Type 2 diabetes is the most common. Caused by excess weight and unhealthy diet, this type leads to a decrease in insulin sensitivity in the body. This results in an inability of the body to utilize glucose effectively. Type 2 diabetes is 100 percent preventable by healthy eating and exercise. Fiber has been shown to play an integral role in Type 2 diabetes prevention and the recommendations stipulate that men should consume 38 grams per day and women should consume 25 grams per day. The best way to incorporate fiber in your diet is by consuming mostly wholegrain carbohydrates. Look for whole grain on the packaging of all breads, pastas, cereals and rice. Additionally, it is important to drink plenty of water and limit sugary beverages such as soda, energy drinks and juices. Foods containing excess amounts of sugars, such as soda, candy, white bread, potato chips and pastries are another risk factor for diabetes.
Reducing your consumption of these foods reduces your risks of developing Type 2 diabetes. Separate from Type 1 and Type 2, there is also gestational diabetes. This type is exclusive to pregnant woman and is only temporary, meaning it disappears after pregnancy ends. It affects about 2 to 10 percent of total pregnancies in America. If you are living with diabetes, proper disease management is imperative. Though there are many similarities in managing both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, each disease has some specific differences. Because Type 1 diabetes requires insulin management, carbohydrate intake often dictates insulin amount needed daily. Your doctor will determine an insulin ratio appropriate for your body and, typically, carbohydrate intake Did you know at each meal; your that one out premeal injection of every three and post-meal Kern County injection will be residents has personalized to counteract the diabetes or amount of glucose prediabetes? present in your This means body. that it is likely Type 2 diabethat either you tes is generally regulated in a or someone in different manyour family is ner. Oftentimes, impacted by Type 2 diabetes this disease. can be controlled through proper diet and exercise. However, occasionally, your doctor may also prescribe medications such as Metformin and other similar drugs that work to make insulin within the body more sensitive and decrease its resistance. Consult with your doctor and find the proper disease-management techniques specific to your disease. Having regular check-ups with an endocrinologist and following the guidelines from your doctor is crucial to living a healthy life with minimal complications. Did you know that one out of every three Kern County residents has diabetes or prediabetes? This means that it is likely that either you or someone in your family is impacted by this disease. Get informed. Eat well and exercise – your family depends on you. Know your blood glucose levels. Visit your doctor and ask for a blood glucose screening.
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Top Attorneys - 2018 Bakersfield Life wanted find out who the best lawyers are in our area. So we sent out a poll to local attorneys, asking them who, in their opinion, is the best in each of 19 different specialty areas. Each attorney could vote just once and could not vote for themselves. Listed below are the Top Attorneys for 2018 as selected by their peers.
Accidents & Injuries
David Cohn, Chain | Cohn | Stiles Kyle Jones, Law Office of Kyle W. Jones Daniel Rodriguez, Rodriguez & Associates John Hall, Law Offices of John C. Hall Ned Dunphy, Young Wooldridge LLP
David Blaine, BeldenBlaine Gabriel Godinez, Godinez Law Daniel Klingenberger, LeBeau Thelen LLP Jerry Pearson, Young Wooldridge LLP John Szewczyk, Clifford & Brown
Margo Raison Karen Barnes Michael Houston
Estate Planning / Probate
Patrick Kavanagh, The Law Offices of Patrick Kavanagh Scott Belden, BeldenBlaine Leonard Welsh, Law Offices of Leonard K. Welsh Joseph Pearl, Joseph S. Pearl, LL.M. Neil Schwartz, Law Offices of Neil E. Schwartz
Joseph Pearl, Joseph S. Pearl, LL.M. Bill Wright, The Wright Law Office Larry Wright, The Wright Law Office Joshua Wilson, Darling & Wilson Stephen Boyle, Clifford & Brown
Xochitl Garcia, XM Garcia Attorney at Law Bobby Cloud, Bobby Cloud Law George Horrigan, Law Office of George R. Horrigan Nicholas P. Azemika, Azemika & Azemika Diana Christian, Borton Petrini LLP
Leo Hinds, Leo Mark Hinds Law Offices Scott Belden, BeldenBlaine George F. Martin, Borton Petrini LLP Mark Bateman, LeBeau Thelen LLP Nicholas C. Mears, LeBeau Thelen LLP
Cars & Motor Vehicles Jeremy Brehmer, Brehmer Law Corporation R.L. Hutchison, H.A. Sala Richard Middlebrook, Middlebrook & Associates Mark Bigger, Bigger & Harman Alekxia Torres Stallings, Law Offices of David A. Torres
H.A. Sala, H.A. Sala R.L. Hutchison, H.A. Sala Alekxia Torres Stallings, Law Offices of David A. Torres David Torres, Law Offices of David A. Torres Jeremy Brehmer, Brehmer Law Corporation
Brandon Stallings Scott Spielman Lisa Green Gina Pearl Michael Joseph Yraceburn
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Alekxia Torres Stallings, Law Offices of David A. Torres Beatriz Trejo, Chain | Cohn | Stiles Katy Ratyis, BeldenBlaine Kathleen Rivera, Office of County Counsel Chelsie Morgan, LeBeau Thelen LLP
Barry Goldner, Klein DeNatale Goldner Craig Braun, Braun Gosling Andrew Sheffield, LeBeau Thelen LLP Sylvia Lopez, Law Office of Sylvia Lopez George F. Martin, Borton Petrini LLP
Immigration Law Win Eaton, Eaton & Associates Andrew Fishkin, Law Offices of Andrew J. Fishkin Andrew Morgan, Borton Petrini LLP
Industry Law Dan Raytis, McMurtrey Hartsock and Worth Jean Pledger, Ehrlich Pledger Law LLP Doug Gosling, Braun Gosling Nile Kinney, LeBeau Thelen LLP Michael Stump, Borton Petrini LLP
Male Attorney R.L. Hutchison, H.A. Sala David Cohn, Chain | Cohn | Stiles Scott Spielman, DA Kern County Nicholas P. Azemika, Azemika & Azemika Daniel Rodriguez, Rodriguez & Associates
Pro Bono Bethany Peak, LeBeau Thelen LLP Gina Cervantes, Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance Alekxia Torres Stallings, Law Offices of David A. Torres
Public Agency Melissa Brown Margo Raison Mark Nations
Public Defender Pam Singh Timothy Hennessy Julius Cruz Tim Blenner Gabriela Figueroa
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Chain | Cohn | Stiles • 1731 Chester Ave. • 661-323-4000 • www.chainlaw.com ATTORNEYS 2018
Chain | Cohn | Stiles After John A. suffered severe injuries after a steam line blew out at work, he called Chain | Cohn | Stiles for help. In the end, the lawyers and staff, he said, helped him make sure he was justly compensated for his injuries and made sure he was able to move forward with his life. “The lawyers and staff at Chain | Cohn | Stiles are some of the most heartfelt, trustworthy and caring people I have ever worked with. They made sure that my whole family and I were treated like family, and we never had our questions unanswered,” John said. “I thank you all for everything you have done for us. I am forever grateful.” The care and attention by Chain | Cohn | Stiles attorneys, paralegals and staff to each accident and injury case is what makes this Bakersfield-based law firm stand apart from other law offices. Here are a few other ways Chain | Cohn | Stiles is different from other personal injury and workers’ compensation law firms: • Our lawyers have 150-plus years of combined experience in accident and injury-related law. • In fact, Chain | Cohn | Stiles has been based in Kern County since 1934 – nearly 85 years.
Throughout that time, our firm has more multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements than any other local law firm. • We were voted “Best Law Firm” by the people of Kern County in the 2018 Best of Kern County Readers’ Choice Poll. • The firm also recently received a ranking in the 2019 Edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Law Firms,” the oldest and among the most-respected attorney ranking services in the world. Attorneys David K. Cohn and James A. Yoro, too, have been recognized in the publication’s “Best Lawyers in America” program. • Each case is assigned to a team of attorneys, paralegals and staff who will keep you informed on your case, and any questions you have on your case will promptly be answered. When you need to speak with your attorney, he or she is always available. • As always, your consultation with our lawyers if free, and we do not charge a fee unless we win your case. Learn even more about Chain | Cohn | Stiles at chainlaw.com. www.BakersfieldLife.com
Law Offices of Susan Salvucci â€˘ 2300 Haggin Oaks Blvd. â€˘ 661-805-4234 â€˘ www.bakersfieldmediations.com ATTORNEYS 2018
Susan Salvucci Resolve. Rebuild. Renew. Bakersfield Meditation Services provides neutral ground for all parties in mediation. We treat the parties fairly and seek to provide an informal, homelike atmosphere within which to meet and mediate. We offer a range of meeting amenities to reduce the stress of the legal and dispute processes. Attorneys seeking to mediate to resolve litigated cases can choose a venue they feel is most amenable to dispute resolution and the mediator will travel to that location.
What is the benefit of mediation? First, mediation is far more economical than court appearances or hiring a retired judge to conduct a settlement conference. Second, our mediation method helps to arrive at a resolution and settlement quickly and in a supportive environment.
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Will mediation work for me? Mediation is a proven method of resolving conflicts. The power of mediation is in the willingness of those involved to be willing to come to a discussion table with a third, neutral party to assist in keeping the process flowing and hopefully prevent the process from denigrating back into arguments that lead to nowhere. The average mediation process takes one to three hours per session, except for family law/dissolution of marriage and/or custody and support matters, simply because of the many issues the court requires the parties consider. Mediation can be applied to dispute in many types of situations in order to find resolution. Contact Susan Salvucci today to find out how we can help you find a resolution to your disagreement whether midlitigation or prior to beginning the legal process. Areas of expertise include: Christian faith-based diplomacy, personal injury, product liability, vehicle accidents, employment, construction, insurance litigation, elder law, guardianships, dissolution of marriage, child support and business litigation.
Law Office of David F. Leon • 1670 M St. • 661-861-9023 • firstname.lastname@example.org • www.davidleon.com ATTORNEYS 2018
David F. Leon Education: University of California, Berkeley – Bachelor of Science, business administration University of California, Los Angeles – Juris Doctor
What area of law do you practice and why? I handle family law cases, which include divorce, child custody, child support, stepparent adoptions and restraining orders. Family law is a highly emotional area. Good people are going through a very difficult, and sometimes painful, transition in their lives. For over 20 years, I have served Kern County in assisting families work through myriad family law-related issues and I find that my compassion and steady temperament works to maintain the dignity and fabric of a family.
What is your philosophy toward family law? I do not apply a scorched-earth approach to family law. I believe that intimidation and “bulldog” legal tactics in this area of law can tear the fabric of a family and cause irreparable harm. I work to guide clients to amicable solutions through negotiation and collaborative law whenever possible. That being said, when settlement is not an option, I am always prepared for strong litigation.
What do you enjoy outside of the office? I have always loved music. I enjoy playing music and listening to music. I’ve played the sax since high school and still like to dust it off now and again. I’ve also been hooked on attending concerts and music festivals ever since I saw the Police in 1983. Fortunately, my wife has the same passion for live music. When our children, Miles and Sofia, came along, the frequency of festivals did slow somewhat. But we are imparting our love for music (if you don’t count the time we took them to see PAW PATROL at the convention center).
Klein DeNatale Goldner • 4550 California Ave., Second Floor • 661-395-1000 • www.kleinlaw.com ATTORNEYS 2018
Klein DeNatale Goldner Their focus is to provide the most advanced legal services in the southern San Joaquin Valley, ranging from business litigation, counseling and transactions to specialized representation for agriculture/food, bankruptcy, labor and employment, estate planning and probate, construction, intellectual property, unfair competition and trade secrets, water, real estate, land use and many other legal areas. The firm also offers some of the most sophisticated litigation services in the nation, along with experienced trial counsel for clients of all types, from multinational corporations to small businesses and individuals. These strengths are reinforced by an ongoing investment in the very best new lawyers, staff and technology. Due to the wide range of practice specialties, there is little that KDG can’t handle.
Who We Are
History The law firm of Klein DeNatale Goldner has successfully represented clients on local, state, national and international levels since 1953 and has a long-standing tradition of providing the highest level of client satisfaction through effective, aggressive and quality legal representation. In addition to Bakersfield, the firm has offices in Fresno and San Diego.
Focus Led by Managing Partner Timothy G. Scanlon and Assistant Managing Partner Jennifer A. Adams, the firm’s lawyers recognize the challenges presented by an ever-changing political and economic climate and offer creative and practical approaches to complex issues.
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The attorneys and staff of KDG have deep roots in the San Joaquin Valley. Many of KDG’s attorneys grew up in Bakersfield, attended local schools and began contributing to the civic life of the community at an early age. The firm has also been enriched by the addition of people from outside of our region who have made the decision to make the valley their home. Community Involvement The attorneys and staff of KDG are committed to giving back to the communities in which they live and serve. Through financial and in-kind contributions to a variety of organizations, KDG takes pride in its role as a corporate leader. Many KDG professionals also serve in leadership positions on local community, nonprofit and legal industry boards of directors.
Commitment KDG is committed to helping the San Joaquin Valley grow and prosper. In its 65 years, KDG has fostered the growth of thriving enterprises and institutions. They have guided many people through troubled times and helped them build better futures for themselves and their families. If you need clear, competent and innovative answers, put the law firm of Klein DeNatale Goldner to work for you.
Great lawyers close to home. A top California legal team is right in your own backyard. Whether you are operating a business or need personal legal counseling, you can rely on local attorneys who have an unrivaled track record, depth of knowledge and experience unique to the San Joaquin Valley. From business litigation, transactions and counseling, to bankruptcy, intellectual property, estate planning and employment law issues, KDG works with you to meet your legal needs and achieve successful, cost-effective results.
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Law Offices of David A. Torres • 1318 K St. • 661-326-0936 • www.lawtorres.com ATTORNEYS 2018
David Torres/Alekxia Torres Stallings books and podcasts. What sets you apart: My humble beginnings as a migrant farmworker, my military background and empathy. Charitable work: Immigration Justice Coalition and Veteran’s Justice Program
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David Torres Focus/Mission: To provide a thorough and aggressive defense to those accused of a crime in both state and federals. Years practicing law: 30+ Area of practice: Criminal defense, state and federal Education: BA, CSU Fresno; minor, military science (ROTC) Gonzaga University; Juris Doctor, Gonzaga University School of Law Honors/Awards: AV Pre-eminent Rating (Peers and Judicial), KCBA Bench and Bar Award; Gonzaga University Distinguished Alumni Merit Award; California Super Lawyers 2012-2018; Top Lawyers in Southern California 2012-2018; Civic Leader Award-CSUB; ABA Distinguished Service Award; Army Chief of Staff Award for Excellence in Legal Assistance; U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, Ret. Professionally proud: Despite the nature of my chosen profession, I continue to practice with the same enthusiasm today that I had when I first began. It is even better now that my law associate happens to be my daughter. Greatest personal achievement: Despite the stresses and long hours associated with managing a private law practice for over 30 years, I continue to be happily married to the same woman for nearly 35 years and have a wonderful relationship with my children. How family has influenced you: Tremendously. My parents taught me the importance of family and I have done whatever I could to live up to those values and lessons. Likewise, I have a very strong wife who happens to be the foundation of our family. Without her, I could not have accomplished what I have thus far. Hobbies: Family, running, listening to audio 52
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Alekxia Torres Stallings is a criminal defense trial attorney from Bakersfield. She was raised in Bakersfield and attended Stockdale High School. She attended the University of California at Irvine where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in European studies. She became an active member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and held various leadership positions within that organization and others while in college. After graduating from Irvine, she accepted a position teaching English in Shenzhen, a city in the Guangdong Province, in China. She attended law school at Western Michigan University, Cooley School of Law and was active in the Student Bar Association holding almost every position, including president. She also participated in the Moot Court council and earned the esteemed Leadership Award for her role in leadership throughout her schooling. Ms. Torres returned to Bakersfield following graduation and clerked with the Kern County District Attorney’s Office. After passing the California Bar Exam, she accepted an associate’s position with the Law Offices of David A. Torres. There she practices state and federal criminal defense exclusively. In 2014, she was admitted to the federal Criminal Justice Act Panel where she serves as an attorney of record for initial appearances and detention hearings. In 2015, she was admitted to the Indigent Defense Panel in Kern County where she serves as an attorney on conflict cases. From 2014 to 2018, she served as an attorney coach for Stockdale High School’s mock trial team. Their team competed in the state competitions in 2015 and 2018. She has been a member of the Kern County Bar Association since 2012, where she currently serves as secretary. She is currently serving as the president of the Young Lawyers Section of the bar. She is also past president of the Women Layers Section. Additionally, she is an active member of both the Criminal Law Section and the Multicultural Bar Alliance. Most recently, she was named one of Bakersfield Life’s 20 Under 40.
Rodriguez & Associates • 2020 Eye St. • 661-323-1400 • www.rodriguezlaw.net ATTORNEYS 2018
Rodriguez & Associates Daniel Rodriguez Since passing the bar in 1980, Daniel Rodriguez has become one of the most successful trial lawyers in the state of California. Daniel tried his first jury trial within one month of becoming a lawyer and he has been honing his skills ever since. He is known throughout California for his excellence in practice, earning the highest honors from Super Lawyers, Avvo and Martindale Hubbard and has been nominated Trial Lawyer of the Year by both CAALA and CASD. He is also a passionate teacher; he not only teaches at Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyer’s College, but he also is guiding the associates of his firm to carry on his legacy of excellent results and outstanding client service. Without fail, Daniel obtains the best possible results for his personal injury cases because he has earned the respect of insurance companies, his firm and his community.
Joel Andreesen After graduating from the University of Iowa College of Law, Joel moved to Bakersfield. From the start of his career as a lawyer, Joel has represented injured parties in personal injury and wrongful death cases. Joel has tried cases in both state courts and federal court, as well as resolving cases that have resulted in multimillion-dollar settlements. Due to his excellence in practice, Joel has earned many awards, including being named in the top 50 civil settlements in California by Top Verdict and being honored as one of the “10 Best” in Southern California for client satisfaction by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys. He has also been nominated for Best Attorney in the Best Of Kern awards. Joel also has served on several boards of directors, including the KCBA board of directors, the Kern County Law Library board of trustees and the CSU Bakersfield Roadrunner Scholarship Fund.
Chantal Trujillo After earning her Juris Doctor from St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas, in 2011, Chantal returned to her hometown of Bakersfield to pursue her career as an attorney. Later that year, she joined the team at Rodriguez & Associates, where she has truly taken the time to understand and meet her clients’ requests and
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concerns throughout the civil litigation process. She is well-known for late nights at the office and she consistently puts in the extra hours to achieve excellent results in all of her cases. During Chantal’s time at the firm, she has handled numerous personal injury and wrongful death cases, some of which have gone to jury trial and produced outstanding verdicts. Because of her hard work and dedication, Chantal was promoted to partner at Rodriguez & Associates in 2017, where she has continued to earn a reputation for being an excellent lawyer and team member.
Noah Moss Before becoming the newest associate of Rodriguez & Associates earlier this year, Noah had experience in corporate law and business litigation. After earning his undergraduate degree in biochemistry from University of California, San Diego, Noah returned to his hometown of Chicago, Illinois, to study law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He went on to practice law in New York City and San Francisco, where he distinguished himself as an excellent lawyer. In addition to his other qualifications, Noah has earned a Master of Law in IP and information from Fordham University School of Law. He was recruited to join the team at Rodriguez & Associates in February and has since used his diverse experience to truly become an asset to the team. He will be learning from the best as a member of our team and is eager to become an excellent personal injury trial lawyer.
The Law Offices of Kyle J. Humphrey • 2211 17th St. • 661-327-1360 • www.bakersfielddefenselawfirm.com ATTORNEYS 2018
Kyle J. Humphrey What type of law do you practice? I handle exclusively criminal defense work or related areas. These other areas include things like professional license consequences, driver’s licenses and firearms rights. Many criminal charges impact your right to own firearms or even to obtain a license for a profession. There is a big overlap between restraining orders and criminal cases now.
Why Bakersfield? I grew up in rural San Diego and didn’t even know where Bakersfield was when I was in law school. I left my job in the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office to come to Bakersfield following my parents. I expected to be here a year. Bakersfield grows on you. I met a local girl, I ended up with kids in the same schools she went to and ended up living very well in a great community. Now I know what the Bakersfield Sound is and I believe I live around pretty amazing people. No better place to be.
What is your legal background? I started out as a law clerk in the San Diego District Attorney’s Office in 1984 and became a Los Angeles prosecutor in 1985. During that time, my father was medically retired and came to Bakersfield. That was my one-year plan for Bakersfield. I was hired and worked in the Kern County District Attorney’s Office from 1986 to 1993. I tried a lot of cases in that role, from close to 40 misdemeanor trials to verdict to multiple murders, career criminal and sex crimes cases. I handled a good number of sexual assault and molestation cases. I left the DA’s office in 1993 and I have been defending and trying cases since. I have gone to jury trial on everything from drunken driving cases to multiple-victim murder cases. I stopped counting my trials that I took all the way to verdict after 100 or so.
You are stressing your trial background – why is that important? It is complicated and simple at the same time. If you don’t have the talent to fight hard on tough cases, there is really no reason for the prosecution to factor in the talent and skills of the lawyer defending the case. If somebody is known to go to trial once every five years, the prosecution knows 56
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that lawyer will fold his tent before the battle. In today’s world, a lot more cases need to be tried because the consequences to a client’s family, career and opportunities are severe. If you have a case where there is an opportunity to win, your lawyer should be able to effectively present the best case for you. Advertising about handling a lot of cases or claiming to be a trial lawyer or any other claims don’t matter. The thing that makes a great defense attorney is real experience trying cases. If you don’t try cases, you don’t know what a jury will do.
Best advice for somebody who needs an attorney? Be careful with the internet. The internet has made it possible for people to advertise all over the state and pretend to have a local presence. Ask yourself how can they do my case and drive from L.A. for less than somebody well-known in Bakersfield can do it? Ask yourself how much time they can really have for me if they have a huge advertising budget. Meet the actual lawyer who will handle your case.
CASE RESULTS: Felony Domestic Violence and False Imprisonment Charges
Settled as Misdemeanor and time served of 1 day.
Solicit Minor for Sex Using the Internet.
ALWAYS TAKE THE 5TH AND DEMAND YOUR LAWYER-NOBODY EVER TALKED THEMSELVES OUT OF TROUBLE
Certified Criminal Law Specialist
Testimonials: I WILL SEND ANYBODY I KNOW WHO GETS A CASE TO KYLE HUMPHREY “ I had a friend who had a serious felony case that Kyle Humphrey handled. My friend was pleased with how his case turned out so I knew that was a good sign. Kyle took my case seriously and worked as hard as he would on a felony case. Like he told me, my case was the most serious case of all, because it was my case. He would treat it that way too. I will send anybody I know who gets a case to Kyle Humphrey. “
KYLE HUMPHREY KNOWS SEARCH AND SEIZURE “My house was raided by the police who said I was running a casino. He fought the search and the judge tossed out the evidence. Case over. I will recommend the Law Offices of Kyle J. Humphrey to anyone I know who has a run in with the law.” KYLE IS WILLING TO FIGHT SEX CHARGES “I got arrested for rape in concert with another guy. It was consensual and the cops still told me I was looking at a lot of time and sex offender registration for life…this would have ruined my life and reputation. I looked for an attorney and everybody, including other well-known attorneys said if you have a sex crime you need Mr. Humphrey. It made all the difference having an attorney who knows how to handle these types of charges at jury trial.”
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Time served felony 4 days.
Misdemeanor Drunk Driving .13 with an Accident Hung Jury at Trial
Misdemeanor Marijuana and Drunk Driving Trial Acquittal on Marijuana and Hung Jury
Case Dismissed Based on Defense Investigation and Medical Evaluation Before Trial
Fraud and Embezzlement Case Dismissed
Felony DUI w/ Injury No Jail Time
Sexual Battery Case Dismissed
Local Business Owner Charged with Sexual Battery Case Dismissed. Domestic Violence
Favorable Plea Agreement
Plead to Public Drunk to save job.
Young Wooldridge LLP • 1800 30th St., Fourth Floor • 661-327-9661 • www.youngwooldridge.com ATTORNEYS 2018
Young Wooldridge LLP Jerry Pearson Partner | Employment Law Jerry Pearson is a partner at Young Wooldridge LLP where he manages the firm’s Business Department. Jerry’s practice is limited solely to representing management in labor and employment law issues and making sure his clients stay in compliance with the state and federal labor laws. He has successfully defended employers in wage and hour matters, as well as cases alleging harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination and other labor-related issues before the California State Superior Court, the California Court of Appeals, the United States District Court, the California Labor Commissioner and the Department of Fair Employment and Housing. Jerry prides himself on getting to know his clients and their businesses before he represents them so that he can provide optimal legal counsel that is tailored to the specific client and need.
Ned Dunphy Partner | Personal Injury Ned Dunphy represents people who have been injured in everything from car accidents to complex machinery failures. During the years Ned worked with Cesar Chavez, he became conversant in Spanish – a skill set that has allowed him to better understand and represent the historically underserved immigrant community. Like many personal injury lawyers, Ned believes lawyers can make a positive difference in people’s lives by making workplace practices safer and holding manufacturers accountable for poorly designed and unsafe products. Ned has had the privilege to be part of a team of lawyers that has successfully changed the way many companies create their products so they enter the marketplace in a much safer design.
Mark Bateman Partner | Business Law Mark R. Bateman is a partner in the Business Department. Mark’s practice encompasses real estate and business law, business transactions and business litigation. He represents clients across a variety of industries including agribusi-
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nesses, oil and gas producers and service companies, real estate owners/developers, construction firms, health care entities, financial institutions, brokers, fiduciaries, trustees and public entities. Mark assists clients with matters involving real property development and management, construction, asset acquisition and disposition, leasing, entity formation and governance, structuring business relationships, contractual matters, title issues, mineral and water rights, environmental issues, financing and other business issues.
Kevin M. Danley Attorney | Business & Estate Planning Kevin is an associate attorney in the firm’s Business and Estate Planning Departments. Kevin was born and raised in Bakersfield and attended West High School. After high school, he went on to receive his B.S. from California State University, Bakersfield. Later, Kevin earned his Juris Doctor from UC Davis School of Law and was admitted to the California State Bar in 2003. Kevin has practiced in the areas of estate planning and business transactions and he focuses his practice on estate planning and probate matters as well as business formation and planning. Through his estate planning practice, Kevin helps families protect themselves, their children and future generations. Kevin has previously worked for the Kern High School District, first as a physics and science instructor and later as an administrator.
Law Offices of Neil E. Schwartz • 730 21st St. • 661-326-1122 • www.schwartz-law.org ATTORNEYS 2018
Neil E. Schwartz Who is Neil Schwartz? Bankruptcy attorney Neil Schwartz has been practicing bankruptcy law since 2001 and has personally prepared thousands of bankruptcies. Originally from New York, Neil headed west to California for college. He attended and graduated from San Diego State University and the Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Neil began his career as an attorney in Southern California with the largest consumer firm in California, Price Law Group. After a grueling few years of spending up to four days a week commuting from Los Angeles to Bakersfield to handle his case load, he decided to make Bakersfield his permanent residence in 2004. In 2006, he started the Law Offices of Neil E. Schwartz. Neil understands that debt is among the top concerns of many Bakersfield families and small-business owners. People across the country have been struggling to make ends meet. At the Law Offices of Neil E. Schwartz, Neil and his staff strive to give each case the individual care required by each of his clients. Neil’s clients appreciate the way that he helps them understand their options, makes choices and takes action to prevent debt problems from spiraling out of control. He helps his clients feel empowered to make informed decisions that help protect the security of their families. In addition to a passion for practicing law, Neil is an avid sports fan, which is evident as soon as you step into his office. He’s a proud Yankees fan and is currently working on improving his golf game. He’s also a huge movie buff, so don’t be surprised if he slips in a random movie quote during your consultation. When he is not helping people work through
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their financial issues, he loves spending time with his wife, Alissa Carlson, and daughter, as well as their dogs, Stormy and Sunny.
What practice areas does Neil focus on? Our office is a debt relief agency; we help people file bankruptcy under Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 of the bankruptcy code. We realize that people go through difficult times in their lives and offer assistance without judgment. I like bankruptcy because we help people get to a better place and free them from their debts.
Why work with Neil? We answer all calls unscreened and my personal cell phone is listed on our website in case you need to text or get a hold of me after-hours. We offer the personal touch that seems to have been forgotten nowadays. We do not make you fill out a complicated stack of paperwork to file your bankruptcy but handle the process smoothly and professionally. We realize filing bankruptcy is stressful enough without making you do all the work yourself. As part of our fees, we will get a credit report and sign you up for the online courses that are required in the bankruptcy process. Bankruptcy can be a complicated issue and you want an attorney with experience in the field. Neil Schwartz has helped thousands of people through the procedure and works with them personally through the process. At the Law Offices of Neil E. Schwartz, the attorney personally meets with you to analyze your situation and prepare your paperwork. Many people do not realize that you may be able to discharge your taxes through bankruptcy. That’s why experience counts when considering bankruptcy.
How can I contact Neil? We are available Monday through Saturday and also answer emails at all hours.
Can my taxes be discharged when filing bankruptcy? There are some circumstances that allow for taxes to be discharged. Many people do not know that you can discharge taxes. We get an account transcript to review and analyze your taxes for the purpose of freeing you from that obligation in the bankruptcy process.
Borton Petrini LLP • 5060 California Ave., Suite 700 • 661-322-3051 • www.bortonpetrini.com ATTORNEYS 2018
Borton Petrini LLP “A firm that works for everyone.” When Fred Borton established his law practice in 1899, the 25th U.S. President William McKinley was in office, the Spanish-American War had just ended the year before and a gallon of milk cost 27 cents. Many of today’s areas of practice did not exist. There were no class-action lawsuits nor were there toxic mold cases. There were no automobiles in the streets nor airplanes in the sky. Televisions, cell phones, computers, the internet and the modern technological age were unimaginable. In fact, Fred Borton’s mode of transportation was a horse. James Petrini joined the firm a few years later and together, they forged a name for the firm. The original partners formed a strong alliance of legal talent that would become one of California’s leading law firms with 10 strategically placed
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offices throughout California, from Sacramento to San Diego. This growth, from a small local firm to a statewide entity, is the product of expertise and scholarship. Borton Petrini LLP holds an effective understanding of California, its people and its laws. Throughout the 20th century, the firm’s partners became noted judges and justices within the California court system. Many of the firm’s attorneys have helped shape California law through precedent-land use, estate and tax planning, water law, employment law, public entity, environmental, health care, bankruptcy law, family law and immigration law to name a few. With the new millennium, times have changed dramatically and so has the firm. Yet, as in the beginning, you will find that our attorneys combine a blend of specialized knowledge and diverse experience.
The Law Office of Kyle W. Jones • 8700 Stockdale Highway • 661-833-1090 • www.kwjoneslaw.com ATTORNEYS 2018
Why work with Kyle?
Who is Kyle Jones? Kyle Jones is a local attorney who was born and raised in Bakersfield. After graduating from Stockdale High in 1995, Kyle went on to obtain his Bachelor of Arts in political science and philosophy from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and then a Juris Doctor from the Santa Clara University School of Law. He prides himself on being a vital part of the Bakersfield community. Kyle is involved with Tigerfight Foundation, a local nonprofit focused on leukemia. He’s married with three beautiful daughters.
What practice areas does Kyle focus on? Kyle’s areas of legal expertise include personal injury, medical malpractice, estate planning and corporation/LLC formation.
When you work with Kyle, you work directly with him and you won’t be handed off and passed along, no matter the size of your case. He has a long-standing record of winning injury cases in particular. With his experience, you have a greater chance of receiving fair and just compensation. His clients can attest that if you are not sure what to do in the event of an incident, you call Kyle.
How can I learn more about Kyle? Kyle has a wealth of free information via his website and social media videos covering a variety of legal tips and safety topics, whether you are on an out-of-town vacation, dealing with a distracted teen driver or wondering how to set up a will and trust. Kyle is also a featured guest host on Kern Radio News Talk AM 1180 on the Moneywise Guys radio show weekdays from noon to 1 p.m.
How can I contact Kyle? You can visit his website to learn more about him and all of his services at kwjoneslaw.com or call him at 833-1090. Initial consultations with Kyle are always free.
HIGH QUALITY LEGAL REPRESENTATION Personal Injury · Medical Malpractice · Estate Planning Corporation/LLC Formation
Experienced. Trusted. Local.
www.kwjoneslaw.com 8700 Stockdale Highway • 833-1090 • kwjoneslaw.com
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LeBeau Thelen LLP • The Atrium Building • 5001 E. Commercenter Drive, Suite 300 • 661-325-8962 • www.lebeauthelen.com ATTORNEYS 2018
LeBeau Thelen LLP We pride ourselves on providing meaningful and practical legal solutions which add value for our clients. Our team of over 20 seasoned attorneys can provide critical guidance and effective representation in matters spanning business litigation, business transactions, professional liability defense, corporate and LLC formations, real estate, environmental and water law, employment counseling and defense, lending, oil and gas law, estate planning, and trust and probate litigation. We serve clients in a variety of industries including healthcare, agriculture,
real estate, oil and gas, construction, and government. We work diligently for our clients’ interests and have counselled numerous businesses, governmental entities, trustees, and individuals in obtaining successful outcomes. Our attorneys can assist you in navigating our complex business and legal climate, and our legal and business insights can help you obtain an advantage in your field. LeBeau Thelen has been a preeminent law firm in Bakersfield for over 30 years. Let us put our experience and knowledge to work for you.
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Middlebrook & Associates • 8501 Brimhall Road, Suite 404 • 661-636-1333 • www.kerncountydui.com ATTORNEYS 2018
Middlebrook & Associates The ABC’s of hiring an attorney when charged with driving under the influence: Aren’t All Attorneys the Same? No. It takes 10,000 hours to become an expert at anything. However, in a day of internet marketing, billboard advertising and wordsmithing, any attorney can claim to be “the best” or “aggressive” or “trial tested” in about 10 seconds. Look for an attorney who: • Focuses solely on DUI defense; • Successfully tries DUI cases; • Is a leader nationally in educating lawyers and scientists in the science of intoxication. Mr. Middlebrook is the preeminent DUI defense attorney in the Central Valley of California and his practice focuses exclusively on DUI cases. He graduated from the University of California, Davis, School of Law. He has handled more than 6,500 DUI cases and tried over 200 DUI trials with only 8 losses in 25 years in practice. Mr. Middlebrook is the only attorney in California who has been named: • Super Lawyer (2012-2019); • AV-Rated by Martindale Hubbell (highest rating available); • Perfect 10 Client Rating on AVVO.com; • ACS-CHAL Lawyer-Scientist Designation. He is also a founding or sustaining or specialist member of every organization focused on DUI defense in the State of California and Nationally.
But Why Do Trials Matter? This is perhaps the best indicator of the experience, quality and knowledge of your attorney. The defendant’s only advantage in negotiations with the prosecution is the ability to take the case to trial successfully. If your attorney constantly threatens, but never actually puts their proverbial “money where their mouth is,” they quickly become no threat to the prosecution because the DAs know they will always just “give up” when push comes to shove in a courtroom.
Check the reviews? Yes! Make sure the reviews of your lawyer come from actual clients. Here’s what some of our ACTUAL clients have to say: “I called and spoke to several attorneys in Bakersfield before choosing one that was cheaper than Mr. Middlebrook. Shortly afterward, I happened to meet a Bakersfield police officer at a community event who told me that most of the attorneys in Kern County have never even won a DUI trial
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but, even more importantly, they’ve never actually tried a DUI case before. He recommended that I call Richard Middlebrook. He has 20-plus years of experience in trying hundreds of cases and won a vast majority of them. For me, my future, family and job were on the line and I couldn’t afford not to hire him. I came so close to putting my life in somebody’s hands that didn’t have the experience to handle it!” – Shannon “I was arrested for DUI. I retained an inexperienced lawyer that just wanted to collect a few thousand dollars and plead me out to first offense DUI. It was clearly evident during the DMV hearing I made a serious error in the attorney when I went the cheap route. I spent over 30 years in statewide law enforcement and retired as a chief. I recognized flaws in my case and wanted someone who not only believed in me, but was willing to aggressively attack the prosecution’s case. The prosecution took the case to trial and could not prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt. My faith in Mr. Middlebrook kept an arrest for DUI from becoming a conviction for DUI and all that goes with that. Think twice before you go to just any attorney for a DUI case. If you are like me and feel the trauma and fear of the unknown about a DUI arrest, then choose wisely. The police and the prosecutor are not on your side. He will always be on your side and provide the best defense possible from the DMV hearing to trial.” – Bob
A leader in DUI defense throughout California, Richard Middlebrook has been named to the Southern California Super Lawyers list for five years. He remains the only lawyer in California to have also been honored with the Martindale-Hubbell AV rating, an Avvo perfect 10 rating and the ACS-CHAL lawyer-scientist designation. By exclusively assisting those accused of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, Middlebrook dedicates all resources to obtaining unmatched results. He handles each case personally, with the assistance of a dedicated team of attorneys and staff. “Unless we believe we can make a significant difference in your case, we won’t waste your time and resources,” says Middlebrook. The focus on helping one client at a time overcome one of the toughest hurdles in their life has always remained. “We are simply about helping people when they need our help the most,” says Middlebrook.
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The Law Office of Elliott B. Magnus • 641 H St. • 661-395-0240 • www.ebmagnuslaw.com ATTORNEYS 2018
Elliott B. Magnus The mission of my practice is to provide every client with a strategized, detailed defense of their case, ensuring all of the protections afforded to them by the constitution rights are being upheld. I have been practicing criminal defense for eight years. I graduated from with a Bachelor of Arts with a major in history from University of California at Irvine. I earned my Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law. Locally, I am a member of the Kern County Bar Association, I am the vice president of the criminal defense section of the Kern County Bar. I am the president of Temple Beth El Bakersfield’s reform Jewish synagogue. I am also a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. I was selected to participate in an intense two-week defense trial college at Mercer School of Law in Macon, Georgia. In addition, I attend many national and local seminars to stay current with the ever-changing laws and techniques to being an effective advocate on behalf of my clients. My grandfather was an attorney. He practiced in all different areas of the law. I would watch him and study his kind demeanor, how he would listen to the clients’ concerns and make them his own. After law school, I moved back home to Bakersfield. When someone would learn my last name was Magnus, they would often ask if I was any relation to Mel Magnus. When I told them yes, they would always tell me what a great lawyer, man or friend he was and share a story or two of how he had helped them or touched their lives in some way. I never get tired of being asked if I am related to Mel Magnus, and I am always proud to answer yes. This has influenced me greatly, it serves as a reminder that while our town is ever-growing in population, we are still a small, tight-knit community and how people are treated personally and professionally goes a long way toward how your name will be remembered. Being a criminal defense attorney, oftentimes the deck is stacked against my client. Furthermore, in some instances, the accused’s family and friends will distance themselves from the client just based on him being charged with a crime. I realize my counsel to the client will go a long way 68
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in maintaining his liberty and restoring these relationships. Elliott is the assistant coach of the mock trial team for Foothill High School and has served in that capacity for the last four years. “Good attorneys can talk, great attorneys listen.” I make sure that not only am I listening to my client, but I am hearing what they are telling me. By doing this, I ensure that I am carrying out my clients’ goals for their circumstances and can craft a detailed defense for the clients’ specific cases and their desired outcome.
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H.A. Sala A Professional Law Corporation • 641 H St. • 661-322-1708 • www.hasala.com ATTORNEYS 2018
H.A. Sala The law firm of H.A. Sala provides thorough, aggressive and state-of-the-art criminal defense to clients charged with misdemeanors and serious felonies. Mr. Sala’s associate, R.L. Hutchison, was born and raised in Bakersfield and is fiercely committed to protecting the reputation and freedom of our clients. H.A. Sala
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H.A. Sala has been a criminal defense lawyer for 35 years. He graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and, thereafter, earned his Juris Doctor from UC Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law. He is the only attorney in Kern County who has been certified for 20 years by the State Bar of California as a specialist in criminal law. Mr. Sala is a life member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys and the California Association for Criminal Justice. He is a past president of the Kern County Bar Associ-
ation and presently chairs the Judicial Appointments Evaluation Committee. Mr. Sala has tried many high-profile cases. He believes that a system that is fundamentally fair to the accused, serves to protect the civil liberties of all of us and is the cornerstone of a just and free society.
Antonio R.L. Hutchison Mr. Hutchison graduated from the California State University, Bakersfield, with a Bachelor of Arts in public relations and communications. He went on to attend and graduate from Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Mr. Hutchison’s approach to criminal defense is proactive and aggressive. He stresses thorough pretrial preparation and swift action at the critical initial stages of a criminal prosecution to secure dismissal or reduction of all charges. Regardless of the severity of the charges, Mr. Hutchison has the courage, experience and tenacity to be an effective advocate at trial. He provides his clients with a voice in Kern County’s unforgiving criminal justice system and fights every step of the way to tell their story.
H.A. Sala A Professional Law Corporation The law firm of H.A. Sala provides thorough, aggressive and state of the art criminal defense to clients charged with misdemeanors and serious felonies. We are committed to minimizing and eliminating the inherent risks of the criminal justice system by conducting thorough investigations, litigating dispositive pretrial motions and advancing effective trial strategies.
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H.A. Sala has been a criminal defense lawyer for 35 years. He graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and thereafter received his Juris Doctorate from UC Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law. He is the only attorney in Kern County who has been certified for 20 years by the California State Bar as a specialist in criminal law. Mr. Sala is a life member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys and the California Association for Criminal Justice. He is a past president of the Kern County Bar Association and presently chairs the Judicial Appointments Evaluation Committee. Mr. Sala has tried many high profile cases. He believes that a system that is fundamentally fair to the accused serves to protect the civil liberties of all of us and is the cornerstone of a just and free society.
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Mr. Hutchison graduated from the California State University Bakersfield with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations & Communications. He went on to attend and graduate from Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Mr. Hutchison’s approach to criminal defense is proactive and aggressive. He stresses thorough pre-trial preparation and swift action at the critical initial stages of a criminal prosecution to secure dismissal or reduction of all charges. Regardless of the severity of the charges, Mr. Hutchison has the courage, experience and tenacity to be an effective advocate at trial. He provides his clients with a voice in Kern County’s unforgiving criminal justice system, and fights every step of the way to tell their story.
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Leviton Diaz & Ginocchio • 1800 30th St., #110 • 661-322-8492 • www.ldglaw.com ATTORNEYS 2018
Keith B. Gilmetti Keith B. Gilmetti is a California workers’ compensation attorney who has been managing the Bakersfield office of the Law Firm of Leviton, Diaz & Ginocchio Inc. since 2003. Keith B. Gilmetti and the law firm of Leviton, Diaz & Ginocchio Inc. exclusively represent injured workers for their work-related injuries. Keith B. Gilmetti has been a licensed California attorney for more than 28 years. The firm is wellknown as being aggressive and will use all ethical and legal means to get the best result possible for their clients. While some attorneys will only take the easy cases, he will take on any case that is meritorious and will take it to trial, if necessary. We strive to achieve the maximum benefits available under California law for all of our clients. The Bakersfield office has a well-trained and well-educated team of assistants that help to get the benefits to their clients. Knowledge and experience
are crucial to obtaining benefits in the extremely complex and technical system of California workers’ compensation. The doctor that my employer sent me to for treatment of my work injury won’t treat all of my body parts that were injured. How can I get adequate treatment for my injury? There are multiple options for injured workers who are not being provided with adequate medical treatment a) You may elect a new primary physician within your employer’s medical provider network. b) You may choose to be examined by a qualified medical examiner to resolve disputed medical issues. c) In serious cases, you may be entitled to an examination by a second opinion physician. Do I need a lawyer for my work injury? You are not required to have an attorney for your work injury, but most people who have a serious or significant injury will benefit from legal representation. Your claims examiner will be represented or will consult with attorneys in their efforts to deny benefits to you.
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Dowling Aaron Incorporated • 5080 California Ave., #340 • 661-716-3000 • www.dowlingaaron.com ATTORNEYS 2018
Dowling Aaron Incorporated Marcus N. DiBuduo As an attorney who is registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Marcus is regularly called on by his clients to provide counsel on all aspects of intellectual property law, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and internet law. Prior to entering the legal industry, Marcus was employed as an electrical engineer and a software engineer. While working at a startup research and development laboratory, he conceived two new wireless technologies that were later patented. This unique background gives him an advantage when working with technology clients – from startup entrepreneurs to established firms – as he understands both the legal and technical goals. Marcus has a BV Distinguished Peer Review Rating in Intellectual Property, Patents and Litigation from Martindale-Hubbell and has been selected by Super Lawyers as a Northern California Rising Star from 2012 through the present.
Justin L. Thomas Justin’s practice focuses on a wide range of civil litigation matters, including employment, construction, business and tort litigation. Prior to joining Dowling Aaron, he was an associate with a law firm in Oakland, California, where he represented general contractors in construction defect matters. Justin was selected by Super Lawyers as a Northern California Rising Star, representing the top 2.5 percent of young lawyers in Northern California as voted on by his peers in 2016 and 2017. One of his clients stated that Justin raises the bar for quality of service, saying of Justin: “Not only did he present all the facts, options and approaches that we could take to resolve the case, he also possesses the many intangibles that sets him apart from other attorneys such as the accountability and integrity with his words and his follow ups. The level of comfort he services to his clients also set him apart from other attorneys.”
Micah K. Nilsson Micah Nilsson is managing shareholder of the Bakersfield Dowling Aaron office and co-chair of the firm’s Oil, Gas and Energy Practice Group. His litigation practice focuses on complex business, employment and intellectual property. His transactional work involves entity formation, contract and lease review. 72
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Micah’s active commercial litigation practice includes antitrust and unfair business claims, contract disputes, real estate, construction defects and tort litigation. He also litigates intellectual property infringement matters, including trademarks and trade secrets. Micah also represents clients in a wide array of employment matters, including layoffs, harassment and discrimination complaints, and employee discipline proceedings. Micah is an effective negotiator and has received numerous awards for his negotiations, trial advocacy and client counseling.
Kenneth M. Byrum Mr. Byrum has been cited as one of the top-rated lawyers in alternative dispute resolution by Martindale Hubbell and American Lawyer Media. Mr. Byrum’s vast experience in litigation, construction, real estate, business transactions, corporate law, energy, oil, gas and mineral law gives him an advantage while working as a mediator, arbitrator, corporate director or court-appointed discovery referee. As a mediator, Mr. Byrum’s experience in these practice areas uniquely qualifies him to assist parties in finding common ground and achieving settlements, even in the most challenging circumstances. Mr. Byrum’s skills assist parties in finding resolutions where both parties are able to provide a measure of perspective. He has successfully mediated complex cases encompassing a broad section of practice areas including cases in product liability, personal injury and medical malpractice. Mr. Byrum’s background and over 40 years of experience has allowed him to create a successful practice in mediation services.
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Reaching FOR THOSE WHO
Seek Help Bakersfield Homeless Center offers hope, assistance for families in need
Bakersfield Homeless Center Executive Director Louis Gill walks through the grounds of the center.
By Jennifer Olague
hrough its humble beginnings, the Bakersfield Homeless Center has prevailed and has become a beacon of hope for the community for over 30 years. Before the Bakersfield Homeless Center found its home on East Truxtun Avenue, the organization started in a basement on Baker Street. Back then, it would only accommodate for a night and a meal. “We say that our mission is a hand
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up,” said Cindy Lyday, external affairs manager at the Bakersfield Homeless Center. “We want to be able to help people be self-sufficient and as self-reliant as they can possibly be.” Lyday started off as a volunteer over 10 years ago and has been on staff for four years. Bakersfield Homeless Center has gone through several transformations since its opening in 1991. The major remodeling happened when the shelter went from a men-only homeless shelter to a women and family shelter.
“We were a fairly traditional homeless shelter focusing on single men but we saw, at the time, the fastest growing segment was families – specifically, single mothers with families and children. We changed our model to be able to adapt to that,” said Louis Gill, CEO of the Bakersfield Homeless Center and Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault, who’s been with the organization for 18 years. There are 174 beds at the homeless shelter, all of which are full at the end of the night and include 100 children who sleep there. According to the federal database Homeless Management Information System, last year the Bakersfield Homeless Center placed 940 people into permanent homes. “That’s 68 percent of all the homeless people placed in homes; we did almost 70 percent of the work,” said Gill. With the expansion of the organization came the improvement of the services offered. The first thing that is done is set the family up with a caseworker, who will then be with them throughout their time at the center and sometimes after. They assess each family’s situation and work with them to motivate and help them overcome it. The organization also has job development programs that began in 2009 to help acclimate the organization’s clients to a routine and a good job experience. “That started because no one would hire any of our clients because when you
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A large crowd waits for the Bakersfield Homeless Center to opening the gates so they can get their free Thanksgiving meal.
put down that you’re homeless or that 1600 E. Truxtun Ave. is your address, (they) typically are not going to want to hire you,” Lyday said. “We went out and got contracts with the city of Bakersfield, with the green waste, highway cleanup and the animal care facility. Then we started putting our own people to work. It’s minimum wage but they do get paid. That kind of started our partnership with the city and that opened up the door to giving our people experience and giving them that confidence that they could work – that’s how you break the cycle of homelessness.” The Bakersfield Homeless Center is also home to one of the first licensed child care centers to operate in a homeless center in California. Discovery Depot is a preschool design for infants and toddlers. It specializes in its own curriculum called trauma informed care. “These teachers are not your typical teachers,” Lyday said. “They are trauma-informed teachers who will be able to help these children overcome what they’ve experienced out on the streets and give them a routine – let them feel that one-onone, that love that compassion that they give them and let them feel safe.” It’s a place where mothers who go out either looking for jobs or working have the confidence in knowing their children are safe. These are just some of the many services offered at the Bakersfield Homeless Center, however, none of this could be possible without the donations from the community. The organizations biggest fundraiser is the Boots and Bachelor Auction. Entering its 19th year, Gill promises “it’s like no other fundraiser in town.” Each ticket comes with a meal and a night of fun. All the proceeds go back to the Bakersfield Homeless Center. “Between our dormitory and our kitchen, it cost $400,000 a year more than we receive grants to support it, so we have to raise that money in the community,” said Gill. Gill’s compassion for what he does runs deep and goes beyond him, as he acknowledges the hardworking women that make it possible for the organization to do what it does. “(Our commitment to the community) is to not turn away from some of the hardest things that are out there,” he said. “That no matter how far you’ve fallen, whatever the measurements are in society, you still matter. We will reach for you. If you want help, we will reach for you.”
The Boots & Bachelor Auction is an annual charity event for the Bakersfield Homeless Center that presents over a dozen of Bakersfield’s most handsome, eligible bachelors in front of more than 200 beautiful women. It’s a good time for a good cause that takes place at 7 p.m., Sept. 28, at Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace. Check out this year’s group of bachelors. For more information, go to kernbachelors.com.
Andy Vidak Age: 52 Occupation: Farmer, small businessman, state senator How would you describe your personality? I’m a proud Central Valley man through and through. I grew up in the Central Valley and I’m just like everyone else here. I believe in hard work, helping my friends and neighbors, and doing the right thing. What traits do you find appealing in a partner? Compatibility and honesty. What was your most memorable date? The date Ronald Reagan was elected president of the United States. What are your hobbies? My hobbies are being out in my Senate district, which includes Fresno County, Kings County, Tulare County and Kern County. I love meeting with my constituents and What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever
done? Running for office is by far the most adventurous thing I’ve ever done! What is on the very top of your bucket list? Continuing to fight to improve the lives of the hardworking men and women and their families in the Central Valley. Favorite Netflix series to binge watch: I enjoy watching old Westerns, but I prefer a live ball game over a show or movie. What are your pet peeves? People who are so partisan in their politics that they don’t work together to solve problems. A fact about me that surprises people is: I was the Easter Bunny at Sequoia Mall in Visalia for a couple of years during high school. What is your favorite cheesy pickup line? Would you like to go out for pizza?
Samuel Thomas DeVera Age: 24 Occupation: Administrative support specialist at Tel-Tec Security Systems Inc. How would you describe your personality? Outgoing. What traits do you find appealing in a partner? Funny, kind, intelligent, Christian, confident. What was your most memorable date? Laf-A-Lot ballroom dance. What are your hobbies? Drumming, dancing (ballroom), playing games (board games and video games). What is on the very top of your bucket list? Be a faithful follower of Jesus Christ. Favorite series to binge watch: “Santa Clarita Diet.” What’s your go-to karaoke song? “Buddy Holly” by Weezer. My last meal would be: Harris Ranch steak. A fact about me that surprises people is: I can put my leg behind my head and I was homeschooled. If money didn’t matter, my dream job would be: A bellhop in a hotel lobby. If I could go back in time and give my younger self a piece of advice, it would be? “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2 What is your favorite cheesy pickup line? I forgot my library card but do you mind if I check you out?
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Age: 54 Occupation: Sales executive How would you describe your personality? Fun-loving, loves a good laugh. What traits do you find appealing in a partner? Sincerity, honesty, goes with the flow. What was your most memorable date? Camping weekend. What are your hobbies? Golf (sports in general) and cooking. What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done? Bungee jumped.
What is on the very top of your bucket list? Attend the Masters Golf Tournament. What’s your go-to karaoke song? “Amarillo by Morning.” Who was your childhood crush? Daisy Duke. My last meal would be: Filet and lobster. What are your pet peeves? Camping out in the fast lane and dishonesty. A fact about me that surprises people is: I won an Elvis impersonation contest. If money didn’t matter, my dream job would be: Food critic.
Age: 27 Occupation: District associate for the Boy Scouts of America What traits do you find appealing in a partner? Funny with a cute giggle. What was your most memorable date? Coffee date that led to us knowing each other very well. What are your hobbies? Traveling. What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done? Worked for an airline and traveled as much as I could. What is on the very top of your bucket list? Travel to Rome.
Favorite series to binge watch: I am very much entranced with “Game of Thrones” My last meal would be: Steak, potatoes and carrots. What are your pet peeves? Eating with mouth open. A fact about me that surprises people is: I know how to thread eyebrows. If money didn’t matter, my dream job would be: Travel the world and help wherever I can. If I could go back in time and give my younger self a piece of advice, it would be: Have more fun, enjoy every moment while in the moment.
Age: 28 Occupation: Facilities supervisor How would you describe your personality? Positive. What traits do you find appealing in a partner? Laughter and trust. What was your most memorable date? Picnic. What are your hobbies? Shooting and off-roading. What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done? This auction. What is on the very top of your bucket list? Travel the world.
Who was your childhood crush? Pamela Anderson My last meal would be: Filet blue with garlic. What are your pet peeves? Insecurity. A fact about me that surprises people is: I didn’t play sports. If money didn’t matter, my dream job would be: Test driver. If I could go back in time and give my younger self a piece of advice, it would be: You did fine the first time. Just roll with it.
Age: 32 Occupation Agriculture finance How would you describe your personality? Active, funny and laid-back but can be intense and generally difficult. What traits do you find appealing in a partner? Someone that is smart, energetic, pretty and likes to do things. What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done? Forest firefighting. What is on the very top of your bucket list? Alaska. Favorite series to binge
watch? “Jessica Jones.” Who was your childhood crush? Raelynn Brockbrader, the vet’s tall daughter. Heartbreaker of 4H club. My last meal would be: A sushi appetizer, porterhouse steak and potatoes, carrot cake and six-pack of Budweiser. What are your pet peeves? Laziness, negative attitudes and rules. A fact about me that surprises people is: I am originally from New Jersey. If money didn’t matter, my dream job would be: Coaching soccer.
Age: 56 Occupation: Construction project manager How would you describe your personality? Quiet but good to know. What traits do you find appealing in a partner? Honest, humble, good Christian values. What was your most memorable date? Hasn’t happened yet. What are your hobbies? Painting, running, playing ukulele. What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done? Join the Marine Corps. What is on the very top of your bucket list? Travel to
Puerto Rico when it is safe. What’s your go-to karaoke song? “Hey Jude.” Who was your childhood crush? Mrs. Rodriguez – my fifth-grade teacher. My last meal would be: Sushi. What are your pet peeves? I don’t like profanity, smokers, drugs. A fact about me that surprises people is: I lived in Hawaii for 30-plus years. If money didn’t matter my dream job would be: Artist living in Hawaii. If I could go back in time and give my younger self a piece of advice, it would be: Stay with Christ.
Age: 43 Occupation: Contractor What traits do you find appealing in a partner? Vulnerability without neediness, genuine interest, optimism and, most of all, intelligence. What was your most memorable date? Helicopter ride to a picnic on a cliff overlooking Malibu. What are your hobbies? Hitting the gym and happy hour. What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done? Survival school in the Marine Corps – eight days with no food or water, living
off the land in solitude. Favorite series to binge watch: “Game of Thrones.” Who was your childhood crush? Samantha from “Who’s the Boss?” (Alyssa Milano) What are your pet peeves? Open-mouth chewers, not washing hands in the restroom, littering and not rushing across the street when a car is waiting for you. If I could go back in time and give my younger self a piece of advice, it would be: Go for it! The embarrassment will only last so long!
Brett Picanso Name: Brett Picanso Age: 31 Occupation: Sales professional/ pre-med student How would you describe your personality? Spirited, fun, kind, thoughtful with just a bit of wit around the edges. What traits do you find appealing in a partner? I appreciate a woman that’s independent and passionate in life. What was your most memorable date? I once went on a date with Thomas Kinkade’s (the painter of light) daughter. Super interesting. What are your hobbies? I play a lot of golf. I’m also big into fitness live music, classical dancing and casual conversation with good friends. What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done? Took a tour in the jungle of Colombia through Pablo Escobar’s stomping grounds. What is on the very top of your bucket list? Commercial flight in space would not be not awesome. Favorite series to binge watch: “Grey’s Anatomy.” What’s your go-to karaoke song? “More than a Feeling.” Boston, 100 percent of the time! Who was your childhood crush? Jessica Simpson. My last meal would be: Twelveounce wagyu steak, braised polenta and a generous helping of veggies. What are your pet peeves? Iced coffee before 7 a.m. I’m reluctant to trust someone who does this. A fact about me that surprises people is: I was born in Australia. If money didn’t matter, my dream job would be: Scuba dive instructor in Belize or the Gulf of Thailand. www.BakersfieldLife.com
Age: 34 Occupation: Firefighter How would you describe your personality? Shy at first but lots of fun after a couple of drinks. What traits do you find appealing in a partner? Kind, humble, hard worker, go-getter. What was your most memorable date? Spent the day at the beach relaxing and having some drinks. What are your hobbies? Being outdoors, snowboarding, exercise. What is on the very top of your bucket list? Win the
CrossFit Games. Favorite series to binge watch: “The Walking Dead.” What’s your go-to karaoke song? “Friends in Low Places” – Garth Brooks. My last meal would be: Pizza. What are your pet peeves: Not picking up after yourself. If money didn’t matter, my dream job would be: I have my dream job. If I could go back in time and give my younger self a piece of advice, it would be: Get more involved in school.
Occupation: Project manager How would you describe your personality? Outgoing. What traits do you find appealing in a partner? Honesty, driven, educated. What was your most memorable date? Don’t really have one. What are your hobbies? Singing, dancing, traveling, cooking, home projects, playing soccer, playing instruments. What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done? Surfing waves during an impending hurricane (in Puerto Rico). What is on the very top of your bucket list? Don’t have one. I already attempt everything.
Favorite series to binge watch: “Celia” (about Celia Cruz). What’s your go-to karaoke song? “What You Won’t Do for Love” – Bobby Caldwell. Who was your childhood crush? Jennifer Lopez. My last meal would be: Arroz con gandules, pernil, and empanadas (Puerto Rican food). What are your pet peeves? Dishonesty and fake people. A fact about me that surprises people is: I’ve won multiple singing contests and been on various TV shows (music). If money didn’t matter, my dream job would be: Chef. If I could go back in time and give my younger self a piece of advice, it would be: Don’t take life too seriously. 78
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Nicholas McGill September 2018
Age: 47 Occupation: CPA How would you describe your personality? Like to joke around. What traits do you find appealing in a partner? Kindness. What are your hobbies? Traveling. What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done? Inner tube on the Amazon River.
Favorite series to binge watch: “Narcos.” What’s your go-to karaoke song? Anything Guns N’ Roses. My last meal would be: Ribeye steak. What are your pet peeves? Interrupting. If I could go back in time and give my younger self a piece of advice, it would be: Be patient.
Age: 32 Occupation: Farmer/ag consultant How would you describe your personality? Honest, loyal, adventurous with a sprinkle of wild. What traits do you find appealing in a partner? Intelligence, honesty, driven, spontaneous. What was your most memorable date? A scuba diving trip in a boat cruise in Catalina. What are your hobbies? Surfing, golf, soccer, camping/fishing with my boys. What is on the very top of your bucket list? Scuba
diving the Great Barrier Reef and visiting northern lights. Favorite series to binge watch: “Stranger Things.” What’s your go-to karaoke song? “Sit Next to Me” by Foster the People. Who was your childhood crush? Jennifer Aniston. My last meal would be: Pasta and wine. What are your pet peeves? Rude and dishonest people and littering! A fact about me that surprises people is: I enjoy playing guitar. If money didn’t matter, my dream job would be: Race car driver.
Age: 30 Occupation: Deputy district attorney What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done? Traveled to a foreign country without a visa and ultimately got turned away at their immigration line and had to live in the airport for 24 hours. Who was your childhood crush? Hermione Granger.
Age: 49 Occupation: Teacher How would you describe your personality? Very social and talkative/humorous. What traits do you find appealing in a partner? Intelligence/mild sarcasm and the ability to have some independence. What was your most memorable date? I was on a first date and I was walking a friend to a cab when a truck came down the sidewalk and hit her. What are your hobbies? Most sports and power naps. What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done? Traveled around Europe with my brother and
Age: 26 Occupation: Deputy district attorney How would you describe your personality? Outgoing, optimistic, confident, positive. What traits do you find appealing in a partner? Adventurous and understanding. What was your most memorable date? Kayaking, Hawaiian barbecue, drive to LA, saw a play, fancy dinner, drinks. What are your hobbies? Martial arts, exercise, going out, shooting, watching hockey. What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever
My last meal would be: Big Mac meal – large. A fact about me that surprises people is: I almost made it to the Olympics in badminton. If money didn’t matter, my dream o would be: Deputy district attorney. What’s your favorite cheesy pickup line? Excuse me, miss. I lost my number. Can I have yours?
spent most nights in his car. What’s your go-to karaoke song? It takes a lot of alcohol to get me up there to start with. Who was your childhood crush? Olivia Newton John. My last meal would be: Something involving chili verde. What are your pet peeves? Being on time. A fact about me that surprises people is: I used to be extremely shy. If I could go back in time and give my younger self a piece of advice, it would be: Make sure you give 100 percent in whatever you do. You can’t get back wasted time.
done? Ziplining in Alaska. Favorite series to binge watch: “Scrubs.” What’s your go-to karaoke song? “Boot Scootin’ Boogie.” Who was your childhood crush? Michelle Branch. My last meal would be: A rib-eye steak, medium-rare. What are your pet peeves? Being interrupted. If money didn’t matter, my dream job would be: Deputy district attorney. If I could go back in time and give my younger self a piece of advice it would be: Be confident, dress a little nicer, keep exercising, don’t worry, trust God.
Ty Trimm Age: 47 Occupation: EHS manager, Wonderful Company How would you describe your personality? Outgoing. What traits do you find appealing in a partner? Genuine, funny, easygoing. What was your most memorable date? With my daughters when they were 16. Dad got the first date to show them what to expect. What are your hobbies? Cooking, working out, houseboat/ going to the lake, gardening, dancing. What is on the very top of your bucket list? Spend a month in Italy with roots/family. Favorite series to binge watch: Not much into TV. “Breaking Bad,” “Sons of Anarchy.” What’s your go-to karaoke song? “Summer Love” from “Grease.” I always have to find a female for the duet so I don’t karaoke. Who was your childhood crush? Heather Locklear. My last meal would be: My momma’s gumbo and dirty rice. What are your pet peeves? People who chew their food with their mouths wide-open. A fact about me that surprises people is: No surprises – I have little to no filters. If money didn’t matter, my dream job would be: Cook at my own small food cart in San Diego. If I could go back in time and give my younger self a piece of advice, it would be: Spend time with my dad and less time playing sports. What is your favorite cheesy pickup line? Did the sun come out or did you just smile at me? www.BakersfieldLife.com
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Pastor taking social media to heavenly heights By Lisa Kimble
A few weeks ago, members of St. Francis Parish Church listened intently as Monsignor Craig Harrison delivered his homily. But something was different at this Mass. Harrison wasn’t at the pulpit. Instead, he appeared in a video projected onto a large screen above the altar, filmed 6,216 miles away weeks earlier from inside the Cathedral of San Rufino in Assisi, Italy. Harrison was in the middle of his annual summer pilgrimage to the birthplace of the parish’s name-sake, Saint Francis, where he has been going for more than 40 years, usually for just a few weeks. “After 25 years of service, the church gives you a sabbatical for extra time for prayer, meditation and reflection,” Harrison said. This year’s sojourn lasted 2 ½ months. “I had a hard time the first week letting go of the day-to-day operations, but after I got settled in, it was easier to be by myself at times and see the world through different eyes.” And on this visit – a first for his Bakersfield flock. He brought along his videographer, parishioner Bob West, to document the religious journey. “Since I was going to be away so long, I wanted to stay connected to my parish. I wanted to provide them with short videos and sermons so they could enjoy the experience with me,” Harrison said. West and an assistant spent five days with Harrison. They taped three homilies from Italy and several episodes of his popular “Moments with Monsignor Craig.” Harrison is so at ease in front of the camera that most 80
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were shot in just one take. One was recorded in the small chapel in St. Anthony’s Guest House overlooking the Basilica of Saint Clare and another in the nearly thousand-year-old church of San Paolo. The videographers donated their time and talent. Their travel was under-written by donations. “I think Father Craig gets even more inspired for his homilies and other talks when he is in Assisi,” West said, adding that this was the assignment of a lifetime. There is still nearly an hour of unaired footage of tours of churches and history of Saints Francis and Clare that may find its way into a documentary or a future women’s fellowship presentation. He and Harrison began collaborating on spiritual videos several years ago for the parish’s monthly men’s fellowship. “The ‘Moments’ segment was a creation of our younger members of my staff who thought this would be a great way to connect with the new generation,” Harrison recalled. West shot one, shared it on Facebook and it was viewed more than a thousand times. Harrison, who has hundreds of followers on a variety of social media platforms, sees the digitalization of evangelizing as an optimal way to share a perspective and message with his flock. “I think the church, just like the world, must continue to find ways to communicate and share the faith,” Harrison said. While Jesus’ disciples traveled on foot to spread His word, televangelists have been coming into our living rooms for decades. Today, reaching the faithful is as easy as a click of the mouse.
Harrison is among the first locally to blaze the cyber-trail, but he is not alone in embracing the internet as another vehicle to preach and minister. Catholic leaders around the world recognize the need to establish a social media presence as their faithful adapt to digital ways of interdependence. “The Catholic Church recognizes both the opportunities and challenges that accompany faith being lived through multimedia platforms,” said Rev. Armando Ochoa, bishop of the Diocese of Fresno. “The most important test of its value is the fruit it bears. If any form of media brings us closer through an authentic relationship with God and one another in a spirit of love and charity, it is indeed a blessing. But media should deepen real presence in relationships, never replace it.” Parishioners who missed this summer’s videotaped sermons are able to view them on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and the parish website. “I do believe what Father Craig brought back to the congregation is a sense that he is praying for all of us and had time to look back at his years in the priesthood with some critical thinking,” said parishioner Mary Jo Pasek. “The most important thing we have in our lives is connection – with God, with families and with each other,” Harrison said. “Anytime we can make a connection, we build community.”
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SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING ALONGSIDE STUDENTS’ EDUCATION By Delia Martinez
As we all know, it is the start of another school year for many children and students. I know far too well how exciting and stressful this time of year can be. As parents are busy doing backto-school shopping, teachers are busy preparing for their classrooms. The majority of educators want to make their classroom a fun and engaging home away from home, which is great; however, this might also be overwhelming, especially when you’re a new teacher. For instance, when I first started teaching I thought it would be easy. I wanted to teach the way that I was taught in elementary school. I mean, how hard can that be? Come to find out, teaching in the 21st century has changed and transformed the way we plan and execute our lessons. We need to make sure that we meet the needs of our 21st century learners by giving them the opportunity to work collaboratively, have creativity and use their critical thinking skills to problem solve. Back when I was in elementary school, if the principal walked in and students were too loud and/or talking within their groups, it was considered disruptive behavior. Now, there are some administrators who might be concerned if they walk into a classroom without collaboration. Why? Because we are serving a different generation! Even though we focus a majority of time on academics, we also have to put emphasis on the WHOLE child. With that said, I have seen the emphasis on building relationships with your students. This was key for me. As a new teacher, it was more than just an “All About Me” worksheet; it was building relationships to get to know each and every one of those
bodies in my classroom. Building relationships takes a lot of effort and time and it truly will make or break you. I cannot stress enough the importance of establishing a student-centered classroom community that accepts diverse viewpoints and fosters social and emotional development. This is a vital component in the present and future successes of our students because it promotes rich dialogue and the opportunity for every student to have a voice. When students are engaged and contribute to their class discussions, they know that their teacher genuinely values their voice – they will go above and beyond because they feel supported and valued. A great way to establish social-emotional learning and a student-centered classroom community is by incorporating classroom circles and mindfulness into your daily routine. The goal of mindfulness and circles is to create a self-regulating check-in process that encourages students to build empathy, respect, and goals for themselves and others.
Student also learn the tools needed to be problem-solvers, lifelong learners, and the buy-in does not come from me and my acting ability, but from their own self-intrinsic motivation. Leading with love and discipline takes time, just as any relationship does, and as an educator, when taking the democratic approach, focus on building up the next generation in such a way that will impact our community. Overall, I hope you will have an open-mind and be willing to relinquish a small part of your day to focus on building relationships and the students’ social-emotional learning alongside their education. We must never forget our true purpose and that we want the best for our students and our next generation of leaders. Delia Martinez is a second-grade teacher at McKinley Elementary School. She is a former Kern Urban Teacher resident and a certified Social-Emotional Ethics Democratic Education ambassador. The views expressed are her own. www.BakersfieldLife.com
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JUDGE BENJAMIN BRUNDAGE AND THE INDUSTRIAL COWBOYS: THE WATER WAR OF KERN COUNTY By Julie Plata
When Benjamin Brundage moved to Havilah in 1865, he had no clue he would preside over California’s first water war. Originally from McCutchenville, Ohio, Brundage made his way to the West Coast shortly before the end of the Civil War in 1864. Although he originally settled in San Francisco, Kern’s gold rush lured him to Havilah. Once there he set up a small law firm and within a year, he helped establish Havilah as the seat of Kern County. When the seat was moved to Bakersfield in 1874, Brundage; his wife, Mary; and their three sons, Ben, Frank and George, settled into a cottage where the Padre Hotel now stands. The Dec. 15, 1871, Kern County Weekly Courier described Brundage as “one of those men who carry with them an important influence and was always a true and faithful friend.” He was a well-liked and respected member of the community in both Havilah and Bakersfield. His reputation as a fair and judicious man earned him a spot as a member of the 1878 Constitutional Convention and he was subsequently chosen as the first Superior Court judge in Kern County. It is said that wars are fought over water and on April 15, 1881, one of the most important cases regarding water rights in California started in Brundage’s courtroom. The battle between Lux v. Haggin was the first and greatest water suit to take place in California and had a lasting effect on Kern County. Although commonly known as Lux v. Haggin, the suit actually included nine plaintiffs and 86 canal corporations as the defendants. The case was a fight between these industrial cowboys over what determined the ownership of water – riparian rights or prior appropriation. 82
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Riparian rights are one of the oldest established laws regarding water access. The old English law held that owners of land adjacent to a water source are entitled to reasonable use of that water. Both the plaintiff and the defendants had amassed large quantities of land throughout Kern County. A battle then ensued over the rights to the water of the Kern River. The battle Henry Miller and Charles Lux, the plaintiffs, argued they had the between Lux v. right to the water on their land Haggin was through riparian rights. James the first and Ben-Ali Haggin, the defendant, greatest water argued that the law of appropriasuit to take place tion had been used from the days in California and of the Gold Rush in the placers. His side further argued that the landhad a lasting owners adjacent to the rivers could effect on Kern appropriate the water and carry it through ditches to the land below County. the level of the streams, as he and the other defendants had done. The rule of prior appropriation also means the first user had the right to the water. Brundage ruled in favor of the defendants on Nov. 3, 1881, as “no continuous or defined channel” existed on the plaintiffs’ land, therefore, riparian law did not apply. Brundage’s ruling would not be the final word on the case. Miller and Lux eventually prevailed in 1886 after a series of appeals overturned Brundage’s initial ruling. When Brundage passed away in 1911, his friends and colleagues honored the man who presided over the “most important case of its kind, in point of magnitude and legal question, ever tried in any court in California.”
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INSTILLING HOPE, BUILDING COMMUNITY IN FIGHT AGAINST CANCER By Jennifer Olague
The American Cancer Society is dedicated to every community it serves. A dedication to find a cure. A dedication to instill hope into every person or family battling cancer. In its 105-year history, the American Cancer Society has raised $4.5 billion in the fight against cancer. “The mission is really three parts: You can think of it as funding, advancing cheaper treatment and through the investment and research,” said Lara Weberling, development manager of the West Region American Cancer Society. Weberling has only been in her position for four months but her reasoning behind joining the fight against cancer is personal. Her son Hans was diagnosed with pediatric cancer neuroblastoma at the age of 3. “He fought and battled his disease like a tiny little gladiator for nearly 6 years before he succumbed to his disease in 2012 at the age of 9,” said Weberling. Her goal is to give back to the community and help be part of the answer to cancer. The American’ Cancer Society’s goal is simple: to create a community. It does this by providing several programs for those facing the battle against cancer. Weberling describes the three main points of services provided as “research, patient services and advocacy.” Many other services fall under the umbrella of those points. One of the services is a 24-hour professional staff cancer hotline. The
hotline offers a full range of services from clinical trials support, recommendations and referrals to local support groups. There are a lot of services offered locally like wig banks for patients and transportation services for patients called Road to Recovery. “We also have partnerships with many hotels, so if you’re out of town going to treatment in LA, we have a program where one of our hotel partners will give a place to stay while you’re receiving treatment,” Weberling said. “We have Reach To Recovery, which is a peer-to-peer connection, where a breast cancer patient is connected with a mentor who is about five years out from where they are with the same diagnosis and positive outcome. Our overarching theme for our business is that we’re building community and trying to connect people and pull them out of that isolation that you can sometimes feel with that devastating life altering cancer diagnosis.” Along with those services is a new program ACS is currently developing to further its cause. One of those new programs is known as venture philanthropy. “They have pharmaceutical partners that fund for research and then once a scientific find is made, ACS will be on the receiving end on some of the financial benefits of selling those pharmaceuticals,” said Weberling. Bakersfield is known for its big contributions to the ACS through events like Relay for Life. According to Weberling, the Relay for Life in Bakersfield is one of the most successful. “Bakersfield and the ACS run deep
and they have a big strong history and partnership,” said Weberling. It is through services provided and fundraisers that community is built. The Valley of Hope Gala, which takes place Oct. 6, brings the community together for an evening of celebration of life and loved ones. “Across the country, the American Cancer Society has several fundraising branches and different programs, one of which is this distinguished event,” Weberling said. “It is a night to have a beautiful, entertaining and moving evening, while at the same time, we recognize our community response to cancer.” The Valley of Hope Gala is in its fifth year and has raised over $1 million in the Bakersfield market. It is an outdoor event that takes place in a private family house, the Fisher house. The sponsors and supporters will enjoy an evening of live music, dinner, drinks, and a silent and live auction. Along with those events, a local physician and a local cancer survivor will be honored. “We really tried to make it an event that encompasses what Bakersfield has to offer, so a lot of oil and agriculture, having that as our inspiration on the decor, the people that we honor, the honorary chair. We really try to make those people represent our community. I think of all of that and we really incorporated our community within the event and elevated it,” said Katie Corrigan, Valley of Hope Gala co-chair. Tickets for this event are limited and will go sale starting Sept. 1. Each ticket is $200. For more information, visit valleyofhopegala.org. www.BakersfieldLife.com
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ROGERS BRANDON John Brock Award recipient to be honored for donation of time, energy, resources to community
By Shelby Parker
Each year, the School of Business and Public Administration at CSU Bakersfield honors an individual who contributes to the enhancement and promotion of the local business climate, exhibits the highest ethical standards and personal integrity and gives back to the community. Established in 1988, the John Brock Award for Community Service honors outstanding members of the community for their achievements and contributions. This year’s recipient is American General Media President Rogers Brandon, who will be honored at the 31st annual recognition dinner Sept. 6. “I am very pleased that Rogers Brandon has been chosen for the prestigious John Brock Sr. Community Service Award. Rogers is truly an outstanding leader whose contribution to Kern County is well-known and duly recognized by the community,” Angappa “Guna” Gunasekaran, dean of the CSUB School of the Business and Public Administration, said in a press release. “As president of American General Media and chairman of many nonprofit organizations, he clearly demonstrates his passion and dedication to serve the community.” Brandon was humbled when he found out he’d be receiving the John Brock Award. “I was lucky to know John Brock and he left a legacy that is admired communitywide,” he said. “To be mentioned in the same breath as John Brock is laughable to most that know me, but a high honor nonetheless.” Brandon says the best part of the honor is that someone noticed that he tried. “It is a great thrill to work alongside such a giving and earnest community,” he said. “But the best part of the event is that is raises money for scholarships at CSUB, which helps build future leaders in our community.” Like many young adults, after graduating from college, Brandon didn’t have a plan for his professional life, so he jumped in and helped his brother with the family business, American General Media. Brandon’s father was a radio broadcasting pioneer in the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. He bought and sold radio stations in 84
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Rogers Brandon freely gives his time and resources to the CSU Foundation, Bakersfield Memorial Hospital Foundation, Bakersfield Museum of Art and the Rotary Club of Bakersfield, to name a few.
the ’50s, collecting them until he sold his interests to start American General Media with Brandon and his brother, Anthony. Today, Brandon and his brother manage the family owned operation, though from two different locations, as they oversee multiple stations in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Four Corners, Bakersfield, San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria. Working with family isn’t as challenging when there’s a three-hour time difference. Brandon says the most rewarding aspect of his job now is being able to identify and develop the next generation of leadership for the company. He has a son and niece who are also involved with the business and “watching them play a deeper role in the company is very satisfying.” Although he and his brother are still excited about what they’re doing, he says finding the next wave of management and the tools to succeed is a lot of fun. His family allows him to do what he does on a “To be mentioned in daily basis. They gave him the same breath as his first job, something that might not have happened John Brock is laughin the open marketplace. able to most that “Over the years, my know me, but a high family has given me a honor nonetheless.” sense of balance and purpose in trying to do what’s best for the whole rather than just for myself,” Brandon said. While Brandon does run a business, giving back to the community isn’t lost on him. In fact, it’s part of the vision for the American General Media company. “Service should be blind to profit and advancement, but it’s not,” he said. “It’s trying to build on the strength and vitality of a community from which our business has prospered. The stronger the community, the more our business can grow.” He spends much of his time outside of the office, working with the CSU Bakersfield Foundation, Bakersfield Memorial Hospital Foundation, the Bakersfield Museum of Art and the Rotary Club of Bakersfield.
It is working with fellow community leaders that shows, by example, that “the donation of time, energy and resources is its own reward.” Brandon hopes that the
next generation of people and colleagues in the community will be even just half as successful as the ones before and that generations to follow will appreciate that they, at least, tried.
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BC’S ‘HOME RUN HITTER’ ROBERSON HAS LOFTY GOALS FOR 2018 SEASON Even though he doesn’t play baseball, the best way to describe what Cameron Roberson brings to the Bakersfield College football team would be to use hardball vernacular. Simply put, he’s a home run hitter – a big-time deep threat who strikes fear in opponents while raising the excitement level through the roof for Renegades fans every time he touches the football. Roberson showcased his propensity for putting the ball in the end zone from anywhere on the field last season, scoring 10 touchdowns on a combined 76 carries, receptions and kickoff/punt returns. The average length of his scoring plays was a whopping 44 yards. Half his TDs were 50 yards or longer, including a 96-yard punt return and a 92-yard kickoff return. The wide receiver/returner amassed 1,108 all-purpose yards (100.7 per game) as a freshman in 2017. His 44 receptions were tied for the 13th most for a single season in BC history. “I was put in the perfect position to use my skill set to the fullest potential,” Roberson said. “I was pretty satisfied with (my freshman season). It just Cameron Roberson made my goals higher for this season.” Roberson’s astounding ability to gain huge chunks of yardage and get into the end zone comes from a combination of explosive speed and exceptional elusiveness. Roberson’s exploits were a big 86
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Renegade receiver Cameron Roberson leaps over teammate Blake Brown on his way to a first-quarter touchdown against Allan Hancock College.
reason the Renegades won seven games. BC started the year 7-1 before losing its last three games. “We were looking ahead of our last three opponents,” Roberson said. “When we lost, it kind of reality-checked us, but it was kind of too late. What we take out of losing is we now know what not to do, and we know the mindset we need to have to be successful as a team.” Roberson started playing organized football at age 6. He spent his prep years at Garces competing in not only football, but also baseball and as a sprinter in track. He was a standout safety for the Rams, earning First Team All-Southwest Yosemite honors following a senior year in which he recorded 65 tackles (six for a loss), three interceptions and a blocked field goal. Despite scholarship offers from a pair of FCS schools, Roberson chose to go to BC instead. The decision was due mainly to Roberson wanting to return to playing offense, something he hadn’t done since his sophomore year at Garces. “I felt like I was more of a threat on offense and that’s where I would best fit,” Roberson. “I talked to coach Chudy and we made it happen.” Roberson worked hard to make the sometimes-difficult transition from high school to junior college football look easy. “The first thing you notice is how fast the game is,” Roberson said. “They (the coaches at BC) dissected everything I thought I was good at and they made it even better.” While the BC coaching staff helped the 5-foot11, 185-pound Roberson become a better route
runner, they didn’t really need to work on improving his speed. He can run 100 meters in 10.75 seconds. Roberson’s senior year at Garces he won the “valley” championship in the 200 (21.93 seconds). His best time
“My personal goal is to score 15 total touchdowns and I want to get over 2,000 all-purpose yards. It’s a really a high bar but it’s something I’m trying to get to.”
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was 21.70 seconds. “My speed has always been my biggest strength,” Roberson said. “They can’t hit what they can’t catch. That’s how I’ve always looked at it.” Roberson’s enormous football talent has drawn the interest of a considerable number of four-year college football programs, including several BCS schools. However, before he takes the next step in his football career, Roberson has some more business he would like to take care of at BC. He has both team and individual goals for the season. “We want to win a state championship,” Roberson said. “We want to bring a ring back to Bakersfield. … That’s our goal as a team. We all have that mindset, which is why I believe it’s going to happen. ... My personal goal is to score 15 total touchdowns and I want to get over 2,000 all-purpose yards. It’s a really a high bar but it’s something I’m trying to get to.”
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Kern County Superintendent of Schools’ Mary Barlow promotes School Attendance Awareness by calling attention to KCSOS online and social media tools that aim to deter student absenteeism.
KEEPING KIDS IN SCHOOL BY EMPHASIZING IMPORTANCE OF REGULAR ATTENDANCE By Kristen Beall Barnes
Community philanthropy comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. Most of us relate philanthropy to some form of monetary transaction, but this month, I am asking you to consider philanthropy in light of its original meaning: the love of humanity. Just for a moment, let’s consider philanthropic efforts rather than dollars to improve the communities where we live, work and play. The opening days of school conjure up images of backpacks stuffed with notebooks and unsharpened pencils, bulletin boards freshly decorated by teachers and students showing off new clothes to old friends. But even in these early days of the new school year, some students already are heading toward academic trouble: They’re missing too many days of school. Across the country, as many as 7.5 million students miss nearly a month of school every year. Data from the California Department of Education shows that 12.1 percent of Kern County students were chronically absent during the 201617 school year – missing 10 percent of school days — compared to 10.8 percent of California students. Good attendance is central to student achievement 88
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and our broader efforts to improve schools. All of our investments in curriculum and instruction won’t amount to much if students aren’t showing up to benefit from them. Problems with chronic absenteeism start surprisingly early and By middle can have consequences throughschool, chronic out a child’s academic career. Children who are chronically absent absence in kindergarten and first grade becomes one are less likely to read proficiently of the leading by third grade, and students who indicators that don’t read well by that critical juncture are more likely to struggle a child will in school. They are also more likely drop out of to be chronically absent in later high school. years, since they never developed good attendance habits. By middle school, chronic absence becomes one of the leading indicators that a child will drop out of high school. Chronic absence isn’t just about truancy or willfully skipping school. Instead, children stay home because of chronic illness, unreliable transportation, housing issues, bullying or simply because their parents don’t understand how quickly absences add up – and affect school performance. After all, 18 days is only two days a month in a typical
school year. This is true social media campaign: whether absences are #SchoolEveryDay. excused or unexcused, The truth of the matter whether they come conis that it will take all of us secutively or sporadically to reduce chronic absenthroughout the school year. teeism. Think about what So how do we turn this you can do within your around? The Kern County own family and your own Superintendent of Schools neighborhood to help get is launching School Attenmore kids to school. Join dance Awareness Month on us in our effort to make Sept. 7 at Freedom Middle every day count and make School. They also spearKern a better place to live, head the Truancy Reducwork and play. tion Attendance Coalition of Kern and support a Kristen Beall Barnes, website, kernstayinschool. Ed.D., is the president and org, packed with a CEO of Kern variety of resources Community to support parents, Foundation. teachers, commuContact her at nity leaders, health Kristen@kerncare providers and foundation.org business leaders. or 616-2601. The Look for opportuviews expressed nities to participate in this column Kristen Beall Barnes in a countywide are her own.
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Upscale resale at its best! We are very excited to announce a new partnership with the men and women of Bakersfield’s Weight Watchers organization! We spoke with leader Mike Sutherland there and he thought we had a great idea. It’s no secret that losing weight is tough and what adds to the frustration is what do you do about looking good in your clothes while you’re losing pounds and inches that won’t break the bank? Solution: The Mission at Kern County’s Encore Boutique thrives because of the awesome men’s and women’s clothing and accessories that are donated to us. But the fact of the matter is we are always short on “robust” men’s and women’s clothing. Our incentive to those losing weight is to make donations of their larger-sized clothes to us and receive an even bigger discount than the 10 percent normally offered with donations. Yep, that’s what we’re doing! When bringing in those XL and larger items in new or gently previously loved condition, we’ll give 20 percent off on your next purchase at Encore! This promotion holds for your entire weight-loss journey, regardless of how fast and how often you need a new size. Not a Weight Watcher’s member? That’s OK, too. Also, please save the date for our upcoming events!
Encore Boutique has partnered up with Bakersfield’s Weight Watchers organization and is looking for XL and larger items from those losing weight, plus get great looking clothes as you lose some sizes.
Also, please save the date for our upcoming events! Go to the missionkc.org for more information.
“Meet Me in Paris IV” Fashion Show Fundraiser Saturday, Sept. 15 10 a.m. to noon 821 E. 21st St.
7th Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser Oct. 29 Noon
Hope for the Holidays Fall Banquet Fundraiser Nov. 30 6 to 9 p.m.
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From a trip to France BAA lecture “Traveling and painting three weeks in France.” 10 a.m. Sept. 8, Bakersfield Art Association Art Center Gallery, 1607 19th St. Free. “From a trip to France” reception, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 11, Arts Council of Kern, 1330 Truxtun Ave. Exhibit runs through November. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Questions: Charlotte White, 661-330-2676
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AS A RESULT OF FINDING YOUR TRIBE By Jocelyn Dimaya What many people don’t realize is that Bakersfield is full of opportunity. It offers a supportive community and an affordable cost of living, which allows me to pursue my passions and dreams that would not have been possible had I chose to stay in Los Angeles. A similar story would be told by my business partner and best friend, Amanda Shaffer, whom I met just four days after moving back home. Before coming back to Bakersfield, I had ideas about one day starting a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. I thought I needed to attend grad school in order to make my dreams become a reality. What I was lacking wasn’t a formal education, but the right community to help propel me forward and keep me accountable. Becoming friends with Amanda was the perfect start. We I know that learned that we not only shared having found a love for solo travel, vegetarian cuisine, art and design, but that, like-minded most importantly, we shared the people has desire to make a lasting impact already helped and build community. me reach goals It wasn’t long before Amanda became my studio mate. I never thought We moved the partition that I’d reach. divided our co-working space because we knew that working together made us much stronger than working separately. Eventually, that same mentality toward collaboration and community turned into an organization. Together, we launched Kern Creatives. In the beginning, we were both excited, but had no idea where it was headed. While it was scary jumping into the unknown, we knew that if we were in it together, it was possible. For months, we spoke about bringing people together, inspiring the community, helping facilitate collaborations, and intentionally making sure everyone felt welcomed and valued. And now we can say that it isn’t just talk. In early August, Kern Creatives put on the biggest event Amanda or I have ever tackled. We showcased the works 98
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of over 24 artists and invited the community to come and celebrate the local talent. We were amazed at the turnout and positive feedback we received. Being our first event of this size, none of it would have been possible without the support of others who believed in the cause. While I know there is always going to be room for growth, I know that having found like-minded people has already helped me reach goals I never thought I’d reach. As for Amanda and me, we are still working toward reaching our full potential, but we are only able to do it because we have found our tribe. If you are looking for a creative community, come join us! We’re excited to continue building this support system so that we can all help each other dream bigger and grow. At the end of the day, we should all be on a mission with our tribe. We work together to achieve the same goals for the world. We want to challenge ourselves to be better supporters, motivators and inspirations to those around us. When we do that, we might be surprised by what we can accomplish together. Jocelyn Dimaya is an artist, designer, and maker in Bakersfield who moved back to her hometown after graduating from California Institute of the Arts with her BFA in costume design and started her business and personal brand, Jocelyn Shares. She is also the co-owner of The Studio, which she runs with her best friend and business partner, Amanda Shaffer, and is co-founder of Kern Creatives, an organization bringing together the various creative sectors within Kern County. The views expressed are her own. Jocelyn Dimaya
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