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- 04/01/15--10:41: Traffic Alert for drivers in southwest Bakersfield
- 04/01/15--11:21: TRIP provides reason for 58 lane opening delay
- 04/01/15--11:32: Lowest ever state snowpack levels trigger more restrictions
- 04/01/15--12:09: Man accused of causing DUI crash cuts plea deal
- 04/01/15--13:39: Firefighters will give event proceeds to Fresno firefighter
- 04/01/15--15:08: CHP cracking down on distracted drivers
- 04/01/15--16:40: KCSO: Man used Facebook to lure then rape two teen girls
- 04/01/15--09:30: Embattled dentist found shot to death inside his offices
- 04/01/15--18:36: Interagency Wildfire Prevention Meeting
- 04/02/15--12:04: Boys and Girls Club unveil new park
- 04/02/15--12:19: Teachers and fast food workers ask for higher wages
- 04/02/15--12:23: Gov. Brown cracking down on residential water use
- 04/02/15--12:35: Man accused of kidnapping to receive eight years in prison
- 04/02/15--12:43: Restaurant holds fundraiser for injured fire captain
- 04/02/15--13:09: Local band looking for your votes to win contests
- 04/02/15--14:44: Trial date set for teen accused of killing stepfather
- 04/02/15--15:02: Increased traffic delays expected for Taft Highway
- 04/02/15--15:11: New rules released to regulate underground injection wells
- 04/02/15--15:56: New information on what led to fatal police shooting
- 04/03/15--10:45: Police chase ends with arrest of wanted man
Crews will have two of the three lanes on Panama closed from 7a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.
This is part of a larger project that began in February 2014.
The project is expected to be completed in the next two weeks.
Many drivers have been wondering why the newly finished lanes are not open to traffic even though work is complete.
Another project is planned for the same section and the new lanes will be used to shift traffic so crews can work on the outside lanes and the the right shoulder, according to TRIP officials.
Prior to shifting traffic, new detour signs and temporary striping need to be installed. Signs are currently being made and are expected to be posted and the temporary striping installed within the month. City staff is making every effort to reduce this time frame, according to TRIP officials.
Once signage and temporary striping is in place, traffic will move onto the new lanes. However, motorists should anticipate future closures to the outside lanes for construction of the Beltway Operational Improvements Project. In the near future, motorists will also see nighttime work to repair potholes in the shoulders due to heavy traffic use during construction.
“Today we are standing on dry grass where there should be five feet of snow. This historic drought demands unprecedented action,” said Governor Brown. “Therefore, I’m issuing an executive order mandating substantial water reductions across our state. As Californians, we must pull together and save water in every way possible.”
High resolution photos of previous snow surveys are available here.
For more than two years, the state’s experts have been managing water resources to ensure that the state survives this drought and is better prepared for the next one. Last year, the Governor proclaimed a drought state of emergency. The state has taken steps to make sure that water is available for human health and safety, growing food, fighting fires and protecting fish and wildlife. Millions have been spent helping thousands of California families most impacted by the drought pay their bills, put food on their tables and have water to drink.
The following is a summary of the executive order issued by the Governor today.
For the first time in state history, the Governor has directed the State Water Resources Control Board to implement mandatory water reductions in cities and towns across California to reduce water usage by 25 percent. This savings amounts to approximately 1.5 million acre-feet of water over the next nine months, or nearly as much as is currently in Lake Oroville.
To save more water now, the order will also:
Replace 50 million square feet of lawns throughout the state with drought tolerant landscaping in partnership with local governments;
Direct the creation of a temporary, statewide consumer rebate program to replace old appliances with more water and energy efficient models;
Require campuses, golf courses, cemeteries and other large landscapes to make significant cuts in water use; and
Prohibit new homes and developments from irrigating with potable water unless water-efficient drip irrigation systems are used, and ban watering of ornamental grass on public street medians.
The Governor’s order calls on local water agencies to adjust their rate structures to implement conservation pricing, recognized as an effective way to realize water reductions and discourage water waste.
Agricultural water users – which have borne much of the brunt of the drought to date, with hundreds of thousands of fallowed acres, significantly reduced water allocations and thousands of farmworkers laid off – will be required to report more water use information to state regulators, increasing the state's ability to enforce against illegal diversions and waste and unreasonable use of water under today’s order. Additionally, the Governor’s action strengthens standards for Agricultural Water Management Plans submitted by large agriculture water districts and requires small agriculture water districts to develop similar plans. These plans will help ensure that agricultural communities are prepared in case the drought extends into 2016.
Additional actions required by the order include:
Taking action against water agencies in depleted groundwater basins that have not shared data on their groundwater supplies with the state;
Updating standards for toilets and faucets and outdoor landscaping in residential communities and taking action against communities that ignore these standards; and
Making permanent monthly reporting of water usage, conservation and enforcement actions by local water suppliers.
Streamline Government Response
Prioritizes state review and decision-making of water infrastructure projects and requires state agencies to report to the Governor’s Office on any application pending for more than 90 days.
Streamlines permitting and review of emergency drought salinity barriers – necessary to keep freshwater supplies in upstream reservoirs for human use and habitat protection for endangered and threatened species;
Simplifies the review and approval process for voluntary water transfers and emergency drinking water projects; and
Directs state departments to provide temporary relocation assistance to families who need to move from homes where domestic wells have run dry to housing with running water.
Invest in New Technologies
The order helps make California more drought resilient by:
Incentivizing promising new technology that will make California more water efficient through a new program administered by the California Energy Commission.
In November 2014 19-year-old Fermin Garcia's van slammed into an SUV on Taft Highway...injuring Paramedic Supervisor Armando Lazaro and Firefighter Adam Bickford.
Garcia pleaded no contest Tuesday to one felony count of DUI causing injury.
He's expected to be sentenced April 27th.
Capt. Pete Dern, 49, has been with with the Fresno Fire Department for 25 years.
Sunday afternoon an eyewitness captured the moment on video that he fell into a burning garage.
He was leading his team across the roof when it collapsed, sending him into the flames.
Captain Dern's injuries are severe. Burns over 65 percent of his body. And smoke inhalation has damaged his lungs.
A doctor at the burn center says this is just the beginning of a long recovery.
City and county firefighters had planned to donate the proceeds from this weekends fundraiser to their respective burn survivor charities but now will donate the money to help Capt. Dern.
The event is called the Iron Man Omelet Challenge and it will happen Friday and Saturday April 4 and 5 at the Grand Opening of the Broken Yolk Cafe.
The challenge consists of a 12-egg omelet plus home fries and 2 biscuits. The fireman will have one hour to complete this challenge. The winner's photo will be placed on Broken Yolk's wall with bragging rights and will be awarded an extra $1,000 donated by the Broken Yolk Cafe for either the Bakersfield Fire Fighters Burn Foundation or Kern County Firefighers Burn Survivors Trust.
The Broken Yolk Cafe is at 3300 Buena Vista Road in the Mustang Square Shopping Center.
If you would like to donate directly to Capt. Dern and his family you can do so here.
April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
For the next 30 days, the CHP is showing no mercy on drivers who are caught texting or using hand-held cell phones while driving.
But it's not just cell phone use.
The CHP says if drivers get distracted, for things like eating or putting on makeup they're violating a traffic law and will be cited.
"Distracted driving is definitely a concern all year round, but in order to really focus on a problem that motorists face, we need to get the word out using a month to try and focus on that specific violation. I think that it keeps people on for forefront what's going on," said Officer Vaughn Cain of the California Highway Patrol.
This month's campaign is called "Silence the Distraction."
On March 30, 2015, Michael Corral (24) of Arvin, used a Facebook account to communicate with two 14 year old females.
The Facebook account Corral used belonged to a friend of the two females.
Corral eventually lured both female juveniles to the Valley Plaza Mall, where he picked them up in his vehicle.
He drove the juveniles to a remote area near Lamont, purchased alcohol, and consumed it with them.
During the incident, Corral threatened the females with a knife and sexually assaulted them. The females were eventually able to flee from Corral and call law enforcement.
On March 31, 2015, Corral turned himself into the Arvin Police Department. Deputies from the Kern County Sheriff’s Office responded to take custody of Corral. Corral was booked into the Central Receiving Facility for two counts of rape by force.
The Kern County Coroner confirms the body of 67-year-old Robert Tupac was found inside his office this morning. Police say he had been shot. The coroner has not ruled on the cause or manner of death.
Coroner's investigators were on scene Wednesday morning at the Stockdale Tower office of Dr. Robert Tupac in southwest Bakersfield where a body was discovered around 7:25 a.m., according to BPD Det. Justin Lewis.
The individual suffered a gunshot wound, but the BPD could not immediately confirm if it was self- inflicted or a homicide.
Dr. Tupac was fighting an accusation of professional negligence from the California Dental Board, which was seeking to suspend or revoke his license. 17 News reported in October the case had been submitted and was pending a judge's decision.
Several patients claimed Tupac botched dental implants that left the mouths of his patients disfigured.
One patient 17News spoke to sued Doctor Tupac and settled out of court for $80,000.
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Court documents say former corrections worker Robert budge shot Wasco State Prison Sergeant Anthony Bracken at Bracken's northwest Bakersfield home March 18.
It also states Burdge was lying in wait in the bushes and shot Bracken in the back when he arrived at his home just before 10:30 that night.
Police said Bracken managed to barricade himself inside his home and Burdge fled.
The documents show investigators "pinged" Burdge's cell phone and tracked him to the Vagabond Inn the next morning, west of Bakersfield where Stockdale Highway meets I-5.
The Kern County Sheriff's and Bakersfield Police SWAT teams were called there for a standoff that lasted several hours.
The documents state that when Burdge finally informed officers he wanted to surrender he reached for a firearm in his waistband, which police say forced two BPD SWAT officers to shoot him.
Burdge died at Kern Medical Center.
Search warrants reveal investigators found numerous shell casings and live rounds of ammunition in the Mercedes Benz Burdge was driving.
The documents also reveal the love triangle both men were involved in included Burdge's ex-wife.