Thursday, December 4, 2008

Video: Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market Shoppers Go Nuts

Fresh & Easy Launches Hip New Grocery Look For Bakersfield
Supermarkets say they’re not copying them — though they likely are. Some people complain the budget-friendly small family portions are too small. They don’t appear to be. The overall simplicity of the market with its skylights and friendly green trim is all-too inviting. You can feel the openness.

And more: The green carts look inviting like they could fit an entire produce section. There’s even a mysterious head chef who often pokes his head out of a Manhattan Beach location to share new creations and listen to what kinds of foods people want concocted in his secret kitchen.

And now they’ve invaded Bakersfield.

Full article

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Caution: Locals Of Eastern Indian Descent Targeted By Fake Police

The Bakersfield Police Department said there have been three incidents over the past two days where people of eastern Indian descent have been targeted by at least one person in a car impersonating a police officer and performing fake traffic stops.

The Bakersfield Police Department said they are requesting the community’s assistance in identifying and locating the the people and the vehicle involved in the occurrences in southwest Bakersfield.

full article

Take A Ride On Bakersfield’s New Electric Trolley

The trolley gave a lurch as it pulled onto Truxtun Avenue from where it sat parked outside the Borton & Petrini building. Don’t blame the driver. Trolley cars haven’t been seen in downtown Bakersfield in 30 years.

The grey November drizzle couldn’t damper the inauguration of Bakersfield’s renovated 1994 electric trolley. Even Mayor Harvey Hall’s snapping of the trolley bell chain after an initial ringing couldn’t put a dent in the happy ending to a 30-year local absence of trolley cars.

And there was fanfare too. City officials gathered as well as PG&E dignitaries Cindy Pollard and Brent Rush, Downtown Business Association Chairman Bob Bell, BARC representatives and others. They spoke about the difficulties of string-pulling involved in getting a trolley for Bakersfield.

Full article

While City Wraps Trees, Just How Many Beavers Live Near Riverwalk?

Take a walk down the Kern Recreational Bike Path near the Park at Riverwalk and you will feel like its Christmas already. In fact, take a walk through the park itself. There are so many trees wrapped like candy you might feel like you’ve slipped into a Willy Wonka dream.

It’s all to prevent damage from a family of beavers who live in a creek just east of the park.

While the creek isn’t currently filled with water, it is filled with muddy beaver trails, weedy water-borne ivy-like plants and a home of logs and sticks protruding from the side of the creek bed.

Full article

Monday, November 3, 2008

Police: Boy Shot In Head With BB Gun, 4 Other Juveniles Fired On

A group of boys between the ages of 11 and 13 were shot by a 26-year-old man with a BB gun outside of Howard's Mini Market on Monday. He was assisting a youth who had argued with the group, according to the Bakersfield Police Department.

Police said they received a report of a juvenile shot at the Howard’s Mini Mart at 4201 Belle Terrace around 1:11 p.m. After a brief investigation they found 5 juveniles, ages 11-13, who had been shot by someone with a BB gun.

Read full article

Kern County Election 2008: Flash Pass

NOTE: 2008 KERN COUNTY, CALIFORNIA, U.S. PRESIDENT ELECTION RESULTS: Tuesday, Truxtun Avenue will post up-to-the-minute updates on all the races, propositions on this page.

Many people don’t want to waste time in reading all the propositions candidates, et al regarding the Nov. 4, 2008 election. Here at Truxtun Avenue, we don’t pretend to have all the answers. So we're offering you a flash pass. We feel the need to provide you with a little information on the Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008 election. We salted them a little bit for fun. Refer to your voter guides and google searches for more info.


Bakersfield Farmer's Market Report: The Bread Guy

He's like an artist, but with bread. And he loves his subject. This week's Farmer's Market report features the bread guy from Great Harvest Bread Co. If you never thought baking could be romantic, think again. You haven't met the bread guy.

Jeff Cornelius spends long hours baking bread in two giant ovens prior to each weekend's Farmer's Market at Golden State Mall on F Street. He not only offers great-tasting unique breads, but also offers some of the most exciting bread conversation you can ever have in Bakersfield. It's part of the reason Truxtun Avenue flocks to his table every Saturday morning between 8 a.m and 12 p.m.

Read full article