Welcome to Bakersfield Observed - The Podcast with Richard Beene. A podcast for and about Bakersfield and Kern County. Richard's guest are politicians, newsmakers, influencers and personalities who address topics of interest to you and your neighbors and your community. The discussion is fast, informative and always civil. Join us every week for new episodes.
Episode 21 - Chad Hathaway
Chad Hathaway is a oil company CEO who spends a lot of his time thinkin about "climate alarmists," people who have almost a religious aversion to fossil fuels. If green energy is the future, why is the world rushing to put coal fired power plants back on line to satisfy surging demand?
Episode 20 - Coach Rod Barnes
Coach Rod Barnes calls the CSUB basketball program the "front porch" of the university, and with play about to begin, he is hoping for huge home crowds as the Roadrunners compete in the Big West Conference. Listen to Barnes talk about how Covid and the lockdown have affected the program.
Episode 19 - Lauren Skidmore
Lauren Skidmore is smart, accomplished and well versed in what moves the political agenda in California, but can she make an impact on homelessness in Kern County? She takes over today as head of the Bakersfield Homeless Center.
Episode 18 - Lois Henry
Make no mistake that California is in the midst of a serious drought that is leaving some rural communities without drinking water and imperiling farming operations. Lois Henry of SJVWater.Org lays out the drought that is growing progressively worse.
Episode 17 - Julie Johnson
Why is it that so many dogs and cats are discarded like garbage in Kern County? What is it about us that makes us treat pets as disposable items? Julie Johnson of the SPCA and the city Animal Control Services comes on to talk about full shelters and a woeful disregard for our pets.
Episode 16 - Christian Romo
Kern County Democratic chairman Christian Romo says to keep an eye on the race for Congressman David Valadao's seat, deemed a top priority of the national party. Romo also talks about the growing progressive movement in Kern County and speculates on the county eventually becoming Democratic.
A Name That Says It All
Wow! Im so excited about the Bakersfiled Observed podcast. There’s a Bakersfield residence I care deeply about the issues of the Central Valley. Not only do I care deeply, but I want people to talk through the issues, debate the issues have different points of views about the issues but do so in a civil and respectful manner. If you value listening to local issues delivered by thoughtful people at the forefront of those issues, then you are going to love Bakersfield observed.
Thank you Richard for this amazing insight into Bakersfield.