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John "Jack" Hardisty -- Mediator
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Katrina Five Years Later: Safety responders bring lessons home
  Boat that washed ashore blocks St. Bernard Parish
street. When
Hurricane Katrina tore through the Gulf Coast five years ago, not only did it
destroy communities, it overwhelmed local governments. The needs of desperate
citizens far exceeded the abilit...

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HISTORY SERIES: UP Train Conductor Wants to Save Bakersfield Depot
  Union Pacific train enters the weather-beaten
station in east Bakersfield. Stephen
Montgomery is an architectural sleuth. When he is not working as a conductor for
the Union Pacific Railroad, he spends his spare
time poking his nose into and under som...

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TV INTERVIEW: John Hardisty, Ted James warn California farm land threatened
  California government’s
shortchanging of the state’s counties could lead to prime agricultural land
being lost to farming, according to a report by
Bakersfield television station KERO. Reporter Felix Rodrigues Lima
interviewed Ted James , the
directo...

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Hunting for Bakersfield's 'historic character'
  John Hardisty spent nearly 30 years guiding the city of Bakersfield , Calif.,
forward as its development services director. He managed the city’s Planning
Department as Bakersfield grew to include about 143 square miles and serve a
population of nearly...

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CAN DISASTERS BE TOO BIG TO FIX?
  The annual conference of the American Planning Association , held last
week in New Orleans, focused on the city’s recovery after flooding during
Hurricane Katrina. Throughout the city were billboards advertising the new HBO
series “ Treme ,” about peop...

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History Hunt: Olcese House Shows Bakersfield's Character
  Jack Hendrix jokes that he needs a 12-step recovery program.
He’s a compulsive collector. He collects furniture, statues and pottery.
He even collects old family photos of people he doesn’t know. He finds them in
second-hand stores and hangs them on th...

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HELLO...IS ANYBODY LISTENING?
  Several weeks ago, I wrote about
Assemblyman Pedro Nava’s legislation, AB 1588, which proposes to require lenders
to enter into discussions, or mediate loan modification requests, when property
is headed for foreclosure. See “As foreclosure crisis keep...

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HILLS ARE ALIVE WITH WILDFLOWERS
    The hills around Bakersfield, Calif.,
definitely are alive with wildflowers. If you haven’t visited the foothills, do
so quickly before the blistering Central Valley heat melts the flowers away. I
was out taking photos in the hills above Arvin, on th...

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MEDIATE: AVOID COURT BATTLE
  Lee Jay Berman, a mediator, president of the
American Institute of Mediation and host of the syndicated weekly radio talk
show “Talk It Over,” will be the keynote speaker at a daylong conference in
Bakersfield that will highlight the benefits of mediat...

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CHARRETTE: CITIZENS AID PLANNERS
  Every now and then, government and the people can put
aside differences to join forces for the betterment of the community. It’s
“magic” when that happens. One of those magic moments occurred nearly a decade
ago, when City of Bakersfield, Calif., offic...
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