Sunday, July 3, 2011

Top UC schools move to admit more out of state students and Bryan Goodman joins the CSUB basketball squad

 * ... COLLEGE REPORT: It looks like it is going to get even harder for local students to get into the more selective state universities like UC Berkeley, UCLA and UC San Diego. Strapped for cash, the schools are now admitting record numbers of out of state students simply because they pay twice the tuition as California residents. According to the Los Angeles Times, 30 percent of the incoming freshman class at Berkeley will be from out of state, up from 23 percent last year. At UCLA, nonresidents will make up 18 percent of the freshman class, up from 15 percent. And at San Diego, the nonresident freshman class doubled from 9 percent to 18 percent.

 * ... CRIME ALERT: A resident of La Cresta passed along the story of a 14-year-old who stole her car and smashed it into a fire hydrant after the Highway Patrol gave chase. The car was stolen sometime between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. out of her driveway. Apparently her husband, who had moved the car earlier in the day, left the keys in his own car and left that car unlocked. Police say summer is the time when crimes of opportunity spike, and thieves are walking through neighborhoods pulling on door handles trying to find one open. In the La Cresta case, the owners were told that local gangs recruit minors to steal cars because they do so little time after they are caught.

 * ... OVERHEARD: A young women is overheard telling her companion about a trip to Valley Plaza. "In 30 minutes I saw a mother slap her child, a guy shoplift a rice krispy treat from a kiosk and another man talking on his cell phone with his other hand down his pants."

 * ... GOODMAN: Had a chance over the weekend to meet Bryan Goodman, the new CSUB assistant baseketball coach. Coach Rod Barnes recruited Goodman from the University of Oklahoma where he served in a similar position. Before that, the 39-year-old Goodman served at Bucknell University. He and his wife have 5-year-old triplets and she hopes to join him here later this summer.

 * ... MOHAWK BRIDGE: Only in Bakersfield do we get excited about the opening of a new bridge that shortens our commute. How many of you have taken the trip over the new Mohawk bridge just to see it?

 * ... BAKERSFIELDISM: Reader Linda Welch is asking if anyone remembers the downtown bowling alley that was located on 18th Street east of Chester Avenue back in the 1940s. She said her brothers were pin setters there but we can't recall the exact location.


Anonymous said...

The bowling alley was located across the street from the Rice Bowl. If I am not mistaken, it was called Bakersfield Bowling Academy My dad had a team and bowled there weekly. There was another bowling alley on 19th just east of Union called San Joaquin Bowling Alley. (Sure hope I don't have these two places confused, but I am sure about the names)


Completely appalled by Jose Gaspar's opinion piece on the 4th of July. This was my comment attached to his piece:
Dearest Mr. Gaspar,
Don't you find it ironic that your opinion piece was followed by a post from Richard Beene reporting the fact that admissions to California learning institutions will be even harder for local (legal) students? How wonderful that Ms. Rivera has taken full advantage of a FREE education at Arvin High School. At least she is making the best out of a situation her parents placed her.

Can you imagine how much more superior American education would be if students in my country illegally would not be filling seats meant for students that have families following the laws and contributing to the cost of such an education? Please spare me the lecture that these law breakers are paying sales tax. BALDERDASH!

I know. I know. We all come from immigrants. True. I come from LEGAL immigrants. Crowding in line and not following the rules really scratches my hide - and not in a good way.

Come here legally and I will embrace you and all of your accomplishments. As for donations to the College Dream must be out of your ever lovin' mind!

PS - Thought the Bowling Academy was located across Golden State where Farmer John's Pancake House was. I believe it's some kind of prisoner detention facility along side the Kern Island Canal.