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Interview: Bakersfield City Councilmember Andrae Gonzales On Pot, Downtown & Parks

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Gonzales says a final version of the "Making Downtown Bakersfield" plan should head to the city council in the next couple of months
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Andrae Gonzales represents Ward 2 on the Bakersfield City Council

It’s been an eventful first year on the Bakersfield City Council for Andrae Gonzales, who represents downtown, Westchester and other Ward 2 neighborhoods. The 24th Street widening project is moving forward despite a lengthy legal battle, plans for a high-speed rail station near Golden State and "F" Street are moving closer to reality, and the city has embraced a new planning process for the future of downtown. We spoke with Gonzales on Valley Edition to learn more about those issues, a new "pocket" park in East Bakersfield, and his decision to vote to ban commercial marijuana dispensaries in the city. 

Joe Moore is the President and General Manager of Valley Public Radio. During his tenure, he's helped lead the station through major programming changes and the COVID-19 pandemic, while maintaining the station's financial health. From 2010-2018 he served as the station's Director of Program Content. In that role, he also served as the host of Valley Edition, and helped launch and grow the station's award-winning local news department. He is a Fresno native and a graduate of California State University, Fresno.
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