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Government & Politics

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. 

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