Occasionally we read about our community’s comparatively low education levels and the lack of good high-paying jobs that require a higher education. Seldom is the connection drawn between these related facts and the social and cultural environment where we ask likely candidates to live. My wife, now retired, was involved in employee recruitment and retention at the business where she worked. Often in her efforts to recruit highly educated professionals to fill vacancies at the firm, the candidate or their spouse would state unequivocally they have no intention of living in Bakersfield.
-Written by Stephen Montgomery, chairman of the Sierra Club Kern-Kaweah Chapter.