Bakersfield, California

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Bakersfield, California
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General information
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Mayor:Harvey Hall
Last mayoral election:2012
Next mayoral election:2016
Last city council election:November 4, 2014
Next city council election:2016
City council seats:8
2014-2015 FY Budget:$418 million
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:363,630
Gender:51.0% Female
Race:White 56.8%
African American 8.2%
Asian 6.2%
Native American 1.5%
Ethnicity:Hispanic or Latino 45.0%
Median household income:$54,265
High school graduation rate:78.2%
College graduation rate:19.9%
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Bakersfield is a city in California and the county seat of Kern County. As of 2013, its population was 363,630.[1]

City government

See also: Council-manager government

The city of Bakersfield utilizes a council-manager system. In this form of municipal government, an elected city council, which includes the mayor and serves as the city's primary legislative body, appoints a chief executive called a city manager to oversee day-to-day municipal operations and implement the council's policy and legislative initiatives.[2][3]

City manager

The city manager is the city's chief executive. The responsibilities of the city manager include overseeing the city's day-to-day operations, planning and implementing the city's operating budget and appointing departmental directors and other senior-level positions.[4][3]


The mayor is a member of city council. He or she presides over council meetings and official city ceremonies. The mayor also represents the city on the state, national and international levels. Harvey Hall is the current Mayor of Bakersfield.[3][5]

City council

The Bakersfield City Council is the city's primary legislative body. It is responsible for adopting the city budget, approving mayoral appointees, levying taxes and making or amending city laws, policies and ordinances.[3]


The Bakersfield City Council is made up of eight members, including the mayor. While the mayor is elected at-large, the other seven members are elected by the city's seven wards.[6]

A current list of council members can be found here.

Council committees

The Bakersfield City Council features seven standing committees, which focus on individual policy and legislative issues. Generally, the drafting of city legislation begins with the committees.[7]

A current list of Bakersfield City Council committees can be found here.

Boards and commissions

A series of advisory boards and commissions that are made up of non-elected citizens, whom city council members have appointed and approved, advises the Bakersfield City Council. The roles of these boards and commissions are to review, debate and comment upon city policies and legislation and to make recommendations to the city council.[8]

For a full list of Bakersfield city boards and commissions, see here.



see also Bakersfield, California municipal elections, 2014

The city of Bakersfield, California held nonpartisan elections for city council on November 4, 2014. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was August 8, 2014.[9]

Wards 1, 3, 4 and 7 were up for election.[10] Incumbents ran for re-election in every race except for Ward 7. Incumbents included P. "Willie" Rivera in Ward 1, Ken Weir in Ward 3 and Bob Smith in Ward 4. Ward 7 incumbent Russell Johnson did not run for re-election in order to run for the office of Kern County assessor.[11]


Bakersfield's amended operating budget for fiscal year 2014-2015 was $418 million.[12]

Contact Information

Office of the Mayor
1600 Truxtun Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93301
Phone: 661-326-3770

City Council
1600 Truxtun Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93301
Phone: 661-326-3767


Main article: California government sector lobbying

As of November 2014, information on Bakersfield's federal lobbying related expenses past 2004 is unavailable.

Ballot measures

See also: Kern County, California ballot measures

The city of Bakersfield is in Kern County. A list of ballot measures in Kern County is available here.

Initiative process

Population as of 2013: 363,630.[1] Bakersfield is a charter city.

Bakersfield's initiative process follows state law (see Laws governing local ballot measures in California for details) for both charter amendment and ordinances.

The Bakersfield City Charter

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