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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:2012
Next city council election:2014
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%
Hispanic or Latino 45.0%
African American 8.2%
Asian 6.2%
Native American 1.5%
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]

Office of the Mayor

Harvey Hall is the current Mayor of Bakersfield.[2]

City Council

Council-Manager System

The City of Bakersfield utilizes a Council-Manager system. An elected City Council, which serves as the city's legislative body, appoints an executive called a manager to oversee the city's day-to-day operations.[3]


The City Council features seven standing committees, which are responsible for reviewing, analyzing, and commenting upon all city policies relevant to that committee's area of oversight:[4]

  • Budget and Finance
  • Community Services
  • Legislative and Litigation
  • Personnel
  • Planning and Development
  • Safe Neighborhoods and Community Relations
  • Water Board


The City Council consists of eight members: the Mayor, who is elected at-large, and seven council members, who are elected by the city's seven wards.

A full list of City Council members can be found here



see also Bakersfield, California municipal elections, 2014

The city of Bakersfield, California will hold elections for city council on November 4, 2014. Wards 1, 3, 4 and 7 are up for election.[5] The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was August 8, 2014.[6]


Bakersfield's amended operating budget for fiscal year 2014-2015 was $418 million.[7]

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

Bakersfield paid $7,500 for lobbying in 2007 and 2008.[8]

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

See Also

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