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Mayor of Bakersfield welcomes basketball fans

March 24, 2010 | 10:43 am

In reaction to my column, "It's Bakersfield or bust for high school state championships," the mayor of Bakersfield, Harvey Hall, has submitted a response welcoming tourists and fans to this weekend's state championships, along with offering some tourist ideas.

"Bakersfield is rich with numerous petroleum explorations, drilling and marketing organizations. In addition, large agricultural bases, dairies, fine medical hospitals and many local businesses. You can expect to find the short two-hour drive over the Grapevine beautiful at this time of year with the abundant wild flowers.

"Please expect less traffic congestion than the Los Angeles area. Alternatively, enjoy our fast, efficient airport Bakersfield Meadows Field. Our warm community is charming and friendly exuding down-home hospitality. Bakersfield offers abundant and economical accommodations, a newly renovated downtown Mill Creek Development, a gorgeous Park at River Walk.

"While you are here, please shop at the Northwest Promenade, The Marketplace, Stockdale Fashion Plaza, or Valley Plaza and enjoy our lower sales tax rate.

"Our local cultural events include Bakersfield Museum, California Living Museum, the Bakersfield Symphony and others. Bakersfield offers several music and entertainment venues. There is more to explore in Bakersfield. Please review our city’s website: http://www.visitbakersfield.com.

"You will find our community has historic charm with several old structures at the Kern County Museum or the Guild House, a nice place for lunch. Elegant restaurants in town include Mama Tosca’s, Uricchios’ Trattoria, Sorella’s, Wool Grower’s Basque, the Bell Tower Club, the Petroleum Club, Café Med, Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que, and the restaurants in the renovated Padre Hotel. Then enjoy homemade ice cream at Dewar’s, Rosemary’s, or the Moo Creamery.

"Please look for investment property during your visit. We are proud to host the 2010 Amgen Tour and the CIF Wrestling and Basketball Championships. Most of all return for more positive Bakersfield charm and culture we offer."

-- Eric Sondheimer

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