Our investigation into why and how the City of Bakersfield voted to kill Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing for homeowners is entering its tenth month. Meanwhile, the City continues to refuse to fulfill our lawful records requests, keeping the public in the dark about council members’ backroom dealings with powerful Realtor lobbyists.

Here’s a look at some of what the public knows and doesn’t know based on materials we have uncovered to date.



The biggest question in this ongoing investigation is: Why did Bakersfield City Council members not agree to address their alleged Brown Act violation and hold a full public revote on the PACE financing program last year?

We will pursue these questions with additional steps in the near future.

As always, we welcome continued reader tips that have proved so helpful in our work to date. You can send us a confidential tip by clicking on the link at the top of this site or here. We protect all sources.


Scott Peterson is executive director of Checks and Balances Project, an investigative blog that seeks to hold government officials, lobbyists and corporate management accountable to the public. Funding for C&BP comes from sustainable economy philanthropies and donors.


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