Rationales (Bakersfield)

By telling us why we think and behave the way we do, rationales provide the foundation for social action. Rationales that are widely shared provide opportunities for uniting diverse groups, and rationales that are segregated provide fewer opportunities to unite diverse groups. We discuss the least segregated rationales elsewhere; here we discuss the six most segregated rationales: Jobs, Private or Personal Problem, Sprawl, Youth, Environment, and Health

Jobs

Neighborhood A - Low Income

* "Vitally important because good jobs availability and the ability to obtain them can help solve other issues affecting citizens, such as public health, etc."

Neighborhood C -- Middle Income

* "Having no jobs creates/leads to other problems: Poverty, hunger, crime, education."

Private or Personal Problem

Neighborhood B - Mixed Income

* "Marriage and family is the building block of neighborhood and community. It is where everything begins. Non-functional families contribute almost all of the other problems listed above."

Sprawl

Neighborhood A - Low Income

* "They are trying, but are overwhelmed with the growth of the city."

Neighborhood C -- Middle Income

* "Growth demands different kinds of services-these must be contracted out if we can’t provide qualified workers "

Neighborhood D - Upper Income

* "More and more houses are being built, the City Council and Board of Supervisors continue to approve more mega-dairies and the oil industry is expanding with few, if any, new or stricter regulations are being imposed."

Youth

Neighborhood A - Low Income

* "Kids are the future; if you don’t start there, patterns of crime, poverty, poor education continue. They become stuck in a rut. "

Neighborhood C -- Middle Income

* " Our youth are the future. A God-worshiping, Christian belief system is important in forming the youth of tomorrow – family, church, school are all very important to shaping young people."

Neighborhood D - Upper Income

* "Invest in our youth, if we don’t, how can they take care of us in the future? If we don’t invest in them, we’ll fail… We serve things, rather than people. Youth are the onle PEOPLE on this list, all others as situations."

Environment

Neighborhood A - Low Income

* "Air quality is related to public health and economic development: young people leave town; businesses won’t relocate here; older people must re-locate for health reasons; health related ailments such as asthma, emphesema, etc. cost us money in health costs, unemployment, work productivity, etc."

Neighborhood C -- Middle Income

* "The city can have all the jobs in the world, but if it is not a healthy place to live it diminishes everything. Good individuals who are valuable to the local community have to move because of the air quality."

Neighborhood D - Upper Income

* "Bakersfield’s rapid growth will diminish significantly if the air is not cleared up. We are going to lose some of our best people. Our future as a city is reliant on changes and improvement in the environment, especially the air quality."

Health

Neighborhood B -- Low Income

* "There are limited resources for the low-income and non-insured. The number of these people in Kern County is extremely high. Healthcare for everyone is essential in creating a strong community – healthy people add more to the economy."

Neighborhood C -- Middle Income

* "Improving the health of individuals in our community, improving our general public health in Bakersfield will assist in solving many aspects of the ten problem areas in this survey. If individuals can say ' I have good health', solutions to the other problem areas will follow."

Neighborhood D -- Upper Income

* "The quality of life here as regards personal health and the future of the city."

 

 

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