Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Padre Update

The lawsuit that caused renovation of The Padre to come to a stand still this past year has finally been settled. Pacifica has agreed to pay $460,000 as part of the deal, but now they’re saying their not sure they want to finish the project (I can’t image why not). The San Diego based company purchased the 77-year-old building for (insert Dr. Evil voice) one million dollars back in 2002 and announced that they planned on making it a luxury hotel again. Construction on the hotel came to a screeching halt, however, when the Kern County D.A. slapped a lawsuit on Pacifica for removing and disposing asbestos improperly. Cuz ya know the Kern County D.A NEVER does ANYTHING improperly so they most certainly cannot abide anyone else doing anything improperly. (Especially those fancy pants people from San Diego. Stupid perfect, beautiful weather people. We hate them.)

Now we have a half finished building and a company that doesn’t know what to do with the damn thing. According to The Californian, meetings with the city to “discuss strategy” will most likely be held over the next few weeks. You know what that means don’t you? That means Pacifica is going to say “Fine – take your stupid building back” and the city is going to say “No – you said you’d do something with it. We can’t afford it” and their going to say “Yeah, well now we can’t afford it either” and the damn thing is going to stay half done and the bums are going to continue peeing in the foyer.

And city planners are going to continue to wonder why Bakersfield has a bad reputation.
Hanford has a nicer downtown than we do.