City council addressing two hot button issues

The Bakersfield City Council will take on two contentious issues Wednesday night, a resolution regarding abortion and an update on animal control.
BAKERSFIELD, CA - The Bakersfield City Council will take on two contentious issues Wednesday night, a resolution regarding abortion and an update on animal control.

The legislative and litigation committee approved a resolution of local support for alternatives to abortion. The resolution comes after anti-abortion activists proposed the Human Life Ordinance earlier this year.

It states, in part, organizations that advocate for, and educate the public about, alternatives to abortion should be commended.

The watered-downed resolution does not take a stand on abortion itself.

During the last public comment period, both sides on the abortion issue weren't happy. Abortions rights activists wanted the council to take no action, while anti-abortion activists say the resolution doesn't have teeth.

Also on the city council agenda Wednesday, an update on animal control. The newly-formed Kern County Animal Control Services Commission is expected to suggest the city reverse its intake policy.

In a meeting earlier this week, the group said animals should be taken to city or county shelters based on where they're picked up, not where the person bringing in the animal lives.

The city council meeting begins at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall.
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