Austin Westfall, 23ABC News

Austin Westfall

23ABC News

Phoenix, AZ, United States

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Past articles by Austin:

Prop 13 aims to modernize California public schools

Next month, California voters will decide on Prop 13, which aims to provide billions of dollars worth of structural upgrades to public schools. → Read More

Local pet rescue benefited at tonight's Condors game

Ticket proceeds from tonight's condors game against the Ontario Reign will be donated to the rescue. In order to participate, you must buy them through Pet Matchmaker. The $23 ticket can go a long way. → Read More

Kobe Bryant vigil to happen in Bakersfield

A vigil will be held Friday night for those who died in the helicopter crash that killed NBA superstar Kobe Bryant. → Read More

Hundreds turn out as Governor's office meets with Kern Board of Supervisors about oil

For months, many in Kern County’s oil business have felt panicked and frustrated as California Governor Gavin Newsom has taken major steps to squash the industry. → Read More

Kern County Fair Board of Directors holds third public meeting since allegations

On Monday the Kern County Fair Board of directors met for the third time since allegations surfaced that the fair misused hundreds of thousands of dollars, and violated multiple state laws. → Read More

Oil restrictions may impact Kern's deputies and firefighters in a big way, unions say

As California Governor Gavin Newsom continues cracking down on the state's oil industry, local officials say that a move away from oil may carry some unintended consequences. → Read More

Police, City officials planning a community forum about street racing

Since late November the Bakersfield Police Department has issued over 40 citations and impounded over a dozen vehicles related to street racing, and the agency says they're just getting started. Just this past weekend accounted for 18 citations and 3 vehicle impounds alone. → Read More

California hit hard by flu season

There have been 24 flu related deaths in California this flu season, and health officials say there have been more flu cases so far than there usually is at this point in the season. → Read More

Man found dead inside marijuana shop in the 2000 block of Niles Street

A man was found dead inside a marijuana dispensary in East Bakersfield on Sunday morning, according to the Kern County Sheriff's Office. → Read More

Two officers involved in major-injury collision while responding to fatal shooting

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Police responded to the scene of a double homicide in East Bakersfield on Saturday morning, officials say two men were fatally shot. Several Bakersfield police units responded to the scene, two of those officers, however, were involved in a major injury crash. The pair were responding to the scene of the shooting around 5 a.m. Because of a shot-spotter activation in the… → Read More

Local leaders say they'll fight back against California's anti-fossil fuel stance

As Governor Gavin Newsom continues to crack down on oil production in California, some in Kern County are sounding off about why they think that's a bad idea. → Read More

Authorities take steps to remedy public safety power shutoffs

It's been over a month since local electric companies powered down millions of California residents in an effort to prevent wildfires. Now that the fire risk has temporarily died down, officials are talking about what can be done to prevent future shutoffs. → Read More

Rain leaves it's mark on Christmas floats ahead of parade

For some, today's rain didn't help with the float-building process. → Read More

Organizations receive donations from 23ABC Baby Shower

A little over a week ago, the community stepped up and showed support for the inaugural 23ABC Bakersfield Baby Shower. → Read More

Witnesses describe shooting at Valley Plaza Mall

As officers moved in to Valley Plaza Mall tonight to secure the area, shoppers and employees ran or hid. → Read More

CHP sees significant increase in traffic collisions during season's first rainy day

Wednesday's rain left Bakersfield's roads slippery and dangerous. California Highway Patrol Bakersfield says they've responded to over double the amount of accidents today then they do on a typical day. → Read More

Industry leaders sound off on the future of oil and gas in Kern County

Recent reports on climate change have left some questioning the role that it will play in California's future. But officials assure it's not going anywhere. → Read More

Caltrans to close northbound 99 off-ramps to California Ave and Buck Owens Boulevard for 25 days

If you travel through Bakersfield on the 99 freeway, you've no doubt seen that there's been plenty of construction as of late. → Read More

Health Department says congenital syphilis in babies continues to be a growing problem

The health department called a special summit Wednesday at the Marriott in downtown Bakersfield to speak with local doctors and other health officials about a growing problem. → Read More

CHP warns of drowsy driving amid daylight saving change

Officers are reminding drivers about the dangers of getting behind the wheel when you haven't had enough sleep because it's putting yourself and others at risk. → Read More