Changes for Oildale

Oildale was once known for severe racism and violence towards minorities. Beardsley Street was the criminal heart of Oildale - drug dealers, arms traffickers, racist gangs such as the "Beardsley Street Krew" BSK and the "Nazi LowRidaz" NLR, and plenty of sex offenders to boot. Is this how we want to be known? I don't think so.
Today we are being treated like we are all criminals because we live here in Oildale. The police or sheriiffs treat us like low lifes and drugies. My little brother was hit by a car and when we took him to the hospital he told them what happened but they thought he had been in a fight and didn't believe he was hit by a car. Guess we are all liars to.
You can't walk down the street without having the police stop you asking what you're up to. Like people can/t just walk down the street without being up to no good.
A quote from a web page regarding Oildale "Generally speaking, if you can afford to live anywhere else (except Cottonwood), don't live here...

Consider yourself warned! "
"armpit of california isn't defined"
"one who lives within the boundaries of the 93308 zip code which is also referred to as oildale. the kids attend north high, which is synonymous with white trash. those outside of the 08 zip code use this term as an insult. some 08ers take it offensively, while most take pride in it for who knows what reason. "
I think it's time people grow up and give us respect. I work hard and I don't use drug's. I live in a good neighborhood and I like my neighbors. I'm not afraid to walk to the store after dark either. Not all 08ers are bad.
I think we need some positive attention here.

This story is inappropriate and should be flagged for moderation. Please choose from one of the following options:

You have indicated this comment should be removed.


The comment has been submitted for review. Thank you .

Ralph Dearman says ... on Sunday, Aug 9 at 11:33 PM

They don't give enough room to tell all I have seen. I have several friends that parents were doing time for murder in OilDale. We all packed heat for protection. Some would carry a knife and gun because they would rather stab and slice you up!!

Ralph Dearman says ... on Sunday, Aug 9 at 11:27 PM

I grew up there. 3 law officers were murdered there, that I know of. Saw rigs laying on the ground about every day walking to school. Found a body on my way to school. Xmas eve 2 houses over a guy I know shot a guy in the head in front of his kids.

Anonymous says ... on Monday, Mar 2 at 8:40 AM

You stay away .You know who you are, going to be trouble

Jackie says ... on Monday, Jul 28 at 8:54 AM

I have lived there for years. Not the really bad drug infested parts which every part of town has. I have had issues with a few neighbors but no more than when living in other parts of town.

danny sorden says ... on Wednesday, Mar 5 at 3:00 PM

I grew up in oildale. 86-93.. Yah im old lol. I never had an issue back then. I ran the streets with my friends. My neighbors were my friends and we all got along. I loved it there.

Anonymous says ... on Thursday, Feb 20 at 11:05 PM

Were all called white trash because we want to keep the real trash out take southgate for a perfect example if you drove through there 15 years ago the houses were well kept everyone new each other and had respect go take a look now ... sickening

Anonymous says ... on Wednesday, Feb 19 at 7:27 AM

Some of these so called oildale bums come from very well to do homes,just goes to show you not to judge!thatsGODS job!becareful how you treat a stranger you msy be entertainingn angel...jesus walked among thieves himself.

Anonymous says ... on Wednesday, Feb 19 at 7:22 AM

Isnt it time we all stopped judging?how many of the outside oildale GREAT,are recieving walfare while thier partners are working high dollar jobs?keep it real!!maybe they should save the food stamps and medical for some of the real needy in oildale!!

Anonymous says ... on Wednesday, Feb 19 at 7:09 AM

Oildale can be a little scary if your nose is stuck so far in the air that youd drown if it rained,those of you who consider your selves royal dale know who you are!!so why come here at all? We could live without the selrighteous as well,so stay out!

Robert says ... on Sunday, Aug 12 at 11:46 AM

Oil Dale is fun

TROUBLE23 says ... on Wednesday, Mar 16 at 12:02 PM


Jennifer says ... on Friday, Feb 5 at 11:26 PM

my grandparents moved to oildale about 2yrs ago from tehachapi and every since they got there all there is noting bout trouble my brother has to go to my moms everyweek when he gets out of school oin mondays cause all people do is try to beat him up

April says ... on Friday, Feb 5 at 3:09 PM

I am a black young woman that now lives in San Luis Obispo for college and after growing up in bakersfield and seeing oildale and the people from there, it has completely lived up to it's stereotype.

Annie says ... on Saturday, Sep 26 at 10:25 AM

My family moved to Oildale 1936 had the same teachers my mother did at Beardsly. Life was good, neighbors were your friends . Its up to us to be a good friend and neighbor

daddys girl says ... on Sunday, Mar 8 at 10:19 PM

i have lived in oildale for 26 years now and i dont plan on leaving i have seen the bad and the good all we need to do is have tollerace towards everyone cause no mater what happens we all bleed red and we all will still live here on earth

southernbound says ... on Sunday, Feb 15 at 12:26 PM

Having been here in Oildale just a few months has already shown it's ugly face. Some people East of the 99 don't seem friendly toward minorities; and yes, I am a Black woman. Hopefully a positive change will come to Oildale soon.

bye1962 says ... on Tuesday, Feb 10 at 3:49 PM

i love Oildale. but just like any where it has its problems. lol

Leon Smith says ... on Saturday, Feb 7 at 3:48 PM

I move to Oildale from Ok in 1999. when The Bars was going on with the ruff times, but if you didnot start trouble you didnot get any, same as anywhere you go, True there was a sign on bridge, but Oildale is good place , I now live in TN,

bleu says ... on Friday, Jan 23 at 11:11 AM

I live in Oildale also. I have been here since 1997. I have seen the problems our community has, such as those listed above. Even so, I love this community. We moved to Bakersfield in 1984 and have lived in different areas, this is our favorite.

Seven Bates says ... on Friday, Jan 23 at 11:01 AM

It might help if you used a spell checker, and made an argument for your local residents to stand up and clean your neighborhood. "Changes" require work. I don't see you doing anything here but complaining. Got any ideas on how you can enact change?

Christine says ... on Friday, Jan 16 at 6:28 PM

It is about time we get noticed for the good.

Add a comment


Comment: 250 Characters Left

BakersfieldNow.com - KBAK and KBFX News and its affiliated companies are not responsible for the content of comments posted or for anything arising out of use of the above comments or other interaction among the users. We reserve the right to screen, refuse to post, remove or edit user-generated content at any time and for any or no reason in our absolute and sole discretion without prior notice, although we have no duty to do so or to monitor any Public Forum.