Welcome to OCDO SigMan180!
Sadly, California's laws applying to issuance of CCWs is still a "may issue" clause, meaning they can deny you for any reason, even after completing the necessary training courses and paying for all the expenses associated with getting a CCW.
Have you checked out http://www.californiaopencarry.org yet? If you're unsure about the laws that deal with carrying of firearms, that website will help you to understand what laws to abide by, clarification where you cannot carry, legislation and case laws that assist OCers in California.
I cannot say if there are any other members in the Bakersfield/Kern County area. Hopefully there are, and you can have a OC buddy!