BAKERSFIELD — Bullets of sweat are breaking out on Timothy Liebaert’s forehead as he nears the Fairway Oaks housing development on the outskirts of town — only it’s not entirely because of the 86-degree heat.

The car pulls up at a sun-baked dirt lot with a distant view of the snow-dusted Tehachapi Mountains, and Liebaert glances around nervously, refusing to get out. The developer doesn’t like him, he says, and he fears for his safety.

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