Bakersfield continues to feel oil industry's pain, city manager says

An oil pump jack is hard at work around sunset next to the bike path in Bakersfield in this June 2014 photo.

The downturn in Kern County’s oil industry is affecting hotel stays and may continue to depress sales tax revenue, forcing cuts to city spending, City Manager Alan Tandy has warned.

In his weekly memorandum to Mayor Harvey L. Hall and the Bakersfield City Council, Tandy did Wednesday as he has done several times this year: caution of the continued negative impact of oil prices, which hover around $40 a barrel and are expected by some to dip into the $30 range.

Oil prices are at a six-month low, Tandy said in his memo, citing U.S. Department of Energy data, and are

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