Bolthouse Properties LLC has sold 175 acres within southwest Bakersfield's Seven Oaks master-planning community to a Mission Viejo company with plans to build 750 homes there over about the next four years.

Buyer Pacific Cascade Group, an affiliate of Woodbridge Pacific Group, said in a news release it hopes to hire local homebuilders to help it develop the property directly south of Grand Island Village. It has targeted spring 2015 for the first home openings.

The development is expected to including a gated apartment community, an assisted lived/memory care facility and a shopping center by Bolthouse Properties.

Bakersfield had the second highest business bankruptcy rate among U.S. metropolitan areas ranked by global information company Experian.

Only Sacramento had a higher rate, with a bankruptcy rate of 2.41 percent, compared with Bakersfield's 2.16 percent, Experian reported. It said New York City had the nation's best rate, at 0.28 percent.

A Beverly Hills-based talent agency has opened an office in Bakersfield.

Starlight Talent Agency, operating locally at 8224 Espresso Drive, Suite 100C, books people for television, print, film and voice-overs.

The agency said in a news release that it has booked two Bakersfield residents: one an 11-year-old girl who does commercials, the other a young male actor who has landed a role in a Disney feature film.

A Porterville-based trucking company with operations in Buttonwillow has won the California Highway Patrol's top safety honor for fleets with more than 20 units.

Young's Commercial Transfer Inc. was awarded the 2013 STAR Award based on performance criteria including accident frequency, training, safety policies and maintenance.

Young's employs 50 full-time truck drivers and 250 seasonal personnel.

Bakersfield business consultant Russ Allred has written a new book titled "Ten-Minute Retreats for Business Owners: Short Stories of Instruction and Inspiration to Rapidly Grow Your Business."

The 308-page book focuses on advice for entrepreneurs. Allred says its premise is that business owners should take short breaks to "regroup and focus" on business growth.

Published by Publish America, the book is for sale on for $26.96. It is expected to be available soon as an e-book.

Kern Economic Development Corp. is accepting reservations for an Oct. 15 employer update on the Affordable Care Act's impacts on businesses with 50 or more employees.

The event, set for 5 to 8 p.m. at Wool Growers Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge, 620 E. 19th St., is to feature a presentation by Brandie Gasper, an associate attorney with the Bakersfield law firm Klein DeNatale Goldner.

The event costs $40 per person, including dinner. Reservations are due by Oct. 8 and may be made online at or by calling 862-5150.