• Bakersfield Memorial defends nurse staffing levels in advance of picket

    Bakersfield Memorial Hospital defended its nurse staffing levels Tuesday in advance of a labor union-led informational picketing event set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday outside the medical center. The hospital said in a email it was disappointed by the California Nurses Association’s decision to

  • This is an office operated by Tehachapi-based Benz Sanitation, Inc.

    Waste Management plans to buy eastern Kern sanitation operation

    One of the country’s largest waste service companies is in the process of buying Tehachapi-based Benz Sanitation Inc. and its two sister companies, Tehachapi Recycling Inc. and Benz Propane Co. Inc. The buyer, Houston-based Waste Management Inc., said Monday it expects the sale to close

  • Aliza McCracken

    People in Business for the week of May 23

    The Junior League of Bakersfield has announced its 2016-17 board. President CHARLIE VALLICELLA is a teacher at the Panama-Buena Vista Union School District. Administrative Council Director JESSICA MATHEWS is executive director for the League of Dreams. Communications Council Director ALYSHIA KIZER

  • Thousands of people walk through the job fair held at the Rabobank Convention Center in Bakersfield on March 13, 2014, hoping to land one of about 3,000 jobs available from 150 employers at the job fair.

    Kern's jobless rate falls a full point to 10.6 percent in April

    Kern’s jobless rate dropped a full percentage point in April as local farming created 10,000 new positions, bringing unemployment in the county to a seasonally unadjusted 10.6 percent, the same rate as one year before. While most other sectors remained relatively flat, agriculture expanded to 54,

  • A view of the Kern River Field from Panorama Drive.

    Oil producers pleased with $50 oil but still not hiring

    The higher oil prices go, the sooner Kern County oil workers are likely to return to their jobs. But exactly how high, and how soon? For now, the answer may be that it’s simply too early to tell. Oil prices are edging toward the psychologically important barrier of $50 per barrel, with U.S.

  • Bakersfield man Omar Sanchez has been sworn in as a CHP officer. He has been assigned to the agency's Newhall area office.

    People in Business for the week of May 15

    OMAR SANCHEZ has become an officer with the California Highway Patrol after completing a 27-week cadet-training course. Sanchez is a 2012 graduate of Golden Valley High School who also attended Cal State Bakersfield. He has been assigned to duty at the CHP’s Newhall-area office. THERESA BUSH has

  • Aquifer oil field injection site

    State tentatively supports broadening approved oil field injection zone

    State regulators voiced tentative support Thursday for allowing oil producers to continue injecting wastewater or steam into federally protected aquifers about nine miles northeast of central Bakersfield in the Round Mountain oil field. The action launches a public review that could lead to a

  • In 2015, Towne Place Suites Bakersfield West was under construction north of Rosedale Highway, just west of Coffee Road.

    Hotels ramp up despite oil downturn

    Now seems like an odd time to invest millions of dollars in Bakersfield’s hotel market. Room occupancy rates are down significantly from a year before, and this week the City Council learned business travel — one of the local hotel industry’s mainstays — is expected to decline further because of

  • Thousands of people walk through the job fair held at the Rabobank Convention Center in Bakersfield on March 13, 2014, hoping to land one of about 3,000 jobs available from 150 employers.

    Business roundup: Job fair Thursday at downtown convention center

    A free, three-hour job fair will begin at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Rabobank Convention Center, 1001 Truxtun Ave. Organized by the Kern County Department of Human Services, the event will kick off an hour early with an 8 to 9 a.m. workshop focused on topics such as how to project a professional image

  • PG&E-plant-Commons-Oil-refinery

    Cleanup of northwest eyesore opens doors to development

    A question just beginning to arise in northwest Bakersfield will eventually transform some of the area's top real estate: What do you build on a centrally located former industrial site surrounded by homes, stores and oil activity? In the case of the former PG&E power plant

  • Califia Farms has opened a new 52,000-square-foot distribution center off Lerdo Highway. It's adjacent to the company's existing 40,000-square-foot bottling plant.

    'Brand of the year' beverage maker opens Kern distribution center

    A Los Angeles-based maker of plant-based beverages has expanded its Kern County presence by opening a 52,000-square-foot distribution center employing about 100 people along Lerdo Highway. Focused on almond milk and citrus juices, Califia Farms’ new, 24-hour distribution center is located next to

  • Bakersfield's real estate values are stronger than those of other so-called oil cities. Pictured is The Islands at Seven Oaks Country Club.

    Kern's home market outperforms those of other U.S. oil cities

    When oil prices plummeted in 2014, and failed to recover last year, local housing market observers worried the toll on Kern home sales would be heavy. But a new analysis indicates the downturn hasn’t hit the county’s residential real estate all that hard — at least, not when compared with

  • In this file photo, a steady flow of customers enters and exits the Kmart on Wilson Road on a Thanksgiving Day.

    County moves to seize Wasco Kmart's business equipment

    Kern County is taking no chances with the upcoming closure of Kmart’s Wasco store. In order to ensure payment of the store’s 2016 property tax bill, the county filed notice April 22 it intends to seize all $614,900 worth of business equipment inside the Kmart at 2785 Highway 46. The filing was

  • Jacob L. Eaton

    People in Business for the week of May 1

    JACOB L. EATON has been certified as a specialist in bankruptcy law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Eaton is a partner at the Bakersfield law firm of Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, Cooper, Rosenlieb & Kimball LLP. His practice focuses on representing debtors in Chapters

  • Business roundup: Mission hits 68th consecutive profitable quarter, more

    Mission Bancorp posted net income of $1.2 million during the three months that ended March 31, a 65 percent increase over a year earlier. It was the Bakersfield-based bank company’s 68th consecutive profitable quarter. The company said the loan portfolio of Mission Bank, its wholly owned

  • In this file photo, an almond orchard blooms along 7th Standard Road, near the Target Distribution Center. This is a high dynamic range image that combines five exposures of the same scene to capture the tonal range of both the orchard and the sky.

    Kern's almond dominance threatened by neighboring county

    Fresno County cut further into Kern’s almond dominance last year, according to a new report detailing continued expansion of California farmland dedicated to producing the nut. Kern added almond acreage overall in 2015, but it did so at a much slower pace than it did in 2014 and 2013. During the