• By Harry Starkey
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What a great water year we are having! Reservoirs are full, the Kern River is bursting at its banks and the snowpack is healthy. This is very encouraging and the drought-weary are smiling.

  • By Christine Zimmerman
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Even a casual follower of water issues in California is aware of the incessant claims of “perpetuation of misinformation” regarding water safety related to Kern County’s two largest industries: agriculture and petroleum.

  • By Cassandra Melching
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The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District is made up of eight counties in California’s Central Valley: San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare and the San Joaquin Valley air basin portion of Kern. The district is a public health agency whose mission is to i…

  • By Joel A. Bock
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As potential tax reform legislation is being crafted by politicians in Washington, D.C., it is worth taking a moment to analyze how an important provision of this legislation may impact the agricultural industry in Kern County.

  • By Mark Nessia
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About the organization: The Small Business Development Center at CSUB is one of five service centers within the University of California, Merced SBDC Regional Network, which is a partnership between the university and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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About the organization: For 52 years, CAPK has served Kern County with a range of basic services. CAPK serves newborns to seniors and everyone in between. Last year alone, our Food Bank brought 13.7 million pounds of food to Kern families’ tables. Communities rely on us for education, food a…

  • By Mark Bateman
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California’s High-Speed Rail Authority is engaged in a multibillion-dollar project, the goal of which is to construct a “transportation improvement” running through the Central Valley and connecting the major metropolitan areas of California. Many believe the high-speed rail project will fai…

  • By Maureen Buscher-Dang
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There are years of drought and years of pounding rain. One year, crop prices can soar and the next, they can crash. And the government? Well, sometimes it’s really not there to help.

  • By Maureen Buscher-Dang
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I received a frantic call the other day from a new client we’ll call Bob with Acme Services. He found two negative reviews with one-star ratings posted in his business listing on Google. Bob wanted to know if there was anything he could do to fix it. And fast.

  • By John Pryor
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Kern County’s agribusiness sector has faced severe risks during California’s recent drought. Now the drought is mitigated if not eliminated (except for restoration of groundwater). Risks unique to a drought are no longer significant. However, new risks of flooding, ground subsidence, added s…

  • By Richard Chapman
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As tech companies and their employees buckle under the weight of the high costs associated with the Bay Area and LA Basin markets, Kern County is well-positioned to provide a well-suited West Coast alternative. The Bakersfield MSA has already been designated as the top region in the nation f…

  • By David Lyman
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The scene: mid-February in Bakersfield. A large tour bus stops and more than a dozen of Mexico’s top travel professionals disembark. They have arrived from Guadalajara at an agricultural extravaganza a few minutes east of Bakersfield, standing in front of a big red barn in the middle of orch…

  • By Holly Culhane
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Renewed emphasis on the enforcement of existing federal immigration laws is causing some employers to wonder how their businesses and workers will be affected. Among the Trump administration’s recently announced new guidelines are those intended to curb the illegal immigration of people into…

  • By Jose M Granados
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The ag industry continues to be a major contributor to Kern County’s economy. It generates more than a fifth of the county’s gross domestic product and employs 15 to 20 percent of the county’s workforce.

  • By Robin Paggi
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Balmeet Singh was allegedly accosted because of his race or religion outside of a Bakersfield restaurant last fall and dozens of people reportedly witnessed it and did nothing about it.

  • By Beatris Espericueta Sanders
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Thriving civilizations are the product of opportunity and necessity.

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About the company: Valley Republic Bank is a local community bank based in Bakersfield. The bank opened in early 2009 with a commitment to revive a level of confidence and service to local professionals and to the business community. VRB was founded by a group of 24 local professionals who b…

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About the organization: The mission of the Kern County Farm Bureau is to represent Kern County’s agricultural interest through public relations, education, public policy and advocacy in order to promote the economic viability of agriculture balanced with appropriate management of natural resources.

  • By Richard Gearhart
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As of Dec. 1, 2016, the salary threshold for exemption from the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act has been increased from $455 per week ($23,660 annually, roughly $11.38 hourly) to $913 per week ($47,476 annually, roughly $22.83 hourly).

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About the company: Worklogic HR is a local human resources outsourcing company. Founded in 2000 by Jeff Thorn, our company provides every HR function that employers need, including payroll, benefits, workers’ comp, insurance, safety, HR and legal consulting, and training.

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About the company: The Bakersfield law office of Timothy Lemucchi specializes in major personal injury, wrongful death, criminal defense, work-related injuries, defective products, insurance bad faith, malpractice, nursing home/elder abuse and mediation.

  • By Laura Hill
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Chances are, if you’re in business management of any kind, you’ve been in the position to hire someone at some point in your career. Chances also are it’s one of the least favorite aspects of your job. If you’ve heard some of the recent flurry of job posting commercials, it sounds easy enoug…

  • By Joel A. Bock
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The last major tax reform in the United States (Tax Reform Act of 1986) occurred over 30 years ago. While the exact timing and content of potential tax reform is currently the topic of much speculation, after November’s presidential and congressional elections, the possibility of tax reform …

  • By Katherine Ross
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This year, resolve to find the best legal and human resources information. Just a few good books from your local library or a few good websites can send you in the right direction.

  • By Katy Raytis
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As most are aware, last November voters approved Proposition 64 (the “Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act”), which legalized the recreational use of marijuana in California. That might sound really groovy, but California employees shouldn’t light up those doobies just yet.

  • By Kelly Bearden
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Monica Hammonds has traded her 22 years as a teacher and administrator in a coastal school district to pursue her dream of becoming an entrepreneur. She took a year off and using her business nest egg as a financial backup, Hammonds decided to combine her love of grilling with her darn good …

  • By Maureen Buscher-Dang
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Bakersfield-based Mission Bank has been honored for being the second top SBA 504 lender in a category of banks with assets of $500 million or less. The category includes about 4,500 lending institutions in the United States.

  • By Robin Paggi
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Many years ago, I was a waitress at a restaurant that was promoting a certain brand of wine. Our manager instructed the wait staff to sell at least three glasses of wine each shift or face disciplinary action.

  • By Jose M Granados
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My most rewarding and fulfilling work has been in community projects as a volunteer. I have delivered hot meals to seniors, cleaned the streets, collected toys for kids, fundraised and volunteered hundreds of hours at local nonprofits.

  • By Dan Klingenberger
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The California legislature continues to create and encourage new ways for employers to be sued for wage and hour violations. The onslaught of wage and hour class actions filed in Kern County and across the state has not abated. Large and small employers must look closely at their compensatio…

  • By Brittany Flemming
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There is no denying the value of a highly skilled staff and we all know that it’s important to pay them a competitive salary. In most job negotiations, salary is both a hot topic and a driving factor for the potential employee and potential employer alike. From the employer’s perspective, ho…