Bakersfield’s city zoning board green-lighted a key permit Tuesday that paves the way for the sale of a long-vacant southwest Target building to U-Haul, which will convert it into a truck rental and storage facility.

The total gross value of Kern County’s agricultural products fell by 9 percent last year, but the dip came after five solid years of increases, the Kern County Agricultural Commissioner’s office said Monday in its annual crop report.

The Bakersfield accounting firm Daniells Phillips Vaughan & Bock announced the promotions of four employees, certified public accountants BILL FLYNN, EMILY PACHECO, STEPHANIE PETERS and SALVADOR SAAVEDRA.

Two public hearings Monday in Bakersfield will gather public comment on Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s proposal to raise its core revenues almost 17 percent during the next three years, bringing them to nearly double what they were 10 years ago.

Tech entrepreneur Austin Llach didn't want to leave Bakersfield for Silicon Valley again, but he felt like he had to if he was going to find an "angel investor" for the fitness smartphone app he was developing.

Some may say that Joel and Marcy Brust live exotic lives as owners of Indian Point Ostrich Ranch. Exciting as it may be, however, the Brusts are looking to retire after 26 years operating their working farm, which is tucked against a mountainside above Cummings Valley in Tehachapi.

Two years after moving its headquarters to Texas, Bakersfield’s biggest home-grown tech company is pulling out of California as part of a consolidation it hopes will make the company more nimble and surround it with like-minded firms.

State figures released Friday show Kern County’s unemployment rate slid to a seasonally unadjusted 9.7 percent in May, down from April’s 10.6 percent and March’s 11.6 percent, as local farmers continued to add jobs and oil companies went on slashing them.

A senior executive with one of Kern County’s largest oil producers sat on stage in front of hundreds of his peers, chatting with a prominent congressman, when someone from the audience put him on the spot.

Kern’s Sacramento delegation, joined by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, is voicing fresh optimism it can leverage bipartisan support this legislative session to help reform a 2004 measure that has been used to negotiate hefty legal settlements from dozens of local businesses accused of…

Almond production remains profitable for most California growers despite a sharp drop in prices since last summer, according to a recent report highlighting strong consumer demand but also looming challenges for nut growers in the southern Central Valley.

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…

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.

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 C…

The Kmart in Wasco will close this summer as part of a cost-cutting move by its parent company to shutter 78 stores nationwide, or about 5 percent of its total, including 10 Sears locations.