Kern County Treasurer and Tax Collector Jordan Kaufman reminds the public that the first installment of your Kern County property tax will become delinquent if not paid by 5 p.m., Monday, Dec. 11. In order to avoid a 10 percent late penalty, property tax payments must be made in person or postmarked on or before Dec. 11.

Various methods of payment are available: 

1) Via mail to: KCTTC Payment Center, P.O. Box 541004, Los Angeles, CA 90054-1004

2) In person at the Treasurer-Tax Collector's Office located at 1115 Truxtun Ave., 2nd Floor, Bakersfield, CA 93301.

3) Via the Treasurer-Tax Collector's website at

Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover Cards can be used for payments made over the internet. A credit card service fee will be assessed based on the amount of taxes paid. Electronic Checks can also be used for payments over the Internet with zero fees. Access the website for additional information.

Tax bills were mailed to all property owners whose addresses were on file with the County Assessor as of Jan. 1. If you do not have your tax bill, you may request a substitute tax bill or you may obtain the amount of property tax due by calling 868-3490 or by emailing Property tax and parcel information are also available on the website. 

Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Important: The tax bills look different this year. They have been redesigned to make it easier to read and easier to pay. Because of this change, they have included a sample bill with explanations and instructions in hopes of making it easier for the taxpayers to understand their bill and reduce payment errors.

Bakersfield Arrival Guide debuts

Visit Bakersfield unveiled its 2017 visitors guide recently, offering readers 60 pages of fun ways to explore the city.

The guide features a number of “fun facts,” including that Bakersfield is home to the distinctive country-music genre known as the Bakersfield Sound, that the Bakersfield Community Theater is the oldest continually operating community theater in California and that Bakersfield is also home to a house built by architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

It also features ways to explore the city, its arts scene, its outdoors and its agricultural bounty. Also new is a section that looks at Bakersfield’s suggested bicycle routes, like the 30-mile Kern River Parkway trail, or the time trial tour from the 2012 Amgen Tour of California held in Bakersfield.

The guide will be available in more than 80 locations throughout Bakersfield, including hotels, railroad stations and Visit Bakersfield’s office at 515 Truxtun Avenue. A digital version can be viewed online at

Omni Family Health celebrates two new health centers

Omni Family Health will break ground Thursday on a new center on Stine Road before cutting the ribbon on another location in southwest Bakersfield.

Construction of Omni’s newest location, the Stine Road Health Center — an 18,766-square-foot building — will begin in early 2018, company officials said in a news release. Once complete in fall 2018, the center will provide medical, pediatric, dental, chiropractic and behavioral health services. Omni anticipates admitting more than 24,000 patients annually.

The Omni Family Health White Lane Health Center, which opened in February, but is having its formal ribbon cutting Thursday, is a 10,092-square-foot facility that provides medical, pediatrics, chiropractic, dental and behavioral health services to about 18,000 patients annually.

Adventist Health gets high marks

Adventist Health Bakersfield received an "A" letter grade for patient safety this fall from the Leapfrog Hospital Group, Adventist Health officials announced.

Adventist Health Bakersfield received that high mark for its commitment to keeping patients safe and meeting the highest safety standards in the nation, according to an Adventist press release.

“Every day, our staff come ready to provide high quality, compassionate care that exemplifies our mission of inspiring our community to lives like marked by health, wholeness and hope,” said Sharlet Briggs, AH Bakersfield President & CEO. “I’m extremely proud of our 'A' grade that recognizes our staff’s commitment to providing the best health care available in Kern County.”

It was given the mark by The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit health care ratings organization that assigns letter grades based on performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms.

“It takes consistent, unwavering dedication to patients to achieve the highest standards of patient safety. An ‘A’ Safety Grade recognizes hospitals for this accomplishment,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We congratulate the clinicians, Board, management and staff of AH Bakersfield for showing the country what it means to put patient safety first.”

Google’s computer science roadshow coming to Bakersfield

Google’s Computer Science First Roadshow is coming to Downtown Elementary School Tuesday.

The roadshow teaches kids about the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education through an hour-long interactive coding presentation that focuses on technical coding and problem-solving skills.

The event takes place from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m.

Delano school district spreading cheer for foster youth

Delano Union School District has sponsored a Giving Tree for foster and homeless youth this year, and is giving presents to about 70 children.

Those gifts will be given to students at a Winter Holiday party for foster kids and their families Dec. 7 from 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. at 1300 Norwalk Street in Delano. The gifts for homeless students will be taken to their schools by Santa himself Dec. 7 and Dec. 8.

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