The phone calls fielded by Kern County commercial real estate owners during the coronavirus crisis have ranged from the merely painful to the genuinely tragic.
Residential electric bills across Kern County will soon undergo a fundamental change designed to support California's shift to renewable energy by charging people more money for power consumed during hours of peak demand and less the rest of the day.
Lynda and Stewart Resnick, owners of local agricultural giant The Wonderful Co., on Friday unveiled a $1 million fund encouraging Fresno State graduates to volunteer with local nonprofits.
Former Bakersfield businessman Stephen "Steve" Downs, who after moving to the city in the mid-1980s became a prominent local car dealer heavily involved in local charities, has died from melanoma cancer at the age of 64, his family said this week.
One of Kern's leading oilfield operators, California Resources Corp., posted a $94 million first-quarter loss Thursday as part of an otherwise upbeat earnings report that helped raise its stock price to finish the day almost 6 percent higher.
Step aside other deep savings stores: Macy's Backstage is entering the market. On Saturday, Macy's will open its on-mall, off-price offering inside the Bakersfield location at Valley Plaza Mall.
A year-old Southern California company proposes to build a truck stop just north of Bakersfield that would be the first public, solar-equipped facility in the state capable of recharging heavy- and medium-duty electric trucks expected to hit the market within a year.
The federal government's $284.5 billion Paycheck Protection Program is no longer available through most lenders but a locally produced webinar Wednesday will explain how disadvantaged businesses can still apply until May 31 for the remaining $8 billion in the pandemic recovery effort.
Rep. David Valadao ranked immigration and water as his top two legislative priorities during a brief online chat Monday in which he emphasized the importance of bipartisanship, especially to a "very purple" district like his.
Time has run out again for a four-story, 28-unit apartment project on 18th Street that five years ago divided neighbors and the City Council then failed to get off the ground even as similar efforts progressed nearby.
A newly released draft of California's 2022 building code proposes probably the most ambitious electrification policies in the country but stops short of a ban on new natural gas-burning appliances that climate activists had pushed for.
Kern County ag producers are making changes big and small — from redeveloping entire orchards to fine-tuning their irrigation systems — as they try to adjust to worsening drought conditions across the Central Valley.
The former Sinaloa Mexican Food Restaurant at 20th and P streets came down Wednesday to make room for a three-story, 40-unit apartment building expected to begin construction later this year.
M.D. Atkinson Co. Inc., a leading local provider of property management services, has acquired the accounts of Certified Realty Services, effective May 1.
Senior state energy officials voiced optimism Tuesday that a series of steps taken since last summer will prevent a repeat of August's rotating power outages, though they did not rule out the possibility it could happen again this year, especially if an extreme heat wave hits the entire west…
An hourlong webinar Cal State Bakersfield's Small Business Development Center will host starting at noon Wednesday will provide updates on government pandemic-recovery programs and feature comments by local consultant James Thomsen.
A nationwide shortage of chlorine tablets is making waves in the pool-cleaning industry as local service companies trying to cover rising costs face blowback from customers unwilling to make up the difference.
A worsening shortage of truck drivers is raising concerns among local farmers that, unless a solution emerges soon, there might not be enough hauling capacity to bring this year's harvest to market.
New attention is being focused on what some see as Kern's under-tapped potential for turning eastern Kern military research into commercial enterprises generating good, local civilian jobs.
California's ambitious climate goals have attracted interest from an international business partnership looking to build a groundbreaking, 500-megawatt compressed-air energy storage project in the Rosamond area.
Phasing out California oil and gas production in service of Sacramento's goal of statewide carbon neutrality by 2045 will require difficult health and economic tradeoffs impacting Kern more than anywhere else in the state, according to a new report intended to help policymakers navigate the …
Changes to the federal Economic Injury Disaster Loan grant program, including the new Supplemental Targeted Advance offering $5 billion to small businesses clobbered by the pandemic, will be discussed during a free, locally produced webinar set to begin at noon Wednesday.
New research shows the entrepreneurial fire burns particularly bright in Kern County but it flames out exceptionally fast — and that with more support, it might grow to fuel more local jobs.
Gov. Gavin Newsom took unprecedented action against California's oil industry Friday with a pair of orders aimed at banning the controversial oilfield technique known as fracking by 2024, then ending in-state petroleum production altogether by 2045 to help address climate change.
Environmental-justice advocates, regrouping after a big defeat last week in the state Legislature, strategized a path forward Wednesday in their campaign for a "just transition" away from oil production in Kern County.
Valley Strong Credit Union has committed to giving Cal State Bakersfield a $1 million endowment that will pay for a research fellowship supporting the B3K regional economic development collaboration.
Even for a company with customers and employees spread across 15 countries, it felt a little clunky shuttling between greenhouses in Edison, laboratory space near Delano, a cold-storage facility in Shafter and headquarters in Bakersfield.
A pair of locally produced webinars Wednesday and Thursday will examine recovery programs designed to help small businesses hurt by the pandemic.
New research out of Cal State Bakersfield shows the pandemic has had lopsided economic impacts in Kern, boosting some industries and devastating others, for a net loss of $1.7 billion in wages across the county.
A major industrial property that has sat idle for years in the heart of Bakersfield is coming back to life to refine used cooking oil, rendered animal fats and a canola-related grain called camelina.
New research pointing to stark racial and gender inequities in personal financial opportunity in Kern County is prompting new thinking about how to help disadvantaged populations, including tailoring interventions to bring up specific groups.
Bakersfield’s red-hot home market hit a new high in March, topping its previous record from January and setting a blazing annualized appreciation rate of almost 12 percent per year, roughly double that of recent years past.
A high-end maker of work truck bodies has expanded into Shafter with its purchase of a 10-acre property off 7th Standard Road where it expects to fill as many as 150 manufacturing positions starting in mid- to late summer.
A high-profile bill that would cripple Kern County oil production suffered a key defeat this week when it failed to win enough votes to advance in the state Legislature.
Leaders of the "B3K" regional economic development project on Tuesday unveiled an extensive local-market assessment that points out steep challenges — and potential opportunities — for Kern's long-term prosperity and quality job creation.
Adventist Health Bakersfield said Tuesday it's not quite sure what it will build — a hospital or something else health-care related — on vacant land it recently bought on the eastern side of Coffee Road north of Brimhall Road. But now at least the future development has a name: the Roth Fami…
As the 2021 Paycheck Protection Program draws to an early close, the head of the local Small Business Development Center plans to provide free guidance Wednesday on how local businesses can maximize their chances of receiving money through the federal recovery initiative.
California's agricultural community made clear in a series of public meetings last month that growers, dairies and ranchers stand ready to expand forward-thinking environmental practices — but that such activities don't necessarily make financial sense without some form of government support.
If work crews weren't out in September checking the wind machines in his orchards, local citrus grower Matt Fisher might not have spotted the problem until it was too late.
Instead of planting food crops on a 30-acre block of prime ag land near Rosedale Highway and Enos Lane, the Gardiner family decided to fill it with flowers: phacelia, baby's breath, bluebells, bachelor buttons and sweet alyssum.
It’s only one shop, and a common one at that, but its identity says a lot about what's planned for 10 acres of vacant land at the southwest corner of White Lane and Buena Vista Road.
Tejon Ranch Co. suffered what it called a temporary legal setback Thursday when a Los Angeles Superior Court judge found fault with an environmental review of the Lebec-based agribusiness and real estate development company's residential project in northern L.A. County.
Kern County lawmakers joined local farmers Wednesday in calling on Gov. Gavin Newsom to declare a drought emergency that would trigger new flexibility in how California's limited water supply is moved around the state.
Adventist Health Bakersfield has purchased a vacant lot near Brimhall and Coffee roads at a site the organization's former president said in 2018 would be developed into a hospital to help alleviate congestion at its downtown medical center on Chester Avenue.
A locally focused webinar starting at noon Wednesday will include a local accountant's advice on how Kern County businesses can claim the Employee Retention Tax Credit.