New homes are on the upswing across Bakersfield as a shortage of resale properties, combined with financial incentives and creative amenity packages, persuades shoppers to take a second look at some of the city's newest neighborhoods.
Kern County’s unemployment rate fell again last month, dropping more than a point to a seasonally unadjusted 6 percent, even as farming payrolls shed 1,500 positions, according to a state report out Friday.
A pair of oil leaks that opened up last weekend near McKittrick are the latest indications of the challenges facing Chevron as it works to come into compliance with recent state rules prohibiting uncontrolled releases of crude and water known as surface expressions.
Another pesticide commonly used in Kern County agriculture has come under close scrutiny by state regulators after air monitoring equipment in Shafter and Parlier detected surprisingly high concentrations of the cancer-causing chemical last year.
A farmworker housing bill signed into law Sunday by Gov. Gavin Newsom is aimed at addressing what advocates say is a shortage of quality, affordable lodging for California ag laborers.
A federal jury has awarded nearly $5 million in damages to a former Wonderful Citrus Packing LLC manager in Delano after the company allegedly sent hundreds of employees emails wrongly accusing him of theft and embezzlement.
Sacramento's shifting approach to reining in California oil production came into sharper focus with Gov. Gavin Newsom's weekend announcement that he had signed half a dozen bills regulating petroleum activities and appointed two senior officials — including a former Chevron engineer — to ove…
Rio Bravo Ranch capped its oil harvest Monday by pressing the locally grown fruit into extra-virgin oil at its property near the mouth of the Kern River Canyon. The event was attended by buyers and members of the family that owns the company. RBR's olive oil has won top awards in California.…
Local farmers recently raised what seemed like a simple question: Anyone growing hemp legally in Kern County ought to be able to sell it on the side of the road just like growers of other crops, right?
Construction companies in Kern and certain other counties will be required to train their employees about valley fever risks and symptoms under a new law authored by Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield, and signed late last week by Gov. Gavin Newsom.
If pistachios were a football team — and sometimes it does seem like they compete against almonds — they would be climbing the tree-nut power rankings.
Records show pistachio acreage and revenues are on the rise in Kern, mounting a challenge to almonds, the county's second highest-grossing crop after table grapes.
National retail chain The Children's Place has signed a lease to open a 5,031-square-foot store at The Outlets at Tejon just north of The Grapevine in early November.
An operation thought to be the world's largest ice cream plant, the Nestle USA Inc. manufacturing facility at 7301 District Blvd., will soon shed nearly a dozen employees as part of a reorganization, the company has announced.
An agreement announced Wednesday is expected to phase out use of the potent but highly toxic pesticide chlorpyrifos in California by the end of next year, heading off a legal battle state officials say could have lasted years.
New co-owner Bob LaRue must not have been around the day the Marie Callender's restaurant at 3801 California Ave. closed two months ago for what everyone thought was the last time.
One of Kern's largest oil producers has agreed to pay nearly half a million dollars to settle accusations it hauled oilfield waste from six different local leases to a facility in Ventura County, where the company allegedly dumped the hazardous waste at a site not permitted for such uses.
A pair of Kern breweries took home an extraordinary five medals at the Great American Beer Festival last weekend in Denver — a testament, the local winners say, to the county's sophisticated approach to beer-making.
California oil regulators levied more than $2.7 million in fines against Chevron Wednesday for alleged violations related to a series of west Kern oilfield leaks that shone a harsh light on the industry even as the state said they caused minimal environmental damage.
Fausto Parra's pickup holds a lot of gasoline, so he may have gone more than a day or two between fill-ups. But it seemed to him that the price of a gallon of gas at the Delano station he normally goes to jumped from $3.19 one day to $3.75 the next time he stopped.
Remember the headline on the cover of The Californian's June 2 edition? Placed beside a picture of what was thought to be harmless industrial hemp, it read, "Relax. This is not actually weed growing near Arvin."
While observing homes from the street in a single-family neighborhood, you would never know that a residence has a so-called “granny flat” in the back. The longer-term renters or vacationers come and go quietly, woven into the fabric of the neighborhood.
Kern agricultural powerhouse The Wonderful Co. on Thursday announced the second-largest gift ever to a U.S. academic institution: three-quarters of a billion dollars to fund cutting-edge research on environmental sustainability.
Kern County's primary business recruitment and retention arm examined its own performance Thursday and concluded it must do more to engage with the community if it is going to be able to continue carrying out its mission.
The class-A office complex Cal Twin Towers, at 4900 California Ave. has been listed for sale by Woodland Hills-based owner Adler Realty Investments Inc.
A new study by the U.S. Geological Survey concludes oilfield activity has lowered the quality of groundwater in western Kern County, making it saltier and possibly affecting nearby irrigation sources but not harming drinking water.
Hopes for a quick resolution of Sundale Country Club's fate faded Monday after a scheduled auction of the financially troubled Bakersfield golf course was again postponed, this time because one of its minority owners has filed for personal bankruptcy protection.
A new kind of business center opening Tuesday in downtown Bakersfield is taking Kern County another step closer to the startup culture that has turned many metropolitan areas into miniature versions of Silicon Valley.
Activists pushing for cleaner air in the Lamont area have succeeded in stalling last-minute legislation that would have exempted a local refinery from having to install new emission monitors.
Clinica Sierra Vista’s former longtime chief financial officer has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit alleging the health-care organization and its embattled chief executive fired her in April because he wanted someone younger in the position.
Local farm employment jumped in August as Kern's unemployment rate improved by a full point to settle at a seasonally unadjusted 7.4 percent, according to state data released Friday.
As news settled in Wednesday that Kern had apparently lost its title as the nation's top-grossing agricultural producer, people whose jobs it is to track these things sifted through the official reports to figure out what had changed, and specifically, why Fresno County had suddenly broken K…
A Bakersfield independent oil producer was ordered Tuesday to address a list of alleged violations at a well site it operates in the Fruitvale Oil Field in metropolitan Bakersfield.
Recently, international news and social media have profiled a singular issue in the Amazonian forests of Brazil that affects us all; they’re burning. Although this year’s fires are not the first, what is different this season is that posts on the Internet have gone viral.
Shopping centers used to be places people frequented mainly because they wanted to buy something — a book, a pair of shoes, maybe a birthday cake.
City residents tend to oppose changes in their neighborhoods’ land-use restrictions for a variety of reasons. Chief among them are concerns about traffic, noise and parking impacts.
State oil regulators turned up the heat on Chevron Tuesday, ordering the company to provide still more information about eight recent or ongoing uncontrolled releases of oily fluid in the Cymric Oil Field outside McKittrick.
A regional rebranding effort unveiled Monday highlights the wide-open business and personal opportunities that research shows to be Bakersfield's and Kern County's most attractive assets.
They're as common as fire hydrants in some parts of town: small residential buildings typically built in backyards as a kind of annex to the main house. Some call them mother-in-law quarters.
It's a sign of how bad the situation with squatters has become in Irma Hall's neighborhood that twice in recent months a house near hers caught fire and both times people not authorized to live there fled amid the blaze.
Decades can pass before cancer from asbestos exposure becomes evident, and by that time, who's to say exactly who or what is to blame?
Hundreds of people who put money into the now-defunct Bakersfield Investment Club may soon get some of it back, though court filings suggest the payments probably won't amount to even 25 cents on the dollar.
Rep. Kevin McCarthy said Friday there are enough votes in Congress to approve the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, asserting the next step is for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to call a vote on the trade deal also known as the "New NAFTA."
Prospective buyers of the boarded-up East Hills Mall recently reached out to Bakersfield city officials with a new vision for demolishing and redeveloping the property into a village-like mixed-use center.
In another boost for Bakersfield's long-overlooked tech and startup communities, a Fresno-based nonprofit is coming to town next week to kick off a nearly two month-long "hackathon"-type competition that has been credited with helping launch dozens of small businesses.
Another chunk of Kern County's economy — natural gas production — has come under threat from California's efforts to "decarbonize" buildings across the state as a way of helping achieve Sacramento's greenhouse-gas reduction goals.