Local car dealer Jose Arredondo, an immigrant who worked his way up to own several local dealerships, has died from stab wounds he suffered while in Baja California, his pastor confirmed Tuesday. He was 60 years old.

After more than 100 years in farming, and 50 in the almond business, the Billings family had done a lot to bring laser focus to its business. But still it lacked a direct connection to its end customers, the people eating its products.

Gov. Gavin Newsom has ordered the firing of California's top oil regulator after environmental activists reported a recent spike in state fracking permits and allegations that senior officials within the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources own stock in petroleum companies they oversee.

Developers of the Amazon distribution center under construction next to Meadows Field Airport are being required to carry out a number of substantial improvements to nearby roadways, plus pay $1.4 million into a regional transportation fund to help minimize the project's impact on local traffic.

Kern and every municipality within its borders stands to lose a degree of local control over their housing approval processes after state officials concluded not even one government in the county has made sufficient progress toward permitting affordably priced homes and apartments.

In a clear threat to one of Kern County's economic pillars, California took a tentative first step toward cutting in-state oil and gas production with Gov. Gavin Newsom's signature last week on a budget that includes $1.5 million for finding ways to reduce petroleum supply and demand.

The latest gasoline tax out of Sacramento, a levy of 5.6 cents per gallon set to take effect Monday, is fueling discussion locally over how to pay for road repairs, reduce traffic and otherwise improve the state's sprawling transportation infrastructure.

It's a sign of just how strong Bakersfield's single-family home market is that the 1985 house Realtor Leslie Walters is in escrow to sell July 8 was listed $30,000 above the city's $300,000 sweet spot — and still two solid offers came in within a week.

Countering efforts in Sacramento to scale back petroleum use in the Golden State, business advocacy group BizFed Central Valley Business Federation is joining with Southern California Gas Co. and others to promote residential and commercial use of renewable natural gas as a way to cut carbon…

Liberty Lift Solutions LLC announced it has won a multi-year contract to provide pumping-unit field services for Kern oil giant California Resources Corp.

“Bitwise is one of several organizations around the country that are pioneering the ideas of creating opportunities in left-behind areas; of expanding those opportunities to left-behind people; and meanwhile helping redevelop downtowns and bring a sense of possibility to their cities.” — Jam…

A Fresno tech center's planned expansion to downtown Bakersfield has raised concerns among some industry professionals that the arrival of an outside job-training organization could worsen a local glut of computer workers unable to find good career opportunities in town.

Computer technology as a career and a force for local economic growth takes a big step forward in Kern County with an announcement expected today that a company central to downtown Fresno's tech renaissance hopes to build on its success by expanding into Bakersfield.

Word last week that Hard Rock International will develop and manage the Tejon Indian Tribe's proposed $600 million hotel and casino in Mettler is the latest in a series of steps laid out in laws regulating such collaborations — but by no means is the project a done deal.