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.

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…

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.

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.

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.