Even though hiring outpaced layoffs, Kern's official unemployment rate actually rose to an estimated 8 percent in June from a revised 7.2 percent in May.
A "low rate" flow of oil and water resumed Wednesday at Chevron's months-old Cymric Oil Field leak near McKittrick, the company said Thursday.
Kern County has proposed a 20-year, $218 million deal with the Tejon Indians to provide fire, law enforcement and other services at the $600 million casino and hotel the tribe and Hard Rock International plan to open half an hour south of Bakersfield.
Kohl's is about to kick off a hiring spree that it says will bring a surge in new employment to its store in northwest Bakersfield.
Tapping the persuasive power of free beer and a live DJ, Fresno tech catalyst Bitwise Industries followed last month's big splash in Bakersfield with a more intimate event in downtown Wednesday introducing its software development arm, Shift3 Technologies, to local businesses, educators and …
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.
California's top oil regulator, losing patience with Chevron's response to the uncontrolled release of thousands of barrels of oil near McKittrick, has ordered the company to "take all measures" to make sure petroleum, water and steam do not resume rising to the surface after previous effort…
The atmosphere was friendly at Thursday's meeting of the Rotary Club of Bakersfield Downtown, and after the formalities — a solemn invocation and the Pledge of Allegiance — inside jokes came one after the other.
A multiagency earthquake damage assessment taking place this weekend will determine whether Ridgecrest-area residents and businesses receive access to grants or low-interest federal loans designed to help them recover, and whether federal money will be given out to assist in rebuilding local…
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.
California regulators have issued a notice of violation against Chevron and ordered a limited ban on nearby production after a steaming operation in the Cymric Oil Field produced a pool of oil 250 feet long and 20 feet wide near McKittrick.
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.
A campaign has been launched to build public support for the Tejon Indian Tribe's proposed $600 million hotel and casino half an hour south of Bakersfield, and its success could prove pivotal as the project proceeds through a series of state and federal approval processes.
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.
A local water district is developing a novel, market-based groundwater trading program that, if successful, could be expanded or copied to help Central Valley farmers cope with new state restrictions against over-pumping the region's aquifers.
Concerns are mounting that transportation corridors just north of Bakersfield will have to be expanded or otherwise adjusted to address an increase in truck traffic from continued development of distribution centers along 7th Standard Road and its eastern extension, Merle Haggard Drive.
Weather-related disruptions contributed to a substantial decline in California almond production this year, suggesting farmers of Kern's second largest-grossing crop may take a financial hit as well.
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.
Contrary to what you may have heard, oil and water apparently mix just fine, especially with regard to California's landmark efforts to bring Central Valley groundwater pumping under control.
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…
Bakersfield's rental housing market is running hot, industry observers say, as construction of new apartment complexes continues to fall well behind demand.
A restaurant isn't the only new business coming to The Shops at River Walk, but it's likely to arrive there before anything else does.
“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.
A federal jury has awarded $40.6 million to Bakersfield developers who sued after discovering three petroleum pipelines under a property they were planning to turn into a logistics center just north of Meadows Field Airport.
The business world can be emotionally draining for a young person, not to mention stressful and time-consuming. Sometimes it helps to know you're not alone out there.
A renovated Family Dollar store at 2110 Niles St., just west of Mount Vernon Avenue, will soon reopen with an expanded selection of merchandise, as well as new freezers and coolers.
Anticipation was in the air as dozens of Bakersfield business and political leaders jammed into a small room on the second floor of the Padre Hotel Wednesday morning for what was sure to be a big announcement.
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.
Kern County Tractor Parts Inc. has been bought by a Wisconsin agricultural parts-supplier that plans to leave the old name in place while turning the McFarland property into its first West Coast salvage yard location.
Dairy manure, a major source of the potent greenhouse gas methane, can be managed in such a way that its impact on the environment is greatly reduced. While some projects simply minimize the emission of "biomethane," others actually harness the gas and either combust it for electricity gener…
Chevron USA Inc. announced Tuesday it has partnered with a Visalia-based company to help fund up to 18 dairy "digesters" that would harvest methane from cow manure in Kern, Kings and Tulare counties.
A major Southern California real estate development company was closely involved with earlier plans to tear down and redevelop East Hills Mall and may yet take a central role in the project, The Californian has learned.
The sale of an apartment complex in southwest Bakersfield has set a record for the highest price paid, per unit, for a multi-family residential property in the city.
Like a store owner investing in e-commerce to supplement walk-in sales, a Bakersfield car dealership has launched what may be the city's first online platform allowing shoppers to complete most of the vehicle-buying process at home.
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.
Hard Rock International, the global hospitality company known for its rock 'n' roll-themed restaurants, has agreed to develop and manage a $600 million hotel and casino the Tejon Indian Tribe has proposed on farmland just west of Highway 99 half an hour south of Bakersfield.
Bakersfield-based carrots giant Grimmway Farms said Monday it has purchased a Georgia company that will provide the climate, acreage and facilities it needs to expand production near key East Coast markets.
Hemp is California's new cash crop. The non-intoxicating form of cannabis now covers more than 3,000 acres in Kern since it became legal to grow last year.
New restrictions on the controversial pesticide chlorpyrifos have greatly diminished its use in Kern County even before the chemical is phased out statewide.