Bakersfield law firm Noriega & Oldaker PLC is splitting up.

Effective Thursday, Robert J. Noriega is joining Young Wooldridge LLP. Two of his former staff members are making the move with him.

Meanwhile, Noriega’s partner, Donald Oldaker, is heading alone to Clifford & Brown. A manager at Noriega & Oldaker said the firm’s remaining two staff members were undecided on their next moves.

Noriega’s clients include The Bakersfield Californian.

Tejon Ranch Co.’s vice president and general counsel, Greg Tobias, is leaving the company to pursue new business opportunities in Las Vegas.

The Lebec agribusiness and real estate developer announced Tobias’s departure Wednesday, saying his exit will be effective Oct. 15.

Tobias, who says made $904,726 in total compensation last year at Tejon Ranch, came to the company in 2011 from Las Vegas, where he was associate general counsel for Southern Highlands Development Corp.

Tejon said it is initiating a search to replace Tobias.

Calling all oil and gas engineers: How would you like a job with the state Department of Conservation’s Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources?

The division will be in town for an employment workshop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at Four Points by Sheraton Bakersfield’s Bistro Ballroom, 5101 California Ave.

DOGGR is trying to find engineers to help it regulate the oil and gas industry. The agency says its salary and benefits are competitive with the private sector.

“Be a part of a new era of public and environmental health and safety by utilizing your technical abilities to provide oversight of oil well operations; drilling, completion, stimulation and underground injection,” reads a flyer on the workshop. It directs interested engineers to the website

Golden Empire Transit District wants so badly to give you and your co-workers a lift to work that it’s offering special incentives through the end of this month.

Employees can earn a free, 15-day bus pass for persuading their employer to meet with representatives of the public bus system so it can present information and travel training.

On top of that, employees who receive commuting information from GET will get a free pass to try the bus for one week.

GET asks employees to email the name of their company and an appropriate contact person to In the subject line, type “Come visit my company.”

The DoubleTree by Hilton Bakersfield has changed hands.

Brighton Management announced it has purchased the property at 3100 Camino Del Rio Court. The DoubleTree is the 43rd hotel to be managed by the privately owned company.

The DoubleTree’s general manager is Carlos A. Navarro, former general manager of the Bakersfield Marriott at the Convention Center.

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