After extensive debate, California's first rules specifically regulating fracking and other oil well-stimulation techniques were finalized this week and will take effect July 1.

The regulations, required by 2013's Senate Bill 4 and shepherded by the state Department of Conservation, cleared the Office of Administrative Law on Tuesday. They will replace interim measures put in place in early 2014.

Included are various measures requiring public disclosure and monitoring of groundwater and seismic activity. Full text of the rules can be found online at

Central Valley citrus growers pulled through a cold but not devastatingly cold Tuesday night , a Fresno-based trade group reported Wednesday.

California Citrus Mutual said the hard freeze its members had feared "failed to materialize" as few areas dropped below 32 degrees and those that did experienced only short durations of freezing temperatures.

The last hard freeze, spread over eight days in December 2013, caused at least $100 million in damage, or 16 percent of Kern County's citrus crop that year.

Bakersfield's third Sleep Train has opened at 5419 Gosford Road , near Kohl's at Gosford Village.

Offering brand-name mattresses such as Sealy and Posturepedic, the store complements a Sleep Train that opened last spring at 2100 Panama Lane and another that debuted in 2013 at 3216 Ming Ave.

The store's hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

JLL, the Chicago-based professional services firm with operations in 75 countries, has been named leasing broker for Paramount Logistics Park in Shafter.

Property owner Roll Real Estate Development, based in Los Angeles, said JLL, also known as Jones Lang LaSalle Inc., will handle leasing responsibilities for the 1,625-acre industrial development.

Wells Fargo & Co. contributed a total of $30,000 in December to three Kern County nonprofits involved in helping the poor.

The money was divided among Bethany Services, which offered holiday meals and a toy giveaway at its Bakersfield Homeless Center; the Henrietta Weil Memorial Child Guidance Center, which donated food, gifts and essentials; and the Bakersfield Rescue Mission, which fed the homeless.

Bright House Networks has given $21,000 to the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

The contribution makes the cable company a main sponsor of various business services and events the chamber has planned for 2015.

Bakersfield's Chain | Cohn | Stiles law firm has won industry acclaim for its "Meet the Attorneys" video advertising series.

The 30- and 90-second commercials, done in interview style at Scope Studios, topped the advertising category of the Legal Marketing Association's 2014 "Your Honor Awards."

The videos aired recently on local television. They can be viewed online at

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