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Investor sues Bitwise alleging unauthorized sale of properties, loans
A Texas investment firm financed nearly all of the cost of five buildings owned by Bitwise. Then Bitwise officials used the properties to secure loans and list them for sale, a lawsuit reads.
May 31, 2023
Another Valley city mulls pinching PG&E
Bakersfield isn't embracing the government takeover route once considered by Fresno lawmakers, but a study could help customers or implode.
May 22, 2023
Chevron adjusting oil pumping amid possible Kern River flooding
The "Big Melt" of Sierra snowpack is having reverberations on the Valley beyond agriculture, now threatening energy production.
May 17, 2023
Kern Co. suit alleges hidden tax to pay for new waste law
Lawyers claim the fee hikes enacted by Kern County Supervisors are a hidden tax requiring voter approval.
May 16, 2023
Bakersfield’s novel approach to boosting economy? Asking residents what they want to see open.
Bakersfield economic development gurus are trying a different way to strengthen economic activity.
May 5, 2023
Bakersfield’s RHNA outlook presents a tough standard to meet
Building affordable housing in Bakersfield to comply with the state’s standards might not be financially feasible for Kern County’s largest city.
April 15, 2023
Delano votes to decline flying LGBT pride flag in May
The vote is a reversal of the council's initial decision in 2021 to fly the rainbow flag at City Hall.
March 21, 2023
Ex-priest Harrison on hook for $220k over failed defamation case
The former Roman Catholic priest owes the money after losing his defamation lawsuit.
March 14, 2023
Icing on cake: Calif. taxpayers to pay lawyer fees for Bakersfield bakery’s win in religious liberty case
Cathy Miller, owner of Tastries Bakery in Bakersfield, won a legal battle to refuse making cakes for LGBT couples, citing religious beliefs. Now, taxpayers will pay her lawyers.
March 14, 2023
Bitwise puts three remaining Calif. properties up for sale, will lease back
The Valley-based tech firm placed its three remaining California properties, in Fresno and Bakersfield, up for sale after securing $80 million in fresh capital.
March 12, 2023