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State Senate Minority Leader Shannon Grove at the Report from the Capitol event. Photo courtesy: April & Co.

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large piece of the plot of George R.R. Martin’s "Game of Thrones" series (both the books and the TV show), revolves around the seasons – apart from competing monarchs, epic battles and dragons that is. The characters have intense conversations and prognostications about the end of the peaceful “long Summer” and what darkness the “coming Winter” will portend. One character mused that “Summer will end soon enough.” And while the long Summer of the TV Show ended earlier this year, ours is only just beginning. From a purely meteorological standpoint, Summer in Bakersfield is fairly intense, and it’s usually the time when many of our neighbors flee to the beach; but, at the Chamber it is actually our busiest time of the year. The bulk of our signature events take place between early June and mid-September, but 2019 has been especially busy. We are so lucky to have the financial support from our members and the volunteer support from hundreds of local business leaders. For just a snapshot of the activity, over the last six weeks your Chamber has: • led a delegation to Sacramento for our annual legislative trip; • held Beautiful Bakersfield, our largest event of the year; • graduated the 2018-2019 class of Leadership Bakersfield; • held two Report from the Capitol events with Senators Grove and Hurtado; • presented the BYP Summit professional development event for our emerging leaders; • provided our members with a mid-year labor law update; and • held two networking mixers.

While we are providing all of these unique opportunities for our members, simultaneously we are still working on strategic initiatives and programs, and holding our regular committee, council and board meetings. As you flip through the pages of this Metro, you’ll see that from the State of the City to the Chamber Social, there are so many ways to get involved and support the Chamber and Nick Ortiz your community. We’re excited to hear from Mayor Karen Goh and City Manager Alan Tandy in a couple of weeks at the annual State of the City forum about the course of the city, and what we can expect over the next few months as Measure N funded hiring and improvements begin to have an impact. We are also looking forward to hosting the Chamber Social at the Bakersfield Museum of Art, a night of fun to network with your fellow Chamber members. Before the Summer is over, we will have recruited the 2019-2020 class of Leadership Bakersfield, begun the process of recruiting the 2020 Youth Leadership Bakersfield class, and begun planning our fall events. But most importantly we always want to hear from you about ways we can help to promote your business and meet your needs. Our team of staff and amazing volunteers at the Chamber hopes you have time to relax and unwind, but please also think about how you can engage to improve your career, business or community. For though it feels like the heat will never die down, eventually, winter will come.



eserve your seats today! This is already a landmark year for the City of Bakersfield, from the City’s work to improve services and add resources, to the community focus on addressing the issue of homelessness, to the efforts to enhance the City’s brand – Bakersfield’s future has never been brighter. Join Mayor Karen Goh and City Manager Alan Tandy at the annual State of the City luncheon forum – as they report on their progress on key initiatives and their priorities for the future. It’s a must-attend event bringing together top business, government and community leaders for a discussion on what’s next for our community.

“The Chamber is always proud to co-host this annual event, but especially this year” said Chamber President/CEO Nick Ortiz. “as we demonstrate how the business community and our partners in government are working together to build a stronger, better Bakersfield.” This year’s event will be held at the Bakersfield Marriott at the Convention Center, 801 Truxtun Ave. Check-in begins at 11:30 a.m., with the program following from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $65 per person. Tables of 10 are $750. Tickets are now on sale at www.bakersfieldchamber.org.

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Bronze Mid State Development Corporation City Manager Alan Tandy provided an update on the city's budget outlook, improvements to roadway infrastructure and more at last year's State of the City Luncheon. METRO | PAGE 5

REPORT FROM THE CAPITOL On June 18, the Chamber continued our Report from the Capitol series with State Senate Minority Leader Shannon Grove. Senator Grove addressed the room on the issues that are coming from Sacramento — the good, the bad and the ugly. Report from the Capitol is a series event at the Chamber where we bring in our legislative representatives from Washington D.C. and Sacramento to give a report on issues that affect Bakersfield business. This was the Chamber’s third Report from the Capitol of the year, previously hosting Congressman TJ Cox and Senator Melissa Hurtado. Senator Grove spoke on some of the year's worst bills such as AB 5, AB 36 and AB 375. A few notable good bills came directly from our local representatives such as SB 224 (Grove), SB 559 (Hurtado) and AB 289 (Fong). Senator Grove stressed the importance that the roll of advocacy plays in Sacramento and how the business community should continue to voice their concerns in the Capitol. Senator Grove took office in January 2019 and was quickly elected by her peers to serve as the Republican Minority Leader in the Senate. She represents the 16th Senate District.


From left to right: Nick Ortiz, GBCC; Senator Shannon Grove, State Senate Minority Leader and Tim Curley, Valley Children's Healthcare.

BYP SUMMIT 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. At the half-day Bakersfield Young Professionals 2019 Summit on June 20, more than 100 millennials gathered to hear tips on surviving and thriving as a business person in the modern world. The third annual event, hosted by the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce and targeted at 21- through 40-year-olds, was intended to help prepare the next generation of business leaders to engage with one another and become more involved with civic efforts to improve the community. Chamber President and CEO Nick Ortiz said the Bakersfield Young Professionals formed six years ago in recognition that the millennial generation is being thrust into a position of leadership sooner than earlier generations. The goal, he said, is to give young people the tools and networks that challenge requires. "It's all meant to connect young professionals and, hopefully, connect them to the chamber," he said. Sharing the lineup with individual speakers inside the Aera Energy Conference Center was a panel of business owners and executives who talked about how they stay relevant in the information age while also balancing business demands with the need to keep up with life outside the office. "I think it's important to be open-minded and fluid," said the owner of Bella at the Marketplace, Heather Abbott. She also emphasized the wisdom of relying on different people's skills and specialties.

Others on the panel told about their immersion in work and information. For example, G Riar, owner of four UPS stores and Bakersfield marketing agency Deprigo, said he spends up to three hours daily reading blogs and other online content — not social media or books, however — as a way of educating himself on timely trends. The burden can be very heavy, said Allie Mae Perkins, owner of make-up and women's beauty business The Beautiful Life LLC, said she has to turn off her phone on Sundays to make sure she spends quality time with her family. "Being an entrepreneur is not for the weak," she said. "It's hard for me to slow down." Derek Jeffery, vice president and general manager of KGET-17, said he copes with what can seem a deluge of incoming information by turning off all smartphone notifications except the ring of his phone. "People are like, 'I texted you four times,'" he told the audience. "I said, 'You know what, you should've called me.'" Attendees said they appreciated hearing others' stories as they chart their own future in business. Tim Davis, a real estate portfolio manager and events-service company owner who also manages leases for The Abbey Co., said he was inspired to hear how Jeffery worked his way up at the TV station. "You can grow to hold a leadership position in a field that you love," Davis said. Bakersfield Museum of Art Curator Rachel Magnus said her favorite takeaway from the summit was that challenges that may appear industry-specific often turn out to transcend individual lines of work. "I think that makes it more palatable," she said, dealing with problems that aren't so isolated after all. Two local employees of Dignity Health, Strategic Development Coordinator Jesus Martell Gonzalez and Business Development and Physician Relations Director Roya Armon, said it was inspiring to hear how other millennials have achieved business success. "It's good to know you're not alone in the business hustle," Armon said. By John Cox | jcox@bakersfield.com


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Team 1 worked with local organizations and hosted the “Innocent Victims of Gang Violence,” a community and resource event at Lowell Park. McKinley Elementary Choir performed at the event and the team raised funds to help them meet their goals. A memorial bench was dedicated to honor the lives of innocent victims of gang violence and bring attention to this issue.

Team 2 worked to renovate the Dream Center’s nursery room by refurbishing the library nook and adding books and toys, fixing up the craft and learning area, painting the walls and restoring the flooring. In addition to renovating the nursery room, Team 2 also reorganized the storage room and added three new signs to the building.


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Andrew Miles Bakersfield Homeless Center

Erick Morales Galvez Wonderful Nurseries

Laura Morton Kaiser Permanente Kern County

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With the desire to help improve the atmosphere of the Alliance Against Family Violence & Sexual Assault, Team 3 worked together to improve the curb appeal of the external garden and repainted all the conference rooms and business areas as well as the internal hallways. In addition, they modernized the center’s library and donated funds to replace the carpeting. With these renovations, Team 3 was able to provide an uplifting environment for current and future recipients.

Team 4 worked with the League of Dreams, a sports league that provides sports training, team camaraderie and competitive sporting opportunities to athletes with physical and developmental disabilities. At the Fruitvale Norris Park, they widened the dugouts and walking paths, added sustainable fencing and shades, replaced the benches, and gave the dugout areas a fresh coat of paint. They presented the revitalization on March 17 with their ribbon cutting ceremony.


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hank you Comprehensive Blood & Cancer Center for hosting our June 27 mixer. Attendees had the wonderful opportunity to meet new people while enjoying a variety of refreshments and appetizers prepared by the Health & Wellness Cafe. Here's a look at some of the moments captured by April & Co. To see all of the photos, visit the Chamber's Facebook page. Hosted by:


NEW MEMBERS We’d like to extend a warm welcome to the companies who have joined the Greater Bakersfield Chamber. Thank you for investing in our mission to provide a healthy business climate in Kern County. If you know of a company interested in joining, please contact Patrice Black at pblack@bakersfieldchamber.org. Fish Window Cleaning 4101 Alken St., Ste. A7 Bakersfield, CA 93308 661-363-3191 “We strive to provide a service that is second to none, commercial and residential; we are fully insured and bonded. We believe the customer has a standard of what they are looking for so each time we step on their property, we do our best to over-deliver with service, honesty and integrity.” Profile by Sanford 600 Coffee Rd., Ste. W Bakersfield, CA 93309 661-218-2514 www.profileplan.com/bakersfield “Profile provides nutrition, activity and life style coaching to help members lose weight and keep it off. Profile was developed by physicians and researchers to take the guesswork out of healthy lifestyle change.”

CASA Esperanza 5501 Stockdale Hwy. Bakersfield, CA 93389 661-664-4563 www.esperanzabakersfield.org “Our Mission is to provide a sustainable model for transitioning homeless women in the Bakersfield area from homelessness to permanent housing and stable employment.” Alpha Media, LLC 3651 Pegasus Dr., Ste. 107 Bakersfield, CA 93308 661- 393-1900 www.alphamediausa.com “Alpha Media is a multimedia company sharing your favorite music, politics and news across a variety of platforms. In Bakersfield, listen to KNZR 97.7, The Groove 99.3 and Energy 95.3” YogaSix 9000 Ming Ave., Ste. L6 Bakersfield, CA 93311 661- 491-2666 www.yogasix.com/bakersfield “We offer 6 core Vinyasa class types. Our teaching method allows students of all levels to take any of our classes and will still be energizing, empowering and fun for everyone!"

Staples Energy Services 5001 California Ave., Ste. 216 Bakersfield, CA 93309 661- 426-2040 www.staplesenergy.com “Staples Energy has saved utilities, utility customers, municipalities and statewide programs hundreds of millions of kilowatt hours through the implementation and direct installation of energy efficiency programs.” Morro Bay Chamber of Commerce 695 Harbor St. Morro Bay, CA 93442 805-772-4467 www.morrochamber.org "The Morro Bay Chamber of Commerce was established in 1956, to promote a local economy of opportunity. Today, our Chamber fulfills its mission by connecting business peers to one another, to local leaders and to community champions."

RENEWING MEMBERS Thank you to our members who have reinvested in the Greater Bakersfield Chamber. Your continued investment helps the Chamber continue its mission to ensure a healthy business climate for our community. American Corporate MSP – 2017 American Red Cross - Kern & Central Valley Chapters – 2010 ARRC Technology – 1996 AT&T California – 1946 Bakersfield Elementary Teachers Association – 1993 Bakersfield SPCA – 2012 Belfor Property Restoration – 2010 Big Brand Tire & Service – 2018 Blue Sky Sales, Inc. dba Famoso Nut Company Sales – 1996 Brookdale Riverwalk – 1999 CALPLY Inc. – 1993 Color Me Mine – 2004 Darlene Din Ag Land Use/Public Policy Consultant – 2011 Dr. Stephen Ratty, Optometrist – 1994 DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen – 2004 Freestyle Event Services – 2012 GEI Consultants, Inc. – 2015 Grapevine MSP, LLC – 2013 His Rosedale Auto Sales – 2004 Holiday Inn Express Bakersfield Airport – 2016 Homewood Suites by Hilton – 2004 I HEART MEDIA – 2001 In Balance, Incorporated – 1992 METRO | PAGE 16

Jamba Juice – 2018 Kern Health Systems – 2012 Kern Psychiatric Health and Wellness, Inc. – 2011 Kern Schools Federal Credit Union - Administration – 1989 La Costa Mariscos – 2017 Law Offices of Hanna, Brophy, MacLean, McAleer & Jensen – 1993 Loan Depot – 2009 Principal Financial Group – 2005 Russell D. Martin CPA – 1996 Russo McGarty & Associates – 2016 Sierra Printers, Inc. – 1993 Solstice Senior Living at Bakersfield – 2018 Stay Green Inc. – 2018 Team Busby – 2017 The Management Trust – 2009 Three-Way Chevrolet-Cadillac – 1956 WorklogicHR – 2000 Wounded Heroes Fund – 2018

MEMBER • Providence Strategic Consulting, Inc. is having an open house on July 11 from 4-7 p.m. at their office located at 2600 F St. to reveal their new space. Appetizers and drinks will be served. To RSVP, click the link: http://events. r20.constantcontact.com/register/even t?llr=l4xgr6cab&oeidk=a07ege70lveca f5e0d1. • The North of the River Chamber of Commerce is hosting its 2019 Economic Summit on July 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Liberty Hall at Hodel’s. Speakers include Mary Barlow, Superintendent of Kern County Superintendent of Schools (KCSOS); Lynnette Zelezny, President of CSU Bakersfield (CSUB); Tomas Burke, Chancellor, Kern Community College District (KCCD); Ramon Hendrix, Superintendent of Greenfield Union School District (GUSD); Mary Westendorf, Superintendent of Fruitvale School District (FSD); Kelly Bearden, Director of CSUB Small Business Development Center (CSUB SBDC); Richard Chapman, President & CEO of Kern EDC; and Kevin Oliver, Broker & Investor at Miramar International. Sponsorships are available; a table of 8 is $400 and individual tickets are $55 each. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 661-873-4709 or email info@norchamber.org. • The Kern Dance Alliance (KDA) is inspiring Kern County adults to dance through its pop-up summer series through dance. The Kern County dance community has come together to bring more than 20 free dance classes offered by more than a dozen instructors at a handful of locations across the valley. Put on your dancing legs and try a beginning ballet class or hop on over to Temblor Brewing Co. for a Country line dance class! To see

a schedule or sign-up for classes, visit: http://kerndance.org/JUSTDANCE/. • Kern Dance Alliance (KDA) has received a grant award from the California Arts Council in support of its third annual Books in Motion: DANCE + LITERACY program. The California Arts Council announced a grant award of $13,440 to KDA as part of its Youth Arts Action program. This is the first time KDA has been awarded a grant from California Arts Council since KDA launched in 2015. KDA is one of 244 grantees chosen for the Youth Arts Action program. Books in Motion: DANCE + LITERACY is a free children’s summer literacy program that links dance and reading by focusing on Common Core Standards for reading literature. Children will learn choreography, create a craft that coincides with the book’s theme, and take a free book home. For a complete list of performances, visit http:// kerndance.org/BIM/. • Stay Green is proud to announce that they have been listed among the top 100 landscape companies in North America once again! This is a direct result of the efforts of every team member to uphold the values of excellent customer service and care. For more information, visit www. staygreen.com. • The Harvey L. Hall EMS Academy hosted its first joint commencement on June 25 of the new Hall Paramedic Academy and Class 35 of the Hall EMT Academy. Nearly 300 family members, friends and Hall Ambulance leadership were in attendance to show their support to 14 paramedic students and 12 EMT students for their accomplishments.

JULY 2019


State of the City 11:30 a.m. | Bakersfield Marriott at the Convention Center


Government Review Council 7:30 a.m. | Chamber


Ambassador Committee Noon | Chamber


Chamber After Hours Mixer 5:30 p.m. | Spectrum Reach @ The Station


Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee For more information about any of our events, committees or councils, visit bakersfieldchamber.org.



Chairwoman of the Board Darlene Mohlke Castle & Cooke California, Inc. Chairman Elect of the Board Derek Jeffery KGET-TV 17 Vice Chair Public Policy & Political Action Rob Duchow Southern California Gas Company Vice Chair Economic Vitality Susan M. Benham Dignity Health Memorial Hospital Vice Chair Member Engagement Tasha Clayton Tel-Tec Security Systems, Inc. Vice Chair Leadership & Workforce Development Denise Newton Pacific Gas & Electric Company Treasurer Andy Paulden Brown Armstrong Accountants Member-at-Large Pritesh Patel Comprehensive Blood & Cancer Center General Counsel Mark Bateman Young Wooldridge LLP

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Andy Anderson Aera Energy LLC Mary Barlow Kern County Superintendent of Schools Kristen Beall Kern Community Foundation Sharlet Briggs Adventist Health Bakersfield Don Bynum Temblor Brewing LLC Gregory D. Bynum & Associates, Inc. Dr. Sonya Christian Bakersfield College Leslie Golich Kaiser Permanente Kern County Rick Jhaj Countryside Construction/Countryside Markets Ken Keller Dignity Health Memorial Hospital Jacob Panero Varner Bros. Inc. G Riar Deprigo



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