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A publication of the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce | May 2019

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The Chamber has your chance to connect at the May Mixer and BYP Pub Club.

5 STAYING IN COMPLIANCE Keep up-to-date on potential impacts to your business.



BYP SUMMIT Engage your peers, empower yourself, and expand your career.

15 STATE OF THE CITY Secure your seats now! Keep up with what's happening in Bakersfield at the annual State of the City Luncheon.



RIBBON CUTTINGS Celebrate important milestones of fellow Chamber members.




MEMBER NEWS Discover the latest news and happenings with other members.

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he Chamber is committed to providing outlets for our members to socialize in a fun and inviting atmosphere. Our most popular platform to do so is the Chamber After Hours Mixer series. Make plans to attend our May After Hours Mixer at Jim Burke Ford on Oak Street for an evening of fun and networking. Grab May 23 an exclusive look at 5:30-7:30 p.m. the newest 2019 Ford Jim Burke Ford models. There will be 2001 Oak St. beer and wine, as well $5 members | $10 nonmembers as appetizers from Centro 18. Enjoy a Latin jazz guitar duo, games, raffle prizes as well as off-road vehicles and fast cars! Cost is $5 for members; $10 for nonmembers at the door. Drink tickets are $5 each and raffle tickets are 6 for $5.


oin BYP at our next Pub Club on May 16 at Great Change Brewing! There will be food, raffle prizes, cornhole and tours of this awesome new locally owned brewery that creates highquality craft beer. This venue is dog friendly, so feel free to bring your furry, four-legged friend. Cheers! Thank you to Strata Credit Union for being our BYP May 16 Program Sponsor! 5:30-7:30 p.m. Admission is $5 at the Great Change Brewing door; raffle tickets are $5 4200 Resnik Ct. for 6 tickets. For more $5 @ the door information, please call the Chamber at 661-327-4421 or follow BYP on social media.


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ach year the California legislature considers employment law changes that can have significant impact on employers. This year is no exception. It’s the main reason the Chamber hosts its Labor Law & HR Forum series, which brings in some of Bakersfield’s top legal experts to discuss new employment laws and the HR topics you need to know about. Join us on June 13 to have your questions answered by employment law attorneys Jerry Pearson, of Young Wooldridge, LLP, Jay Rosenlieb, of Klein, DeNatale, Goldner et al and Dan Klingenberger, of LeBeau Thelen LLP.

How to attend Labor Law & HR Forum Date: Thursday, June 13 Time: Registration 7:30 a.m. | Program 8-10 a.m. Location: Chamber Office, 1725 Eye St. Cost: $25 members | $50 for nonmembers Register online at or call the Chamber at 661-327-4421. AB 170 – Creates shared legal responsibility and civil liability for client employers and labor contractors for unlawful harassment as defined in the FEHA. The presentation will also address the status of the U.S. Department of Labor’s proposed changes to determine whether an employee is exempt from federal overtime compensation rules. In addition, important court decisions that continue to change the employment law landscape in California will be discussed. Cost is $25 for members; $50 for nonmembers. A continental breakfast will be provided. Register at Cancellations must be received within 24 hours in advance to preclude billing.

A few of the key bills that have been proposed and which will be addressed during the Labor Law & HR Forum, are as follows: • AB 5 – Codifies into California law the 2018 Dynamex court decision that created a new set of factors to determine when a worker can be classified as an independent contractor rather than an employee. • AB 9 – Extends the statute of limitations from one year to three years for all claims for violation of the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). The bill would create new document retention periods and could revive stale claims. • AB 51 - Prohibits mandatory arbitration agreements for FEHA and Labor Code claims. • AB 555 - Increases statewide paid sick leave from 3 days to 5 days. Speakers

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hank you Highgate Regents at Seven Oaks for hosting our April 24 mixer. Attendees had the chance to explore the Regency Club's many amenities while enjoying a variety of refreshments and appetizers. 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:





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Leadership Bakersfield brings together a group of individuals from across the city and immerses them in the issues and assets that are essential to Bakersfield’s future. Applications are available now at Application Deadline | June 19, 2019



From September through June, attend all-day classes tailored to provide education on a key community issue. Each session uses a combination top-tiered speakers, exclusive access and tours and hands-on activities. Make a lasting impact with a community project.

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very time a call comes in, law enforcement officials respond with the goal of keeping the public safe. The Leadership Bakersfield class received a first-hand look of the challenges and issues officers face every day on April 12. The Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Day began with a tour of the Bakersfield Police Activities League. Formed in 1994 by police officers and local citizens, BPAL allows officers to establish positive relationships with local youth through mentoring and activities with the goal of keeping them safe and off the streets. Bakersfield Police Chief Lyle Martin, H.A. Sala, Criminal Defense Attorney and District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer discussed important topics impacting the criminal justice sector. The Kern County Sheriff’s Office and Bakersfield Police Department showcased their special operation units. Class members toured the Sheriff's Office Air Support Unit, where they learned how vital helicopters are to tracking suspects and helping in other situations.

The day wrapped up at BPD’s training facility, where participants met with the bomb squad, SWAT team and K-9 officers. The Chamber would like to thank Leadership Bakersfield Advisory Chair Lt. Jeff Burdick, Bakersfield Police Department; and Day Chairs Lt. Bobby Woolard, Bakersfield Police Department and Sgt. Uriel Pacheco, Bakersfield Police Department. A special thank you to day sponsor Bakersfield Police Officers Association and to Golden Empire Transit District for providing the day’s transportation.

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e’re so happy to be building in Bakersfield - and so grateful for the warm, local welcome we got from Valley Republic Bank.”

J EFF E ITTREIM Woodbridge Pacific Group When one of the Woodbridge Pacific Group’s founding partners, Todd Cunningham, an East High School and Bakersfield College graduate, heard that future residential development opportunities were available in Seven Oaks, he jumped on the opportunity to be involved. Three years later, Woodbridge Pacific Group is sharing in the success of the Seven Oaks Master Plan, developed by Bolthouse Properties. Belcourt at Seven Oaks has a gorgeous new community center with a fitness center and pool, modern parks, and is connected to restaurants and neighborhood cultural spots. “Valley Republic Bank was big enough to handle our volume. Hometown enough to really care.” — Jeff Eittreim

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he 2019 Youth Leadership Bakersfield program brought together 33 students from 16 area high schools for a journey they’re likely to never forget. Over the course of six class sessions, they connected with key decision makers in the community, took exclusive tours and participated in hands-on experiences. The accomplishments and dedication of the YLB Class of 2019 were celebrated at the graduation ceremony at the DoubleTree by Hilton. KGET-TV 17 morning anchor Maddie Janssen served as the event’s emcee. Keynote speaker Chief Lyle Martin, Bakersfield Police Department shared his experiences leading up to becoming the Police Chief and the important role that leadership plays in our daily lives.

MEET THE GRADUATES Alexis Aguirre – Golden Valley Jesus Arevalo Baez – East Bakersfield Sean Beardsley – Highland George Boston – North Marissa Cline – Valley Oaks Cynthia Corrales – Independence Paul Dahm – Bakersfield Tina Elias – Stockdale Erasto Flores – Mira Monte Sandra Foxx – North Bianey Gonzalez – Frontier Nelly Guadamuz – South Fabien Guillenv – Ridgeview Jose Ivanez – Bakersfield Ryan Kammeraad – Garces Memorial Camryn Kelley – Bakersfield Christian Carolyn Key – North


Chardonnay King – East Bakersfield Nathan Kwon – Stockdale Nevaeh Linton – Highland Ramanjit Mann – Independence Tessa Mata – Ridgeview Tylen Miller – Valley Oaks Alyssa Morales – Liberty Kaily Munoz – West Demietra Myers – Mira Monte Nicholas Negre – Bakersfield Sam Nguyen – Stockdale Ainsley Parks – East Bakersfield Karla Perez – Bakersfield Joseluis Quiroz – Ridgeview Randy Raymond III – Bakersfield Christian Haven Smith – Stockdale

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Thank you to the Youth Leadership Bakersfield Advisory Council and our generous day sponsors.



Arts & Culture Day

tudents began the session at the Bakersfield Museum of Art, where they received a personal tour from its curator, Rachel Magnus and discussed various techniques used by the artists in the museum’s current exhibits. Retired high school art teacher, Art Sherwyn explained how art and leadership are intertwined, and led students through an art activity. The class visited MESH Co-work where they heard from Jocelyn Dimaya and Amanda Shafer, Co-Founders of Kern Creatives and how they encourage collaboration, community and networking. They also viewed Mural Alley located at Locale Farm to Table. Nina Ha lead the students through an etiquette lesson during lunch at The Padre Hotel. The day concluded at the Fox Theatre where they went on a tour, saw a performance by the Kern Dance Alliance and a music set by Richard Cheney. The Chamber would like to thank Youth Leadership Bakersfield Advisory Day Chairs Greg Frank, Skarphol Associates and Jen Williams-Cordova, Willis and Williams Design Studios. Thank you to our day sponsors S.C. Anderson and Skarphol Associates.


Agriculture Day

he day began with a tour of the Grimmway Carrot Processing Facility where the students learned how baby carrots are made. Just outside Arvin, they toured a local vegetable field and heard from the Harvest Manager about how a green onion crop is processed. After lunch, the class was given a presentation about the many different career opportunities in the agriculture industry from the Grimmway Drone Department and Agronomy Team. They then visited a field where they harvested their own carrots and potatos. The Chamber would like to thank Youth Leadership Bakersfield Advisory Day Chairs Ben Diesl, Grimmway Farms and Stefanie Wickensheimer, Nickel Family LLC. Thank you to day sponsors Grimmway Farms, Nickel Family LLC and Rio Bravo Farms.


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ur city is flourishing. We’re experiencing incredible growth and investment on the boundaries and a renaissance in the city’s core. Wherever you live or do business, you can feel the excitement and engagement. So much of the energy driving this growth is a product of young professionals in our community realizing their dreams and driving change. At the third annual BYP Summit, we invite you to activate your curiosity, discover new ways to grow personally and professionally, foster connections, and dig your roots deep into the thriving community of Bakersfield. This event is planned by young professionals for young professionals. Join more than 100 other young professionals in this halfday event, fueled by inspiring speakers, insightful panels, messages that motivate, and opportunities to connect with the leaders of today and tomorrow. For 2019, the summit will focus on the importance of mentorship, activating your leadership potential, learning about the importance of emotional intelligence in business, and the success stories of local executives. The event will open with Robin Paggi from WorklogicHR with a workshop on the power of emotional intelligence and how

it can impact your career and relationships. The summit will close with Cherese Grell, owner of Positive Results Unlimited – a leading local executive and business coach – on the power of leadership. The Summit will feature two panels of local executives sharing their stories of success and challenges. Our nonprofit executives panel includes Amy Travis from CASA; Galen Kline from Houchin Community Blood Bank; Ariana Joven from the Kern County Farm Bureau; and Nick Ortiz from the Greater Bakersfield Chamber. Appearing on our business owners and executives’ panel are Derek Jeffery from KGET-TV 17; G Riar from DEPRIGO; Heather Abbott owner of Bella at The Marketplace and Allie Mae Perkins owner of The Beautiful Life LLC. The summit will also include presentations on the mentor programs at Cal State University, Bakersfield and Bakersfield College. The 2019 BYP Summit is planned for 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 20th at the Aera Energy Conference Center. Sponsorships are available and tickets are available on EventBrite, the cost is $25 in advance and $35 at the door.

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t’s the must-attend event that brings together top business, government and community leaders for a discussion on Bakersfield’s accomplishments and challenges as well as plans to enhance its future. The Chamber will host the 2019 State of the City Luncheon Forum on Thursdy, July 18. Featured speakers will include Mayor Karen Goh and Bakersfield City Manager Alan Tandy. “The Chamber is proud to host this marquee business event each year,” said Chamber President/CEO Nick Ortiz. “This event gives city leaders a platform to share insight with the business community on what issues are facing Bakersfield, the progress that has been made over the past year and where the city is heading in the future.” 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 Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information, call Jean Scheiber at 661-327-4421 or email

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GRAND OPENING Lifestyle Home Care June 18 | 10 a.m. 4560 California Ave., Ste. 110

MEMBER • Join Kern County Teen Challenge for it's Annual Top Sirloin BBQ Fundraiser featuring special guest country music artist Kadin Hernandez on May 17 starting at 6:00 p.m. at the Teen Challenge Men's Ranch, 650 Riverside St. Tickest only $20 For more information, call 661-399-2273. • Join CALM for it's 36th Birthday Bash on May 18 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the California Living Musuem, 10500 Alfred Harrell Hwy. Attend four Keeper Chats, meet CALM’s Ambassador Animals and much more. For more information, visit • The Cuyama Buckhorn, 4923 Primero St., is having live music by Victoria Bailey from 12-3 p.m. on May 18. For more information, call 661-7662825. • Wine Women & Shoes benefitting the Alzheimer's Disease Association of Kern County will be held o May 18 from 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at the private residence of Matt & Julie Fisher, 5001 Dotson St. For more informtion, visit • United Way of Kern County in partnership with the Kern Alliance of Nonprofits is having it's 29th Annual Professional Development Conference for Nonprofits on May 21 at the Bakersfield Marriott at the Convention Center. For more information, visit • The Kern County Taxpayer Association is having it's Annual Donna Carpenter Memorial Golf Classic on May 23 starting at 11:00 a.m. at the Bakersfield Country Club. To see event schedule and ticket information, visit event/kern-county-taxpayers-anddonna-carpenter-memorial-golfclassic-2019.

• Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is having it's 21st Annual Latino Food Festival Menudo & Pozole Cook-Off on May 26 from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. athe the Kern County Museum. For more information, visit • Hilton Hotels is having a 100th Birthday Celebration at the Hilton Garden Inn’s Garden Bar & Grille, 3625 Marriott Dr. from 5-7 p.m. on May 28. Guests, local clients and partners are invited to attend. There will be complimentary appetizers, drinks and a raffle. • Wounded Heroes Fund is hosting an event on June 1 at a private residence highlighting the active duty life of a local Marine Corps Veteran, Casey Schaubschlager. Mr. Schaubschlager will discuss his life in the Marine Corps, his time fighting the war on terror, and his transition into civilian life. For ticket information, contact Wendy Porter at 661-328-8600 or email her at wendy@ • Dementia resources are offered every fourth Wednesday of the month between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Alzheimer’s Association office, 1401 Commercial Way, Ste. 210. Join us to learn more about the resources, education and support available in your community through the Alzheimer's Association. Contact 661-912-3053 for additional information. • The League of Dreams is looking for a self-motivated, high-energy person to fill the assistant coordinator position. To see the full job positing, click https:// LODAssistantCoordinator.pdf. Serious applicants can apply by submitting the job application and resume to

MAY 2019 5.13.19

Youth Leadership Bakersfield Advisory Council 11:45 a.m. | Chamber


Beautiful Bakersfield Committee Noon | Chamber


Government Review Council Lunch Meeting Noon | KCSOS


BYP Pub Club 5:30 p.m. | Great Change Brewing


BYP Council Noon | Chamber


Chamber After Hours Mixer 5:30 p.m. | Jim Burke Ford


Government Review Council DARK


Chamber Closed | Memorial Day


Ambassador Committee Noon | Chamber For more information about any of our events, committees or councils, visit METRO | PAGE 17

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 Andrea Johnston at dot x ott been proudly serving the community Sunshine Restaurant Group 930 18th St. of Kern County since 1972. Locally 701 Scofield Ave. Bakersfield, CA 93301 owned and operated, we are your Wasco, CA 93280 661-324-7112 family moving experts, whether you 408-340-8406 are moving locally or long distance. “We’re about providing quality food “We are a seasonally-driven eatery Call us today!" and great service. Working with people and modern mercantile serving McDonald’s Restaurant with the same goals.” breakfast, lunch and dinner. Our menu 2310 F St. Wine Me Up! features California cuisine straight Bakersfield, CA 93301 3900 Coffee Rd., Ste. 2 from our farm, while our mercantile 661-972-7558 Bakersfield, CA 93308 offers grocery staples, beer, wine and Pacific Health Education Cognitive 661-588-8556 produce.” Center, Inc. ECOSource Printers 5300 California Ave., Ste. 220 “Wine and beer bar, also serving 2827 Hangar Way Bakersfield, CA 93309 delicious appetizers. Tasting events Bakersfield, CA 93308 661-282-9027 every Thursday night and live music 661-472-0853 Fridays and Saturdays. Come join our “We provide intensive treatment, monthly wine club!” Fuzion Home Services intensive psychiatric and physiological Women's Business Center, Mission 4003 Terracotta Ct. therapeutic intervention for patients Comm. Serv. Corp. Bakersfield, CA 93314 suffering from psychiatric disorders, 201 New Stine Rd., Ste. 300 661-243-9934 cognitive impairment and age-related Bakersfield, CA 93309 physiological.” 661-595-1357 "Fuzion Energy aims to be your oneSno Shack LLC stop shop for energy efficient home 10010 Rosedale Hwy #14 “The Kern Women’s Business Center is improvements, whether that be solar, Bakersfield, CA 93312 dedicated to enhancing opportunities heating and air or artificial turf." 661-587-4778 for potential entrepreneurs and small Hansen’s Moving & Storage, Inc. business owners to become self 3501 N. Sillect Ave. “We are a local family owned business sustaining, successful contributors PO Box 10089 that’s been in Bakersfield for over 30 to their communities with special Bakersfield, CA 93389 years and every season we employ assistance for low income, minority, 661-834-2411 over 70 high school/college students. and non-profit businesses.” We have 11 Shacks that go out every "Hansen’s Moving & Storage, Inc. has summer”

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. A-1 Multi Business Center, Inc. – 2016 Encompass Health Rehabilitation Neira's Collision Centers Inc. – 1995 Advanced Micro Resource – 2016 Hospital of Bakersfield – 1989 Nothing Bundt Cakes – 2015 AJ's Tuxedo Junction – 1994 Express Transit Inc. – 2017 NuSil Technology LLC – 2013 ALPHA Canine Sanctuary – 2011 Froehlich Signature Homes, Inc. Pacific West Sound – 2018 Alzheimer's Association, California – 1991 Personal Express Insurance – 2009 Southland – 2018 Guild House – 1993 PostNet CA 135 – 2014 Apex Management Group – 2010 Hacienda Guerrero Catering – 2012 Royal Palms – 1996 Bakersfield RV Resort – 2007 Houchin Community Blood Bank SA Recycling, LLC – 1997 Bakersfield Truck Center – 1992 – 1977 San Joaquin Valley Mortgage – 2015 Bakersfield Women's Business ICON Printing Solutions – 2016 Santiago Sales – 2011 Conference – 2016 Income Property Association of Kern Scentsy - Vickie Halterman – 2011 BBSI - Bakersfield – 2014 – 2009 Serban Sound and Communications Best Western Plus Hill House – 1999 Itani Design Concepts – 2015 – 1986 BSK & Associates – 1972 John F. Stovall – 2005 The Sequoia Sandwich Company California Independent Petroleum Kaiser Permanente Kern County – 2000 Association – 1992 – 1987 The Wildlands Conservancy Wind Centre For Neuro Skills – 1999 LeBeau-Thelen LLP – 1989 Wolves Preserve – 2016 Coldwell Banker Preferred – 2009 M & S Security Services, Inc. – 2011 U-Haul Moving and Storage – 2015 Comprehensive Blood & Cancer M.H. Wolfe & Associates Victoria's – 2015 Center – 1997 Environmental Consulting, Inc. Watson Realty ERA - Terri Collins Cotterman Co. - CA Division – 2005 –2005 – 1997 Darlene Denison State Farm Merrill Lynch - Pierce, Fenner & Smith Westrock – 1970 Insurance & Financial Srvcs. – 2018 Inc. – 1978 Wholesale Fuels – 1987 Delighted Coaching – 2006 Moneywise Wealth Management Wiki's Wine Dive & Grill – 2013 Dewar's Soda Fountain & Fine – 2004 Young Wooldridge LLP – 1993 Candies – 2012 METRO | PAGE 18


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

Advance Beverage Company is operated by Bill Lazzerini Jr. and family. Advance Beverage Company is committed to excellence and leadership in the market we serve. We support a wide array of community projects and events. The company and its employees actively support many local charities and strive to improve the overall quality of life in our community.


BOARD MEMBERS 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


CHAMBER STAFF Nick Ortiz | President/CEO Jean Scheiber | Vice President/ Chief Operating Officer Patrice Black | Member Relations Coordinator Kaelyn Peterson | Manager, Policy & Public Affairs Hillary Haenes | Vice President, Member Engagement Andrea Johnston | Business Development Manager Sarah Hinzo | Executive Assistant, Leadership & Operations Janet Ursery | Executive Assistant, Information Services


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