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BAKERSFIELD TRAIN ROBBERS – 2019 Pacific Division Champions! Bakersfield is the home to many champions, foremost is our very own home team, the Bakersfield Train Robbers. After not being able to defend their title in 2020, the Train Robbers are excited to secure their title in 2021. About: The Bakersfield Train Robbers, an affiliate in the Pecos League of Professional Baseball Clubs, began playing at the Sam Lynn Ballpark in 2017. Did you know? The historic Sam Lynn Ballpark is the only active professional baseball park that faces west. Due to the intense summer sun, game time cannot start until sunset. To help offset the sun light interfering in play, a 120-foot wall was built directly behind the centerfield fence. To protect batters from any hazards the sun may inflict, first pitch is generally at 7:45 p.m. Why build a park facing west in the first place? The question of the ballpark’s strange construction is easily answered in its history. The ballpark was built inside the one-mile oval horse racing track located at the original Kern County Fairgrounds. It was built in preparation for the 1941 baseball season, which was 80 years ago! In that era, night games across America usually scheduled first pitch between 8- 8:15 p.m., thus the direction the field faced was irrelevant. It was not until the ’70s when start times were earlier that it became problematic. The Train Robbers were the pilot team to use Amtrak as transportation for games during their season. Future Champions: Baseball Camp is available for youth ages 6-17. Coaches provide general hitting, pitching and baserunning instruction through activities including drills, games and baseball related fun. Bakersfield Train Robbers 2021 Youth Baseball Camps can be purchased online and run from June until the end of July. Support Your Local Team: Shop online for branded items or to become a partner. Sponsorship opportunities exist to brand your organization as a community leader that is committed to our champions and in providing an enjoyable and wholesome family-oriented entertainment atmosphere here in Bakersfield. Play Ball: In July, home games will be July 1-5, 9-10, the 12th, 19th, 23rd, 26th & 30-31. The final home game of the regular season will be Monday, August 2 at 7:45 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase online www.bakersfieldtrainrobbers.com in-person at the box office on home game nights after 4 p.m. Sam Lynn Ballpark is located at 4009 Chester Ave.




he 2021 State of the City will be televised on KGET-TV 17 on July 17 at 6:30 p.m. The event will feature Bakersfield Mayor Karen Goh and City Manager Christian Clegg.

Sponsored by Dignity Health - Mercy & Memorial Hospitals and hosted by KGET-TV 17, the 2021 State of the City will provide businesses with insight on top issues facing Bakersfield, progress that has been made of the past year and where the city is heading in the future.


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Don’t Miss These 2021 Events! July 13 @ Temblor

Southern Sierra Council, Boy Scouts of America

August 3 @ Imbibe

Covenant Community Services

September 14 @ Temblor

Double-Header Featuring Helping Animals Live Tomorrow (H.A.L.T.) Rescue & Strength of Shadow (S.O.S.) Dog Rescue

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Bakersfield Pregnancy Center

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• Golden Walk is proud to celebrate their Fifth Anniversary! They want to celebrate this achievement with their loyal customers in the Central Valley, Coastal and Southern California areas, allowing them to provide their Professional Safety Solutions and Services. Our goal is to minimize the risks of accidents, injuries and the prevention of the spread of dangerous diseases from potential contamination of business areas. For more information about our services, visit us at www.goldenwalkusa.com. Thank you for being part of our company's success over the years! • Sam's Club is currently underway with their Children's Miracle Network Campaign. They are looking for donations to help sick kids here in Bakersfield. They would appreciate any help they can get in the form of a monetary donation or a basket they can raffle off. 100% of the contribution will go to Children's Miracle Network! They also offer the purchase of a balloon that will be displayed naming your business and its contribution starting at $500. If you would like to contribute, please click here. Every dollar counts! • The long wait for Randy’s Donuts is over! Bakersfield donut fans can finally get their fix. Over the first few weeks in July, franchise owners of Randy’s Donuts Bakersfield will welcome residents to get the donut rolling until the official grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, July 20 at 11 a.m. Randy’s Donuts fans can expect to find all 60 flavors and varieties they’ve grown to love for almost 70 years at the new Bakersfield location.

• Pacific Healthcare Services, Inc. will be conducting a Back-to-School Health Resource Fair on July 31st, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., at Bakersfield High School (back parking lot off H Street). Backpacks full of school supplies and food will be distributed while supplies last. Register today on Eventbrite https:// bit.ly/3dPqGzC. Thank you to our partners: Bolthouse Farms, A Right Place for Seniors and Bakersfield PD. • San Joaquin Valley College is actively enrolling new students. They are progressing to a full return to campus, welcoming employees back and looking forward to a complete return for students on July 26. If you are looking for a fresh start, explore our website for the opportunity to make a difference in your education and career. www.sjvc.edu. • Salty’s BBQ & Catering are familyowned restaurants and full-service catering specializing in oak-grilled tri-tip, chicken and good times. We are located at 9425 Rosedale Hwy and 6801 White Lane. We invite you to come on by and try our award-winning food or to contact us to cater your next event. When you come by, post a picture and tag us in! Visit us at www.saltysbbq.com. • Get your tickets today for Wine Women & Shoes benefiting The League of Dreams! This year’s event will be on Saturday, Oct. 23 from 1-5 p.m. at the private residence of Majid & Willa Mojibi. Enjoy wine tasting, savory food bites, designer shopping, a glamorous fashion show and much more. Click here to purchase your tickets. • Bakersfield Train Robbers have returned to Sam Lynn Ballpark. For tickets and other information, visit http://www.bakersfieldtrainrobbers. com.

• Beginning on July 1, the Kern County Public Works Department will be charging $5 per ton, with a $5 minimum per load fee, for vehicles that come to any of its disposal facilities with an untarped or unsecured load. Kern County Municipal Ordinance Code – 8.28.070 requires, under County law, any person transporting trash loads be secured and tarped, or fines of up to $1,000 can be imposed on violators. Canvases and plastic tarps, rope and bungee cords are simple tools residents can use to completely cover and/or secure their trash during transport. “One way we can keep Kern beautiful is to properly tarp and secure your refuse on your way to the County disposal facilities. Kern is a beautiful County, if we all work together to keep it that way,” says Tony Bonanno, Manager, Kern County Public Works Department. • High Desert Medical College offers short programs to get trained in less than a year to begin your new career in health care. As a high school graduate, you do not have to wait to get started. Begin training online this summer in a nine-month program and you can be certified by next year. For more information, visit www.hdmc.edu or call 888-633-4362.

Attention Chamber Members Have an announcement or news you would like us to share? If so, please email the information to info@bakochamber.com *Member news is a benefit to Chamber members only. METRO | PAGE 9

Welcome New Chamber Members We’d like to extend a warm welcome to the companies that have joined the Greater Bakersfield Chamber. Thank you for investing in our mission to Build a Better Bakersfield. CarLotz 4608 Rudnick Ct. Bakersfield, CA 93313 661-546-6445 www.carlotz.com “Looking for an easy way to buy or sell a car? Our innovative model puts the value back in the hands of our guests. Sellers get what their car is worth without the hassle of selling it themselves and our buyers pay below traditional prices." Floor & Decor 6800 Colony St. Bakersfield, CA 93307 661-885-3416 www.flooranddecor.com “We are a leading specialty retailer of hard surface flooring, offering the broadest in-stock selection of tile, wood, stone, related tools and flooring accessories at everyday low prices. Homeowners and professional contractors have access to superstore selection at warehouse prices. Our extensive selection of in-stock product allows our customers to get what they need when they need it. We have a local focus that allows us to meet the needs of each market we serve.” Hill Broadcasting 8200 Stockdale Hwy., Ste. M10-334 Bakersfield, CA 93311 559-213-0173 www.rewind981.com “I work with clients to develop and implement needs based, comprehensive, financial planning concepts to help individuals, families and businesses protect, optimize and grow their wealth.”

Northwestern Mutual Eric D. Shumate, M.B.A. 5080 California Ave., Ste. 350 Bakersfield, CA 93309 661-304-8228 http://ericshumate.nm.com “I work with clients to develop and implement needs based, comprehensive, financial planning concepts to help individuals, families and businesses protect, optimize and grow their wealth.” Randy's Donuts 5625 California Ave., Ste. 300, Bldg. 1 Bakersfield, CA 93309 661-864-7160 https://randysdonuts.com “Welcome Randy’s Donuts to Bakersfield. It is the most recognized donut shop in the world. Randy’s has consistently been named one of the top donut shops in the country for nearly 60 years and the most-relevant and highest-rated donut shop on Yelp and similar sites.” Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers - Panama Ln. 6312 Panama Ln. Bakersfield, CA 93313 661-664-0108 www.raisingcanes.com “Our concept is simple and unique… we only have ONE LOVE – quality chicken finger meals! At Raising Cane’s® you get an exceptionally high-quality product served quickly and conveniently. We can do this because we offer a limited menu. Our commitment to this concept will not allow us to compromise our quality, cut corners or clutter our menu with new products that do not fit our core menu offering.”

Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers - Stockdale Hwy. 11403 Stockdale Hwy. Bakersfield, CA 93311 661-664-2500 www.raisingcanes.com Vista Consulting 401 Clovis Ave., Ste. 201 Clovis, CA 93612 559-318-6068 www.vistaconsultinginc.com “We are a Public Affairs company serving clients in health care, water, agriculture, technology and cannabis in the state of California. We offer sophisticated government affairs, advocacy and public relations support with a focus on the San Joaquin Valley.” Vivint Bakersfield, CA https://www.vivint.com/locations/california/bakersfield “We are a leading smart home company in North America. We offer home security systems, consultations, professional installation, 24/7 monitoring and customer support.”

For more information about joining the Chamber or renewing your membership dues, please contact Cathy Albyn at calbyn@bakochamber.com. METRO | PAGE 10

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 Build a Better Bakersfield. A-C Electric Company – 1951 AmeriPride Uniform Services – 1957 ARCpoint Labs of Bakersfield – 2013

Labor Finders International, Inc. – 2013 Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers Coffee Rd. – 2019

Bakersfield Elementary Teachers Association – 1993

Salty's Banquet & Event Center – 2017

Bakersfield SPCA – 2012

Sam's Club – 2005

Bakersfield Truck Center – 1992 BrandCo Marketing – 2004 Children's Advocates Resource Endowment – 2006 Dr. Stephen Ratty, Optometrist – 1994 Empowered2Lead Consulting Services – 2017 Freestyle Event Services – 2012 Good Samaritan Hospital – 2011 Kern Medical – 2017 Kern Psychiatric Health and Wellness, Inc. – 2011

Salty's BBQ & Catering – 2015 San Joaquin Valley College – 1984 Sierra Printers, Inc. – 1993 Solstice Senior Living at Bakersfield – 2018

JULY 2021


Philanthropy on Tap 5:30 p.m. | Temblor Brewing


GRC Meeting 7:30 a.m. | Chamber

Stay Green Inc. – 2018 Team Busby – 2017 Three-Way Chevrolet-Cadillac – 1956 Uricchio's Trattoria – 1995


State of the CIty 6:30 p.m. | KGET-TV 17

WorklogicHR – 2000 XIT Solutions – 2002

ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITIES Advertising in Metro and email blasts – it’s an exclusivity that only Chamber members enjoy. Regardless of your budget or needs, the Chamber offers competitive pricing to help you determine which advertising option works best for your company.


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GRC Meeting 7:30 a.m. | Chamber


Member to Member email blasts are paid advertisements that the Chamber sends out on behalf of our members. With a reach of more than 4,500 email contacts, it’s the perfect option to promote your brand.


A staple of news and informative for members, METRO is sent out monthly to more than 5,800 email contacts. This digital publication features Chamber programming and events as well as regulatory changes that can impact our members' bottom lines. All advertisements will link back to a your company's website. For more information, contact Jean Scheiber at jscheiber@bakochamber.com.

For more information about any of our events, committees or councils, visit bakochamber.com. METRO | PAGE 11

CHAIRMAN’S CIRCLE FOCUS Bakersfield Heart Hospital, Kern County’s heart and vascular leader, is focused on providing the latest and most effective technologies and treatments for its patients.


Chairman of the Board Derek Jeffery KGET-TV 17

Chairwoman Elect of the Board Kristen Beall Watson Kern Community Foundation

Vice Chair Public Policy & Political Action Rob Duchow Southern California Gas Company

Vice Chair Economic Vitality Andy Anderson Aera Energy LLC

Vice Chair Member Engagement Tasha Clayton Tel-Tec Security Systems, Inc.

Vice Chair Leadership & Workforce Development Denise Newton Pacific Gas & Electric Company



Member-at-Large Rick Jhaj Countryside Construction/ Countryside Markets

General Counsel Mark Bateman Young Wooldridge LLP


CHAMBER STAFF Nick Ortiz | President/CEO Cathy Albyn | Membership & Business Development Manager Hillary Haenes | Vice President, Member Engagement Hannah Mebane | Marketing & Communications Coordinator Kaelyn Peterson | Manager, Policy & Public Affairs Jean Scheiber | Vice President/ Chief Operating Officer


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