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The Time is Now To See Highgate at Seven Oaks

HIGHGATE PLACE A community specifically designed to offer first-time home buyers and growing families the rare opportunity to live in a gated, master planned community in Seven Oaks. Castle & Cooke homes from the low $400,000s. Call 661-412-4857 HIGHGATE PARK With six stunning floor plans, home buyers have a wide range of architectural styles, layouts and options to choose from in this gated, Seven Oaks community. Castle & Cooke homes from the high $400,000s. Call 661-412-4857

HIGHGATE REGENTS Stress-free, active adult living and low maintenance Castle & Cooke homes. Regency Club private swim and fitness center. Seven floor plans from the high $300,000's. Call 661-829-1775


gated, exclusive community within Highgate at Seven Oaks. 47 spacious homesites from 15,000 to 32,000+ sq. ft. Luxury homes from six of Bakersfield's finest custom builders. Call 661-664-6533

Model Home Tours by Appointment


Breathtaking private clubhouse accessible to residents of Highgate Place, Park, and Estates. Sparkling swimming pool, spa, fitness center, gourmet kitchen, meeting rooms, children's water spray park, tot lot playground, expansive park, amphitheater and basketball courts.


Located in Highgate Park, the Parkshire Pool & Pavilion offers recreational amenities like a resort-style pool with lap lanes, spa, pickle ball courts and more. And just like the Swim & Fitness Clubhouse, the Parkshire Pool & Pavilion is available to all residents of Highgate Park, Place and Estates.

Professionally Managed, Gated Community From the Original Creator of Seven Oaks

Ming Ave. and Allen Rd Monday – Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM Sunday 11 AM – 5 PM


Read about member business Cuyama Buckhorn LLC.


Keep up-to-date on potential impacts to your business.


BEAUTIFUL BAKERSFIELD Watch the rebroadcast on Saturday, Nov. 20 at 6:30 p.m. on KGET-TV 17.






Sexual Harassment Training


Celebrate important milestones of fellow Chamber members.

Discover the latest news and happenings with other members.




Check out the list of new Chamber members.

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Cuyama Buckhorn LLC

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1725 Eye St. • PO Box 1947 Bakersfield, CA 93303 661.327.4421

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Member Spotlight An artfully-restored roadside resort in the heart of Central California’s high desert. “We’d heard about Cuyama Buckhorn in a write-up the LA Times did. Hadn’t had any experience in that part of the high desert, but everything from the drive out to Cuyama, to our stay at the resort was fantastic. Friendly staff, gorgeous grounds and guest rooms with plenty of amenities, and a lovely restaurant and bar. Oh, and the pool! That was a treat as well. Really looking forward to visiting again.” – Recent Trip Advisor Review What’s in Cuyama? You might ask, and certainly a valid question for those who were not raised in the area and/ or didn’t grow up stopping into The Buckhorn for a bison burger or barbeque buffet on the way from Central California to the coast. Cuyama Valley, known as The Hidden Valley of Enchantment, is Santa Barbara County’s high desert, and is located directly between Bakersfield and Santa Maria on Historic Route 166. This breathtaking valley is home to the town of New Cuyama, home to roughly 550 residents. New Cuyama was originally developed by Atlantic Richfield Oil Company (AKA ARCO) in the 1950s, at which time Cuyama Buckhorn was established as a destination retreat and community hub. The historic Cuyama Buckhorn has been through many iterations over the years, and most who know of the iconic establishment have some version of its past ingrained in their brain. In recent years, the property had been completely closed and was only briefly opened prior to undergoing its most recent transformation. The duo behind LA-based design-build firm, iDGroup, Jeff Vance and Ferial Sadeghian, discovered the property was on the market after years of searching for a hospitality endeavor to transform into an unexpected destination. And unexpected it was — at least to most. However, to Vance and Sadeghian, long-time enthusiasts of mid-century architecture, The Buckhorn was an exciting opportunity. They knew the area and the property, as Vance is a former METRO | PAGE 4

resident of Pine Mountain Club, just a 40-minute drive from The Buckhorn, and an avid roadlife aficionado. To these two visionaries, the historic property boasted unique potential and beamed with unmistakable history. Vance and Sadeghian have been renovating the property since March of 2018. What was once a roadside mid-century motel, has been completely transformed into a highly acclaimed, award-winning destination resort, featuring 21 revitalized guest rooms with stylistic nods to the past. Other property highlights include a glistening heated pool with sunset views, a spacious jacuzzi and barrel sauna, outdoor fire pits and games, a full-service farm-to-table restaurant and bar serving elevated comfort food and hyper-local seasonal menus and drinks, and a craft coffee shop and market. The resort also features both indoor and outdoor venue spaces for memorable celebrations in a truly one-ofa-kind location. Just one hour from Bakersfield, Cuyama Buckhorn is an unforgettable getaway that will leave you feeling like you were on a faraway vacation, while being just a short distance from home. Or, just stop off for a thoughtfullyprepared meal on your way to Central California’s coast. We are pleased to offer our fellow Chamber members 15 percent off resort stays with code CHAMBERCB15! Visit and enter the promo code at booking. We look forward to hosting you at our revitalized, resort retreat! Book your getaway now! | (661) 766-2825 | @cuyamabuckhorn – Submitted by Cuyama Buckhorn LLC

SERIES Speaker

Jerry Pearson

Why Sexual Harassment Prevention Training is Important? Sexual harassment is the most common type of workplace harassment. Recent statistics show that more than half of all workers (54 percent) have experienced some form of sexual harassment in the workplace. Because of its prevalence and damaging effects on an organization's productivity, morale and culture, employers must try and actively prevent and eliminate sexual harassment in their organization.

Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Date: Thursday, Dec. 9 Time: 8-10 a.m. Cost: $25 for members/$50 for nonmembers Location: Greater Bakersfield Chamber Offices, 1725 Eye St. RSVP: 661-327-4421

Who Needs Sexual Harassment Prevention Training? All members of an organization's workforce including: • Managers • Supervisors • Employees • Contract Workers • Volunteers Sexual harassment prevention training is essential because it creates a safer workplace for everyone. Is Sexual Harassment Prevention Training State Mandated? Yes, it’s Mandatory Sexual Harassment Prevention Training for supervisors and employees to comply with California AB1825/2053. Sexual harassment in the workplace has become a serious area of concern. The liability as an employer may be extended to acts committed by supervisors and rank-and-file employees. To register, call the Chamber at 661-327-4421. A light breakfast will be provided. Cancelation notices must be received 24 hours in advance to preclude billing.




Financing equipment to help your business grow Valley Strong is here to help you secure equipment financing for your unique business needs. We look to understand your business and how you are moving forward, so we can structure a loan to meet your cash flow demands.

Tiffany Lawrence

Robert Martinez

Mark Shelton

Senior Business Banking Officer Bakersfield I (661) 833-7681

Senior Business Banking Officer Bakersfield I (661) 833-7417

Senior Business Banking Market Manager Tulare/Visalia I (559) 731-3369

Eric Steinback

Lucy Trancoso

Aaron Williamson

Senior Business Banking Officer Bakersfield /Tehachapi I (661) 833-7418

Senior Business Banking Officer Bakersfield I (661) 833-7415

Senior Business Banking Officer Visalia/Tulare I (559) 226-9788

Contact one of our experienced Business Bankers to get started today!

Grow Your Possibilities Federally Insured by NCUA I Equal Opportunity Lender

Watch the rebroadcast of the Beautiful Bakersfield Awards on Saturday, Nov. 20 6:30-8:30 p.m. on KGET-TV 17.


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The Bakersfield Californian California Resources Corporation Daniells Phillips Vaughan & Bock Deprigo, Inc. Golden Empire Transit District Kern Health Systems

Kern Medical Klein, DeNatale, Goldner et al LeBeau-Thelen LLP Ordiz-Melby Architects, A Professional Corporation Pacific Gas & Electric Company Stinson’s

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A Better Bakersfield An annual event or project that enhances the quality of life in the community. Architecture & Design The completion of a brand new interior and/or exterior building design integrating the environment with space and materials. Arts & Culture Efforts by a group or individual to improve and/or enhance the arts and culture within our community. Business Person of the Year A local business owner/manager whose efforts truly impact and enhance the quality of life in the community. Education Efforts by an educator, project or school/college that promotes or benefits education in our city at all levels. Harvey L. Hall Lifetime Achievement A local long-time community leader, age 55 and over, who has made a lasting impact to Bakersfield and its residents. Health An individual, group or organization impacting healthy living - above and beyond their normal scope of activities - through education, prevention or medical services.

Humanitarian Group A group whose personal volunteer efforts have made a significant impact in the community. Humanitarian Individual An individual whose personal volunteer efforts have made a significant impact in the community. Large Business of the Year The recognition of a large business (26 employees or more) whose volunteer hours and/or financial donations have made a meaningful difference. Next Gen An individual or group in grades K-12 that, through personal involvement and endeavors, has answered the challenge of good citizenship. Nonprofit Organization of the Year Efforts of a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that impacts the community. Renovation & Tenant Improvement The completion of a renovated design that upgrades an existing structure and/ or incorporates the use of landscaping to enhance the aesthetic value of the property. Small Business of the Year A small business (25 employees or less) whose contributions and/or products and services instill community pride. Young Professional An individual, age 18-40, whose efforts truly impact and enhance the quality of life in the community.

Please Note:

Nominations must be for work completed in 2021 to be eligible for consideration. No more than two nominations per individual, business or organization will be considered.

Nomination Deadline: Friday, March 4, 2022 METRO | PAGE 9

Ribbon Cuttings

Milan Institute

Flame & Fire Brazilian Steakhouse 12814 Stockdale Hwy. 661-498-7577

2822 F St., Ste. H 661-335-5900

Reveal Medical Aesthetics, Inc.

The ROC Cafe & Bakery

5300 Lennox Ave., Ste. 101 661-679-4873

501 S. Mount Vernon Ave. 661-396-4920


Vallarta Supermarkets

8200 Rosedale Hwy. METRO | PAGE 10



McCullough Dental Date: Wednesday, Nov. 17 Time: 10 a.m. Location: 210 S. Montclair St.

Bakersfield Mazda Date: Thursday, Nov. 18 Time: 5:15 p.m. Location: 3201 Cattle Dr.

For more information or to schedule a ribbon cutting, please contact Hillary Haenes at


• The Downtown Symposium, hosted by The Hub of Bakersfield and the Greater Bakersfield Chamber, will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Nov. 17 at the Ovation Theatre, 1622 19th St. The Downtown Symposium gathers civic leaders, business and property owners and social entrepreneurs to capture the big ideas and forward thinking energy for the future of Downtown Bakersfield. The event will feature nine (9) 18-minute presentations from people who are shaping the future of Bakersfield’s urban core, challenging the status quo and reimagining how we live, work and recreate in our city. Community members can learn more about the Symposium, submit a speaker nomination, and secure tickets at

• The Guild House and the Bakersfield Art Association have had a longlasting relationship. Various local artists have displayed their work at the Guild House, but that tradition was interrupted last season due to Covid. The Guild House is happy to report that the BAA is displaying works once again. Currently, the artists exhibiting at the Guild House are: Laura Lee Best, Mark Engelien, Tena Henry, Rosemary Leal, Toni Lott, Susan McQuerrey and Norma Neil. The artists are showing work in acrylics, pastels and watercolor. The works are hung in the main dining room, the stair wall and on the second landing. Either when you are volunteering or enjoying lunch, be sure to view and enjoy these lovely creations. To view the monthly menu, click HERE.

TheHub of Bakersfield invites proposals for presentations in three thematic areas:

• Golden Walk offers professional disinfecting services to help eliminate and prevent the spread of infections by the use of technological equipment and application of our professional products to disinfect and protect surfaces (including antimicrobial applications) by complying with proper procedures and protocols by CDC. For more information and service scheduling, contact Golden Walk at or call 661-377-2146.

• Housing • Downtown and the New Economy • Community Development and Adaptive Reuse • The Kern Community Foundation has moved office locations to 5701 Truxtun Ave., Ste. 110. Everything else stays the same! If you wish to reach us, please call, 661-325-5346 or email at • A doorbell camera that stops package theft before it happens, notifies you through the Vivint app when people and packages arrive, offers continuous security recording, and lets you speak to visitors at your door, from anywhere. That’s what we call peace of mind. See why the Vivint Doorbell Camera Pro beats out the competition every time. Call 877-873-9883 to get yours. METRO | PAGE 12

• CSET’s Back2Work program offers paid transitional employment opportunities to underserved adults. This second chance program helps participants develop valuable work history, employment soft skills, paid job training and much more. Veterans have priority enrollment. They are currently hiring for their Veterans Crew. Click HERE for more information.

• Did you know that a single donor can save up to 8 lives through organ donation? As Southern California’s federally designated organ, eye and tissue recovery organization, OneLegacy is the bridge to life for millions in Southern California – working to facilitate donation between hundreds of hospitals and transplant centers and saving more than 1,650 lives each year. We are constantly innovating to save more lives and increase donations each year. To learn more about organ donation and OneLegacy’s lifesaving work throughout the greater Los Angeles region, click HERE.

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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. BottleShock Wine & Brew 1002 19th St. Bakersfield, CA 93301 661-525-6630 “At BottleShock Wine & Brew, we hope to inspire and encourage your palette and adventurous spirit through wine and community. We bring the wine world and add our own touch to downtown Bakersfield’s revitalization. BottleShock has a casual and energetic atmosphere along with an 8,000-square-foot patio for friends, family and colleagues to enjoy through every season.” Cazador Consulting Group, Inc. 1112 20th St. Bakersfield, CA 93301 877-800-4622 “We provide the best staffing services-always hunting for the perfect match for our clients and candidates.” Finish Line 8850 Stockdale Hwy. Bakersfield, CA 93311 661-833-6268 “We have been servicing the Bakersfield bike path & community with quality bikes and products for more than 37 years.”

IFG 8224 Espresso Dr., Ste. 200 Bakersfield, CA 93312 661-552-0221 “IFG uses natural breeding practices to create new table grape and cherry varieties while providing consumers with an incredible eating experience.” J. Noble Binns Plumbing Co., Inc. 3529 Pegasus Dr. Bakersfield, CA 93308 661-615-6101 “We are a locally owned company that was founded in 1945. Our goal is to provide quality plumbing at a fair price using the latest technology and most efficient methods of installation.” J. Webb Consulting dba I-N-C, Inc. Bakersfield, CA 661-747-4386 “Certified HR professionals providing executive coaching, general human resources consulting, harassment, discrimination and retaliation expertise, extensive training services and specialize in drug/alcohol testing policy implementation.”

Flame & Fire Brazilian Steakhouse 12814 Stockdale Hwy. Bakersfield, CA 93314 661-498-7577 “We offer a one-of-a-kind, upscale dining experience! Our Gauchos cook your meats to perfection and carve them at your table in a show of skill and the gift of giving. Bon Appetite!”

The Greater Bakersfield Chamber was founded in 1920. The Chamber guides Bakersfield toward a better and brighter future. We're driven by the belief that when business prospers, our community thrives. The Chamber serves as a small business support and economic development association primarily serving members in the Metro Bakersfield Area. The Chamber is widely known in our region for providing high-caliber programming, events and services that not only benefit our members, but the entire business community. Your membership dues will help us to expand and evolve our offerings to continue our mission to be a strong advocate for businesses. Our Business is a Better Bakersfield. For more information about joining the Chamber or renewing your membership dues, please contact Cathy Albyn at


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. AltaOne Federal Credit Union - Ming Branch – 2007 AppleOne Employment Services – 1992 Bakersfield Hyundai – 2013 Bakersfield Jet Center by Loyds Aviation – 1991 Bakersfield Ronald McDonald House – 2009 Bureau of Land Management – 1993 Chain Cohn Stiles – 2014 Colliers International – 2011 Covenant Community Services, Inc. – 2017 Culligan Water – 2017 eMedia – 2011 Forefront Power, LLC – 2020 Gaskill Rose Luxury Home Builders – 1991 Global Family Care Network – 2010 Goodwill Industries of South Central California – 1991 Holiday Inn Express – 2017

Kern Literacy Council – 2012 McCormick Biological, Inc. – 2016 McDonald's – 2018 MP Environmental Services, Inc. – 1993 Murray Family Farms, Inc. – 2004 Pair & Marotta Physical Therapy Panama – 2016 Personal Express Insurance – 2014 Prime Medical Disposal LLC – 2019 Rainbow Int. Restoration of Bakersfield – 2018 Rio Tinto Borates U.S. Borax – 2008 Service Master at Bakersfield – 2008 State Farm Insurance - Roger Hess – 1991 Stria – 2005 Universal Urgent Care – 2016 Wm. K. Lyons Agency, Inc. – 1991

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Chairman of the Board Derek Jeffery KGET-TV 17

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

Tejon Ranch Co. (NYSE: TRC) is a diversified real estate development and agribusiness company, and the only New York Stock Exchange company headquartered in Kern County. Owner of the 270,000-acre Tejon Ranch, the largest private landholding in California, Tejon Ranch Co. has played a vital role in the history of Kern County and today continues to be a leader in the community. Tejon Ranch Co.—Building the Legacy.



Treasurer Kristen Beall Watson California State University, Bakersfield

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 Kaelyn Peterson | Executive Vice President, Public Affairs & Executive Director of BAKPAC Jean Scheiber | Vice President/ Chief Operating Officer


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