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Job recruitment in Palmdale for lead technicians

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PALMDALE – Altech Services, Inc., on behalf of Kinkisharyo International and their customer, LA Metro, is currently hiring Lead Technicians for the final assembly of rail cars in Palmdale. The South Valley WorkSource Center will host a job recruitment, starting 10 a.m. this Friday, April 18 at the Center, located at 38510 Sierra Highway in…

Public hearing for alcohol sales permit becomes spirited debate

This family market, located at 1060 E. Palmdale Blvd., was granted a conditional use permit to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption off premises.

PALMDALE – Considering public approval against protests, the City Council voted 4-1 at Wednesday’s meeting to approve a conditional use permit (CUP) for a family market seeking to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption off premises. Newly-appointed Councilman Fred Thompson was the lone dissenter in the vote, noting that the council should not support a fourth…

Palmdale celebrates groundbreaking for new shopping center

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PALMDALE – City of Palmdale officials, developers and representatives from several retailers gathered Thursday to celebrate the groundbreaking of Palmdale’s newest shopping center, which will be the new home for Chick-fil-A, Krispy Kreme, Yogurtland, The Habit, and international grocery chain Aldi. “We are thrilled to have these great new retailers coming to Palmdale,” stated Palmdale…

‘Corporate Challenge’ kicks off Saturday with 5k Run/Walk

Last year’s seven events are being eclipsed by the 15 events planned for this year’s Corporate Challenge. The February 22 run/walk is the only event which is open to the public.

LANCASTER –The second annual Lancaster Corporate Challenge kicks off this Saturday with opening ceremonies, a 5k run/walk, and a children’s 1k run/walk at American Heroes Park. “Building upon last year’s success, we encourage organizations throughout the Antelope Valley to boost their health and physical fitness while building long lasting community ties through this fun and…

Jazmin and Oswaldo win a “Wedding on the BLVD”

Oswaldo Gonzalez and Jazmin Petty.

LANCASTER – Jazmin Petty and Oswaldo Gonzalez, both of Palmdale, won the second annual “Wedding on The BLVD” contest, The BLVD Association announced Thursday. The couple will receive a comprehensive wedding package for up to 50 guests on The BLVD in downtown Lancaster. “Jazmin and Oswaldo are such a beautiful couple,” said Erica Allbee, owner…

Local brewery wins top prize at Double IPA Fest

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HAYWARD – Kinetic Brewing Company’s limited release Double IPA, “Afterburner,” won the Gold Medal Saturday at the Bistro Double IPA festival in Hayward, Calif. Kinetic’s beer was in good company with 65 beers entered into competition for the top prize. This medal comes on the heels of two medals in the 2013 Great American Beer…

Rising Realty Partners acquires former B of A campus

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LANCASTER – The former Bank of America call center campus located in the Lancaster Business Park has been purchased by Rising Realty Partners. In a press release issued Thursday, Lancaster city officials announced the recent acquisition and what it means for the Antelope Valley economy. Read it below: With the dawning of the New Year,…

AV Solar Star projects now delivering energy to California ISO grid

When complete, the 579-megawatt Solar Star projects (formerly the Antelope Valley Solar Projects) are expected to have more than 1.7 million panels installed, covering 3,230 acres. The projects are situated on privately-owned, previously-disturbed land near Rosamond.

ROSAMOND - MidAmerican Solar and SunPower Corp. announced Thursday that the first portion of the 579-megawatt Solar Star development — two projects co-located in Kern and Los Angeles counties — was successfully synchronized and is now delivering energy to the California ISO grid. “This announcement is significant for the state of California,” said Mike Fehr, MidAmerican…

Enter to win a Wedding on The BLVD!

Juan and Laura Calderon, winners of the inaugural Wedding on The BLVD, pose following their ceremony.
(Photo Credit: Julie Sutton Photography)

LANCASTER – The BLVD Association and the Antelope Valley Fair have announced the second annual “Wedding on The BLVD” contest, in which couples compete to win a free wedding on The BLVD in downtown Lancaster. Engaged couples are encouraged to attend the 10th Annual Bridal Show at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds on Sunday, Jan. 12…

Moody’s Affirms Palmdale’s Grade A Bond Rating

PALMDALE – Moody’s Investors Services has affirmed the City of Palmdale’s Aa3 general obligation (GO) equivalent long-term issuer rating and the A3 rating on its certificates of participation (COPs, Series 2002 and 2012). “This proves once again that the responsible approach we’ve been taking in managing the City’s finances, especially during the tough economy of…

Lancaster recognized as ‘Most Business Friendly City’

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LANCASTER – The City of Lancaster was named “Most Business-Friendly City” at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation’s 18th annual Eddy Awards Thursday evening. Lancaster is the first city in the history of the program to have won the award twice, with its first win in 2007, city officials announced in a news release.…

Maribel’s Cafe and Bakery comes to The BLVD

The new downtown Lancaster location is owned by Maribel’s son, Nick Parada (right), shown with Lancaster City Councilmember Sandra Johnson.

LANCASTER — The city of Lancaster and the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce on Thursday welcomed Maribel’s Café and Bakery to The BLVD. “We’re thrilled to welcome yet another wonderful business to downtown Lancaster,” said Mayor R. Rex Parris in a city news release. “The Parada family’s bakery has been a staple in Lancaster for 20…

Dick’s Sporting Goods coming to AV Mall

Granger unveils a rendering of Dick's Sporting Good at AV Mall.

PALMDALE – Dick’s Sporting Goods will be moving into the Antelope Valley Mall next year, Palmdale City officials announced at a press conference Wednesday. “Having Dick’s Sporting Goods come to the mall, it solidifies Palmdale’s role as the premier shopping destination in the Antelope Valley, certainly in the entire high desert region,” said Palmdale Mayor…

Veterans Day tribute: Chase unveils military-themed mural

Lancaster branch manager Matthew Herbstritt said the mural is a daily reminder of military sacrifice.

LANCASTER – A crowd of residents gathered Saturday afternoon to witness the unveiling of a military-themed mural at Chase’s Lancaster branch on The BLVD. The unveiling was timed to honor Veteran’s Day, Chase executives said. “To me it is a tribute to the men and women of the military… past, present, and future,” said Chase…

Morton Manufacturing celebrates grand opening

LANCASTER – The City of Lancaster and Morton Manufacturing on Friday celebrated the grand opening of Morton’s new 88,000 square foot facility in the Lancaster Business Park. The company will bring a total of 350 jobs to the Antelope Valley, including 220 existing employees as well as an anticipated 130 new positions for local workers,…

Lancaster partners with US Topco Energy and SolarCity to build solar facility

(L to R) Jeff Palmdale, Solar City; Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris; Topco Chairman Joshua Chang. (Photo courtesy City of Lancaster.)

LANCASTER – US Topco Energy, the City of Lancaster and SolarCity are collaborating to bring a four-megawatt, 16 acre “solar farm” to Lancaster, city officials announced this week. The project, consisting of 14,000 ground-mounted solar panels installed on vacant city land, is expected to generate enough clean, renewable energy to annually power more than 550…

Palmdale Power Plant obtains transfer emission reduction credits

(Image concept of Palmdale Hybrid Power Plant, courtesy Inland Energy Inc.)

PALMDALE – The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD) approved the inter-district transfer of offset emission reduction credits (ERCs) to the Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District (AVAQMD) for the Palmdale Power Plant at its board meeting held on Monday, Oct. 28 in Victorville. “As both the San Joaquin and Mojave Air Districts have…

BLVD Transformation Project garners award

(L to R) Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris, The BLVD Association’s Erica Allbee and Myrle McLernon, owner of MDM Architects, show off IDA Pinnacle Award at a press conference Tuesday. (Courtesy City of Lancaster)

LANCASTER – Representatives of The BLVD Association and the City of Lancaster have received the International Downtown Association (IDA) Pinnacle Award for The BLVD Transformation Project, city officials announced Tuesday. The project was recognized at the IDA World Congress and 59th Annual Conference, held in New York City. “This innovative project has transformed an area…