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Plans for Kinkisharyo plant in Palmdale derailed by labor dispute

Kinkisharyo canceled

PALMDALE – Kinkisharyo International told the city it is forfeiting its decision to construct a 400,000-square-foot rail car manufacturing plant in Palmdale. Announced in June 2014, the proposed $60 million manufacturing and assembly facility, to be located at Avenue M near Sierra Highway, raised expectations toward creating hundreds of construction jobs, along with 150 to…

Acton Farmers Market needs your support

Contributed images show the various offerings at the Acton Farmers Market, which is open on Tuesdays, from 4 to 7 p.m., at 3563 Sierra Highway in Acton.

ACTON – The Acton Farmers Market is experiencing a revitalization but needs the support of the community if it is to thrive. The Farmers Market opens on Tuesdays, from 4 to 7 p.m., at 3563 Sierra Highway in Acton (the empty lot next to Crown Valley Pharmacy).  The Acton Farmers Market runs through October 14.…

20th annual Fall Job Fair set for Sept. 10

AVC Job fair

LANCASTER – Job seekers are encouraged to attend the Antelope Valley’s largest job fair, which takes place next week at Antelope Valley College’s Lancaster campus. The event is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 10 in the Library Plaza, located at 3041 West Avenue K. There will be free parking on campus that day, officials…

Palmdale among finalists for “Most Business-Friendly City” award

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) today announced the finalists for its 2014 Most Business-Friendly City in Los Angeles County Award. The cities of Palmdale, Bellflower, Glendale, Lakewood, and Santa Clarita are finalists for the population 65,000 and over category; and the cities of Artesia, El Segundo, Glendora, Pico Rivera…

Job recruitment for Palmdale retail store

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PALMDALE –The South Valley Work Source Center (SVWSC) will host a job recruitment next week for a local retail store in the Palmdale area. The job recruitment event starts at 10 a.m., Monday, July 28, at the Center, located at 38510 Sierra Highway in Palmdale. The SVWSC team will be recruiting for Sales Associates and…

Kinkisharyo to build rail manufacturing site in Palmdale

Kinkisharyo, a world leader in rail car production, announced plans this year to construct a new, permanent manufacturing facility in Palmdale. The City would sell 60 acres of land, located on the corner of Sierra Highway and Avenue M, for $1.3 million to Kinkisharyo and bring utilities and infrastructure to the property, Palmdale officials announced in June. (Image courtesy Kinkisharyo)

PALMDALE – Kinkisharyo, a world leader in rail car production, has announced that it will construct a new, permanent manufacturing facility in Palmdale. In a letter sent to the Palmdale’s Director of Economic Development and Communications Dave Walter, Kinkisharyo General Manager, Program Management Donald S. Boss wrote, “We look forward to partnering with the City…

BYD unveils all-electric rapid transit bus

California Governor Jerry Brown stands with the Lancaster employees of BYD Motors on Monday at the unveiling ceremony of the first American-made, long-range, electric bus. (Photo courtesy BYD)

LANCASTER – California Governor Jerry Brown was among the dignitaries in attendance Monday as Build Your Dreams (BYD) unveiled its first American-made, all-electric rapid transit bus. “This is a small beginning – a few buses – but it holds the promise of something very big and very important,” Brown stated. The ceremony was held at BYD’s…

BLVD costume shop catches fire, donations sought

The fire damaged about 85% of the 9,000 costumes in the business. (TONY CHEVAL)

LANCASTER – Daisy’s Costumes, a fixture on Lancaster Boulevard for more than 30 years, needs your support. Community donations are needed to repair, clean, and replace thousands of costumes damaged by fire early Thursday morning. Donations may be made at any US Bank teller to “Daisy’s Costumes” or online at www.gofundme.com/daisyscostumes. Of the 9,000 costumes in…

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

Palmdale Shopping Center groundbreaking 3

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

Steve Kinsey

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

Parris and Nelson Rising

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,…