City of California Mayor Jeanie O’Laughlin | © CITY OF CALIFORNIA
City of California Mayor Jeanie O’Laughlin | © CITY OF CALIFORNIA

As the state’s third-largest city in terms of land area, California City needs a higher profile if its ambitions to become an important economic center are to become reality, according to Mayor Jeanie O’Laughlin.

“We are looking for good partners that we can grow with and learn from. Those partnerships must make our city a better place. I believe that at the end of the day, we have a lot of potential that hasn’t even been tapped yet,” O’Laughlin said.

Located in the Northern Antelope Valley in Kern County, California City is easily accessible by road, which makes it a good location for businesses looking for cost-effective locations outside Los Angeles.

“I’d like to see some type of manufacturing here. We’re very well located. Using Freeway 14, we are only a three-hour drive from Las Vegas Airport. That’s less time than what it takes for me to go to LAX.  The 14 goes up to Mammoth Lakes and Northern California. We also have Freeway 58, which is a main highway that goes to Bakersfield and also connects to Freeway 5, which goes up north,” the mayor explained.

“I’ve always thought manufacturing and distribution businesses would work well here because they would give us more jobs. We definitely want to have more employment opportunities,” she added.