A smiling Tehachapi Mayor Phil Smith welcomed more than 40 business owners to a city reopening ribbon-cutting on June 15. Smith praised them for their tenacity and ingenuity in finding ways to stay in business during the long pandemic with its ever-changing protocols on masks and social distancing.

Join in Coffee with the Mayor — it's back for the first time since December 2019.

The City of Tehachapi will host the next Coffee with the Mayor from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 19 at The Coffee Mill, soon to be known as Kamenz Kafe.

“It’s great to have Coffee with the Mayor back again. The opportunity to talk to the residents is so important for me as well as for city staff. I enjoy listening to the feedback and ideas, and it’s nice to just have a chance to talk with everyone,” Mayor Phil Smith said in a city news release.

The Coffee with the Mayor gathering was designed to create a warm, comfortable setting for people to simply talk with local government officials, and meet the mayor, council members and city staff.

It's held the third Thursday of each month at 120 S. Mill St.