Saturday | February 28, 2015

Saturday News Briefs

STOCKTON, 2/27/15 9:01pm

• Study pinpoints a digital danger for migrant workers

• Now about that shower…

• And more….

PodcastAUDIO: Central Valley small business owners optimistic

SAN FRANCISCO, 2/27/15 11:58am

• But many want to leave California

• “People are more optimistic”

Drought drains hopes of Central Valley Project buyers

SACRAMENTO, 2/27/15 11:09am

• Bureau of Reclamation says it will supply zero percent of expected deliveries to farmers

• “The rain events in December were encouraging”

UC Merced partners with Kathmandu University

MERCED, 2/27/15 9:12am

• Could lead to student and faculty exchanges

• “All universities seek international partners”

Californians dreaming: Good roads without more taxes

SAN FRANCISCO, 2/27/15 6:28am

• Want smoother pavements

• But don‘t want to pay for improvements

Nation’s economy slowed in Q4 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 2/27/15 6:07am

• GDP was 2.2 percent in Q4, down from 5.0 in Q3

• 2014 sees increase over 2013

Record monthly gas price jump brings California to highest in nation

LOS ANGELES, 2/27/15 5:05am

• Prices surge nearly 37 cents in past seven days

• “We can expect even more possibly hefty pump price increases in the coming days”



Proposed Sites Reservoir gets Congressional push

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 2/26/15 9:03pm

• LaMalfa and Garamendi cosponsor bill to get construction started

• “Sites provides more storage per dollar invested than any other proposed project”


Tina Pollock

People in the News

STOCKTON, 2/26/15 9:01pm

• Hospital names a top manager

• Expanding winery adds to management

• And more….

Sacramento woman charged with bank fraud

SACRAMENTO, 2/26/15 11:34am

• Federal grand jury accuses her of eight felony counts

• Accused of faking real estate loan applications

Wildfires pose big risk to nearly 80,000 Central Valley homes

IRVINE, 2/26/15 9:19am

• 900,000 homes in the West are at risk

• Property worth more than a quarter of a Trillion dollars at risk

Brightest economic outlook since 2012 says bank

SAN FRANCISCO, 2/26/15 9:10am

• But nearly one-fifth of owners plan to leave California

• “Taxes remain a challenge for small business owners, especially in California”

New Central Valley city to get the first Hyperloop

LOS ANGELES, 2/26/15 6:00am

• Would be first full-scale urban Hyperloop in the world

• “This installation will allow us to demonstrate all systems on a full scale”

Growing concern about water storage and supply in California

SAN FRANCISCO, 2/26/15 5:43am

• Ready to toss environmental protections for Delta

• Survey shows support for storage facilities on government parklands and forest reserves.

Mortgage rates reverse course, move lower

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y., 2/26/15 5:11am

• 30-year fixed now averages 3.90 percent

• “Maybe the Federal Reserve isn't going to raise interest rates as soon as markets had thought”

Energy Commission sending money for research to Central Valley

SACRAMENTO, 2/25/15 9:07pm

• University, colleges, schools and private firm get funding

• Part of $27 million going to building efficiencies and biofuels

BOE member calls for ending fuel tax swap

SACRAMENTO, 2/25/15 9:05pm

• Says it’s outlived its usefulness

• “The fuel tax swap … will eventually lead to a rise in the cost of gasoline”

Bill introduced on Chromium-6 compliance

SACRAMENTO, 2/25/15 9:03pm

• Would forestall penalties for non-compliance in same cases

• “Unfortunately, some water systems will be deemed out of compliance”

State considers crowd funding legislation for small businesses

SACRAMENTO, 2/25/15 9:01pm

• Would assist small businesses

• “To jumpstart their businesses and boost our local economies”

Small business optimism rises with expectation to hire in 2015

LOS ANGELES, 2/25/15 11:58am

• Access to capital continues to increase, although challenges still exist

• “Small and medium-sized businesses are finally recovering from the Great Recession”

Tougher federal standards for beef, pork, are urged

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 2/25/15 10:41am

• California Senator says USDA needs to step up its game

• “A more stringent performance standard is needed”

California wines fuel $1.49 Billion in wine exports

SAN FRANCISCO, 2/25/15 7:43am

• Second-highest ever

• “Consumers worldwide are attracted to all things California”

Field Poll: Californians a bit more positive

SAN FRANCISCO, 2/25/15 6:36am

• Half think state is moving in right direction

• Ebullient Californians also almost like their Legislature

Auto loan growth driven by millennials

CHICAGO, ILL., 2/25/15 4:53am

• Auto delinquencies remain stable

• “The growth in millennials' auto loan originations dispels the common myth that millennials are not buying cars”

Californians getting slightly lower gas tax

SACRAMENTO, 2/24/15 9:05pm

• Gasoline excise tax being cut by 6 cents

• Does not offset all of the cap-and-trade increase


Storms to bring rain, snow -- but not enough

STATE COLLEGE, PA., 2/24/15 9:03pm

• Look for weekend snow in the Sierra

• “It looks like more rain and mountain snow for California Friday through the weekend”

PodcastAUDIO: New city proposed for Central Valley

LOS ANGELES, 2/24/15 9:01pm

• LA developer revives plans for Quay Valley

• “It’s probably the last place you can attain the California Dream”

Stockton exiting bankruptcy on Wednesday

STOCKTON, 2/24/15 12:23pm

• More than two years in Chapter 9 bankruptcy

• “We emerge from bankruptcy a renewed city”

Californians warned to choose tax preparer carefully

SACRAMENTO, 2/24/15 12:02pm

• Four tips to follow to avoid problems

• “Most tax professionals are knowledgeable and trustworthy”

Lawsuit settlement helping green-light Fresno-Bakersfield high-speed rail

BAKERSFIELD, 2/24/15 11:49am

• High-Speed Rail Authority and Coffee-Brimhall LLC reach a deal

• “This second agreement is important”

UC Merced research shows increased risk of toxoplasmosis

MERCED, 2/24/15 10:08am

• South American strains can cause infection even in those thought to be immune

• “We found these South American strains are really good at evading the immune system”

One-third living on the edge of financial disaster

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y., 2/24/15 5:48am

• Their credit card debt matches or exceeds their emergency savings

• “People between the ages of 30 and 49 are in the worst shape”

Cable TV bundling of unwanted channels upheld by court

LOS ANGELES, 2/23/15 9:07pm

• Says California law is preempted

• “Although they now receive 10 times 57 channels or more, mostly nothing’s on that they wish to view”

$1.8 Million restitution ordered in asbestos abatement case

FRESNO, 2/23/15 9:05pm

• Three businessmen ordered to pay the money to 65 victims

• “There is no safe level of exposure to asbestos”

GOP says transportation taxes should be used for transportation projects

SACRAMENTO, 2/23/15 9:03pm

• Urges governor to heed the will of voters

• “The people of California are frustrated”

Doctor to pay $550,000 to settle charges he defrauded Medicare, Medicaid

SACRAMENTO, 2/23/15 9:01pm

• Accused of using medicines that didn’t have FDA OK

• “Patients … should be able to trust that their physicians only use medicines approved by the FDA”

The battery-operated college

OROVILLE, 2/23/15 1:10pm

• Butte College part of new energy storage system install

• Expected to cut costs

Bank makes grants to Central Valley nonprofits

PORTERVILLE, 2/23/15 12:53pm

• Bank of the Sierra gives money for eye care, music education and more

• Program is designed to improve quality of life

Coastal communities across U.S. threatened by increasingly acid oceans

DAVIS, 2/23/15 11:35am

• Shellfish industries face devastation

• “it will alter the fabric of communities all across the country”

Central Valley company sells Oregon plant

TUCSON, ARIZ., 2/23/15 10:56am

• Potholes are their business

• “A complementary base from which to serve many current customers”

$20 Million for improving wildlife habitat, recreation

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 2/23/15 8:47am

• USDA seeks grant proposals

• To increase recreational public access on private agricultural, forest lands

Relocation rate highest rate since 2009

CHICAGO, ILL., 2/23/15 6:30am

• More job seekers relocating

• “For job seekers who are willing to relocate, the list of cities with good opportunities keeps getting longer”

Credit card balances reach highest levels since 2008

CHICAGO, ILL., 2/23/15 4:43am

• Delinquency rate remains stable

• “Reflects a healthy market with more consumers gaining access to credit”


Mike Michalowicz

PodcastAUDIO: The 5 key financial habits of business success

MOUNTAIN LAKES, N.J., 2/22/15 9:01pm

• Why it’s not too late to start a successful business

• “If we take our profit last, it’s a leftover”















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