Sunday | September 25, 2016

Weekend News Briefs from CVBT

STOCKTON, 9/23/16 9:01pm

• One fraudster pleads guilt; suspect in different case arrested

• Major change to downtown Merced in the offing

• The ban on triclosan… and more

Feds sue California credit repair company

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 9/23/16 9:24am

• Accuse it of misleading consumers and charging illegal fees

• “Luring consumers with misleading claims”

State Water Board bans 100 Shell Oil storage tank sites from cleanup fund

SACRAMENTO , 9/23/16 9:12am

• $20 Million to be paid in largest settlement of its kind

• ““It is imperative that claimants not engage in bad faith or fraud”

California pending home sales tick up in August

LOS ANGELES, 9/23/16 7:43am

• But affordability and supply constraints remain concerns

• Most of Central Valley sees strong growth

Field Poll: Pot use and stricter gun control favored

SAN FRANCISCO, 9/23/16 7:07am

• Issues could see 2-1 support in November

• Democrats, liberals, and voters living in coastal counties expected to prervail

Gasoline prices stall -- for now

LOS ANGELES, 9/23/16 4:45am

• Refinery outage continues

• “Reportedly two ships from Europe full of California-blend gasoline are already headed toward Los Angeles”

Sue Daugherty

People in the News

STOCKTON, 9/22/16 9:01pm

• University adds two to internship development

• Well servicing company changes leadership

• And more….

Central Valley company fined for pesticide violations

LINDEN, 9/22/16 1:04pm

• Mid Valley Agricultural Services to pay $76,240 to EPA

• “When not managed properly, pesticides can pose a serious risk”

Yet another phony IRS scam

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 9/22/16 10:57am

• This one involves fake tax bill emails

• The IRS sends bills by snail mail, not email

Report: Small businesses have virtually no cash cushion

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 9/22/16 10:45am

• JPMorgan Chase Institute study says cash reserves will last just 27 days for median small business

• “The consistency of their growth is in question”

State Auditor blasts Public Utilities Commission

SACRAMENTO , 9/22/16 9:56am

• PUC may have been improperly influenced in its decision making

• Should reform its rules to increase transparency and accountability

The most important leadership attribute named

MENLO PARK, 9/22/16 7:24am

• Surveys find integrity rules, but perceptions vary by age group, company size

• “They also drive business by attracting investors, customers and potential staff members”

University of the Pacific housing project to pump $57M into Stockton’s economy

STOCKTON, 9/21/16 9:07pm

• Will likely create about 135 construction jobs

• The first residential construction project at Pacific since 2002

Stockton moves into the fast lane

STOCKTON, 9/21/16 9:05pm

• I-5 gets peak hour carpool lanes

• State claims it will reduce delay times for commuters

State park names blocked from corporate copyright

SACRAMENTO , 9/21/16 9:03pm

• State learns from Yosemite’s experience

• “Our state parks are not like football or baseball stadiums, trading sponsorship deals to the highest bidder”

Peter Gallo
(Gallo Farms photo)

Atwater dairy farm near net-zero energy threshold

ATWATER, 9/21/16 9:01pm

• Joseph Gallo Farms installs California’s largest privately owned dairy solar array

• “Sustainable farming has been a core value in our family”

Tejon Ranch moves forward on new industrial building

TEJON RANCH, 9/21/16 11:10am

• Signs deal with Majestic Realty for development

• “This is our second joint venture with Majestic Realty”

UCLA: California drought may last for centuries

LOS ANGELES, 9/21/16 10:30am

• Researchers point to greenhouse gases

• “That aridity is the new normal”

More than one in four firms increase hiring in fourth quarter

MENLO PARK, 9/21/16 8:03am

• Tips for landing year-end or seasonal jobs

• “It can be advantageous for professionals to continue their job search efforts during these months”

U.S. Hispanics facing looming Alzheimer's threat

LOS ANGELES, 9/21/16 7:57am

• Public health crisis possible, with estimated $2.35 Trillion cumulative impact by 2060

• “Hispanic families are increasingly in the crosshairs of this growing public health crisis”

State Water Board gets petitions against river flow regulation

MERCED, 9/21/16 7:30am

• 3,100 petitions delivered

• “It is unfathomable how the Water Board could … draw the conclusion that they need even more from us”

CSU launches drive to register students to vote

SACRAMENTO , 9/21/16 4:08am

• Partners with Secretary of State's office

• The campaign will reach out to some 2.7 million students

U.S. economic confidence holding steady

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 9/20/16 9:03pm

• Current confidence above level of midspring and early summer

• Economic outlook score at -17

Roseville woman sentenced for mortgage fraud and identity theft

SACRAMENTO , 9/20/16 9:01pm

• Gets 14.5 years in prison

• “Rachel Siders was driven by greed”

Trio accused of trying to defraud Bakersfield business

FRESNO, 9/20/16 1:29pm

• Bakersfield Pipe and Supply swindled out of $287,000

• One of the three charged was a trusted employee

Stockton man charged with unemployment fraud

SACRAMENTO , 9/20/16 10:36am

• Accused of running a “fictitious employer” scheme

• Second suspect sought

Americans vary on readiness for personal digital learning

WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/20/16 10:28am

• A spectrum of preparedness when it comes to using tech tools to pursue learning online

• Many are not eager or ready to take the plunge

Want to own a house in California? Don’t be a teacher

SEATTLE, WASH. , 9/20/16 7:41am

• Prices too high, pay too low in most areas, report says

• Some Central Valley counties still have affordable homes

GDP jumps in almost all parts of U.S. in 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 9/20/16 6:24am

• Professional and Business Services Led Growth

• Visalia-Porterville has nation’s 4th highest growth rate

Best – and worst -- places to raise a family in California

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 9/20/16 5:36am

• A Central Valley city ranks Number One in the state

• But the others….

Historic town’s historic divisions deepen

LOCKE, 9/20/16 4:43am , by Gene Beley, Delta Correspondent

• Locke’s HOA leaders ignite ire of their public

• "I’m curious when you’re going to have an election”


Guilty pleas in fraudulent identification document conspiracy

FRESNO, 9/19/16 9:03pm

• Fresno residents are citizens of Mexico

• Sold complete packages of fake ID papers for $150

Wildlife vs. vehicle costs top $200 million a year in California

DAVIS, 9/19/16 9:01pm

• Study calls for more money for prevention efforts

• “The cost of wildlife-vehicle conflict equals about 2 percent of California’s transportation budget”

Subprime credit card limits highest in 5 years

COSTA MESA , 9/19/16 1:48pm

• Steady growth in subprime credit card limits continue

• “Consumers credit card behavior improved since exiting the recession”

2017 winegrape growers conference to feature NY Times columnist

SACRAMENTO, 9/19/16 10:19am

• Eric Asimov to keynote luncheon

• “Asimov promises to deliver a thoughtful and provocative appraisal”

State touts effort to restore tides to part of Suisun Marsh

GRIZZLY BAY, 9/19/16 10:02am

• Says tidal wetlands help Delta smelt and other imperiled species

• “We can intervene to turn back the clock”

VIDEO: Wild horse wars

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y., 9/19/16 5:17am

• A 1971 law has not delivered the hoped-for results

• “I think this whole thing is a train wreck”

69 percent of Americans have less than $1,000 in savings

LOS ANGELES, 9/19/16 4:51am

• Savings are especially thin in California

• “What our survey found is extremely shocking”

California water powerhouse reveals plans for Delta

SACRAMENTO, 9/18/16 9:01pm , by Gene Beley, Delta Correspondent

• May flood islands to raise tulles for a new farming approach in Delta

• MWD customers could see rates raised to pay for Delta tunnels project

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  • Stockton mom turns a need into a business
  • The entrepreneur is in
  • Writing her own success story
  • Growing a small business the family way
  • The future pencils positive for this company
  • Niche marketing -- Italian style
  • Sipping success with niche marketing
  • Roasting a business out of his passion
  • Success as an independent consultant takes more than expertise
  • Avoiding the traps of employee law violations
  • Cracking the voice-over market
  • The American Dream realized, one package at a time
  • Female winemaker plunges into business
  • A new take on nurse education
  • Family sees moving business success
  • STEM thrives in pockets of education innovation
  • STEM goes solar in Stockton
  • Quick! There’s a robot in my pool
  • Retiring seniors can mean new business
  • Predawn biotech class trains next generation of science workers
  • Staying ahead of the competition the old fashioned way
  • Central Valley sees mismatch between high-tech jobs and job seekers
  • STEM starts young
  • Get ready – the future is here now
  • STEM Education: Growing the Valley's Future
  • They’re low power in wattage only, not ideas
  • Thinking success spawns Successful Thinkers
  • Small business success can mean finding the right niche
  • This franchise has real muscle behind it
  • Getting the scoop on small business success
  • Reshoring could rebuild America's manufacturing
  • Marketing that’s deliberately anchored to the past
  • Guitar artist plays his way to success
  • Paralysis no handicap for this entrepreneur
  • Boost sales with better communication
  • Making sandwiches sexy with a franchise
  • Going solar without spending a lot of money
  • They’re cute and cuddly. But are they a business?
  • Opportunity sails forth in the Delta
  • How bad etiquette on the job could kill your career
  • Growing their way out of hunger and poverty
  • Finding small business success from floor to ceiling
  • Why he’s public enemy #1 – for gophers
  • Running a home-based business successfully
  • Your boss needs a vacation – really
  • Couple makes transition from big corporations to small business
  • Carving a small business niche with a better idea
  • Calm is the goal of computer service and education franchisor
  • Developer squeezing new life into downtown with juice franchise
  • Signs of a recovering economy
  • How to keep a family business in the family
  • Ford dealership expands despite the Great Recession
  • Utility Telephone connects with customer service
  • Crowdfunding basics
  • The roar from crowdfunding is getting louder
  • California water wars’ bulldog
  • Water wars heat up in California
  • Helping businesses grow with a stronger STEM
  • How to retain your best employees
  • Small business runs success up the pole
  • Winery expands in Lodi
  • Lodi wineries tapping into growing Chinese market
  • Has the jobs picture brightened for the Valley for 2012?
  • The right education will be needed for 21st Century jobs
  • Where new jobs for San Joaquin will come from
  • Developing jobs for San Joaquin – Part 2
  • Developing jobs for San Joaquin
  • Fruits of his labor
  • Helping grow food security in the Valley of plenty
  • Doing a business turnaround despite the recession
  • Keeping customers loyal helps build her business
  • Expo exposes businesses to utility contracting ideas
  • Drink mix maker taps expertise to blend success
  • Entrepreneur finds success in a basket
  • Tips for catching resume fraud
  • There’s no checking out for this small business owner
  • Entrepreneurs take Valley sports play-by-play to the world
  • Starting a winery from scratch
  • Job hunting tips for the long-term unemployed
  • In the Central Valley, opera isn’t always the Grand Ole Opry
  • Branding ideas for small businesses
  • The ump’s not blind, but the players are
  • Finding success by tapping your brain in a new way - Part Two
  • Finding success by tapping your brain in a new way
  • Machines talking to machines is the future
  • Getting involved in the fight against AIDS
  • Franchised divorce says it’s a better way
  • Small business owner is brewing a success story
  • To beat the Great Recession, they’ve expanded
  • Taking a swing at strokes
  • Alert your taste buds – here comes Taste of San Joaquin
  • This franchise has real muscle behind it
  • Passion for his city drives him
  • Vicente Fox speaks out on U.S.-Mexico relations
  • Give your support staff recognition and reap top performance
  • Central Valley baker gets top honors for Royal Wedding pie
  • Asparagus Festival ends on high note
  • Stockton close to annual ‘tipping’ point
  • Framing small business success
  • Small business sees Affordable Care Act helping its bottom line
  • What you eat – and when – helps local restaurants
  • Coping with the aftermath of foreclosure
  • How to raise charming children
  • Central Valley grad school goes all-iPads
  • Solution to Delta water wars voiced
  • Making sure your personal bottom line is covered
  • Small California winemaker is all family
  • Small winery relies on family and innovation to compete
  • Central Valley company says it has a better way to store solar power
  • What’s wrong -- and right -- about local TV news
  • What planning means to small business success
  • Making the leap to small business
  • Out of work at middle age? Experts offer advice
  • Small business marketing, one article at a time
  • Congress on your corner as it’s supposed to be
  • Central Valley city’s heritage rediscovered
  • Central Valley school is building students’ foundations
  • Job tips from the expert
  • Long-term jobless worker re-invents himself
  • Building a new power plant means jobs for Central Valley
  • Sacramento reaches for the stars with new science center
  • Lodi Chamber opens China’s doors to small business
  • Writing books for fun – and sometimes profit
  • Black Friday shopping? How to protect yourself from scams
  • California winemakers can find added rewards overseas
  • Wine makers tap overseas markets from Lodi
  • A new revenue stream for Central Valley small businesses
  • Food bank seeks more business support
  • Tips for finding a job in the Great Recession
  • State may solve some of its prison woes with new Stockton facility
  • A solution to underwater mortgages
  • Should public libraries be managed by private firms?
  • Central Valley moves ahead with critical water project
  • Dee Dee Myers and the increasing impact of women on small business
  • How women are growing their small businesses
  • A market with a mission
  • Retailer 'paints' solutions to cash flow challenge
  • An answer for the unemployed – return to school
  • A ‘golden’ small business success story
  • Central Valley winegrapes blessed
  • Rubbing out the recession with a franchise
  • Surviving the recession as a small business
  • It’s personal, union says of Stockton fire cuts
  • How old it too old to start a new business?
  • They've found the recipe for small business success
  • MBA students help revive Central Valley farmers market
  • Classic wooden yachts anchor in Stockton for weekend
  • Foreclosures, short sales – a bank president comments
  • The strength of family helps this small business compete
  • Festival spears success in Central Valley
  • Social media helps keep family business prospering
  • Central Valley students get training in ‘green’ futures
  • Knives readied as Valley cities slash services
  • Central Valley jobless picture still grim
  • Delta residents told to ready for water war
  • Opportunities outlined for Central Valley small businesses
  • Rewiring your brain for success
  • Central Valley no longer ‘shell shocked’ by recession
  • To fix California’s government, look to London
  • Taking your sales pitch to the next level