Wednesday | October 18, 2017

State Bar warns of potential legal fraud in response to recent wildfires

SACRAMENTO, 10/18/17 1:42pm

• Says state law has restrictions on attorneys that the public should note

• Says public should report possible fraud

Federal Reserve reports a somewhat stronger economy

WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/18/17 11:19am

• Growth ranges from moderate to modest

• The west sees some critical labor shortages

California home sales increase slightly as median price slides

LOS ANGELES, 10/18/17 8:19am

• September sales up 1.7 percent year over year

• Median price dips to $555,410

• “The year-over-year sales rate is losing steam”

Spare me! 28 percent of new cars are missing a spare tire

LOS ANGELES, 10/18/17 6:50am

• Which might be OK since 20 percent of drivers wouldn’t know what to do with one

• “They should inspect all the tires as part of the routine maintenance of their car”

Special jobless benefits announced for wildfire victims

SACRAMENTO, 10/18/17 5:16am

• Benefits are up to $450 a week for up to 26 weeks

• “The losses and devastation due to the fires are staggering”

VIDEO: Why hasn't sexual harassment disappeared?

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y., 10/17/17 9:03pm

• Putting today’s headlines into context

• From naming the problem in the 1970s to today’s headlines

Farm Bureau says California farmers face labor shortages

SACRAMENTO, 10/17/17 9:01pm

• More than half say they could not hire enough workers

• “Only 3 percent of the farmers … said they had used the existing H-2A agricultural immigration program”

Silicon Valley water agency endorses a water tunnel

SAN JOSE, 10/17/17 9:00pm

• Santa Clara Valley Water District pastes a pile of conditions on its support

• “I’m not open to a blank checkbook”

State launches disabled person parking placard awareness campaign

SACRAMENTO, 10/17/17 11:18am

• Program to combat abuse through statewide education

• “Our goal is to get drivers to think twice before illegally using a disabled person parking placard”

Wildfire victims warned to be wary of who they hire to rebuild

SACRAMENTO, 10/17/17 11:13am

• Contractors State License Board say only licensed contractors should be used

• Anyone caught contracting without a state license in nine county area could face felony charges

Robocalls dipped in September

IRVINE, 10/17/17 10:49am

• Yet there were still 2.4 Billion of the annoying calls during the month

• 925 robocalls placed every second of every minute of every day of the month

• Scam calls hit 480 Million or two for every adult in the nation in one month

California pet stores face new restrictions on the pets they sell

SACRAMENTO, 10/17/17 10:38am

• Will be required to obtain their inventory from animal shelters, rescue groups and similar sources

• Pet stores that violate the law face $500 per animal fines

PG&E says it has restored most electrical service to wine country burn areas

SAN FRANCISCO, 10/17/17 7:26am

• Gas service being restored more slowly

• But state is starting probes of PG&E’s possible liabilities

How big is it? BOMA sets new standards

WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/17/17 4:51am

• First revisions to office measurements in seven years

• “Tenants aren’t using office space the same way they were”

Lake Oroville flood season operations plan starts with lower lake level

OROVILLE, 10/16/17 9:03pm

• State says this will provide enough capacity to handle 2018-level rain runoff

• DWR says it is designed around status of spillway rebuilding

“Dark web” drug trafficker pleads guilty in Fresno

FRESNO, 10/16/17 9:01pm

• Admits to drug distribution plan

• Now faces decades in prison and a $1 Million fine

California’s sanctions against Wells Fargo to be continued for another year

SACRAMENTO, 10/16/17 11:16am

• State Treasurer says feds should investigate other lines of the bank’s business

• “The frequency of new disclosures of wanton greed and lack of institutional control makes this decision so clear that there really was no choice at all”

Merced County orchid grower to pay $110,000 to settle federal complaint

FRESNO, 10/16/17 9:48am

• Dash Dream Plant Inc. accused of pregnancy discrimination

• “The changes that will be put in place as part of this settlement will benefit not only women, but the workforce as a whole”

Brown vetoes bill that would take power away from his water board

SACRAMENTO, 10/16/17 9:33am

• Would have required water rights enforcement hearings to occur at the Office of Administrative Hearings

• “Expose this out of control kangaroo court of an agency”

Central Valley’s largest cities among least friendly to vegans

WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/16/17 6:28am

• Valley grows the nation’s fruits and veggies-- just doesn’t eat them

• Finding meatless options at restaurants and supermarkets can be a challenge

U.S. crude oil production expected to increase through end of 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/16/17 6:16am

• Record production expected in 2018

• Most growth will be in the Permian region

ACE to BART connection moves closer

STOCKTON, 10/15/17 9:07pm

• New law sets up the procedures

• “Will kickstart an idea that has been talked about for a decade”

At last! An end to expiration date confusion

SACRAMENTO, 10/15/17 9:05pm

• New California law calls for standard phrases for food date labels

• "Every day we open our refrigerators and wonder what the dates on our food mean"

Firefighters finally gaining on NorCal wildfires

NAPA, 10/15/17 9:04pm

• Death toll now at 40

• Two largest fires more than 50 percent contained

Lack of inflation puzzling to Fed says its chairman

WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/15/17 9:03pm

• Is the nation’s tight labor market looser than thought?

• “The biggest surprise in the U.S. economy this year has been inflation”

Silicon Valley water district to vote on governor’s tunnels

SAN JOSE, 10/15/17 9:01pm

• Indications point to conditional approval

• Urban Californians may have to shoulder the cost

Weekend News Briefs from CVBT

STOCKTON, 10/13/17 9:01pm

• Hiring someone? Be careful what you ask; there’s a new state law in place

• State sues Trump -- again

• And more....

California has yet another state of emergency

SACRAMENTO, 10/13/17 2:23pm

• Not wildfires this time

• It’s because of hepatitis A

California gives taxpayers impacted by wildfires more time to file and pay

SACRAMENTO, 10/13/17 11:51am

• New deadline is January 31, 2018

• “Families affected by natural disasters need time to recover and rebuild their lives and homes”

Freddie Mac offers relief to businesses and homeowners impacted by the wildfires

MCLEAN, VIRGINIA, 10/13/17 11:45am

• Disaster Relief Policies Amid California Wildfires

• “We strongly encourage borrowers whose homes or businesses are being impacted by the California wildfires to call their mortgage servicer”

Delta counties disappointed in Kern’s support for governor’s tunnels

STOCKTON, 10/13/17 9:27am

• Predict it will be a losing proposition for Kern County Water Agency’s customers

• “Kern County will regret this decision when its ratepayers get stuck with much higher water bills”

What Americans are afraid of

ORANGE, 10/13/17 8:50am

• Chapman University survey turns up a surprising bogeyman

• “Clearly reflects political unrest and uncertainty”

Atlas fire

(Instagram photo by shes_crafty831 via CalFire)

Death toll from wine country fires sets state record

NAPA, 10/13/17 5:27am

• 31 known dead; hundreds remain missing

• Fires still uncontrolled

Gas prices drop closer to pre-hurricane levels

LOS ANGELES, 10/13/17 4:45am

• But the trickle down in price is about to end abruptly for Californians

• “Taxes on gasoline will also increase by 12 cents a gallon on November 1”

More California small businesses get a crack at state contracts

SACRAMENTO, 10/13/17 4:36am

• New law may open new routes

• “Ensures that behemoth construction companies do not necessarily dominate state contracting”

Lara Atchabahian

People in the News

STOCKTON, 10/12/17 9:01pm

• Internal medicine specialist joins Visalia group

• Sacramento TV station names a new top news manager

• And more...

Marketers leaving Trillions of dollars on the table by their relentless pursuit of Millennials

ORLANDO, FLORIDA, 10/12/17 12:16pm

• New research says marketers are missing the elephant in the room

• “For brands that better understand and serve the mature consumer, it is an investment with a huge upside”

Feds sue debt collectors for posing as federal agency

WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/12/17 11:45am

• Says they charged illegal advance fees, lied about debt-relief results

• “FDAA and its owners lied to financially vulnerable consumers”

Millions of small business employees in California to qualify for family leave

SACRAMENTO, 10/12/17 11:28am

• Governor signs bill opening unpaid family leave to nearly 3 Million workers

• “This is a great victory for working parents and children in California”

Realtors see slight slowing in California home sales

LOS ANGELES, 10/12/17 10:43am

• Predict ever-increasing prices through 2018

• By 2018, only one in four will be able to afford a California home

Chico State fraternity and its former president plead guilty to federal charges

SACRAMENTO, 10/12/17 10:33am

• Accused of cutting down trees in Lassen National Forest

• Tree felling was part of frat’s initiation

Central Valley Project begins 2018 water year with 8.9 million acre-feet of storage

SACRAMENTO, 10/12/17 10:04am

• That is 145 percent of 150year average

• 4 Million acre-feet more than a year ago

]Amazon hiring 120,000 for holiday season

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, 10/12/17 3:44am

• Some holiday positions can lead to regular, full-time roles with the company

• “We prepare year round for the holidays”

Wildfires bring bitter taste to winemakers

NAPA, 10/11/17 9:01pm

• Wineries destroyed, some vineyards impacted

• Most of wine grape harvest had been completed

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