Tuesday | September 30, 2014

State government to force Californians to change bag habits

SACRAMENTO, 9/30/14 10:32am

• Governor signs law banning most plastic grocery bags

• “The first state in the U.S. to ban the most ubiquitous consumer item on the planet”

• UPDATED with information about referendum on ban

Economic confidence shows growth

WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/30/14 6:18am

• Gallup index rises to a -14

• Confidence increases four points from previous week

Personal income edges up in California, U.S.

WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/30/14 6:11am

• North Dakota is the boom state

• Texas’ growth tops California’s -- again

Foreclosure rates tumble across Central Valley

IRVINE, 9/30/14 5:25am

• State average is 0.60 percent

• Sacramento is only Valley market at that level

Remote weather station
(Photo provided by Weather Tools)

North State entrepreneurs innovate for efficient water use

CHICO, 9/30/14 5:05am , by Eric Miller, North Valley Correspondent

• How three companies are helping make better use of water in California

• A meteorologist, an engineer, and brewer walk into a garage

Homeowners are borrowing again

COSTA MESA, 9/29/14 9:00pm

• HELOC lending increased 27 percent in Q2

• “Consumers are getting back into the market”

SoCal small business optimism taking off

LOS ANGELES, 9/29/14 9:00pm

• Most expect 2015 revenues to be higher than this year

• “A very encouraging outlook for revenue and investment plans”

Another Bakersfield real estate swindler sent to prison

FRESNO, 9/29/14 9:00pm

• Crisp and Cole co-defendant Julie Farmer gets three years

• “The result of a culture of greed and opportunism that saturated a Bakersfield real estate company”

Foreclosure rescue scheme criminals sentenced

SACRAMENTO, 9/29/14 2:10pm

• The crooks collected at least $4.9 million from more than 1,000 homeowners

• “It is particularly vile for fraudsters to target and take advantage of individuals who are scared, vulnerable and simply trying to protect their families”

All of Tulare County now under quarantine

VISALIA, 9/29/14 12:32pm

• Two Asian citrus psyllids found in Tulare

• County’s billion-dollar citrus industry could be at risk

Governor signs bill to protect temp workers

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y., 9/29/14 12:23pm , by Michael Grabell, ProPublica

• Employers now responsible if their temp agencies and subcontractors put workers at risk or withhold wages

• "Today marks a new era for worker protection in California,"

Community colleges to award bachelor's degrees

SACRAMENTO, 9/29/14 10:00am

• New law opens opportunities not served by CSU, UC

• Catching up with other states

Governor’s tunnels push gets personal

SACRAMENTO, 9/29/14 8:28am

• Former Brown aide squares off with tunnel opponent

• “Jerry Meral wants to cast a bad light on Delta farmers”

Americans divided on preference for government activity

PRINCETON, N.J., 9/29/14 4:48am

• 35 percent prefer a less active role, 32 percent a more active one

• Preferences for government activity highly related to opinions of whether government is doing too much

Mild quake jolts Central Valley

MENDOTA, 9/28/14 9:02pm

• Epicenter near Mendota in Merced County

• No damage or injuries reported

Prominent Delta businessman dies

WALNUT GROVE, 9/28/14 9:01pm

• Joe Enos was 87

• Instrumental in developing his hometown

Cancer: Up close and all too personal

LODI, 9/28/14 9:00pm , by Les Mahler, CVBT Correspondent

• Long-time Central Valley journalist battles cancer

• He tells his story – and those of others

Ebony Boat Club en route
(Photo provided by Ebony Boat Club)
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Saturday News Briefs

STOCKTON, 9/26/14 9:00pm

• Bakersfield church looks to the heavens – for power

• King fire 74 percent contained

• A yacht club floats into Stockton

• And many more stories…

Investor optimism hits seven-year high

PRINCETON, N.J., 9/26/14 11:38am

• But still far below 2000 levels

• The last time the index was this far into positive territory was the fall of 2007

King fire may be close to quelled

POLLOCK PINES, 9/26/14 9:31am

• 68 percent contained

• Thursday rain aids firefighters

• UPDATED with new totals

California wants to restrict widely used farm pesticide

SACRAMENTO, 9/26/14 8:38am

• Pesticides containing chlorpyrifos would see use restrictions

• “The proposed regulation is a very important step to further safeguard the people and environment of California”

Gross domestic product growth edges up to 4.6 percent

WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/26/14 6:00am

• Final figures for Q2 up from earlier estimates

• The general picture of economic growth remains the same

Gasoline prices edge lower

LOS ANGELES, 9/26/14 4:52am

• Close to low for 2014

• “It’s uncertain whether … the bombing of ISIS-controlled oil refineries in Iraq will have an impact on local prices”

Inside the battery energy storage system in Tehachapi
(LG Chem photo)

Tehachapi site of North America’s largest energy storage project

TEHACHAPI, 9/25/14 9:01pm

• Massive arrays of batteries store clean energy

• “A significant amount of insight into the operational capabilities of large-scale, lithium-ion battery storage”

Open wide, Doc: EPA wants that excess mercury

SAN FRANCISCO, 9/25/14 9:01pm

• EPA proposes to eliminate mercury pollution from dentist offices nationwide

• Could a business opportunity loom

Wes Rhea

People in the News

STOCKTON, 9/25/14 9:00pm

• Stockton exec to lead regional tourism group

• Top cardiologist joins UC Davis

• And more…

Delta Stewardship Council brown bag meeting
(Photo by Gene Beley)

Are prospects of widespread desalinization realistic?

SACRAMENTO, 9/25/14 9:00pm , by Gene Beley, Delta Correspondent

• It’s not just the money that’s an issue

• “There is an intense amount of interest”


Rain helps firefighters battling King fire

SACRAMENTO, 9/25/14 1:53pm

• Blaze has burned 95,347 acres

• But now there’s another problem -- floods

Valley residents may get help replacing old wood-burning devices

FRESNO, 9/25/14 11:08am

• Air district approves funds for rebates

• “Great news for Valley residents who are interested in changing out polluting wood-burning devices with cleaner units”

UC Davis study: No problems from GMO livestock feed

DAVIS, 9/25/14 11:02am

• Scientific studies have detected no differences

• Davis study could influence regulations

TEC Equipment expands in Central Valley

LATHROP, 9/25/14 10:13am

• Portland company opens Lathrop dealership

• “Large distribution and e-fulfillment centers are attracted to our community”

Board of Equalization’s escape remains thwarted

SACRAMENTO, 9/25/14 9:50am

• Efforts to move out of problem-plagued building stalled

• “There could be a net fiscal benefit for the state to move BOE staff to a new facility”

Business analytics: The new must-have skill set

MENLO PARK, 9/25/14 6:07am

• CFOs say it’s mandatory for accounting and finance professionals

• “The ability to identify and interpret key data trends has gone from useful to mandatory”

Nearly a million homes bob to the surface

IRVINE, 9/25/14 5:50am

• 946,000 homes regained $1 trillion in total equity in Q2 2014

• But 5.3 Million properties remain in negative equity

King fire containment reaches 38 percent

POLLOCK PINES, 9/24/14 9:44pm

• Has now burned more than 92,000 acres

• $53 Million spent – and the meter is running

Home price increases slowing across U.S.

IRVINE, 9/24/14 9:20pm

• Slows in 63 percent of all major markets compared to year ago

• “Higher-end properties are taking up a bigger share of a smaller home sales pie”

Most employers say minimum wage should be increased

CHICAGO, ILL., 9/24/14 9:01pm

• 55 percent of employers think $10 per hour or more is fair

• Majority says a higher minimum wage helps the economy and helps them retain employees

Satisfaction with government drops again

WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/24/14 9:00pm

• Lower than during last year’s pre-shutdown

• Republicans less satisfied than Democrats

UC Davis to build largest solar power plant in UC system

DAVIS, 9/24/14 1:51pm

• Teams with SunPower Corp. on project

• “This new project truly puts us in a league of our own”

Tribe seeking Madera casino wins a court fight

SACRAMENTO, 9/24/14 10:41am

• Governor is not a public agency, says appellate court

• Says nothing is spelled out under CEQA making the chief executive office a public agency

College enrollment declines for second year in a row

WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/24/14 9:17am

• Census Bureau says it dropped by 463,000 over one year

• “The drop-off in total college enrollment the last two years follows a period of expansion”

Gallup: Americans say third political party is needed

PRINCETON, N.J., 9/24/14 5:34am

• Over half say Republicans, Democrats doing a poor job

• But the U.S. political system weighs against a third party’s success

Poll: Californians ready to ease penalties for some crimes

SAN FRANCISCO, 9/23/14 9:01pm

• Solid majority favors Proposition 47

• Prop 2 support falling short

Will Californians take the good doctor’s advice?

SAN FRANCISCO, 9/23/14 9:01pm

• Proposition 45 is a toss-up now

• A very important issue to four out of ten

Californians feeling better about their state

SAN FRANCISCO, 9/23/14 9:01pm

• But more than half think state’s is going in wrong direction

• “The mood of the California electorate is much more upbeat today”

Obama's approval rating at record low in California

SAN FRANCISCO, 9/23/14 9:01pm

• There’s a wide partisan divide on the president

• But near unanimous distaste for Congress

Foreclosure victims find a friend in the court

SANTA ANA, 9/23/14 9:00pm

• Appellate court says Bank of America’s actions deserve a trial

• “This appeal represents another example of what is becoming a well established and predictable pattern”

No Party is California’s third political party

SACRAMENTO, 9/23/14 9:00pm

• Closing in on the GOP

• “It's a perfect time to register to vote”

Poll finds governor’s race a big ho-hum

SAN FRANCISCO, 9/23/14 9:00pm

• Incumbent likely to cruise to fourth term

• Half of likely voters are following news about the gubernatorial candidates

Voters in favor of state’s water bond

SAN FRANCISCO, 9/23/14 9:00pm

• Has strong support among likely voters

• “More and more Californians perceive the drought as the top state issue and their region's water supply as a big problem”

Pacific storm to aggravate fire threat ahead of beneficial rain

STATE COLLEGE, PA., 9/23/14 11:17am

• Snow? In the Sierra? Maybe, says forecast

• “The rain and cooler air should reach the King fire and areas on north starting Wednesday night”

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