Thursday | July 24, 2014

Lake Mead
(NASA photo)

Drought-drained aquifers threaten West

IRVINE, 7/24/14 11:18am

• NASA, UC study reveals extent of problem

• “We thought that the picture could be pretty bad, but this was shocking”

Research: Car owners benefit from start-stop technology

LOS ANGELES, 7/24/14 8:40am

• Fuel savings rise; emissions decrease

• “Can mean a $215 annual fuel savings”

Study: California is building once again

LOS ANGELES, 7/24/14 6:48am

• Recovery reflected in optimism and new construction

• “Another good run of building in the California non-residential space”

In U.S. beer is the beverage to beat; worries about wine

PRINCETON, N.J., 7/24/14 5:40am

• More than six in 10 adults say they drink alcohol

• “Wine shows no upward momentum”

Feds cracking down on foreclosure relief scammers

WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/24/14 5:29am

• CFPB sues California firm, others

• “These practices are not only illegal, they are reprehensible”

Californians strongly support global warming law – until push comes to shove

SAN FRANCISCO, 7/23/14 9:00pm

• But support is anything but solid when the bill comes due

• “Strong support … diminishes if they have to pay higher electricity bills or gas prices”

Californians oppose increased fracking

SAN FRANCISCO, 7/23/14 9:00pm

• Strongest opposition in Bay Area

• Central Valley residents also oppose it

Most say Californians should be required to use less water

SAN FRANCISCO, 7/23/14 9:00pm

• A water bond of some sort sees majority support

• “Most believe that the current water crisis is a result of natural weather patterns”

Droughts, wildfires top worries about effects of global warming

SAN FRANCISCO, 7/23/14 9:00pm

• Six out of ten say global warming already having an impact

• But 15 percent say, “What? Me worry?”

Nine in 10 homes sold in positive equity territory in June

LOS ANGELES, 7/23/14 10:05am

• Under water Central Valley market rising to the surface

• Pending home sales decrease statewide

Managers: Not asking for help is biggest networking mistake

MENLO PARK, 7/23/14 9:33am

• Embarrassment is one reason for reluctance

• “Every connection counts”

Americans careful with spending this summer

PRINCETON, N.J., 7/23/14 9:22am

• Using multiple methods to reduce expenses and save money

• Bad news for the larger U.S. economy

Free mortgage help offered in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO , 7/22/14 9:01pm

• Thursday event targets those struggling to keep their homes

• State programs can help pay mortgages, reduce principal owed

Former Fresno IRS worker accused in massive ID theft

FRESNO, 7/22/14 9:01pm

• $1.2 million attempted fraud, 160 victims

• “Identity theft is a nationwide crisis that places a heavy burden on the victim”

KA-boom goes the bullet train project

FRESNO, 7/22/14 9:00pm

• Will be testing near Fresno

• “They will sound like small explosions”

Americans oppose hiring discrimination against smokers, the obese

WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/22/14 9:00pm

• But say higher health insurance rates for smokers are justified

• Slightly less likely to say companies should be able to refuse to hire the obese

PodcastAUDIO: Living in the state of I don’t care

KINGSTON, N.Y., 7/22/14 9:00pm

• In the nation of slobs

• What the trends portend

Five Guys get a new buddy

SACRAMENTO , 7/22/14 11:17am

• Eight Five Guys restaurants in Valley get new owner

• Expansion is planned

Former Bank of America worker sent to prison

LOS ANGELES, 7/22/14 10:38am

• Took bribes to approve artificially low-price short sales

• Sentenced to 30 months in prison

USDA offers disaster assistance for 2012 frost or freeze fruit crop losses

WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/22/14 9:47am

• Enrollment underway

• “Fruit producers experienced significant financial losses from weather-related damage”

Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar nominated for California Supreme Court

SACRAMENTO , 7/22/14 8:11am

• Stanford law professor is native of Mexico

• Has been a special assistant to President Obama

U.S. economic confidence recovers from recent losses

PRINCETON, N.J., 7/22/14 5:53am

• Gallup’s index up three points from last week

• Still, most Americans decidedly negative about the economy

Foreclosure rates drop further in California and Central Valley

IRVINE, 7/22/14 5:31am

• State’s rate is well under national rate

• Most – but not all – of Valley is still above state’s average

Family Healthcare Network opens 14th South Valley health center

VISALIA, 7/22/14 5:00am

• Services range from family medicine to dentistry and more

• A $9.8 million, 34,607-square foot health center

Modesto man sentenced in tax fraud conspiracy

FRESNO, 7/22/14 4:41am

• Tried to dupe the IRS

• Used stolen IDs

Bakersfield man sent to prison for trying to hide cash from the government

FRESNO, 7/21/14 9:01pm

• Sentenced to one year for structuring cash deposits

• Cashed checks totaling more than $420,000

Mondavi Center gets $400,000 grant

DAVIS, 7/21/14 9:01pm

• Will support innovative performances in classical music

• “Supports our belief in the power and beauty of classical music”

Last year was one of the warmest on record

WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/21/14 9:01pm

• From surface temperatures to greenhouse gas, it’s getting warmer

• “These findings reinforce what scientists for decades have observed”

Fresno man sentenced for investment fraud

FRESNO, 7/21/14 9:00pm

• Bilked U.S. victims out of $2 Million

• “This fraudster faces a lengthy term in federal prison”

Firefighters poised for rash of wildfires

SONORA, 7/21/14 9:00pm

• Personnel and equipment being readied

• Sierra Nevada forests being hit by more than 5,000 lightning strikes a day

Central Valley tribe gets federal grant

WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/21/14 1:11pm

• USDA gives $216,000 to North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians

• Will be used for job training

Why “I feel your pain” is real

SANTA BARBARA, 7/21/14 12:38pm

• Science looks at the brains of empathetic people

• Highly sensitive individuals respond especially strongly to social situations that trigger emotions

California taxpayers may be stuck with BDCP costs, says critic

SANTA BARBARA, 7/21/14 11:15am

• No vote on massive $67 Billion project planned

• “The plan will not increase the state’s net supply of water”

State’s hospital prison in Stockton re-opens to sick inmates

STOCKTON, 7/21/14 11:01am

• Admissions had been halted because of problems

• “I am pleased with the progress”

InnovationLab opening in Tuolumne County

SONORA, 7/21/14 9:13am

• A place to hatch and grow new ideas

• “We want businesses to start, build, grow and stay in Tuolumne County”

Business background is best for governing, most Americans say

WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/21/14 5:25am

• Majority say U.S. would be better governed with more female leaders

• “Don't strongly endorse the idea of having more political novices in office”

Central Valley packer recalls fresh tree fruit

CUTLER, 7/21/14 4:48am

• Potentially contaminated with Listeria

• No illnesses reported

U.S. smokers say higher cigarette taxes are unjust

WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/20/14 9:00pm

• But many smokers think smoking restrictions in public places are justified

• In some areas, the taxes are higher than the price of a pack of cigarettes itself

Saturday News Briefs

STOCKTON, 7/18/14 9:00pm

• Perez ends quest to get on November ballot

• Hundreds of new jobs planned for Roseville

• And more…

Claim: National park tourism in California creates $1.5 Billion in economic benefit

SAN FRANCISCO, 7/18/14 12:57pm

• Park Service report says visitor spending supports more than 20,000 jobs in California

• “Visitors come to have a great experience and end up spending a little money along the way”

USDA sends $9.7 Million in drought aid to California

FARMERSVILLE, 7/18/14 12:44pm

• Money pays for emergency water assistance

• “This drought is devastating those who live, work and raise their families in much of rural California”

California halts injection of fracking waste

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y., 7/18/14 11:18am , by Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica

• Warns it may be contaminating aquifers

• “We do not have any direct evidence any drinking water has been affected”

Eight simultaneous stings nab unlicensed contractors in Valley, statewide

SACRAMENTO , 7/18/14 10:40am

• Summer blitz busts 97

• “If you knew their backgrounds, you’d never allow them in your home”

California’s unemployment rate decreases to 7.4 percent

SACRAMENTO , 7/18/14 8:44am

• Nonfarm payroll jobs increase by 24,200

• But unemployment increases in most of Central Valley

New maps update earthquake hazards

WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/18/14 6:03am

• 16 States at High Risk

• “Exposure to large earthquakes has grown tremendously in recent years”

Big drops in pump prices across California

LOS ANGELES, 7/18/14 4:54am

• Going down by as much as a penny a day in some areas

• “An improving supply situation has caused even more drops”

Just having a snack
(Photo by Brent Gill)

PodcastAUDIO: Stubborn as a… bull

SPRINGVILLE, 7/18/14 12:30am , by Brent Gill, South Valley Correspondent

• This may be where mules got the idea

• “There are great similarities between raising cattle and raising boys”

Central Valley businessman gives $125,000 to Fresno State

FRESNO, 7/17/14 9:01pm

• Will help fund mentorship program

• “Will allow the Lyles Center to dramatically boost its mentorship program”

Central Valley politicians and supporters hit with stiff fines

SACRAMENTO , 7/17/14 9:00pm

• Fair Political Practices Commission acts

• Turlock council campaign and a Sacramento conflict of interest prompt $40,500 in fines

Deanna Spitzer

People in the News

STOCKTON, 7/17/14 9:00pm

• Bank names new vice president

• One new face for the California Water Commission

• And more….

Bank of the Sierra buys Southern California bank

PORTERVILLE, 7/17/14 9:00pm

• Pays $15.3 Million for Santa Clara Valley Bank

• “The market is very similar to the region we already serve”

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