Monday | December 22, 2014

Home sales stalled in November – Realtors

WASHINGTON, D.C.A, 12/22/14 11:59am

• Inventory slightly tightens

• "Rising home values are causing more investors to retreat from the market"

Endangered fish score legal win over farmers

SAN FRANCISCO, 12/22/14 11:26am

• Appellate court upholds biological opinion

• “People need water, but so do fish”

Realtors: Baby boomers still play active role in housing market

LOS ANGELES, 12/22/14 10:18am

• Previous homeowners twice as likely to buy again as non-owners

• “Baby boomers are in their peak earning years and will continue to wield great influence on the housing market”

California reservoirs slowly refilling

SACRAMENTO, 12/22/14 7:07am

• Recent storms help

• Sierra snowpack expands

Year-end bonuses expected to be widespread

CHICAGO, ILL., 12/22/14 6:09am

• Nearly three in four employers plan to hand out bonuses

• “It is critical that companies not overlook the importance of retention”

Outlook back at pre-recession levels for quality jobs

WASHINGTON, D.C.A, 12/22/14 4:56am

• More than one out of three say now is a good time to find quality job

• Quality job percentage highest since Great Recession

Patterson in line for $1 Million windfall

PATTERSON, 12/21/14 9:03pm

• Money from lawsuit over taxes

• “I couldn’t be more pleased with this decision”

4,500 jobs threatened by a weed

STOCKTON, 12/21/14 9:01pm , by Gene Beley, CVBT Delta Correspondent

• Invasive weed impacts port operations

• “I wish hyacinth wasn’t a part of my life.”

Race relations sharply rises as major U.S. problem

WASHINGTON, D.C.A, 12/19/14 10:07pm

• Racism is at its highest since Rodney King trial in 1992

• "Government" holds thin edge as current most important problem

Sac State picks new business school dean

SACRAMENTO, 12/19/14 10:00pm

• Pierre Balthazard hired as dean of the College of Business Administration

• A strong record of scholarly contributions and several multimillion-dollar grant-funded project

Saturday News Briefs

STOCKTON, 12/19/14 9:01pm

• High-speed rail sees major hurdle cleared

• T-Mobile customers may get refunds

• Are sports fans too fanatical?

• And more….

Delta small businesses decry Caltrans bridge plans

STOCKTON, 12/19/14 2:11pm

• Say changing timetable will kill their businesses

• Caltrans now says it’s not a done deal

Holiday travelers to face delays as Christmas Eve storm eyes 24 states

STATE COLLEGE, PA., 12/19/14 11:48am

• California expected to be clear and mostly dry

• “Strong winds could be a snag for airline passengers”

State scrubs pumps at tunnels’ intakes

SACRAMENTO, 12/19/14 9:24am

• Will rely on gravity to siphon Sacramento River

• Says it’s to accommodate Delta residents

• Opponents say it's still a flawed plan

California’s unemployment rate decreases to 7.2 percent

SACRAMENTO , 12/19/14 8:44am

• Nonfarm payroll jobs increase by 90,100

• Most Central Valley counties see increases

Will oil price crash cool fracking plans?

MOUNTAIN VIEW, 12/19/14 7:43am

• Price volatility may push shale industry into next phase of consolidation

• “The volatile economic scenario will be an inflexion point”

Gas prices in free-fall going into holiday

LOS ANGELES, 12/19/14 4:54am

• Drivers are getting a holiday gift of extra cash

• “We expect price declines to last at least through the end of the year”

Stockton getting set for new city hall

STOCKTON, 12/18/14 9:07pm

• Seeking architectural services

• Will convert former bank tower

High speed Internet service lacks competition says report

WASHINGTON, D.C.A, 12/18/14 9:05pm

• Commerce examines competition among broadband service providers

• Consumers have more choices of slow services

Job hopping is losing its stigma

MENLO PARK, 12/18/14 9:03pm

• Most younger workers see upside to frequent job changes

• “Professionals still need to look carefully before they leap”

Simran Sidhu

People in the News

STOCKTON, 12/18/14 9:01pm

• Bank hires a new vice president

• An old Chinese saying about a new hire

• And more….

Snowpack now at half of average

SACRAMENTO , 12/18/14 2:14pm

• December storms help build it

• “A final push of moisture will spread across northern and central California on Friday”

Business partners plead guilty to multi‑million dollar foreclosure rescue scam

SACRAMENTO , 12/18/14 1:35pm

• Victims in Bakersfield, Visalia and Salinas

• Losses hit $2.5 Million

State claims major health insurer imposes unreasonable rate on California businesses

SACRAMENTO , 12/18/14 1:26pm

• Aetna’s gift to California’s small businesses

• “California law does not protect consumers and businesses from excessive and unreasonable health insurance rates”

Next Napa earthquake could be much bigger, scientists find

DAVIS, 12/18/14 11:50am

• West Napa Fault line is longer than previously thought

• “It would be a much larger earthquake and much more devastating than what has happened historically”

Business owner sentenced for filing false tax returns

SACRAMENTO , 12/18/14 10:46am

• House painter cannot cover up his income tax stains

• Ordered to pay more than $687,000 in taxes

Stockton, Fresno, Sacramento among “naughtiest” housing markets

IRVINE, 12/18/14 8:06am

• RealtyTrac points to unemployment, sex offenders, and foreclosures

• Six of top ten “nicest” are in Texas

Travel and tourism spending decelerated in Q3

WASHINGTON, D.C.A, 12/18/14 7:21am

• Air travel increase leveled off

• Largest price deceleration since the fourth quarter of 2008

PodcastKiss your privacy goodbye, probably

WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/18/14 7:00am

• Experts are divided about the future of privacy

• The struggle over privacy will extend through the next decade


U.S. police honesty ratings down

PRINCETON, N.J., 12/18/14 5:40am

• Ratings of police officers lowest since 1995

• Nonwhites show large drop; whites' views are unchanged

Record holiday travel expected

LOS ANGELES, 12/18/14 5:07am

• More than 12 Million Californians traveling

• “Historically, the year-end holiday period is the most popular holiday time of the year for vacations”

Is Wall Street ready to bail on single-family rentals?

IRVINE, 12/17/14 9:02pm

• Equity growth may rewrite the bottom lines

• Price appreciation has given investors a good opportunity -- and motivation -- to sell, says RealtyTrac

Advertising and marketing executives see increased hiring in New Year

MENLO PARK, 12/17/14 9:01pm

• Marked increase in number planning to hire

• “Companies are looking to refine every aspect of their offerings”

State expands help for hard-hit homeowners

SACRAMENTO , 12/17/14 12:11pm

• Changes program criteria to help unemployed homeowners

• “California’s economy continues to improve, but we’re far from a complete recovery”

Feds sue Sprint

WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/17/14 12:02pm

• Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says Sprint crammed consumers

• “Many of them had no idea that third parties could even place charges on their bills”

Investor optimism remained positive in November

WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/17/14 6:40am

• Economic dimension of Gallup’s index improved slightly

• Retirees' optimism swelled to roughly match nonretirees'

Help available for wildfire-impacted ranches and private forestland

DAVIS, 12/16/14 9:09pm

• Natural Resources Conservation Service offers financial help

• “Farmers and ranchers have suffered substantial losses”

Lodi Health votes in favor of Adventist Health affiliation

LODI, 12/16/14 9:07pm

• Still needs state approval

• “We recognized the need to join with a larger organization”

List: The most embarrassing job interview mistakes

MENLO PARK, 12/16/14 9:05pm

• An awkward moment? Yes, you could say that

• "When asked to tell the interviewer a little about herself, she didn't have anything to say"

California real estate sales drop

TRUCKEE, 12/16/14 9:03pm

• November sales tumble 17.6 percent month-over-month

• Median prices flat

NASA: Just 11 Trillion gallons more to replenish California drought losses

SAN FRANCISCO, 12/16/14 9:01pm

• Satellites measuring drought deficit

• “That's an incredible advance”

Action needed on state's $72 Billion unfunded retiree healthcare liability, Controller says

SACRAMENTO , 12/16/14 11:30am

• Chiang unveils pre-funding plan using investment returns to lower costs

• “We remain dangerously complacent about a liability that has grown by a stunning $24 billion”

Consumers Union cautions of possible oil market price manipulation

SACRAMENTO , 12/16/14 8:46am

• Says oil industry stoking fears about gas price spikes

• “We want to make sure that California consumers are protected against possible market manipulations”

U.S. economic confidence flat

PRINCETON, N.J., 12/16/14 6:15am

• Gallup’s current conditions score ticks down three points

• But economic outlook score gains three points

State Senate leader calls for divesting coal stocks

OAKLAND, 12/16/14 5:59am

• Kevin de Leon says the action would match the words

• “This move will provide another example of how California leads and defines the future economy”

Auto loan delinquency rate predicted to increase in 2015

CHICAGO, ILL., 12/16/14 5:15am

• Debt levels to continue rising trend

• “We expect the auto loan market to continue to perform exceptionally well in 2015”

Vehicle thefts in California drop to 1982 levels

DES PLAINES, ILL., 12/16/14 5:05am

• Thefts down 48 percent from peak seen in 1992

• Technology, innovative policing credited

VIDEO: Hyacinth hearing attracts overflow crowd

STOCKTON, 12/15/14 10:05pm

• But no definite answers emerge

• State official agrees it’s a serious problem

Chico State’s Osher Institute gets $1 Million grant

CHICO, 12/15/14 9:47pm

• Bernard Osher Foundation makes the award

• Second such award to CSU Chico

Fresno café morphs into gluten-free food maker

FRESNO, 12/15/14 9:05pm

• Closes to public as it expands in a new direction

• “It was our original flagship kitchen and store, where we learned and grew as a business”

Attorney sentenced for attempted tax evasion

SACRAMENTO , 12/15/14 9:02pm

• Stole hundreds of thousands of dollars

• “Acted as if his law license placed him beyond the reach of the law”

State Water Board picks new Delta watermaster

SACRAMENTO , 12/15/14 2:48pm

• Michael George is appointed

• Becomes the state’s second-ever watermaster

California soaked; more rain may mean more flooding and mudslides

STATE COLLEGE, PA., 12/15/14 2:44pm

• Snow in the Sierra may impact travel

• “Before the rainy pattern takes a break, cumulative rainfall will have taken a huge slice out of the long-term drought”

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