Tuesday | June 28, 2016

Survey: Americans support higher gas taxes -- really

SAN JOSE, 6/28/16 10:09am

• When the money is spent on specific projects

• “Conventional wisdom says that Americans strongly oppose any increase in the federal gas tax”

VW to spend over one billion dollars in California

SACRAMENTO, 6/28/16 7:07am

• It’s to address illegal emissions caused by cheating devices on its 2.0-liter diesel vehicles

• Money expected to mitigate pollution from cheating and expand zero-emission vehicle market

Foreclosure rates continue to fall across Central Valley

IRVINE, 6/28/16 6:33am

• As low as 0.39 percent in Sacramento

• Or as high as 0.62 percent in Bakersfield

Nation’s economy slowed slightly in Q1

WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/28/16 5:54am

• GDP increase was 1.1 percent

• Down from 1.4 percent rate in Q4 2015

California gasoline tax drops

SACRAMENTO, 6/27/16 9:05pm

• Just in time for Independence Day weekend

• “Californians have another reason to celebrate”

Citrus company harvests a new solar orchard

PORTERVILLE, 6/27/16 9:05pm

• Solar has helped cut Southern California Edison bills by 70 percent

• “Clean solar energy is positive for our company”

Stanford: Central Valley sitting atop “water windfall”

PALO ALTO, 6/27/16 9:03pm

• New research indicates Valley harbors three times more groundwater than previously thought

• But there are major challenges to using it

Stockton gets $600,000 state grant for police

STOCKTON, 6/27/16 9:03pm

• Board of State and Community Corrections makes grant

• “It will assist us with specific aspects of the Marshall Plan on Crime and violence reduction”

Lake Isabella wildfire victims identified

LAKE ISABELLA, 6/27/16 9:01pm

• Minister and wife die in raging wildfire

• More than 45,000 acres charred

Delta Protection Commission looks for help

SACRAMENTO, 6/27/16 10:58am

• Seeks recreation representative for advisory committee

• To serve without pay

Lawmakers rattle PUC’s comfortable world

SACRAMENTO, 6/27/16 10:43am

• Major changes planned for regulatory agency

• “It's been a long road, and we still have much work to do”

Government moves to shut down Sacramento tofu maker

SACRAMENTO, 6/27/16 9:34am

• Court issues permanent injunction

• A case of greenish-brown buildup and worse

Central Valley firm rolls out new type of fumigant

ACAMPO, 6/27/16 9:13am

• Uses carbon dioxide gas

• “This is a revolutionary breakthrough in the field of pest control”

Apps changing the face of the workforce

CHICAGO, ILL., 6/27/16 7:21am

• Is Uber the business model of the future?

• “Most of the impact will be positive”

Fourth of July travel highest since 2002 record

LOS ANGELES, 6/27/16 4:35am

• Nearly 5 Million holiday travelers – just in California

• “We’re also seeing more travelers willing to spend a little extra on credit”

Two dead in Lake Isabella fire (UPDATED)

LAKE ISABELLA, 6/26/16 9:03pm

• Wildfire has charred more than 30,000 acres

• “I heard the scanner say ‘spotted into Squirrel Valley,’ and knew I could be in trouble”

In Depth: Taxpayer money down the Delta drain

STOCKTON, 6/26/16 9:01pm , by Gene Beley, Delta Correspondent

• $150,435 spent so far for a “branding” campaign with little to show for it

• “Branding works best when we’re all on the same page and selling the same story”

• With Four Videos

Weekend News Briefs from CVBT

STOCKTON, 6/24/16 9:01pm

• Kern fire rages

• Are the governor’s tunnels really dead?

• And more….

A shake up at Westlands?

FRESNO, 6/24/16 12:23pm

• General manager stripped of attorney duties

• New attorney will report directly to board

What’s wrong with Congress? Americans speak out

PRINCETON, N.J. , 6/24/16 11:57am

• Congress' harshest critics identify a crisis of influence

• Say Congress pays too much attention to lobbyists

Two Valley water districts get money to improve efficiency

SACRAMENTO, 6/24/16 10:15am

• Bureau of Reclamation announces $2 Million in agricultural water conservation and efficiency grants

• Lining canals with concrete to stop seepage of water

The incredible shrinking apartment: Central Valley’s among smallest

SANTA BARBARA, 6/24/16 9:42am

• Atlanta, Charlotte, rank among cities with largest rental units

• “Apartment rents are breaking record after record”

Sacramento man sent to prison for mortgage fraud

SACRAMENTO, 6/24/16 7:39am

• Gets 18 months in federal prison

• Over $1 million in losses to lenders

State: Some household products emit unhealthy levels of ozone

SACRAMENTO , 6/24/16 7:35am

• Calls it a “critical gap” in consumer protection

• Some products emitted ozone at levels that may result in potential health effects

Two killed in wildfire raging in Lake Isabella area -- UPDATED

LAKE ISABELLA, 6/24/16 6:58am

• Fire has killed two

• More than 100 structures burned to the ground

• High winds hampering fire fighting

• Balloons to more than 19,000 acres

California gas price averages near $3 per gallon

LOS ANGELES, 6/24/16 4:53am

• Many small but inexorable and unremitting increases adding up

• “Prices jumped this week to their highest level since early January”

Jonathan Lee

People in the News

STOCKTON, 6/23/16 9:03pm

• Fresno manufacturer positions itself for growth

• Public radio adds a reporter

• And more….

Delta Plan should be scrapped, court says

SACRAMENTO , 6/23/16 9:01pm

• Superior Court says complex plan too flawed to use

• An appeal is likely

Travel and tourism spending accelerates

WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/23/16 6:01am

• Up 5.2 percent in Q1

• Outpaces GDP

Housing unaffordability might be easing

IRVINE, 6/22/16 10:03pm

• That’s compared with a year ago

• “Affordability constraints are beginning to rein in home price appreciation”

66 Million dead trees in Sierra Nevada

VALLEJO, 6/22/16 9:37pm

• Forest Service worries they will be fuel for wildfires

• “Tree dies-offs of this magnitude are unprecedented”

EPA fines Fresno pesticide distributor

FRESNO, 6/22/16 9:03pm

• Cited for failure to properly label high-risk pesticide

• “Selling mislabeled pesticides is a serious violation”

Research: Better way to reduce salmonella in meat

RENO, NEV., 6/22/16 9:01pm

• Sees a 90 percent reduction

• “We’re excited to be able to show such good results”

What your workers are doing on the office computers

WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/22/16 2:38pm

• They’re turning to social media for a variety of reasons while on the job

• They can be tools for connection with colleagues and outside experts.

Stockton awards entrepreneurship grants

STOCKTON, 6/22/16 2:33pm

• First initiative of its kind

• “We're pleased the city of Stockton continues to think outside the box”

Survey: Presidential elections have little impact on California housing market

LOS ANGELES, 6/22/16 6:21am

• Prospective home buyers want ccurrent presidential candidates to address housing affordability

• “Market fundamentals … are the real factors”

“American Dream” remains alive with Millennials

SAN FRANCISCO, 6/22/16 6:08am

• Still following traditional growth patterns, survey reveals

• “Millennials are following in the footsteps of generations before them”

Affordability challenges continue to dog housing recovery

CAMBRIDGE, MASS., 6/22/16 5:31am

• Several other obstacles hamper the housing recovery

• “The large backlog of foreclosures is still a serious drag on homeownership”

Fresno State names College of Science and Mathematics interim dean

FRESNO, 6/21/16 9:03pm

• Robert Dundas gets the nod

• “Dr. Dundas is highly respected by the faculty and staff”

Legislative Transparency Act passes first hurdle in Assembly

SACRAMENTO , 6/21/16 9:01pm

• Measure to require 72-hour online public review for legislation

• “There is growing interest from both sides of the aisle to increase transp”

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