Thursday | November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving Day News Briefs

STOCKTON, 11/26/14 9:01pm

• A quick summary of news

• Best wishes from CVBT for a Happy Thanksgiving!

Giving thanks with factoids

WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/26/14 9:00pm

• Census Bureau assembles all you’ll want to know

• Gobbling up the trivia

State parcels out more than half a billion for transit

SACRAMENTO, 11/26/14 12:13pm

• Central Valley gets about $20 Million

• In all, 77 projects get money

Consumers feeling more flush this Black Friday

CHICAGO, ILL., 11/26/14 8:43am

• But largest group is those who say their families are just “getting by” financially

• “Consumers base short-term spending decisions … on subjective feelings of economic confidence”

EPA wants tougher anti-smog rules

WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/26/14 6:38am

• Says it will improve air quality

• But what of the San Joaquin Valley, which cannot meet current requirements?

Cautious Christmas shoppers eye clothing, toys

PRINCETON, N.J., 11/26/14 6:09am

• Most say they will spend roughly the same as last year

• Clothing, gift cards, toys, books lead the list

California jewelry store chain acquired

CULVER CITY, 11/26/14 5:27am

• Palladium Equity Partners takes majority stake in Daniel’s Jewelers

• Terms are not revealed

Median home price in October increases to highest level in six years

IRVINE, 11/26/14 4:36am

• Still 19 percent below 2006 peak

• But Central Valley home prices losing steam

Agreement reached on Central Valley water bank

STOCKTON, 11/25/14 9:02pm

• Legal squabbling to end

• “We are actually working to put aside our differences”

Roseville restaurant hit with state fine of more than $3.6 Million

SACRAMENTO, 11/25/14 9:01pm

• One of 10 restaurants accused of wage theft

• “We want to create a culture in California where employers benefit from playing by the rules”

Obama’s approval drops among working-class whites

WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/25/14 9:01pm

• Approval among white non-college grads is 27 percent

• White college grads are 14 percentage points higher

Another Highway 12 project in offing

LODI, 11/25/14 9:35am

• Caltrans to beef up bridge

• Will take months to finish

What’s your Web IQ?

WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/25/14 7:00am

• Knowledge of the technology landscape varies widely across topics

• “Just because people use these gadgets a lot doesn’t necessarily mean they know everything about how they work”

Economic confidence drops in U.S.

WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/25/14 6:48am

• Gallup’s index dips four points to -10

• But it’s still one of highest weekly averages of 2014

Gross Domestic Product edges up

WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/25/14 6:04am

• Second estimate for Q3 puts it at 3.9 percent

• Still lower than Q2’s 4.6 percent

Foreclosure rates tumble across California

IRVINE, 11/25/14 5:38am

• Central Valley sees sharp decreases

• California, Valley metros under national rate

Financial advisor trades his “sole” for 2 years in prison

FRESNO, 11/24/14 9:02pm

• Convicted of underpaying his taxes

• Cheated government out of $627,000 in taxes

One-in-five will spend Thanksgiving with co-workers

CHICAGO, ILL., 11/24/14 9:01pm

• That includes the 16 percent who have to work on Thanksgiving

• A decided geographic look to who’s at grandma’s house and who’s munching with a co-worker

Sisters convicted of Bakersfield mortgage fraud scheme

FRESNO, 11/24/14 9:01pm

• Netted $6 Million

• Three others were sentenced earlier

37 percent do not feel safe walking at night near home

WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/24/14 9:01pm

• Women feel less safe than men

• Young, lower-income feel less safe

Real estate agent pleads guilty to fraudulent short sale scheme

FRESNO, 11/24/14 1:20pm

• Cost lenders more than $316,000

• “Her breaches caused significant harm”

Federal lawyer picked as California Supreme Court justice

SACRAMENTO, 11/24/14 12:41pm

• Leondra Kruger to succeed Joyce Kennard

• “Perhaps the most outstanding lawyer in America right now under the age of 40”

California Leopold Conservation Award winner is named

SAN FRANCISCO, 11/24/14 10:05am

• Full Belly Farm gets 2014 award

• “They’ve pioneered a truly sustainable approach to growing food”

Kaiser Permanente names Central Valley chief executive

OAKLAND, 11/24/14 9:51am

• Deborah Friberg gets to remove “interim” from her office door

• Was executive earlier for hospitals in Wisconsin and North Carolina

Report: Valley leads state on innovative water technology and clean energy

SAN FRANCISCO, 11/24/14 8:20am

• Call it the “Blue Tech Valley”

• “First region in the nation to develop an industry-led water technology cluster”

Auto loan delinquency rate and debt rise

CHICAGO, ILL., 11/24/14 6:03am

• Q3 sees a delinquency rate of 1.16 percent

• “The auto loan delinquency rate is rising, but it remains well below levels observed just a few years ago”

Projected holiday spending up slightly from 2013

PRINCETON, N.J., 11/24/14 5:54am

• Americans expect to spend an average of $720 on gifts

• Nine percent won't Christmas shop

More Californians to travel this Thanksgiving

LOS ANGELES, 11/24/14 5:37am

• Travel up 3.8 percent from a year ago

• “An added bonus for travel budgets has been dramatically lower gas prices in the past two months”

Hyacinth in bloom
(CVBT photo)

In-depth: Ex-Marine wages war on weeds

SACRAMENTO, 11/23/14 9:01pm , by Gene Beley Delta Correspondent

• Compares floating hyacinth to his challenges during his service in the Kuwait and Iraq conflicts

• “I’m a Marine; this is not the worst and no one is shooting at me”

• See end of text story for a weed hotline number


Five Mile Big Chico Creek
(Photo by Eric Miller)

Drought worries deepen for groundwater users

CHICO, 11/23/14 9:01pm , by Eric Miller, North Valley Correspondent

• Drill deeper? Or is there another solution?

• “Some of our wells are reaching historic lows”

Weeds cancel Stockton’s 35th Christmas Lighted Boat Parade

STOCKTON, 11/22/14 6:32pm

• Boats cannot plow through masses if floating weeds

• “I think Brown is trying to destroy the economy and drive as many people out of the Delta as possible”

Saturday News Briefs

STOCKTON, 11/21/14 9:00pm

• Bullet train moves forward in Valley

• One reason why gas prices are dropping

• Alert clerk keeps man from Green Dot scam

• And a lot more….

Fresno State names new athletic director

FRESNO, 11/21/14 10:33am

• Jim Bartko is recruited from University of Oregon

• “A long track record of significant accomplishments”

California’s unemployment rate stalls at 7.3 percent

SACRAMENTO, 11/21/14 8:49am

• Nonfarm payroll jobs increase by 41,500 in October from September

• Some Central Valley counties under state average

California lags in high tech

LOS ANGELES, 11/21/14 7:35am

• Golden State ekes out a third place ranking

• “The Bay State has further cemented its lead in science and technology”

PG&E gas customers may get CPUC-ordered rebates

SAN FRANCISCO, 11/21/14 7:06am

• Utility might have to refund $400 Million

• “We continue to send a signal to PG&E that we expect full compliance and appropriate respect”

CPUC slaps PG&E for explosion

SAN FRANCISCO, 11/21/14 6:50am

• Fines utility $10.85 Million for explosion

• Blew up a home in Carmel-by-the-Sea

Gallup: Postal Service ranks highest of 13 major agencies

WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/21/14 6:39am

• Solid majorities in all age groups rate the post office highly

• Younger Americans give it better ratings than older Americans do

Give thanks as average California pump prices drop near the $3 mark

LOS ANGELES, 11/21/14 5:00am

• Lowest prices in four years

• “Right now, gas price drops in California and most of the U.S. aren’t showing signs of slowing down”

Feinstein bails on water effort – for now

WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/20/14 9:01pm

• Denies she worked in secret

• Proposal was attacked by fellow Democrats

Ellen Knapp

People in the News

STOCKTON, 11/20/14 9:00pm

• Successor named EPU Children’s Center

• New faces at Fresno State’s Office economic development office

• And more….

Cost of Thanksgiving dinner rises

WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/20/14 9:00pm

• Still under $50 for 10 people

• “Turkey production has been somewhat lower this year”

Housekeeper accused of burglaries at Yosemite’s Ahwahnee Hotel

FRESNO, 11/20/14 2:15pm

• Federal grand jury clams she stole from guests’ rooms

• Accused of taking cash

State fines company for deaths of two workers

SACRAMENTO, 11/20/14 1:23pm

• Faulty equipment, untrained staff caused Central Valley job site deaths, state says

• Disney Construction must pay $106,110

UC Davis notes the obvious: Water can’t be stored if it’s not there in the first place

DAVIS, 11/20/14 12:51pm

• State lacks the water to fill the reservoirs

• “Reservoir storage does not equate to water supply”

State slams AT&T with $23.8 Million fine

SACRAMENTO, 11/20/14 12:38pm

• Settlement is for environmental violations

• “This settlement holds AT&T accountable for unlawfully dumping electronic waste”

Chico florist sent to prison for three years

SACRAMENTO, 11/20/14 12:32pm

• Jury found him guilty of a tax dodge and retaliating against federal officers

• “The defendant has said things that are simply stupid”

California farmers, EPA agree to pesticide restrictions

SACRAMENTO, 11/20/14 12:11pm

• To protect salmon, trout

• “We have met the critical environmental and economic goals”

Internships improve grads' chances of full-time work

PRINCETON, N.J., 11/20/14 6:05am

• Increase odds of odds of engagement at work

• But only if they are tied to what they learn in class

Credit card balances growing

CHICAGO, ILL., 11/20/14 5:35am

• Stable delinquency rates

• “A positive momentum dynamic that has not been experienced since before the Great Recession

Science is tracking why we like comfort food

DAVIS, 11/20/14 5:10am

• Brain images focus on stress eaters' neurological response

• Chocolate cake and the prefrontal cortex

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