Saturday | May 28, 2016

Weekend News Briefs from CVBT

STOCKTON, 5/27/16 9:01pm

• Voting by mail? There could be a problem

• Farm workers closer to getting overtime on same basis as other workers

• And more….

Legislature denies Californians a vote on governor’s Delta tunnels scheme

SACRAMENTO , 5/27/16 11:48am

• Brown administration gets a hall pass

• “The more people know about this project, the more they oppose it”

State funds mental health programs

SACRAMENTO, 5/27/16 11:04am

• Grants pay for more than 1,200 new beds

• “California is experiencing dramatic growth in mental illness cases”

Social media use may identify students at risk of alcohol problems

RALEIGH, N.C., 5/27/16 10:57am

• Parsing the “alcohol identity”

• “The individuals considered drinking a part of who they are”

Another legal problem for Marrone Bio Innovations ends

DAVIS, 5/27/16 9:57am

• Says $12 Million settlement ends class action lawsuit

• “Will have no adverse impact on the company's financial position or operations”

California farmers, ranchers face further losses as drought persist


• Bank predicts growers to fallow up to 350,000 acres

• “We expect a large reduction in acreage for field crops”

Feds prosecute former Wells Fargo employee for mortgage fee-shifting

WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/27/16 8:31am

• Say California loan officer shifted escrow fees away from some customers to others

• “This should send a strong message”

Gasoline prices stable as California heads into holiday

LOS ANGELES, 5/27/16 4:53am

• California has nation’s highest gas prices

• “Expect to pay at least a dollar less per gallon than last year at this time”

Oscar Santolalla

PodcastAUDIO: Creating a “killer” product demo

HELSINKI, FINLAND, 5/26/16 9:03pm

• Analysis of the best demos is leading to a how-to book

• “One day I started analyzing speeches and especially product demos that made history”

Susan Renfro

People in the News

STOCKTON, 5/26/16 9:01pm

• Insurance company names Sacramento broker

• Former TV reporter promoted at Energy Commission

• And more….

8 in 10 to travel this summer

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y., 5/26/16 10:44am

• Expect to spend an average of $941 on summer getaways

• “We’re also seeing outdoor activities, such as visiting National Parks and historic landmarks, making a notable appearance”

Steady growth of California’s economy seen

STOCKTON, 5/26/16 9:58am

• University of the Pacific forecast says early-year slowdown is gone

• Stockton and Fresno are leading the region’s economy

Many workers unsatisfied with time-off policies

MENLO PARK, 5/26/16 9:25am

• Four out of ten avoid taking all of their vacation

• “Encourage employees to use their time off and disconnect from work to avoid burnout”

Sacramento apartment complex sold

SACRAMENTO, 5/26/16 8:09am

• Bascom Group buys Stone Creek Apartments

• “Stone Creek’s central location provides residents access to major transportation corridors”

When to make that sales call? Time of day has minimal impact says study

LOS ANGELES, 5/26/16 7:28am

• Discredits "clock-based" optimization strategies

• “To bust the industry myth that calling at a specific time of day is the best”

Merced County grower adds more solar

LE GRAND, 5/25/16 9:05pm

• Sunlight now will power its pumps

• “Hope to expand further as we continue to grow at Live Oak Farms”

More on vacation means good news for summer job seekers

CHICAGO, ILL., 5/25/16 9:03pm

• May be one of the busiest summer travel seasons in recent history

• “This is great news for economies that rely on tourism dollars”

Federal Reserve takes note of economic struggling in U.S.

WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/25/16 9:01pm

• But a small majority sees mild improvement in their financial shape

• “It's important to identify the reasons why so many families face continued financial struggles”

State fines firm for causing gas pipeline rupture

BAKERSFIELD, 5/25/16 12:00pm

• Explosion killed worker, severely burned two nearby residents

• “Employers are required to train workers to recognize and avoid hazards that could endanger their lives”

Valley almond growers face lower prices

FRESNO , 5/25/16 11:38am

• But analysis says that could be a good thing

• “Lower prices will again encourage more consumption of almonds”

New president named for CSU Stanislaus

TURLOCK, 5/25/16 11:22am

• Ellen Junn to succeed Joseph Sheley

• “Stanislaus State has become an academic powerhouse in the Central Valley”

Air District cuts a deal on lawn mowers

FRESNO , 5/25/16 9:50am

• Offers residents money to replace gas-powered mowers

• A cash rebate of up to $250

Where business growth is hiding in plain sight

WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/25/16 9:27am

• It’s businesses that have no employees

• Hardly chump change: Revenue hit $1.1 Trillion in 2014

Amazon to build second distribution center in Tracy

TRACY, 5/25/16 7:30am

• Will be its third in Central Valley

• “We have found a network of support”

Dead and dying trees force recreation site closures in Sierra

SONORA, 5/24/16 9:07pm

• Just in time for the first holiday weekend of the summer

• “Will remain closed until the hazard trees have been cleared”

Board of Equalization sets utility property values

SACRAMENTO, 5/24/16 9:05pm

• Tax payments go to local governments

• Will be paid by about 400 companies

Nonprofit exec turnover more turbulent than thought

RALEIGH, N.C., 5/24/16 9:03pm

• Unwelcome surprises, lack of support and more

• “If they give a recruit the total picture they might not be able to recruit someone”

VIDEO: Doing the math – How the state’s turf replacement program pencils out

CLARKSBURG, 5/24/16 9:01pm

• Hundreds of Millions for some grass, says critic

• Links it to historic funding problems of the State Water Project

Finally, a way to keep the company bathrooms clean

LOS ANGELES, 5/24/16 11:56am

• 67 percent of employees would clean office bathroom daily to get out of paying taxes

• And 33 percent would give up vacation days for a year

Bosses in the West get higher praise from their employees

CHICAGO, ILL., 5/24/16 10:40am

• Survey finds 62 percent of employees grade their bosses’ performance as either an “A” or “B”

• “A slight shift of favor towards management styles that are seen as a little more hands-off”

Living with parents edges out other living arrangements for young adults

WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/24/16 10:05am

• For first time since Chester Alan Arthur was U.S. President

• Share living with spouse or partner continues to fall

Small businesses trapped by predatory loans, says study

SAN FRANCISCO, 5/24/16 8:47am

• Firms saddled with crippling payments and APRs

• “A cycle of debt that can be nearly impossible to get out of”

Foreclosure rates now barely move the needle

IRVINE, 5/24/16 5:29am

• State, Valley rates well below national average

• Delinquency rates also dropping

A big dirt bathtub to help recharge groundwater

AUDIO: Ground water slowly being restored with new project

LATON, 5/23/16 9:05pm

• Irrigation district builds recharge system

• “The joint recharge project will bring a new opportunity to replenish groundwater supplies”

California trees moving to higher, cooler elevations

SACRAMENTO, 5/23/16 9:03pm

• Harbingers of climate change?

• Large areas of Plumas and Sierra counties no longer have much mountain hemlock

State recalls more raw milk from Fresno dairy

FRESNO , 5/23/16 9:01pm

• Says it confirmed Salmonella in products

• No illnesses reported

Old-fashioned swindle still works – until one is caught

LOS ANGELES, 5/23/16 1:08pm

• Bilks banks out of $15 Million

• Ringleader gets five years in prison

Lawrence Berkeley to study recharging groundwater via almond orchards

MODESTO, 5/23/16 12:06pm

• Almond industry funds study

• “An increasingly important research area for us to understand”

Republicans paying more attention to election than Democrats

PRINCETON, N.J. , 5/23/16 10:59am

• Gallup finds that under half in both parties are following election news very closely

• Overall, Americans paying slightly more attention now than in January

Senior citizens’ incomes fall short in 47 of 50 states

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y., 5/23/16 10:50am

• Northern states fare worst in new analysis

• “It’s especially important for millennials to save aggressively”

Amtrak offering discounts on its San Joaquin route

STOCKTON, 5/23/16 8:54am

• Some fares at half price

• “We are pleased to continue to offer a competitive transportation service in the heart of California”

Memorial Day travel may be highest since 2005

LOS ANGELES, 5/23/16 7:48am

• Nearly nine out of ten will travel by car

• Lower gas prices get some of the credit

California not a golden state for military retirees

WASHINGTON, D.C., 5/23/16 5:46am

• But it does offer more VA medical facilities

• Homelessness, cost of housing and other factors drag state down

VIDEO: Businesses urged to insure before the next quake hits

STOCKTON, 5/22/16 9:01pm

• Business can be crippled even by a distant quake

• “There are no seasons for earthquakes”

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