Sunday | April 20, 2014

BDCP equals deliberate confusion says critic

CLARKSBURG, 4/20/14 9:00pm , by Gene Beley, Delta Correspondent

• Burt Wilson is Joan of Arc to Jerry Brown’s Henry V

• “The code word is uncertainty”


Myles Miller

PodcastAUDIO: How to create a competitive advantage

HARRISBURG, PA., 4/20/14 9:00pm

• Brand loyalty is a key – but how is that created?

• “To maintain your profitability and hopefully grow it as well”


USGS shake map
Star denotes epicenter

Quake rattles Kern County

LAKE ISABELLA, 4/19/14 6:30am

• Initial measurement is 4.3

• No reports of damage

Saturday News Briefs

STOCKTON, 4/18/14 9:00pm

• A possible tax exemption for some businesses

• Not a free lunch, but something else that’s free

PodcastAUDIO: A March sort-of miracle as state to open water taps a bit

SACRAMENTO , 4/18/14 1:05pm

• Storms allow 5 percent allocation to State Water Project users

• Delta saltwater barriers may not be installed

Californians using more gasoline and diesel

SACRAMENTO , 4/18/14 11:52am

• Gasoline consumption up 1.6 percent in Q4 2013

• “It’s a good sign for our economy and jobs”

California’s jobless rate stays at 8.1 percent

SACRAMENTO , 4/18/14 8:50am

• Payroll jobs increase by 11,800 in March

• Central Valley counties generally see little, if any, movement up or down



Job loss would quickly lead to hardship for many in U.S.

PRINCETON, N.J., 4/18/14 5:39am

• Four in 10 would feel financial hardship within a month of losing job

• But many think it is unlikely to happen to them

California stabbed with double-digit gasoline price spike

LOS ANGELES, 4/18/14 4:50am

• Pushes prices close to 2013’s high

• A jump of as much as 70 cents in two and a half months

• A Game of Gas Thrones in the Southland


Becky Westerdahl checks out Easter lilies with Lee Riddle, director of the Easter Lily Research Foundation
(Photo by Zeke Harms)

What you don't now about Easter lilies

DAVIS, 4/17/14 9:30pm , by Kathy Keatley Garvey

• The science behind them

• Without which they’d be dead, deader and deadest

Security breaches impact 3 Million cards used at Michaels and Aaron Brothers stores

IRVING, TEXAS, 4/17/14 9:01pm

• Both breaches lasted about 7-8 months before being plugged

• First reported in January, new info shows how large it may be


Dan Gamon

People in the News

STOCKTON, 4/17/14 9:00pm

• Hydrologist joins Sacramento firm

• University makes key business appointment

• And more….

State sending help to food banks in hardest hit drought areas

SACRAMENTO , 4/17/14 9:00pm

• Boxes of enough food for a household of four people for about five days

• “This assistance will help families put food on the table”

Valley’s cities can see rebirth, says report

FRESNO, 4/17/14 1:17pm

• Revitalizing city centers is key to managing growth

• “The San Joaquin Valley is California’s fastest-growing region”

Collegiate baseball championship set for Stockton

STOCKTON, 4/17/14 11:52am

• Games will be at city’s Banner Island Ballpark

• “A terrific venue, one that matches our teams’ quality of play”

Binswanger named exclusive agent for Shafter industrial park

SHAFTER, 4/17/14 11:39am

• Will seek companies for 1,625-acre master-planned Paramount Logistics Park

• “One of Southern California's premier distribution hubs”

Spring-run Chinook salmon being put into San Joaquin River

FRESNO, 4/17/14 11:08am

• Fish and Wildlife Service and Reclamation to study what happens

• “A monumental step forward for California’s fishing economy and the health of the state’s second largest river”

State seeks local interest in $360 Million

SACRAMENTO , 4/17/14 11:00am

• Money would go toward projects that encourage biking, walking

• “Today’s transportation system is about more than just highways”

Diabetes-related complications decline

ATLANTA, GA., 4/17/14 6:25am

• But despite progress continued efforts needed says CDC

• “These findings show that we have come a long way”

Remodeling activity should ease later in the year

CAMBRIDGE, MASS., 4/17/14 5:12am

• Solid growth still expected, thanks to strong start

• “Has already recovered a significant share of its losses from the downturn”

Americans still think real estate is best long-term investment

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 4/17/14 4:38am

• Lower-income Americans prefer gold to stocks, savings accounts, bonds

• “Groups with lower home ownership rates … still looking elsewhere for investment options”

Americans envision profound technological changes in the next 50 years

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 4/16/14 9:01pm

• Short-term concerns but long-term optimism

• A list of inventions the public wants

Majority of workers feel they are overweight

CHICAGO, ILL., 4/16/14 9:01pm

• New survey reveals who is most likely to gain weight on the job

• Are the thin and fit shown more favoritism in the workplace?

Delta smelt gain a win in federal court

SAN FRANCISCO, 4/16/14 9:00pm

• Appellate court says Bureau of Reclamation violated federal law

• “Bureau of Reclamation was required to engage in … consultation”

• "An opportunity to revisit these 25- and 40-year contracts"

Governor calls special session of Legislature

SACRAMENTO , 4/16/14 10:58am

• Wants to replace Rainy Day Fund

• “We simply must prevent the massive deficits of the last decade”

Elevated levels of mercury found in fish in western national parks

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 4/16/14 10:01am

• Scientists find it in Lassen, Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia

• Park Service claims levels safe for human consumption in most sport fish sampled

Two-thirds of employers plan to hire new college grads

CHICAGO, ILL., 4/16/14 8:34am

• Job prospects are improving

• “Employers are still rebuilding their workforces in the wake of the Great Recession”

Rabobank: Challenges face Mexico’s agribusiness

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO, 4/16/14 6:39am

• Overall, 2014 expected to be positive

• But California’s largest trading partner has issues

California farmers planting more grapes

SACRAMENTO , 4/16/14 6:19am

• Acreage increases 3.7 percent

• Most acreage for wine grapes

Task force on San Joaquin Valley economy proposed

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 4/15/14 9:01pm

• Congressman calls on President Obama to create it

• “It’s essential that we work to create good, family-wage jobs in the Valley”

Are boom times ahead for California home sales?

TRUCKEE, 4/15/14 9:01pm

• Sales jump 21 percent in March as median home prices edge up to highest level in six years

• “The supply of lower-priced distressed properties is disappearing at a rapid clip”

A new political voice for the Delta?

CLARKSBURG, 4/15/14 9:00pm , by Gene Beley, Delta Correspondent

• Former lawmaker says his new group will fight political battles for farmers and others

• “Met’s using the agriculture interests … because they’re so desperate for water”

• WITH VIDEO

• Corrected: Fixing Mr. Berryhill's title

• UPDATED information on Wildhorse Consulting


John Canfield

PodcastAUDIO: It’s time for business leaders to start thinking

HOLLAND, MICH., 4/15/14 9:00pm

• And not outside the box, says management guru

• “Imagine the role better thinking might play”

Nunna named Fresno State’s engineering dean

FRESNO, 4/15/14 2:21pm

• Has been the interim dean

• “The Lyles College provides unique opportunities for students”

Feeling safe? Not in Stockton, Modesto or Fresno

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 4/15/14 1:49pm

• The three cities are among those where residents feel least safe

• Safest cities? Holland and Grand Haven, Mich.

Your number’s up

LOS ANGELES, 4/15/14 12:20pm

• White pages pulled from future YP-owned phone books in part of Central Valley

• Publisher says info still available

Job fair set for Citrus Heights

CITRUS HEIGHTS, 4/15/14 11:50am

• Wednesday event is free to job seekers

• Fifth year for the expo

Land use and transportation policies may help improve health

SAN JOSE, 4/15/14 11:07am

• More walking, biking and less travel by cars

• “Improved health may be a significant benefit”

Conservation easement applications for wetlands due May 15

DAVIS, 4/15/14 10:54am

• Targets land that can be difficult to farm

• “To voluntarily protect and restore wetlands on frequently flooded, marginal land”

Americans’ economic confidence holds steady – for now

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 4/15/14 6:26am

• Gallup’s index has been relatively stable the last three weeks

• But most say economy is getting worse

Record snow in northern parts of West, parched in southern areas

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 4/15/14 6:13am

• California, parts of five other states, expect far below normal snowmelt

• “Some of the snow sites in these areas are measuring record low snow”


Janis Barsetti Gray

Winery plans expansion into downtown Galt

GALT, 4/15/14 5:27am

• Barsetti Vineyards would open Galt’s first wine tasting room

• “Galt is where both the roots of my family and the roots of our vineyard are”

PodcastAUDIO: El Nino may yet bail out California

SANDIA PARK, N.M., 4/14/14 9:00pm

• But climatologist cautions that relief is cyclical

• “Typically, El Ninos bring lots of snowfall in the mountains”

Mortgage broker sent to prison

FRESNO, 4/14/14 12:53pm

• Stole escrow funds

• Theft forced homeowners into bankruptcy

Central Valley plant picked to make paper wine bottles

MANTECA, 4/14/14 11:56am

• Truett-Hurst selects Ecologic

• “Creating jobs and building a sustainable future with eco-friendly packaging”

Why you should not take that call from the IRS

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 4/14/14 9:49am

• Because it’s probably a swindler

• IRS reiterates warning of pervasive telephone scam

Highway construction may delay drive to Sacramento Airport

SACRAMENTO , 4/14/14 9:45am

• Two-month project to rebuild highway 50

• Construction to be 24/7

Senate may consider Valley congressman’s water bills

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 4/14/14 9:39am

• To help rural water agencies, businesses and individuals

• “These are commonsense programs that help consumers save money”

Full-scale security exercise planned at Folsom Dam

FOLSOM, 4/14/14 9:34am

• Bureau of Reclamation, law enforcement to practice

• Scheduled for April 23

VIDEO: On shaky ground

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y., 4/14/14 6:49am

• The 1989 Loma Prieta quake still echoes across the country

• What’s been changed – and what hasn’t – to prepare for the next big one

Most Americans say federal taxes too high

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 4/14/14 6:40am

• Fifty-four percent say they are fair, lowest since 2001

• Most griping comes from the well-off

More online Americans say they’ve had a personal data breach

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 4/14/14 4:55am

• Nearly one in five report online thefts

• Young adults and younger baby boomers may have been especially hard hit















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