Saturday | October 25, 2014

Saturday News Briefs

STOCKTON, 10/24/14 9:00pm

• Truck vs. hybrid – Big steel wins

• On alert for Ebola – what hospitals are doing

• And more….

Pay talks -- or employees walk

MENLO PARK, 10/24/14 9:31am

• Survey shows why good employees quit

• “Managers should regularly benchmark salaries against those of other companies”

Tea Party Republicans highly motivated to vote in midterms

PRINCETON, N.J., 10/24/14 5:40am

• Three out of four eager to vote next month

• Gallup survey reveals chasms separating beliefs

Double-digit decreases for gas prices as oil dips lower

LOS ANGELES, 10/24/14 4:53am

• Lowest prices in more than three years

• “Plenty of room for local gas prices to decrease further”

State sues businesses for unpaid wages

SACRAMENTO , 10/23/14 9:01pm

• Says they owe employees hundreds of thousands of dollars

• “I have used old laws in new ways to protect working families”

Sales of zero emission vehicles pass 250,000

DIAMOND BAR, 10/23/14 9:01pm

• Equals combined daily traffic volume on the Golden Gate and the Brooklyn Bridge

• “Consumers nationwide are choosing to say no to cars that run on petroleum”

Bank of the Sierra CEO retiring

PORTERVILLE, 10/23/14 9:01pm

• James Holly to step down next March

• Has been bank’s chief since it was founded

California rental markets surge

NOVATO, 10/23/14 9:00pm

• Rents and occupancy rates jump in Q3

• “Rents won’t begin to ease until occupancy rates start to decline”

Sabina González-Eraña

People in the News

STOCKTON, 10/23/14 9:00pm

• Program leader named in Fresno

• Bank makes promotion

• Valley prisons get wardens

• And many more…..

Starting salaries for legal jobs projected to rise 3 percent in 2015

MENLO PARK, 10/23/14 9:27am

• Lawyers at small-to-midsize law firms should see greater-than-average salary gains

• “Hiring in the legal field is accelerating”

Valley company goes from online to into the mine

YUBA CITY, 10/23/14 9:19am

• Port of Call Online changes direction

• Names new CEO and CFO

South Valley city gets $4 Million to improve water system

WOODLAKE, 10/23/14 8:32am

• USDA makes grant and loan to Woodlake

• “These investments are critical for our health and safety”

Foreclosure rates plunge in California

IRVINE, 10/23/14 5:36am

• Central Valley rates drop in all metros

• Delinquency rates also on the decline

Silicon Valley VC confidence declines

SAN FRANCISCO, 10/23/14 4:39am

• First drop in two years

• “Raises some concern for the near to medium term outlook”

PPIC survey: Big money swaying voters on some state propositions

SAN FRANCISCO, 10/22/14 9:01pm

• Anti-Prop 45 campaign is buying a slim lead

• “California likely voters are signaling an enthusiasm gap that cuts across party lines”

Water hyacinth plants invade Village West Marina
(CVBT photos)

Out of control hyacinth turning California Delta into a weed patch

STOCKTON, 10/22/14 9:01pm

• Who is supposed to get rid of it?

• “The hyacinth situation in parts of the California Delta has become a disaster”

PPIC survey: Most favor water bond

SAN FRANCISCO, 10/22/14 9:00pm

• Rainy day fund gains ground

• “The state propositions may end up driving voters to the polls who would otherwise sit out this midterm election”

PPIC survey: Brown reelection virtually certain

SAN FRANCISCO, 10/22/14 9:00pm

• Incumbent has strong lead over challenger

• But Kashkari has closed the gap ever so slightly

Oil company abandons plans to handle Bakken crude in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO , 10/22/14 12:03pm

• Cites lawsuit filed by environmentalists

• “This is a victory for the health and safety of the people of Sacramento”

Realtors say California home sales maintain pace

LOS ANGELES, 10/22/14 10:47am

• Price gains slowing, however

• “All of the current market indicators point to a more balanced real estate market”

Dams with too-low flows for fish identified

DAVIS, 10/22/14 9:29am

• Study may help perform water "triage" during drought

• “We need a strategy to keep our rivers flowing below dams”

Small business confidence dips

GLENVIEW, ILL., 10/22/14 9:06am

• Uncertainty over direction of next Congress takes a toll

• “We're seeing some trepidation from small business owners”

Most Internet users have witnessed online harassment

WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/22/14 7:00am

• 40 percent have experienced it personally

• “It was striking to see how different varieties of harassment impacted different groups”

Americans' confidence in government to handle Ebola drops

WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/21/14 9:00pm

• Blame politics, the polling finds

• But no increase in worries about getting the virus

Danielle Tate

PodcastAUDIO: Steps to gaining credibility as a startup

POTOMAC, MD., 10/21/14 9:00pm

• A good suit, some good partners and, oh yes, fake it ‘till you make it

• “It’s not the one good idea that you had for your startup, it’s the good idea you have every day”

California real estate still stuck in low gear

TRUCKEE, 10/21/14 9:00pm

• Sales crimped by high prices, declining demand

• Tougher lending standards also blamed

Central Valley healthcare gets major boost

FOWLER, 10/21/14 1:19pm

• Children’s Hospital teams with Adventist Health

• “Children are healthier when they have easy access to their care providers”

Northern San Joaquin Valley property value growth leads state

SACRAMENTO , 10/21/14 11:42am

• Up 8.9 percent year-over-year

• “This is good news, especially for homeowners still underwater and workers who still need jobs”

Is unlimited pesticide spraying in California’s future?

SACRAMENTO , 10/21/14 11:40am

• Proposal seems to give spraying approval without public review

• “Its provisions for future environmental review attempt to prevent public scrutiny”

Kern County quarantine expanded

BAKERSFIELD, 10/21/14 11:29am

• Another 148 square miles added

• Follows detection of new Asian citrus psyllid

Economic confidence dips

WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/21/14 8:13am

• Weekly reading drops to -12

• But confidence remains higher than many weekly averages found so far in 2014

Flu, not Ebola, poses biggest threat to work productivity

CHICAGO, ILL., 10/21/14 7:09am

• Even an average flu season can cost employers billions

• “By the time most employers react to some type of outbreak within the ranks, it is already too late”

Ebola makes Americans' list of top problems

PRINCETON, N.J., 10/21/14 5:03am

• Immigration as biggest problem dips to 7 percent

• Worries about the economy are still top-of-list

Jacqueline Whitmore

PodcastAUDIO: How – and when – to ask for that raise

PALM BEACH, FLA., 10/20/14 9:01pm

• Timing is everything, says expert

• “It’s time to focus on asking for what you think you’re worth”

Prominent Valley entrepreneur dies

FRESNO, 10/20/14 9:01pm

• Earl Smittcamp was 96

• Founded Wawona Frozen Foods

PodcastAUDIO: Bullet train opponents ready for next legal round

HANFORD, 10/20/14 9:00pm

• Say their lawsuit remains very much alive

• “The reality is they can’t get over the Tehachapis”

California farmers getting $3.6 Million in grants

SACRAMENTO , 10/20/14 1:34pm

• To help them pay for ways to reduce water use

• “These projects are critical because”

Democratic Assembly super majority may hinge on Central Valley

SACRAMENTO , 10/20/14 12:54pm

• Two Valley races seen as vital to both sides

• GOP dumping money into Merced contest

Rainstorms may brush California this week

STATE COLLEGE, PA., 10/20/14 12:04pm

• Would be in northern-most reaches of the state

• Oregon, Washington to get heavy rains, flooding

VIDEO: The cost of campaigns

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y., 10/20/14 7:27am

• Watergate led to a law to limit the influence of money in politics

• Forty years later, some say the scandal isn’t what’s illegal, it’s what’s legal

Wealth gap poses growing risk to financial system, say bankers

SAN JOSE, 10/20/14 6:03am

• Wealth inequality reaching levels that could result in social or political instability

• “This concern was echoed on a global scale”

Gallup: Kids at home bring joy, stress

WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/20/14 5:34am

• Now, here's what you didn't know....

• “On a relative basis … it appears children do more to boost negative than positive emotions”

Peter Diamond

PodcastAUDIO: Identifying the signs of career and life distress

CHICAGO, ILL., 10/19/14 9:00pm

• Steps to take to regain direction and reinvent career

• “I believe our forties are a pivotal juncture for how we will move forward into the next chapter of our lives”

VIDEO: Drought’s challenges can be opportunities

ESCALON, 10/19/14 5:31pm

• Escalon company helps growers improve soil and water quality

• “It’s quality that makes things work”

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  • Stockton mom turns a need into a business
  • The entrepreneur is in
  • Writing her own success story
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  • The future pencils positive for this company
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  • Sipping success with niche marketing
  • Roasting a business out of his passion
  • Success as an independent consultant takes more than expertise
  • Avoiding the traps of employee law violations
  • Cracking the voice-over market
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  • Female winemaker plunges into business
  • A new take on nurse education
  • Family sees moving business success
  • STEM thrives in pockets of education innovation
  • STEM goes solar in Stockton
  • Quick! There’s a robot in my pool
  • Retiring seniors can mean new business
  • Predawn biotech class trains next generation of science workers
  • Staying ahead of the competition the old fashioned way
  • Central Valley sees mismatch between high-tech jobs and job seekers
  • STEM starts young
  • Get ready – the future is here now
  • STEM Education: Growing the Valley's Future
  • They’re low power in wattage only, not ideas
  • Thinking success spawns Successful Thinkers
  • Small business success can mean finding the right niche
  • This franchise has real muscle behind it
  • Getting the scoop on small business success
  • Reshoring could rebuild America's manufacturing
  • Marketing that’s deliberately anchored to the past
  • Guitar artist plays his way to success
  • Paralysis no handicap for this entrepreneur
  • Boost sales with better communication
  • Making sandwiches sexy with a franchise
  • Going solar without spending a lot of money
  • They’re cute and cuddly. But are they a business?
  • Opportunity sails forth in the Delta
  • How bad etiquette on the job could kill your career
  • Growing their way out of hunger and poverty
  • Finding small business success from floor to ceiling
  • Why he’s public enemy #1 – for gophers
  • Running a home-based business successfully
  • Your boss needs a vacation – really
  • Couple makes transition from big corporations to small business
  • Carving a small business niche with a better idea
  • Calm is the goal of computer service and education franchisor
  • Developer squeezing new life into downtown with juice franchise
  • Signs of a recovering economy
  • How to keep a family business in the family
  • Ford dealership expands despite the Great Recession
  • Utility Telephone connects with customer service
  • Crowdfunding basics
  • The roar from crowdfunding is getting louder
  • California water wars’ bulldog
  • Water wars heat up in California
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  • How to retain your best employees
  • Small business runs success up the pole
  • Winery expands in Lodi
  • Lodi wineries tapping into growing Chinese market
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  • The right education will be needed for 21st Century jobs
  • Where new jobs for San Joaquin will come from
  • Developing jobs for San Joaquin – Part 2
  • Developing jobs for San Joaquin
  • Fruits of his labor
  • Helping grow food security in the Valley of plenty
  • Doing a business turnaround despite the recession
  • Keeping customers loyal helps build her business
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  • Entrepreneur finds success in a basket
  • Tips for catching resume fraud
  • There’s no checking out for this small business owner
  • Entrepreneurs take Valley sports play-by-play to the world
  • Starting a winery from scratch
  • Job hunting tips for the long-term unemployed
  • In the Central Valley, opera isn’t always the Grand Ole Opry
  • Branding ideas for small businesses
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  • Taking a swing at strokes
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  • This franchise has real muscle behind it
  • Passion for his city drives him
  • Vicente Fox speaks out on U.S.-Mexico relations
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  • Central Valley baker gets top honors for Royal Wedding pie
  • Asparagus Festival ends on high note
  • Stockton close to annual ‘tipping’ point
  • Framing small business success
  • Small business sees Affordable Care Act helping its bottom line
  • What you eat – and when – helps local restaurants
  • Coping with the aftermath of foreclosure
  • How to raise charming children
  • Central Valley grad school goes all-iPads
  • Solution to Delta water wars voiced
  • Making sure your personal bottom line is covered
  • Small California winemaker is all family
  • Small winery relies on family and innovation to compete
  • Central Valley company says it has a better way to store solar power
  • What’s wrong -- and right -- about local TV news
  • What planning means to small business success
  • Making the leap to small business
  • Out of work at middle age? Experts offer advice
  • Small business marketing, one article at a time
  • Congress on your corner as it’s supposed to be
  • Central Valley city’s heritage rediscovered
  • Central Valley school is building students’ foundations
  • Job tips from the expert
  • Long-term jobless worker re-invents himself
  • Building a new power plant means jobs for Central Valley
  • Sacramento reaches for the stars with new science center
  • Lodi Chamber opens China’s doors to small business
  • Writing books for fun – and sometimes profit
  • Black Friday shopping? How to protect yourself from scams
  • California winemakers can find added rewards overseas
  • Wine makers tap overseas markets from Lodi
  • A new revenue stream for Central Valley small businesses
  • Food bank seeks more business support
  • Tips for finding a job in the Great Recession
  • State may solve some of its prison woes with new Stockton facility
  • A solution to underwater mortgages
  • Should public libraries be managed by private firms?
  • Central Valley moves ahead with critical water project
  • Dee Dee Myers and the increasing impact of women on small business
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  • A market with a mission
  • Retailer 'paints' solutions to cash flow challenge
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  • Central Valley winegrapes blessed
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  • It’s personal, union says of Stockton fire cuts
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  • The strength of family helps this small business compete
  • Festival spears success in Central Valley
  • Social media helps keep family business prospering
  • Central Valley students get training in ‘green’ futures
  • Knives readied as Valley cities slash services
  • Central Valley jobless picture still grim
  • Delta residents told to ready for water war
  • Opportunities outlined for Central Valley small businesses
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