Monday | August 31, 2015

Susan Cordone, a lead conservation coordinator with California Water, walks Visalia neighborhoods with staff member
(CalWater photo)

Cutting water use, one house at a time

VISALIA, 8/30/15 9:00pm

• Cal Water workers visit with Visalians to provide drought and conservation education

• “This was a perfect opportunity to talk one-on-one with our customers”

Saturday News Briefs

STOCKTON, 8/28/15 9:00pm

• 10,700 Californians may get training for new jobs

• Judge deals a blow to Metropolitan Water District

• And more….

Processing tomato production at record high

SACRAMENTO, 8/28/15 1:42pm

• Up 4 percent from last year

• May top 14.5 million tons

Madera Tribune slashes publication schedule

MADERA, 8/28/15 11:15am

• Will print just two days a week

• “That change is due to tough economic circumstances”

Satisfaction with job aspects up from 2005

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 8/28/15 6:30am

• More workers satisfied with health benefits, vacation time

• Satisfaction with job security remains near 2014 high

California pump prices plunge quickly and sharply

LOS ANGELES, 8/28/15 4:54am

• Californians might finally be seeing results of oil glut

• “If local refinery issues don’t reappear, we can expect further drops”

Business succession plans lacking at all levels

MENLO PARK, 8/27/15 9:01pm

• Survey finds few employees waiting in the wings

• “The pain felt watching a star employee walk out the door with no backup in place is immediate and costly”




Vic Zapien

People in the News

STOCKTON, 8/27/15 9:00pm

• Leadership recognition for area managers

• We go Down Under

• And more…..

Water use cut further by urban users

SACRAMENTO, 8/27/15 12:29pm

• July sees compliance levels exceeding state mandate

• “This isn’t your mother’s drought or your grandmother’s drought”

Gallo adds another vineyard to its portfolio

MODESTO, 8/27/15 11:27am

• Buys Talbott Vineyards

• “I am pleased to transition ownership of our wonderful company to E. & J. Gallo”

Fresno State: Significant drought impacts in San Joaquin Valley

FRESNO, 8/27/15 11:21am

• Farming’s future in Valley could be much different

• “Decreased water availability in the San Joaquin Valley could cause collapse of both the economy and government”

Foreclosures fall further in Central Valley

IRVINE, 8/27/15 8:31am

• Every metro below national rate

• Delinquency rates also falling

Nation’s economy accelerates

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 8/27/15 5:56am

• Q2 GDP put at 3.7 percent

• Up from Q1’s 0.6 percent

Oak Valley Bank expands; buys smaller bank

OAKDALE, 8/27/15 4:56am

• Acquiring Mother Lode Bank of Sonora

• “A natural fit for”

Foreclosure sales drop to 15-year low in July

IRVINE, 8/27/15 4:30am

• Cash sales share falls to eight-year low

• “The housing market is still on solid ground”

Businessman sent to prison for securities fraud

SACRAMENTO, 8/26/15 9:03pm

• Bakersfield man gets four years

• How nanoparticles relieved investors of $6.7 Million

Water exporters to demand additional taps of Sacramento River

SACRAMENTO, 8/26/15 9:01pm

• A precursor for the governor’s tunnels

• Governor’s Water Board to consider it

• UPDATED with reaction

• "The democratic process is just a sideshow"

Judge rejects Central Valley irrigators

FRESNO, 8/26/15 9:01pm

• Says they cannot have more water out of the Trinity River at the expense of the environment

• “This is a Central Valley water grab, pure and simple”

Making the big bucks: Survey reveals who’s expecting them

CHICAGO, ILL., 8/26/15 9:00pm

• High school students associate success with making positive impact on people’s lives

• “Now is the time for companies to adjust their recruitment and retention strategies”

California Hispanic voters want climate action now, says survey

SAN FRANCISCO, 8/26/15 11:09am

• 81 percent support state measures to combat climate change

• “The poll succinctly demonstrates that elected leaders must enact policies that promote clean energy and protect the air and water”

Massive groundwater pumping offsets drought for California farmers says report

OAKLAND, 8/26/15 9:57am

• Shifting the consequences to others

• “While some strategies have increased their resilience, others are clearly unsustainable”

New social challenges emerge for the constantly connected

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 8/26/15 8:50am

• Inconsistency is major part of the picture

• “This ‘always-on’ reality has disrupted long-standing social nor”

Stockton, Fresno lead nation in Freddie Mac analysis

MCLEAN, VA., 8/26/15 7:36am

• Stockton “most improved” housing market

• Fresno tops all metros

Time to get a new tax preparer?

SACRAMENTO, 8/26/15 5:49am , by Alan Shattuck, CRTP

• Know the signs that you should

• Put down that pencil

Court gets to root of grapestock conflict

SACRAMENTO, 8/25/15 9:02pm

• Says company cannot get out of paying assessments

• “The evidence does not support plaintiff’s conspiracy claims”

Bottled water company sued over planned expansion

CALISTOGA, 8/25/15 9:01pm

• Suit says it doesn’t meet requirements

• Company says it’s “disappointed” with the suit

Parking in Stockton? There’s an app for that

STOCKTON, 8/25/15 9:00pm

• Downtown parking meters will take payments via cellphones

• “The meters will still take coins”

Court picks guitar makers’ side in anti-trust case

SAN FRANCISCO, 8/25/15 10:47am

• Says there was no price fixing

• But dissenting judge sees collusion

Quest Diagnostics pays $1.79 million fine

SACRAMENTO, 8/25/15 9:54am

• It resolves federal allegations

• A whistleblower brings the issues to light

1 in 5 movers relocate to different metro area

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 8/25/15 9:28am

• Nation’s largest flow of movers is LA to Riverside

• “Nine of the top 10 metro migration flows were moves to nearby metro areas”


Kendall DeJonge checks data at a research plot near Greely, Colo.
(Photo by Grace Lloyd Miner, USDA)

Taking the temperature of water-thirsty plants

FORT COLLINS, COLO., 8/25/15 6:40am

• Determining if crops are water-stressed

• “We need to exploit the potential of every tool available”

A “weed cancer” in the Delta

STOCKTON, 8/25/15 6:03am , by Gene Beley, CVBT Delta Correspondent

• A huge problem with evasive weeds

• “The challenge is how do you eliminate the cancer without killing the patient”

• WITH VIDEO

Credit card delinquency rates remain low, says report

CHICAGO, ILL., 8/25/15 4:59am

• Subprime borrowers represent larger share of new loans

• “Lenders are deliberate and approaching subprime originations cautiously”

Three Stockton residents arrested for credit card fraud; six are sought

SACRAMENTO, 8/24/15 9:04pm

• Involved Target store’s Redcard accounts

• At least 1,000 victims nationwide

Will Central Valley benefit as Bay Area is gentrified?

BERKELEY, 8/24/15 9:00pm

• UC Berkeley study predicts more will be priced out of Bay Area

• “Our research shows some new strategies that can help stabilize communities and keep them affordable”

Stockton Airport to cooperate with Chinese airport

STOCKTON, 8/24/15 11:52am

• Both seek to be low-cost international airports

• A few differences of scale, perhaps

Finalists named for Leopold Conservation Award

SACRAMENTO, 8/24/15 11:27am

• Two ranch operations and a nursery named

• Award to be presented in December

Sonoma State University president stepping down

ROHNERT PARK, 8/24/15 10:44am

• Ruben Armiñana announces his retirement

• “SSU has been transformed and is a jewel”

Homeowner's insurance costs twice as much with poor credit, study finds

SAN FRANCISCO, 8/24/15 10:30am

• Credit an increasingly important rating factor

• “In most states, insurers are putting more emphasis on credit scores”

California pending home sales climb in July

LOS ANGELES, 8/24/15 7:49am

• Eight straight months of year-over-year gains

• Equity sales made up 93 percent of all home sales in July

Popularity of oil and gas industry nears 15-year high

PRINCETON, N.J. , 8/24/15 5:19am

• Positive rating of oil and gas essentially ties 2003 high

• Rates far more positively than federal government















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