Friday | May 29, 2015

Despite drought bigger tomato harvest predicted

SACRAMENTO, 5/28/15 9:03pm

• Could be up 2 percent from last year

• Fresno County leads in production


Desi Ramos

People in the News

STOCKTON, 5/28/15 9:01pm

• Insurance company beefs up Sacramento office

• Bank names small business chief for Central Valley

• Big changes in public radio for the Valley

• And more…..


Marty Weybret and his father Fred Weybret, celebrated the business’ 125th birthday as seen in this photo from 2006
(Lodi News-Sentinel)

Lodi News-Sentinel is sold

LODI, 5/28/15 1:59pm

• Leaves Valley with only one family-owned daily

• “Now is the time for the Weybrets to make way for others with greater resources than ours”

HELOC chickens coming home to roost

COSTA MESA, 5/28/15 11:33am

• Credit ratings firm warns of credit stress

• Consumers coming to the end of draw on their HELOC are more likely to go delinquent

Lodi gets grant for brownfields cleanup

LODI, 5/28/15 11:16am

• Money is from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

• “These funds will focus on Lodi’s industrial areas for downtown revitalization”

Dessert store expansion means new jobs for Central Valley

MILLBRAE, 5/28/15 10:27am

• Franchisee to open “Cream” stores in Fresno, Stockton and other Valley locations

• Each to employ 25-30 workers

Nearly 1 in 7 Hispanic adults has some hearing loss

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 5/28/15 10:15am

• Research points to environment, cultural subgroup, and certain medical conditions

• “Could help inform the development of intervention strategies”



PodcastAUDIO: California micro business owners less optimistic than many

SAN FRANCISCO, 5/28/15 6:00am

• National survey shows a slow but steady recovery

• “Many of these business owners … are often overlooked in other widely-tracked business surveys”

California 7th-highest for home insurance savings

SAN FRANCISCO, 5/28/15 5:49am

• How much can be saved by raising deductibles

• “Consumers need to consider the bottom line before increasing deductibles”

Time running out for farmers, ranchers to apply for loans

DAVIS, 5/27/15 9:03pm

• USDA program offers low-interest loans to help start or expand farms

• “There are no backlogs or waiting for funds”

Reaction to EPA’s Clean Water Rules flows in

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 5/27/15 9:01pm

• One group praises the changes

• Another sees only more government meddling

Fresno gets nearly $200,000 for environmental job training

FRESNO, 5/27/15 11:19am

• U.S. EPA makes award to Fresno Area Workforce Investment Corporation

• To train 70

Is California’s economy starting to lag?

DALLAS, TEXAS, 5/27/15 10:43am

• Comerica Bank sees a modest easing

• “Losses were not broad-based”

Hanford dairy goes solar in a big way

HANFORD, 5/27/15 10:30am

• Solar farm to generate 1.1 Megawatts of power

• “Solar is one of those crucial tools that makes a lot of sense”

Having a heart attack? Try to have it in Merced

MERCED, 5/27/15 10:06am

• City installing AEDs

• Offers training to residents

EPA issues new clean water rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 5/27/15 9:58am

• Will impact many of California’s rivers, shoreline, vernal pools

• “Today’s action is the biggest victory for clean water in a decade”

Nation adds more than 4 million nonemployer businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 5/27/15 8:14am

• Net increase is over the past decade

• “From old-fashioned family-run corner stores to home-based bloggers”

Foreclosure rate’s slow slide continues

IRVINE, 5/27/15 5:26am

• California sees 0.13 percent easing

• Nation sees a 0.47 percent slowing


Stephen Ferris

Honesty really is the best policy

COLUMBIA, MO., 5/26/15 9:03pm

• Researchers say it can keep companies’ stock prices up during hard times

• “Honesty is appreciated, especially when it’s a difficult message from leaders”

Former Fresnan pleads guilty to fraudulent bonding scheme

FRESNO, 5/26/15 9:01pm

• Involved government contracts

• Arcane scheme “takes away precious resources necessary for the protection of our brave solders, airman and marines”

Judges scold bickering parties in Salton Sea case

SACRAMENTO, 5/26/15 2:00pm

• Twelve years of fruitless litigation

• “It is likely that untold millions of dollars have been poured into litigation that has now come to naught”


The biological nutrient removal unit of the project

(Architects' rendering via EPA)

Flushing $2 Billion down the drain – almost literally

ELK GROVE, 5/26/15 1:34pm

• Construction to start on massive sewage plant to protect Delta

• Will cost $2 billion

PG&E President to step down

SAN FRANCISCO, 5/26/15 11:24am

• Christopher Johns says he will retire

• Succession plans to be in place before retirement


A navel orangeworm poses
(USDA/ARS photo)

Curtailing a threat to Central Valley economy

PARLIER, 5/26/15 10:53am

• Pistachio, almond and walnut pest lured to death

• A complicated blend of synthesized female pheromones

Fresno pet food maker to help homeless dogs – and veterans

FRESNO, 5/26/15 7:47am

• Plato Pet Treats’ program provides treats and financial help

• “Dogs give us so much love and we want to return that love to dogs who need it most”

No improvement in U.S. economic confidence

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 5/26/15 7:35am

• Latest reading shows a drop from previous week

• Americans have a gloomy outlook

VIDEO: Hiring the right person

STOCKTON, 5/26/15 5:05am

• Avoiding mistakes starts and ends with the manager

• “You have to begin to understand yourself”

Guppy dines on whale: Charter to buy Time Warner Cable

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y., 5/26/15 4:51am

• Acquisition would make Charter one of nation’s largest Internet/cable companies

• Deal value set at $78.7 Billion

The story behind the farmers’ offer to cut water use

STOCKTON, 5/24/15 9:01pm , by Gene Beley, Delta Correspondent

• May be springboard for other programs

• But veteran water war attorneys still hold the big stick

• UPDATED to fix attributions

Saturday News Briefs

STOCKTON, 5/22/15 9:01pm

• Federal Reserve Chairman paints economic picture

• How a Valley business is helping a tiny mountain community

• Valley student is one of state's top student scientists

• And more….

Delta farmers to voluntarily cut water use

SACRAMENTO, 5/22/15 1:45pm

• Holders of riparian rights say they’ll cut 25 percent

• May dissuade state from suing to force cuts

California’s jobless rate decreases to 6.3 percent

SACRAMENTO, 5/22/15 8:55am

• Nonfarm payroll jobs increase by 29,500

• Under 10 percent in six Valley counties

Corps of Engineers to hold job fair

SACRAMENTO , 5/22/15 5:15am

• May 27 event is to fill more than 200 vacancies

• “We do so much more than engineering”

Prices drop at the pump in California

LOS ANGELES, 5/22/15 4:55am

• Just in time for holiday weekend fill-ups

• “It’s a small relief that supply issues seem to have been resolved”

Electric vehicle fast-charge station to open in Citrus Heights

CITRUS HEIGHTS, 5/22/15 4:15am

• Can charge up to 80 percent of car’s battery in less than 30 minutes

• Charging equates to a $2 gallon of gas















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