Wednesday | August 24, 2016

Not all self-braking cars designed to stop, study finds

LOS ANGELES, 8/24/16 10:40am

• Human effort still needed

• “The reality is that today’s systems vary greatly in performance”

Brown’s tunnels cannot be economically justified, says new study

STOCKTON, 8/24/16 8:29am

• Tunnels’ costs are four times larger than benefits

• “The results clearly show that the ‘WaterFix’ is not economically justified”

Foreclosure rates continue to fall in Central Valley

IRVINE, 8/24/16 5:26am

• Highest is in Bakersfield

• Lowest in Sacramento

California has a “stable” farm workforce, report says

DAVIS, 8/24/16 4:59am

• Workers out number available jobs 2-1

• “If we could use more of them year round, we would not have to always be looking for immigrants”

State releases draft EIR on its proposed Delta tidal habitat restoration

SACRAMENTO, 8/23/16 9:05pm

• Claims the 1,528-acre project would help Delta smelt

• A 45-day review period now starts

State Parks and Recreation reorganizing

SACRAMENTO, 8/23/16 9:03pm , by Gene Beley, Delta Correspondente

• $54 million squirreled away three years ago to be given back to the department next June

• Director Lisa Mangat promises boaters their tax dollars will not be merged into non-boating projects


U.S. economic confidence index holds steady

WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/23/16 9:01pm

• But it still remains in negative territory

• And the U.S. economy could soon face another test, Gallup says

California small businesses may see some insurance savings

SACRAMENTO, 8/23/16 1:22pm

• State OKs reductions in State Farm’s premiums

• “A big win for California's small businesses and farm owners”

Study of milk trucks may improve dairy food safety

DAVIS, 8/23/16 10:43am

• Finds bacterial diversity in raw milk shipments

• “The level of bacterial diversity that we discovered in these shipments of raw milk was amazing”

State Auditor blasts how foster care system uses psychotropic medications

SACRAMENTO, 8/23/16 10:35am

• Says state and counties have failed to adequately oversee the prescription of psychotropic medications to children

• “The state's fragmented oversight structure of its child welfare system has contributed to weaknesses in the monitoring of foster children's psychotropic medications”

(California Association of Realtors)

Pending home sales post fourth straight annual increase in July

LOS ANGELES, 8/23/16 10:18am

• Realtors see signs of strength portending fall improvement in market

• But Realtors’ optimism has been waning over the past few months

Retirement worries widespread, survey finds

LOS ANGELES, 8/23/16 6:46am

• Plurality expects lower standard of living

• “As each year passes, people's fears about our current retirement system come more sharply into focus”

California Constitution does not guarantee quality education, court says

SAN FRANCISCO, 8/23/16 5:26am

• 2-1 decision says it’s up to the Legislature

• “The state makes absolutely no attempt to align funding policies and mechanisms with the educational program it has put in place”

Joy in the dealership: New car sales grow in California

SACRAMENTO, 8/22/16 9:01pm

• More than a million vehicles sold in first six months

• “The numbers show that the market should remain strong well into 2017”

Old downtown Fresno Greyhound station to be demolished

FRESNO, 8/22/16 1:35pm

• Must be removed for state’s high-speed passenger train

• Rail depot will replace bus stations

Wells Fargo to pay $3.6 million penalty

WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/22/16 1:31pm

• Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says bank practiced illegal student loan servicing

• “Wells Fargo hit borrowers with illegal fees”

PG&E says it wants to charge less – for some

SAN FRANCISCO, 8/22/16 10:37am

• Says thousands are missing out on lower electric bills

• “An important part of providing affordable service to our customers”

Sacramento sees beginning of housing affordability squeeze

SACRAMENTO, 8/22/16 8:20am

• Builders grapple with increased land and construction costs and pending fee increases

• “Sacramento and the Stockton regions continue to benefit from the expanding Bay Area economy”

The No. 1 cause of financial stress in California

LOS ANGELES, 8/22/16 6:52am

• Survey reveals reasons behind the highest financial stress rate in five years

• “Americans are suffering from paying off their past expenses”

California’s underwater homeowners fall below 500,000

TRUCKEE , 8/22/16 4:34am

• Down 50 percent from July 2014

• “With or without July’s calendar distortions, sales were tepid this past month”

Walkera quadcopter

(Photo by T.J. Atwood)

Drones on fast track to be a leading global industry

TOM ATWOOD, 8/21/16 9:03pm , by Wesley Chapel, Florida

• Federal government steps aside to let industry develop

• New uses for drones being invented at frenetic pace

Rogene Reynolds

(Photo by Gene Beley)

How a computer might shape the future of Delta levees

SACRAMENTO, 8/21/16 9:01pm , by Gene Beley, Delta Correspondente

• Over $2 billion in proposed levee improvements being debated

• “In my engineering career I’ve seen many useless studies. This one tops them all”


Weekend News Briefs from CVBT

STOCKTON, 8/19/16 9:01pm

• No, this is not the police blotter, but it’s close

• Water Board cites Central Valley farmers, ranchers

• And more…..

California’s unemployment rate increases to 5.5 percent

SACRAMENTO, 8/19/16 10:12am

• Nonfarm payroll jobs increased in July by 36,400

• Central Valley counties see little movement

Tough climate for processing tomatoes

FRESNO, 8/19/16 9:29am

• Industry faces excess supply and strong dollar

• “The abundance of product is putting downward pressure on market prices”

California gasoline prices heading back up

LOS ANGELES, 8/19/16 4:45am

• Is demand starting to exceed supply?

• “This could be a brief reversal and not a trend”

Sacramento man pleads guilty to Million-dollar IRS scam

SACRAMENTO, 8/18/16 9:08pm

• Filed 682 false income tax returns

• Got $1.1 Million before he was caught

California domestic workers may see protections extended

SACRAMENTO, 8/18/16 9:06pm

• Governor gets “Bill of Rights” proposal

• Would impact more than 300,000 in-home workers

Shirley Gee

People in the News

STOCKTON, 8/18/16 9:02pm

• A remarkable career comes to a close

• A change in leadership after generations

• And more….

Congressman’s father being sent to prison

SACRAMENTO, 8/18/16 9:00pm

• Made illegal contributions to his son’s congressional campaign

• “Cuts to the heart of the integrity we expect of elections”

Congress gets higher marks from Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/18/16 1:36pm

• But still low at 18 percent

• Republicans remain least approving of Congress

CFPB: Needless hurdles in applying for lower student loan payments

WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/18/16 11:45am

• Calls on student loan servicers to strengthen practices

• “Student loan servicers continue to fall short”

Call for new Delta Tunnels EIR

SACRAMENTO, 8/18/16 11:29am

• Environmental groups say current draft violates federal and state laws

• “We are supposed to have a government of laws not of rulers”

Workers say they’re more creative if they have a private office

MENLO PARK, 8/18/16 9:51am

• At odds with what the boss wants, however

• “Different tasks call for different work environments”

EPA takes some of the vroom out of Harley-Davidson

WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/18/16 9:24am

• Motorcycle firm firmed $12 Million

• Cites for illegal equipment that increased air pollution

Water! At last, some East Porterville homes will get water

PORTERVILLE, 8/17/16 9:05pm

• Will be connected to city of Porterville’s system

• Will replace dried up wells

Macy’s Visalia store may be on list of those to be cut

VISALIA, 8/17/16 9:03pm

• Analyst’s report centers on revenue and loans for stores

• Macy’s has yet to make public its kill list

Laura Flanagan

Foster family reaches outside for a new CEO

LIVINGSTON, 8/17/16 9:01pm

• Laura Flanagan to lead poultry marketer

• “I intend to honor the Foster family’s legacy”

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