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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  • The future pencils positive for this company
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  • Avoiding the traps of employee law violations
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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
  • The ump’s not blind, but the players are
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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
  • Give your support staff recognition and reap top performance
  • 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
  • How women are growing their small businesses
  • A market with a mission
  • Retailer 'paints' solutions to cash flow challenge
  • An answer for the unemployed – return to school
  • A ‘golden’ small business success story
  • Central Valley winegrapes blessed
  • Rubbing out the recession with a franchise
  • Surviving the recession as a small business
  • It’s personal, union says of Stockton fire cuts
  • How old it too old to start a new business?
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  • MBA students help revive Central Valley farmers market
  • Classic wooden yachts anchor in Stockton for weekend
  • Foreclosures, short sales – a bank president comments
  • 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
  • Rewiring your brain for success
  • Central Valley no longer ‘shell shocked’ by recession
  • To fix California’s government, look to London
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