Thursday | September 29, 2016

GDP increase ticks up slightly

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 9/29/16 6:03am

• Second quarter saw it edge up to a 1.4 percent increase

• In Q1, real GDP increased 0.8 percent

Paramedics hit the streets in Stanislaus County

MODESTO, 9/29/16 5:24am

• Pilot project sees how well paramedics can help people in crisis without a ride to the ER

• Has saved taxpayers about $775,000 in its first nine months

CERF: California’s economy to keep “plugging along"

THOUSAND OAKS, 9/29/16 12:01am

• Forecast calls for slow growth on average across state

• “California is not doing well because its policies have been hijacked by a coastal elite”

Brown kills High Speed Rail Accountability Bill

SACRAMENTO, 9/28/16 9:03pm

• Measure was unanimously approved by Legislature

• “It is a veto of Governor Brown’s responsibility to the people and to the legislature”

Californians getting more protection from lead

SACRAMENTO, 9/28/16 9:01pm

• New law strengthens lead exposure protection efforts

• “Will help to inform Californians about where lead pipes still remain”

California sanctions Wells Fargo Bank for defrauding California customers

SACRAMENTO, 9/28/16 12:11pm

• State Treasurer John Chiang calls for overhaul of banking industry

• “Banks … must now learn that they are not so powerful as to be untouchable”

Winter forecast: Warm and dry for most of California

STATE COLLEGE, PA., 9/28/16 10:59am

• Freeze may damage citrus crop in Southern states

• Better news for California: “Right off the bat in December, we start to see the snow piling up in the mountains”



The secret questions that hiring managers ask

MENLO PARK, 9/28/16 8:17am

• Questions can get tricky, but most focus on the opportunity

• “Candidates should practice responding to commonly asked questions to impress hiring managers”

Your workers are working less than half the time

LEHI, UTAH, 9/28/16 8:08am

• New survey shows office workers mired by distractions

• “Meetings and email are … are often misused”

UCLA Anderson: Expect steady economy, slower job growth

LOS ANGELES, 9/28/16 7:39am

• California jobless rate expected to decline to national average

• “The policies that both Clinton and Trump are talking about potentially would only have a limited impact in the short run”

Foreclosure rates still dropping in California

IRVINE, 9/28/16 6:01am

• Central Valley sees its rates near state average

• All Valley metros well under national average

Wells Fargo takes away $45 Million in compensation for CEO

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y., 9/27/16 9:05pm

• CEO and head of community banking stripped of unvested equity awards

• “We will … follow the facts wherever they lead”

Economic confidence stays stagnant

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 9/27/16 9:03pm

• Current stable period contrasts with more volatile first half of the year

• 58 percent of Americans say economic conditions are "getting worse”

Has California housing market finally peaked?

TRUCKEE , 9/27/16 9:01pm

• Year-to-date sales down 3.4 percent

• “August sales were artificially goosed higher”

As mini-quakes swarm, Californians buying more quake insurance

LOS ANGELES, 9/27/16 11:32am

• Earthquake Authority sees surge in new policies purchased

• Sales increase might be due to lower rates, not quakes

Visalia’s Valley Business Bank to be acquired

VISALIA, 9/27/16 11:19am

• Citizens Business Bank is the buyer

• “Our shareholders will benefit”

California online lender to pay $3.63 Million in penalties

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 9/27/16 9:22am

• Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says LendUp failed to deliver promised benefits

• Says company did not help consumers build credit or access cheaper loans, as it claimed

Millennials energizing the wine industry, survey finds

DAVIS, 9/27/16 8:56am

• Industry leaders optimistic as Millennials opt for premium wines

• Many wine CEOs preparing for growth but streamlining operations

Homes sold for cash hit record low in U.S.

IRVINE, 9/27/16 7:20am

• First time cash sales share has been below 30 percent since late 2007

• But they go up in parts of Central Valley

Third guilty plea in fraudulent identification document conspiracy

FRESNO, 9/26/16 10:05pm

• Second conviction for Fresno woman

• Customers paid as much as $150 for a set of the fraudulent documents

No master water meters for new apartments

SACRAMENTO, 9/26/16 9:32pm

• Landmark bill to submeter all new apartments, multifamily residences

• “Nearly a third of the state’s population doesn’t know how much water they’re using”

Will the Met flood its Delta islands?

SACRAMENTO , 9/26/16 9:01pm , by Gene Beley, Delta Correspondent

• MWD Bay Delta initiative manager says “no”

• “We don’t have a master plan”

Massive solar farm in Fresno County turned on

TRANQUILITY, 9/26/16 11:07am

• Tranquillity solar to general 200 Megawatts of electricity

• “A testament to our commitment to the communities and ecosystems where we operate”

Violent crime increases

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 9/26/16 10:45am

• New FBI stats show an end to slow decline

• Central Valley sees more than 24,000 violent crimes


Jason Morrison

Pacific Institute hires new president

OAKLAND, 9/26/16 8:48am

• James Morrison succeeds Peter Gleick

• “I’m humbled and honored”

The best (and worst) states to start a business

LOS ANGELES, 9/26/16 6:33am

• Whether a new business skyrockets or nosedives can depend on where it’s located

• “California burdens entrepreneurs with the nation's second-highest cost of living”

Pacific Ethanol to install solar power at Madera plant

MADERA, 9/26/16 5:02am

• Will generate 5 Megawatts; save more than $1 Million a year

• “We are proud to build the first-ever commercial solar electricity system at a U.S. ethanol plant”

The Great Presidential Debate

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y., 9/26/16 4:37am

• Is it style or substance?

• What the record really shows

Changes coming to state’s arbitration laws

SACRAMENTO , 9/26/16 4:28am

• Workers won’t need to travel out of state

• “This is an important new protection for California workers”


Scott Shields

(Photo by Gene Beley)

Rare painting of Stockton Port acquired by Crocker Art Museum

SACRAMENTO , 9/25/16 9:01pm , by Gene Beley, CVBT Correspondent

• By the late American artist Paul Sample

• “The painting is very rare”

Weekend News Briefs from CVBT

STOCKTON, 9/23/16 9:01pm

• One fraudster pleads guilt; suspect in different case arrested

• Major change to downtown Merced in the offing

• The ban on triclosan… and more

Feds sue California credit repair company

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 9/23/16 9:24am

• Accuse it of misleading consumers and charging illegal fees

• “Luring consumers with misleading claims”

State Water Board bans 100 Shell Oil storage tank sites from cleanup fund

SACRAMENTO , 9/23/16 9:12am

• $20 Million to be paid in largest settlement of its kind

• ““It is imperative that claimants not engage in bad faith or fraud”

California pending home sales tick up in August

LOS ANGELES, 9/23/16 7:43am

• But affordability and supply constraints remain concerns

• Most of Central Valley sees strong growth

Field Poll: Pot use and stricter gun control favored

SAN FRANCISCO, 9/23/16 7:07am

• Issues could see 2-1 support in November

• Democrats, liberals, and voters living in coastal counties expected to prervail

Gasoline prices stall -- for now

LOS ANGELES, 9/23/16 4:45am

• Refinery outage continues

• “Reportedly two ships from Europe full of California-blend gasoline are already headed toward Los Angeles”


Sue Daugherty

People in the News

STOCKTON, 9/22/16 9:01pm

• University adds two to internship development

• Well servicing company changes leadership

• And more….

Central Valley company fined for pesticide violations

LINDEN, 9/22/16 1:04pm

• Mid Valley Agricultural Services to pay $76,240 to EPA

• “When not managed properly, pesticides can pose a serious risk”

Yet another phony IRS scam

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 9/22/16 10:57am

• This one involves fake tax bill emails

• The IRS sends bills by snail mail, not email

Report: Small businesses have virtually no cash cushion

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 9/22/16 10:45am

• JPMorgan Chase Institute study says cash reserves will last just 27 days for median small business

• “The consistency of their growth is in question”

State Auditor blasts Public Utilities Commission

SACRAMENTO , 9/22/16 9:56am

• PUC may have been improperly influenced in its decision making

• Should reform its rules to increase transparency and accountability

The most important leadership attribute named

MENLO PARK, 9/22/16 7:24am

• Surveys find integrity rules, but perceptions vary by age group, company size

• “They also drive business by attracting investors, customers and potential staff members”













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