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STOCKTON, 7/22/16 9:01pm

• Bad ad means a big fine

• Insurance company expands

• Why you might want to have lunch in Sacramento

• And more….

Butte County company to pay $1.5 million in federal penalty

GRIDLEY, 7/22/16 1:35pm

• Had been accused of immigration violations

• Mary’s Gone Crackers also to establish a corporate compliance program

• UPDATED with company comment

California’s unemployment rate increases to 5.4 percent

SACRAMENTO, 7/22/16 8:57am

• Jobless ranks surge across Central Valley

• State’s nonfarm employers added a net 40,300 jobs in June

Arrest in $1 Million embezzlement in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, 7/22/16 5:09am

• Kevin Manz accused of stealing from local charitable organizations

• “Preying on charities that benefit senior citizens is despicable behavior that will not be tolerated”

California gasoline prices finally showing declines

LOS ANGELES, 7/22/16 4:46am

• Only one metro still averages over $3 a gallon

• “Refineries are running more smoothly this summer”

PG&E to help clear forests of dead tree debris

SAN FRANCISCO, 7/22/16 4:05am

• Offers debris removal in 10 counties at epicenter of tree death crisis

• “We are removing dead and dying trees near our power lines to reduce wildfire risk”

Sacramento man indicted for threatening video game company

SACRAMENTO, 7/22/16 3:05am

• Grand jury claims he transmitted online threats to Blizzard Entertainment

• “Might be inclined to ‘cause a disturbance’”

Fresno woman charged with embezzling more than $1 million

FRESNO, 7/21/16 9:07pm

• Prosecutors say she took it from food distribution company Borges USA

• Accused of boosting her pay by $800,000

Michael Fellen

(Photo provided by Fresno County Sheriff's Office)

Owner of hospital accused of stealing from patients

FRESNO, 7/21/16 9:05pm

• Amount apparently stolen still being determined

• “He used it to pay vendors, payroll and facility costs, saying he had to pay bills somehow”

Seán Hand

People in the News

STOCKTON, 7/21/16 9:03pm

• British university makes management appointment for California campus

• His friends, but perhaps not the bugs, will miss him

• And more….

California median home price hits 9-year high

TRUCKEE , 7/21/16 9:01pm

• Up 6.3 percent from June 2015

• “Sales have trended mostly sideways for eight consecutive years”

Moderate earthquake rattles Arcata

ARCATA, 7/21/16 4:32pm

• Hits at just after 4 p.m.

• Initial measurement shows it a 4.8 temblor

Fresno glass plant is sold to Mexican company

FRESNO, 7/21/16 11:53am

• Part of larger PPG deal with Vitro

• Price tag is $750 Million

West Nile virus activity increases statewide

SACRAMENTO, 7/21/16 11:34am

• LA resident being tested for the disease

• “Californians should take every possible precaution to avoid mosquito bites”

Supreme Court clears the way for the governor’s Delta tunnels

SAN FRANCISCO, 7/21/16 11:26am


• State wants to test drill on private lands

• “We reject the landowners‘ claim that the Department overreached”

• "The decision is likely to make landowners in this State more vulnerable to aggressive tactics such as those DWR tried"

Anthem-Cigna merger challenged by California, 11 other states

SACRAMENTO, 7/21/16 9:26am

• Lawsuit says it would restrict competition

• “We must not allow insurance companies to grow their profits at the expense of consumers”

McClatchy posts $14.7 Million net loss for quarter

SACRAMENTO, 7/21/16 8:09am

• Overall revenues drop

• “We see relative stability in operating cash flow and free cash flow compared to 2015”

Report underscores shortcomings in state’s murky-at-best water use reporting

SAN FRANCISCO, 7/21/16 7:39am

• Calls for a dozen reforms to get accurate data

• “Should adopt an overarching goal of modernizing its water accounting”

Above-average gains in renovation and repair spending expected to continue

CAMBRIDGE, MASS., 7/21/16 6:50am

• Harvard study has good news for home remodeling industry

• “A healthier housing market … should translate into bigger gains for remodeling this year and next”

Traditional workday is fading fast

CHICAGO, ILL., 7/20/16 9:01pm

• Three in five workers say it’s a thing of the past

• “Workers are having trouble disconnecting from their jobs”

EPA: Underground diesel fuel storage tanks targets of corrosion

WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/20/16 12:13pm

• Agency calls on tank owners to check for corrosion

• Could cause failures that could lead to groundwater contamination

AAA: Vehicle breakdowns at record high

LOS ANGELES, 7/20/16 4:36am

• Technology cannot always offset

• “Despite advanced warning systems, more than a half-million drivers ran out of gas”

Help offered Central Valley rice producers to improve irrigation efficiency

RED BLUFF, 7/19/16 9:09pm

• NRCS and Ducks Unlimited looking to help

• “A great opportunity for rice producers to improve irrigation efficiency and water quality”

Scott Bishop

(Photo by Gene Beley)

What the back porch video interview revealed

LOCKE, 7/19/16 9:07pm , by Gene Beley, Delta Correspondent

• A closed-door meeting with an Idaho businessman may explain pressure on property owner to sell

• “In my world right is right and wrong is wrong”


Architects' rendering by Dreyfuss + Blackford Architecture

Sac State plans $53 million expansion of University Union

SACRAMENTO , 7/19/16 9:05pm

• Will add 71,000-square feet

• “The Union suffers from an overall lack of space”

Dermody Properties to build new spec building in Lathrop

LATHROP, 7/19/16 9:03pm

• Will be a distribution/logistics facility

• “This building should be very well-received by the market at this time”

CalSTRS shows 1.4 percent return on investments

WEST SACRAMENTO, 7/19/16 9:01pm

• Outpaces larger CalPERs performance

• Cites world volatility in equity markets

Obanacare insurance rates jump

SACRAMENTO , 7/19/16 10:46am

• Going up by 13.2 percent

• “Shopping is going to be more important this year than ever before”

Economic confidence stuck in low gear

WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/19/16 10:04am

• Americans' economic outlook down slightly since mid-June

• Six out of ten say economy is getting worse

Top attributes for professional success revealed

MENLO PARK, 7/19/16 9:42am

• Desire for knowledge, interpersonal skills and flexibility top the list

• “Successful people never stop learning”

UC Merced awarded $500,000 for undergrad research and support

MERCED, 7/19/16 9:10am

• Will expand Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center

• “Will provide crucial support for research”

Distressed sales – Remember those?

IRVINE, 7/19/16 8:55am

• They now account for just 9 percent of homes sold nationally

• Expected to fade to pre-Great Recession levels by 2017

Teen employment surges in June

CHICAGO, ILL., 7/19/16 6:30am

• Nearly 700,000 teens find jobs

• Highest gains since 2013

Bakersfield: The most stressed city in California

WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/19/16 6:16am

• But it’s only 38th in the nation

• They’re mellow in Sacramento

Former Fresno pastor admits stealing government benefits

FRESNO, 7/18/16 9:03pm

• Took disability benefits while preaching

• Now faces a decade in prison

Home sales up double-digits monthly for first time since 2011

LOS ANGELES, 7/18/16 9:01pm

• June was up 10 percent from May

• “Market conditions suggest that demand for housing will remain steady through the rest of the summer”

Bristol-Myers Squibb to pay California $30 Million to settle whistleblower lawsuit

SACRAMENTO, 7/18/16 11:29am

• Kickbacks to doctors alleged

• “Illegal and unethical marketing practices put patient health at risk”

Report adds up economic impact of direct farm marketing

DAVIS, 7/18/16 11:12am

• Direct-marketing includes farmers markets, roadside farm stands and community-supported ag programs

• “These food producers generate both economic and qualitative benefits for the region”

Reclamation increases some water allocations

FRESNO, 7/18/16 10:49am

• Friant Division class 1 boosted to 75 percent

• Announces an exchange agreement to support South-of-Delta operations

California Community Colleges get new leader

LONG BEACH, 7/18/16 10:34am

• Eloy Ortiz Oakley to succeed Brice Harris as chancellor

• “I would not have this opportunity but for the amazing faculty and staff that make up our community college system”

Nation’s largest pension fund has net return of less than 1 percent

SACRAMENTO, 7/18/16 9:27am

• CalPERS shows 0.61 percent return on $295 Billion in investments

• “Positive performance in a year of turbulent financial markets is an accomplishment that we are proud of”

Visalia Senior Housing to burn the mortgage

VISALIA, 7/18/16 8:30am

• Sets special celebration

• “More than 300 seniors enjoy affordable, quality housing in Visalia”

Americans now saving longer for retirement

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y., 7/18/16 6:59am

• Savings period expands by seven years

• Working Americans expect to work 5 years longer than those who are retired

Will GOP sell Yosemite?

CLEVELAND, OHIO, 7/17/16 9:05pm

• Party’s tenetative platform calls for disposal of some federal lands

• Does not specify what or where

Whites less satisfied than minorities in U.S.

WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/17/16 9:03pm

• About half of blacks, Hispanics satisfied with U.S. direction

• Only 28 percent of whites are satisfied

Jeffrey Kightlinger
(Photo by Gene Beley)

Metropolitan Water District CEO claims Delta tunnels are not a done deal

SACRAMENTO, 7/17/16 9:01pm , by Gene Beley, Delta Correspondent

• Financing is still a problem

• “Very few big projects get done through a vote of the people”

  • How to compete against Wal-Mart
  • Stockton mom turns a need into a business
  • The entrepreneur is in
  • Writing her own success story
  • Growing a small business the family way
  • The future pencils positive for this company
  • Niche marketing -- Italian style
  • Sipping success with niche marketing
  • Roasting a business out of his passion
  • Success as an independent consultant takes more than expertise
  • Avoiding the traps of employee law violations
  • Cracking the voice-over market
  • The American Dream realized, one package at a time
  • 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
  • Helping businesses grow with a stronger STEM
  • How to retain your best employees
  • Small business runs success up the pole
  • Winery expands in Lodi
  • Lodi wineries tapping into growing Chinese market
  • Has the jobs picture brightened for the Valley for 2012?
  • 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
  • Expo exposes businesses to utility contracting ideas
  • Drink mix maker taps expertise to blend success
  • 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
  • Finding success by tapping your brain in a new way - Part Two
  • Finding success by tapping your brain in a new way
  • Machines talking to machines is the future
  • Getting involved in the fight against AIDS
  • Franchised divorce says it’s a better way
  • Small business owner is brewing a success story
  • To beat the Great Recession, they’ve expanded
  • Taking a swing at strokes
  • Alert your taste buds – here comes Taste of San Joaquin
  • 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?
  • They've found the recipe for small business success
  • 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
  • Taking your sales pitch to the next level