Tuesday | August 30, 2016

United Valley Insurance has new president

FRESNO, 8/30/16 10:49am

• Rene Swan succeeds Mike McCreary

• She joined United in 2011

Does fantasy football sack productivity?

CHICAGO, ILL., 8/30/16 8:25am

• New estimate puts employer losses at nearly $17 billion

• “It is difficult to measure productivity in the traditional sense of output per hour”

Distressed sales accounted for 8 percent of homes sold nationally in May

IRVINE, 8/30/16 8:13am

• The REO sales share is the lowest for the month of May since 2007

• At its peak in January 2009, distressed sales totaled 32.4 percent of all sales

Stockton home prices still nearly 42 percent below peak

RIVERDALE, N.J., 8/30/16 5:46am

• Central Valley markets had soared, but now well under apex

• “Many markets, even the 10 that have recovered the least, have made significant price recoveries”

Hey, cowboy! There’s an app for that

CLAY CENTER, NEBRASKA, 8/29/16 9:03pm

• Heat stress information now has an app

• Reflects what is on USDA web page

UC Davis to be location of nation’s first state-funded firearm violence research center

DAVIS, 8/29/16 9:01pm

• Comes as Congress refuses to fund such research

• “We need to ensure that this important work continues despite Congressional restrictions on funding firearms research”

Farm worker overtime approved by Legislature

SACRAMENTO, 8/29/16 9:01pm

• Gets a narrow three-vote majority in Assembly

• Now it’s up to the governor

Oceans being polluted with pathogens washed in from land, study finds

DAVIS, 8/29/16 10:41am

• Increases in coastal development and precipitation push a parasite from land to sea

• “The way we develop our urban and rural coastlines … can increase the flow of these pathogens into estuaries and oceans”

New FAA drone rules go into effect

WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/29/16 10:15am

• Plan ahead. Plan well ahead.

• “People are captivated by the limitless possibilities unmanned aircraft offer”

Fresno State gets more than $42 million in grants and contracts

FRESNO, 8/29/16 9:03am

• 317 awards

• “A testament to the hard work of our campus faculty, staff and administration”

Where do the most successful people live?

LOS ANGELES, 8/29/16 7:34am

• If you guessed California, guess again

• “Certain areas in the country definitely house more financially successful citizens than others”

Tony Segale

(Photo from video by Gene Beley)

Scooping ice cream success one painting at a time

LODI, 8/29/16 4:36am , by Gene Beley, Delta Correspondent

• Tony Segale literally painted his hometown, making his mark with many murals

• Has he invented a new way to market artwork with ice cream?


Farm worker overtime bill expected to get vote Monday

SACRAMENTO, 8/28/16 9:01pm

• Hundreds of farm workers may show to urge support

• Bill would provide OT after eight hours a day

Weekend News Briefs from CVBT

STOCKTON, 8/26/16 9:01pm

• Overtime for farm workers? Lawmakers set to act

• Tomato harvest shrinks

• And more….

“Widow foreclosures” may go the way of Simon LeGree

SACRAMENTO, 8/26/16 11:54am

• State considers legislation to protect spouses who weren’t listed on the home’s mortgage

• “We should not continue to allow lenders to add undue burden on a grieving family”

State closer to shutting off tiny water systems

SACRAMENTO, 8/26/16 11:42am

• Assembly approves bill to limits proliferation of smaller public water systems

• “Many smaller agencies, especially in disadvantaged communities, simply don’t have the staff, money and expertise”

Arrgh! Pirate Joe’s takes a shot from U.S. judges

SAN FRANCISCO, 8/26/16 10:53am

• Court says U.S. law applies to Canadian retailer

• “All told, Hallatt has spent more than $350,000 purchasing Trader Joe’s products to resell in Canada”

Legislature votes to extend emergency tax relief

SACRAMENTO, 8/26/16 10:00am

• Extend tax relief by up to three months in the event of a disaster

• “The last thing people need to worry about during a tragedy is taxes”

GDP shows slightly less of an increase

WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/26/16 6:39am

• Government’s newest estimate puts it at 1.1 percent in Q2

• Had been estimated at 1.2 percent

Visalia dairy fined $59,850

VISALIA, 8/26/16 6:27am

• For failing to report the impacts of operations on water quality

• “Annual reports contain vital information regarding manure handling at dairies”

Oil companies raising California gasoline prices

LOS ANGELES, 8/26/16 4:44am

• A summer of price drops has ended

• “The Valero Wilmington refinery is reportedly experiencing some issues”

Christine Miller

People in the News

STOCKTON, 8/25/16 9:01pm

• Statewide leadership post for a Sac State prof

• Telecommunications company has new Valley leader

• And more…..

Low education levels plus low income may mean obese young people

PASADENA, 8/25/16 12:43pm

• Kaiser Permanente study also finds increased risk for females, blacks and Asians

• “Emerging adulthood is a critical time period for excess weight gain”

State Auditor faults agencies, boards and more

SACRAMENTO, 8/25/16 9:49am

• Finds problems ranging from conflict of interest to wasting taxpayer money and more

• Your tax money at waste

Cash sales accounted for 30 percent of all home sales in May

IRVINE, 8/25/16 8:16am

• Central Valley’s four largest markets are below national average for cash sales

• Cash sales percentage may reach pre-Recession average in 2018

Court clears the way for Tehachapi Wal-Mart

FRESNO, 8/25/16 5:26am

• Appellate court rejects arguments about noise

• Efforts to build the store go back nearly a decade

Nation’s first thin-film solar charging station opens in Central Valley

CHICO, 8/24/16 9:12pm

• Chico State charging station for portable and mobile electronics

• Thin-film photovoltaic panels are more versatile, resilient and efficient

Amilton de Mello shows off the Bonanza Cut

(University of Nevada, Reno, photo)

A new way to cut beef. Really?

RENO, NEV., 8/24/16 9:03pm

• New specialty steak cut, the Bonanza Cut, unveiled by meat science professor

• “Chefs and restaurants will love this cut”

Legislation may pierce shroud of secrecy of private equity fees

SACRAMENTO, 8/24/16 9:01pm

• California first state in the nation to require public pension funds to publicly disclose fees

• “For the first time, taxpayers and pension beneficiaries will get to go behind the curtain”

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

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