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”

  • 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