Sunday | September 25, 2016

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”

University of the Pacific housing project to pump $57M into Stockton’s economy

STOCKTON, 9/21/16 9:07pm

• Will likely create about 135 construction jobs

• The first residential construction project at Pacific since 2002

Stockton moves into the fast lane

STOCKTON, 9/21/16 9:05pm

• I-5 gets peak hour carpool lanes

• State claims it will reduce delay times for commuters

State park names blocked from corporate copyright

SACRAMENTO , 9/21/16 9:03pm

• State learns from Yosemite’s experience

• “Our state parks are not like football or baseball stadiums, trading sponsorship deals to the highest bidder”


Peter Gallo
(Gallo Farms photo)

Atwater dairy farm near net-zero energy threshold

ATWATER, 9/21/16 9:01pm

• Joseph Gallo Farms installs California’s largest privately owned dairy solar array

• “Sustainable farming has been a core value in our family”

Tejon Ranch moves forward on new industrial building

TEJON RANCH, 9/21/16 11:10am

• Signs deal with Majestic Realty for development

• “This is our second joint venture with Majestic Realty”

UCLA: California drought may last for centuries

LOS ANGELES, 9/21/16 10:30am

• Researchers point to greenhouse gases

• “That aridity is the new normal”

More than one in four firms increase hiring in fourth quarter

MENLO PARK, 9/21/16 8:03am

• Tips for landing year-end or seasonal jobs

• “It can be advantageous for professionals to continue their job search efforts during these months”

U.S. Hispanics facing looming Alzheimer's threat

LOS ANGELES, 9/21/16 7:57am

• Public health crisis possible, with estimated $2.35 Trillion cumulative impact by 2060

• “Hispanic families are increasingly in the crosshairs of this growing public health crisis”

State Water Board gets petitions against river flow regulation

MERCED, 9/21/16 7:30am

• 3,100 petitions delivered

• “It is unfathomable how the Water Board could … draw the conclusion that they need even more from us”

CSU launches drive to register students to vote

SACRAMENTO , 9/21/16 4:08am

• Partners with Secretary of State's office

• The campaign will reach out to some 2.7 million students

U.S. economic confidence holding steady

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 9/20/16 9:03pm

• Current confidence above level of midspring and early summer

• Economic outlook score at -17

Roseville woman sentenced for mortgage fraud and identity theft

SACRAMENTO , 9/20/16 9:01pm

• Gets 14.5 years in prison

• “Rachel Siders was driven by greed”

Trio accused of trying to defraud Bakersfield business

FRESNO, 9/20/16 1:29pm

• Bakersfield Pipe and Supply swindled out of $287,000

• One of the three charged was a trusted employee

Stockton man charged with unemployment fraud

SACRAMENTO , 9/20/16 10:36am

• Accused of running a “fictitious employer” scheme

• Second suspect sought

Americans vary on readiness for personal digital learning

WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/20/16 10:28am

• A spectrum of preparedness when it comes to using tech tools to pursue learning online

• Many are not eager or ready to take the plunge

Want to own a house in California? Don’t be a teacher

SEATTLE, WASH. , 9/20/16 7:41am

• Prices too high, pay too low in most areas, report says

• Some Central Valley counties still have affordable homes

GDP jumps in almost all parts of U.S. in 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 9/20/16 6:24am

• Professional and Business Services Led Growth

• Visalia-Porterville has nation’s 4th highest growth rate

Best – and worst -- places to raise a family in California

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 9/20/16 5:36am

• A Central Valley city ranks Number One in the state

• But the others….

Historic town’s historic divisions deepen

LOCKE, 9/20/16 4:43am , by Gene Beley, Delta Correspondent

• Locke’s HOA leaders ignite ire of their public

• "I’m curious when you’re going to have an election”

• WITH VIDEOS

Guilty pleas in fraudulent identification document conspiracy

FRESNO, 9/19/16 9:03pm

• Fresno residents are citizens of Mexico

• Sold complete packages of fake ID papers for $150

Wildlife vs. vehicle costs top $200 million a year in California

DAVIS, 9/19/16 9:01pm

• Study calls for more money for prevention efforts

• “The cost of wildlife-vehicle conflict equals about 2 percent of California’s transportation budget”

Subprime credit card limits highest in 5 years

COSTA MESA , 9/19/16 1:48pm

• Steady growth in subprime credit card limits continue

• “Consumers credit card behavior improved since exiting the recession”

2017 winegrape growers conference to feature NY Times columnist

SACRAMENTO, 9/19/16 10:19am

• Eric Asimov to keynote luncheon

• “Asimov promises to deliver a thoughtful and provocative appraisal”

State touts effort to restore tides to part of Suisun Marsh

GRIZZLY BAY, 9/19/16 10:02am

• Says tidal wetlands help Delta smelt and other imperiled species

• “We can intervene to turn back the clock”


VIDEO: Wild horse wars

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y., 9/19/16 5:17am

• A 1971 law has not delivered the hoped-for results

• “I think this whole thing is a train wreck”

69 percent of Americans have less than $1,000 in savings

LOS ANGELES, 9/19/16 4:51am

• Savings are especially thin in California

• “What our survey found is extremely shocking”

California water powerhouse reveals plans for Delta

SACRAMENTO, 9/18/16 9:01pm , by Gene Beley, Delta Correspondent

• May flood islands to raise tulles for a new farming approach in Delta

• MWD customers could see rates raised to pay for Delta tunnels project













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