Sunday | June 25, 2017

Weekend News Briefs from CVBT

STOCKTON, 6/23/17 9:01pm

• DWR loses its top leader

• Valley small businesses hold general optimistic outlook

• Plus dinosaurs, some crust and a new CEO among the other stories

Court: Federal law protects workers from retaliation by employers – and their lawyers

SAN FRANCISCO, 6/23/17 9:06am

• Ruling involves a dairy workers from Central Valley

• A "underhanded plot" to deport is up-ended

Bank of the Sierra moves into Fresno

PORTERVILLE, 6/23/17 8:25am

• Will enlarge the Porterville-based bank’s footprint in Fresno County

• “Part of the bank’s continued success can be attributed to our commitment to improve our customer experience”

Three in ten homes have guns, new research shows

WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/23/17 8:12am

• But it’s not that simple to understand

• A majority of gun owners (66 percent) own multiple firearms

Oh, what a relief it is!

LOS ANGELES, 6/23/17 4:51am

• More pump prices fall as July 4 holiday travelers get ready

• “Summer travelers will enjoy the lowest gas prices for the Independence Day holiday since 2009”

California blacklists Alabama, Kentucky, South Dakota and Texas

SACRAMENTO, 6/22/17 9:05pm

• Says taxpayer-funded travel to those states will be restricted

• “On account of the discriminatory nature of laws enacted by those states”

U.S. bans imports of fresh Brazilian beef

WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/22/17 9:03pm

• USDA says it has health concerns about the Brazilian beef

• U.S. had refused entry to 11 percent of Brazilian fresh beef products since March

Susana Solano

People in the News

STOCKTON, 6/22/17 9:01pm

• Law firm adds senior counsel

• FBI makes a leadership change

• And more….

Governor’s water tunnels get key approval

SACRAMENTO, 6/22/17 2:58pm

• Delta Plan amendments okayed by Delta Stewardship Council

• “The Council has confused the public about the implications of its decision”

The soon-to-be geezer nation

WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/22/17 9:54am

• Older population Is still growing, Census Bureau says

• Meanwhile, the nation’s population is becoming more diverse, with California in the forefront

VIDEO: More on the May 25 Delta Stewardship Council meeting

SACRAMENTO, 6/22/17 7:04am , by Gene Beley, CVBT Delta Correspondent

• The panel discussion

• Arguments for and against governor’s water tunnels


Post Great Recession record expected to be set for Independence Day travel

LOS BANOS, 6/22/17 6:25am

• 5 Million Californians will be on the move

• “Strong growth in air travel also indicates a full recovery from the recession”

Policies are hampering economic growth, says report

THOUSAND OAKS, 6/22/17 12:01am

• California and U.S. economies remain below potential

• “A shrinking growth premium in California is almost inexplicable”

San Diego-LA water war to head to state Supreme Court

SAN FRANCISCO, 6/21/17 9:03pm

• Both sides claim appellate court ruling Wednesday was in their favor

• A further appeal to the state Supreme Court is expected

PG&E urges customers to conserve energy as heat wave continues

SAN FRANCISCO, 6/21/17 9:01pm

• Record power demand expected Thursday

• PG&E expects to call on demand response programs to help assist with energy load management

First bottles of purified recycled water debut

SANTA ANA, 6/21/17 1:35pm

• Orange County agencies hand out free samples

• “We are taking our water and our message to the public to alleviate any 'yuck' factor”

State reminds employers about watering their workers

SACRAMENTO, 6/21/17 12:04pm

• Law requires that outdoor workers must be provided with fresh water

• “Outdoor workers should have enough fresh, pure and suitably cool water”

Valley heat wave may have killed prominent attorney

BAKERSFIELD, 6/21/17 11:23am

• Benjamin Greene dies following his participation in a 5K run

• "Maybe it won't be as hard as I think. Or maybe it will be absolutely brutal."

CSU, Chico starts major lab renovations

CHICO, 6/21/17 8:14am

• Cost is offset by gifts from supporters

• “We’ve always brought engineers, construction folks and managers in every field together”

Mark Wong named CEO of S&W Seed Company

HANFORD, 6/20/17 9:05pm

• Wong to grow company beyond alfalfa

• Mark Grewal expected to remain as a consultant to the company

Golden West Packaging buys four NorCal packaging companies

SACRAMENTO, 6/20/17 9:03pm

• Stockton-based co-owned sheet feeder plant included

• “These transactions give Golden West Packaging annual revenue of more than $250 million”

Americans' confidence in economy still stable

WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/20/17 9:01pm

• Economic outlook component negative for seventh consecutive week

• “Americans' confidence in the economy has somewhat weakened”

Blue-green algal bloom found in San Luis Reservoir

LOS BANOS, 6/20/17 12:50pm

• Public urged to avoid water contact

• Bloom conditions can change rapidly

Sean Ragan named to head Sacramento FBI office

SACRAMENTO, 6/20/17 12:45pm

• Has been in charge of FBI’s Los Angeles Criminal Division

• In Sacramento he replaces Monica Miller

Three Sacramento residents charged in mail fraud scheme

SACRAMENTO, 6/20/17 11:13am

• Accused of stealing mail using fraudulent vacation holds and address changes

• Now face millions in fines plus years in prison

It’s alive! It’s alive! California’s housing market, that is

LOS ANGELESS, 6/20/17 10:34am

• Sales and median home price perk higher

• “Stubbornly low supply levels will continue to propel prices higher”

Heat wave prompts year’s first power grid warning

FOLSOM, 6/20/17 9:04am

• Cal-ISO issues a “flex alert”

• State remains smothered in a blanket of 100-plus temperatures

Companies overconfident about their cybersecurity

SAN JOSE, 6/20/17 8:38am

• More than half claim their protection is above average

• “The danger in overconfidence is that it can impact investment”

Eight out of 10 PR professionals say White House spokesmen are liars

LOS ANGELESS, 6/20/17 7:49am

• USC surveys the public relations profession about Trump’s PR team

• “The PR industry would prefer to distance itself from the current White House communications team”

Valley’s unemployed targeted by new state programs

SACRAMENTO, 6/19/17 9:01pm

• Veterans programs receive nearly $5 Million

• Program to help Californians with disabilities gets $2 Million

PG&E begins daily aerial patrols to spot wildfires

SAN FRANCISCO, 6/19/17 12:29pm

• As heat bakes state, wildfire dangers increase

• “We all must remain vigilant this summer”

Continued declines in homeownership have serious long-term consequences, new studies say

LOS ANGELESS, 6/19/17 9:23am

• Realtors urge immediate action

• “Will sentence our children and grandchildren to a life without the ability to own their own home”

Visalia-based alternative fuel equipment maker gets new investment

VISALIA, 6/19/17 9:03am

• Edeniq secures $5 Million

• “The team has done a tremendous job in the first half of 2017”

When every day is casual Friday

MENLO PARK, 6/19/17 7:51am

• Workplace is trending casual, even for historically more buttoned-up professions

• “Having a casual dress code can be an enticement when recruiting”

Clothing retailer is breached

KEARNEY, NEBRASKA, 6/18/17 9:05pm

• Store payment data systems were infected with a form of malicious code

• “A criminal entity accessed some guest credit card information”

Americans say their government is the nation’s biggest problem

WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/18/17 9:03pm

• One of the highest readings in 80 years of Gallup asking the question

• Fewer than one in five (19 percent) cite an economic issue

AUDIO: Small business advocate claims Trillion-dollar fraud in government contracting

PETALUMA, 6/18/17 9:01pm

• Says Small Business Administration figures don’t add up

• “I think we’re going to uncover … trillions in fraud”

Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama

(Photo by Gene Beley)

VIDEO: California leads opposition to Trump’s climate policy

SACRAMENTO, 6/18/17 9:00pm , by Gene Beley, CVBT Correspondent

• State joins with other states and nation of Fiji to support controlling climate warming

• “Tweets won’t stop the heat”

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