Wednesday | October 26, 2016

Justice Department to oversee November elections in Central Valley

SACRAMENTO, 10/26/16 9:06pm

• Names election officer to oversee the handling of complaints of election fraud and voting rights abuses

• To ensure public confidence in the integrity of the election

North Valley’s economic outlook to be probed

STOCKTON, 10/26/16 9:04pm

• University of the Pacific hosts third annual workshop

• It’s free for those who preregister

Why you want Darth Vader in the office

CHICAGO, ILL., 10/26/16 9:02pm

• Management guru says employers can embrace costumes to boost morale

• “Trying to squash the Halloween spirit could ultimately backfire”

Tribe hopes casino relocation to airport will take off

PORTERVILLE, 10/26/16 10:14am

• Initial steps underway

• Development could include hotel, conference center

Pentagon suspends California National Guard bonus repayments

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 10/26/16 8:33am

• Could impact as many as 10,000 members of the National Guard

• “This process has dragged on too long, for too many service members”

Ag land values cool off in some California regions, says Rabobank

FRESNO, 10/26/16 7:04am

• Sharp declines in tree-nut prices cited

• “Impacted land valuations may rise again later in this decade”

Study: 1.8 Million homes in 13 Western states at severe risk of wildfire

IRVINE, 10/26/16 6:22am

• Sacramento has nation’s second-highest risk level

• Central Valley properties at risk

Bogus contractors rounded up in Folsom sting

FOLSOM, 10/25/16 9:07pm

• 35 caught in undercover operation

• “It is very important for consumers to do their homework”

San Luis Reservoir conditions upped to “warning” level

LOS BANOS, 10/25/16 9:05pm

• No swimming due to blue-green algal bloom

• Anglers urged to take cautionary steps with their catch

Stockton joins discount prescription program

STOCKTON, 10/25/16 9:03pm

• Open to all 305,000 Stockton residents

• Can mean a discount up to 24 percent

Salmon fish pens

(Photo by Carson Jeffries, UC Davis)

Reconciliation ecology could end California’s water wars

CHICO, 10/25/16 9:01pm , by Eric Miller, CVBT Correspondent

• Can happen when humans collaborate

• “Small projects like this are contagious, and starting small got us success”

• A CVBT Special Report

Stockton mortgage swindler sent to prison

SACRAMENTO, 10/25/16 12:09pm

• More than 3 years in prison for role in mortgage fraud scheme

• Ordered to pay restitution

State to expand apprenticeship programs

OAKLAND, 10/25/16 11:52am

• Gets $1.8 Million federal grant

• “one of the best paths that workers can choose”

Sexually transmitted diseases on the rise in California

SACRAMENTO, 10/25/16 10:48am

• Second straight year for increases

• “Cases of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia are going up … at a concerning rate”

State Auditor blasts some Department of Developmental Services practices

SACRAMENTO, 10/25/16 10:38am

• Questions pay for in-home respite services

• Calls for Legislature to act

VW buyback program gets court approval

SAN FRANCISCO, 10/25/16 9:06am

• Company will buy back certain diesel VWs and Audis

• Could cost VW $15 Billion

Investment advisory firm expands

EL DORADO HILLS, 10/24/16 9:05pm

• Van Hulzen Asset Management acquires MW Investment Strategy

• “This is a win for both our firms”

California housing market cooling off

LOS ANGELES, 10/24/16 9:03pm

• Rising prices put would-be buyers in affordability squeeze

• Realtors becoming less optimistic

State plans trade mission to China

SACRAMENTO, 10/24/16 9:03pm

• An emphasis on clean tech

• “We need other economies to endorse clean technologies”

Sac State: Gun control measures likely to pass

SACRAMENTO, 10/24/16 9:01pm

• But the future of plastic bags is blowing in the wind

• “The most interesting finding of the survey is simply the number of propositions that look poised to pass”

From drought to floods – state urges preparation

SACRAMENTO, 10/24/16 11:42am

• Potential for flash floods during winter rainy season

• “Flood preparedness is even more important this year”

Sac State to bolster high school math readines

SACRAMENTO, 10/24/16 10:39am

• State provide $1.28 Million grant to university

• “To better prepare our students for the demanding mathematics courses in college”

Respect for police in U.S. close to historical high

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 10/24/16 9:40am

• Gallup survey says three out of four have "a great deal" of respect for the police in their area

• Majorities in major party, age groups report having respect for police

UC Davis: Tropical forests can deeply impact climate change

DAVIS, 10/24/16 8:48am

• Scientists reconstruct atmospheric CO2 record from about 300 million years ago

• Discover fluctuations of atmospheric CO2 at levels projected for current century

California drops as a high tech state

LOS ANGELES, 10/24/16 7:17am

• Surpassed by Maryland, Colorado and Massachusetts

• “The high-tech sector has clearly expanded its geographic footprint beyond its traditional hubs”

Tom Green

(Photo by Gene Beley)

Fourth Industrial Revolution will be led by robots, futurist says

SAN JOSE, 10/23/16 9:01pm , by Gene Beley, CVBT Correspondent

• Japan holds a strong lead

• “2017-2020 will be the greatest four years in the history of robotics”


Weekend News Briefs from CVBT

STOCKTON, 10/21/16 9:01pm

• Bank expands well beyond its Porterville base

• Lawmaker sent to prison

• And more….

Appellate court clarifies what must be in employee wage statements

SAN DIEGO, 10/21/16 11:51am

• Value of vacation time need not be noted except when it’s the final check

• Says Legislature is responsible for changing the law, not the courts

California unemployment rate holds steady at 5.5 percent

SACRAMENTO, 10/21/16 9:32am

• Employers add 30,000 jobs in September

• Unemployment rates drop in Central Valley -- slightly

State to spend $363 million to put more clean vehicles in disadvantaged communities

FRESNO, 10/21/16 6:00am

• Money will be spent on low-carbon transportation, zero-emission vehicles, scrap-and-replace pilot program

• “Will continue to drive the market for new technologies”

Self-driving vehicles: Are Americans ready to give up the driver’s seat?

LYON, FRANCE, 10/21/16 5:47am

• Younger Millennials appear more open to the idea

• Ride sharing might be the foot in the door, if not on the accelerator

California gasoline prices hover

LOS ANGELES, 10/21/16 4:45am

• Prices drop in other states, but not much, if any in California

• “We’re seeing a standstill in gas prices”

Stephanie Marino

People in the News

STOCKTON, 10/20/16 9:01pm

• Health club chain transitions top leadership

• Award for bravery is made

• And more….

Clovis company ordered to stop selling workers comp insurance

CLOVIS, 10/20/16 12:38pm

• Served cease and desist for alleged illegal insurance sales

• Employers with policies from American Labor Alliance or CompOne USA may not have valid coverage

New CEO for In-Shape Health Clubs chain

STOCKTON, 10/20/16 12:25pm

• Rich Nelsen succeeds Paul Rothbard

• “We built a successful company and brand that was welcoming and accessible”

Households without a bank account drop

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 10/20/16 11:18am

• Unbanked rate declines to 7 percent in 2015

• “The decline … is a positive development”

Spending on home remodeling predicted to peak next year

CAMBRIDGE, MASS., 10/20/16 11:05am

• Home improvement industry revenue may still top previous inflation-adjusted peak from 2006

• “Homeowner remodeling activity continues to be encouraged by rising home values”

Bakersfield cancer treatment center goes solar

BAKERSFIELD, 10/20/16 10:58am

• To provide nearly 100 percent of the center's electrical needs

• “To materialize our objective”

Feds fund Sac State groundwater mapping project

SACRAMENTO, 10/20/16 10:49am

• Project receives $660,000 from USGS

• “In this state, we don’t have a good understanding of where exactly these safe areas are”

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