Wednesday | March 4, 2015

Central Valley cities among the “hardest working”

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 3/4/15 1:13pm

• Bakersfield does best in Central Valley

• They work the hardest in Anchorage

Sharp growth in value of shipments for oil and gas extraction industry

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 3/4/15 12:45pm

• Biofuel sales nearly quadruple

• Employment and pay jumped

U.S. job creation inches up

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 3/4/15 10:16am

• Gallup index near record high

• Hiring up in both government and nongovernment sectors

Nearly two-thirds of Americans now live in cities

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 3/4/15 8:56am

• Cities ccmprise just 3.5 percent of land area

• What Modesto has in common with Spokane

Prepping for March Madness at work

MENLO PARK, 3/4/15 5:46am

• Managers split 50-50 on its impact

• “These activities don't have to be viewed as negative workplace distractions”

Roseville woman guilty of bank fraud, ID theft scheme

SACRAMENTO, 3/3/15 9:05pm

• Federal jury returns guilty verdicts

• Stemmed from an underwater home

Small farm conference opens Saturday

SAN DIEGO, 3/3/15 9:03pm

• Educational opportunities for farmers, ranchers and market managers

• Annual three-day conference expects 500 attendees

Elk Grove mortgage fraud case sees its 9th sentencing

SACRAMENTO, 3/3/15 9:01pm

• Must pay her victims over $3 Million

• “These sorts of schemes damaged neighborhoods and the regional economy”

Manual snow survey confirms data

SACRAMENTO, 3/3/15 12:17pm

• Very little Sierra snow to measure

• No “March Miracles” since 1991

State hints at more mandatory water conservation

SACRAMENTO, 3/3/15 12:04pm

• Urban conservation rates drop

• “Today’s announcement is a disappointment”

Valley economy in slow but continued growth mode

FRESNO, 3/3/15 11:19am

• West Coast dock disputes reached into Valley’s economy

• “The San Joaquin Valley economy is expanding at a solid pace”

Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta might become a “National Heritage Area”

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 3/3/15 11:08am

• California’s U.S. Senators propose it

• “Will benefit the environment and the economy of the entire region”

U.S. economic confidence drops

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 3/3/15 10:19am

• February sees first monthly drop in confidence since last July

• Confidence declines as gasoline prices rise

Homes prices up by 5.7 percent year over year in January

IRVINE, 3/3/15 5:31am

• National home prices projected to increase by 4.9 percent year over year by January 2016

• “A dearth of supply in many parts of the country is a big factor driving up prices”

Sacramento man sent to prison for structuring financial transactions

SACRAMENTO, 3/2/15 9:07pm

• Stole the identities of some 20,000 individuals

• “Every time one of those individuals got charged for something they didn’t do, they were violated”

State launches safety campaign for roofers

SACRAMENTO, 3/2/15 9:05pm

• Seeking to make a dangerous job safer

• “Our goal is to raise awareness for on-the-job safety”

Short-sale scheme nets prison sentence

FRESNO, 3/2/15 9:03pm

• Seller also must forfeit his house

• “To willfully exploit and abuse the short sale process, which was designed to assist legitimately distressed homeowners”

Rethinking water decisions in changing conditions

CLOVIS, 3/2/15 9:02pm

• Summit to bring together disparate parts of the water struggle

• “A unique opportunity to explore how we can unlock the potential of the Valley”

Water wars escalate in Legislature with new proposals

SACRAMENTO, 3/2/15 9:01pm

• Merced Assemblyman wants State Water Board powers curtailed

• “We need to be aggressive, and innovative in meeting our groundwater challenges”

State Water Project raises amount of water to be sold

SACRAMENTO, 3/2/15 11:41am

• Additional 240,000 acre-feet OK’d Monday

• “Will help offset some economic harm of this extended drought”

California may increase protection against cyber exploitation

SACRAMENTO, 3/2/15 11:08am

• Getting even with revenge porn

• “Cyber-exploitation is a heinous crime”

Consumer spending was steady in February

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 3/2/15 10:12am

• Month’s average of $82 a day similar to January

• February spending unchanged from January in six of eight years

What the whistleblower really wants

RALEIGH, N.C., 3/2/15 9:18am

• It’s not money, new research discovers

• “Managers want to know how to encourage internal whistleblowing”

Some rain and snow but not enough

SACRAMENTO, 3/2/15 9:08am

• Reservoirs still well below average

• Snowfall was scattered and sparse

Mental Health resources for Central Valley moms being surveyed

LOS ANGELES, 3/2/15 6:26am

• To address maternal mental health in Valley

• “The mental health of mothers is fundamental to the well-being of families and communities”

Home prices cooling

TRUCKEE, 3/2/15 5:56am

• But no housing bubble seen, says report

• “Buyers may have finally reached their limits”

Brian Ray

PodcastAUDIO: Soothing and surviving the angry office

WEST BLOOMFIELD, MICH., 3/1/15 9:01pm

• Why even small conflict need resolution

• “Once you get to the root cause, then you can take steps to address it”

Saturday News Briefs

STOCKTON, 2/27/15 9:01pm

• Study pinpoints a digital danger for migrant workers

• Now about that shower…

• And more….

PodcastAUDIO: Central Valley small business owners optimistic

SAN FRANCISCO, 2/27/15 11:58am

• But many want to leave California

• “People are more optimistic”

Drought drains hopes of Central Valley Project buyers

SACRAMENTO, 2/27/15 11:09am

• Bureau of Reclamation says it will supply zero percent of expected deliveries to farmers

• “The rain events in December were encouraging”

UC Merced partners with Kathmandu University

MERCED, 2/27/15 9:12am

• Could lead to student and faculty exchanges

• “All universities seek international partners”

Californians dreaming: Good roads without more taxes

SAN FRANCISCO, 2/27/15 6:28am

• Want smoother pavements

• But don‘t want to pay for improvements

Nation’s economy slowed in Q4 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 2/27/15 6:07am

• GDP was 2.2 percent in Q4, down from 5.0 in Q3

• 2014 sees increase over 2013

Record monthly gas price jump brings California to highest in nation

LOS ANGELES, 2/27/15 5:05am

• Prices surge nearly 37 cents in past seven days

• “We can expect even more possibly hefty pump price increases in the coming days”

Proposed Sites Reservoir gets Congressional push

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 2/26/15 9:03pm

• LaMalfa and Garamendi cosponsor bill to get construction started

• “Sites provides more storage per dollar invested than any other proposed project”

Tina Pollock

People in the News

STOCKTON, 2/26/15 9:01pm

• Hospital names a top manager

• Expanding winery adds to management

• And more….

Sacramento woman charged with bank fraud

SACRAMENTO, 2/26/15 11:34am

• Federal grand jury accuses her of eight felony counts

• Accused of faking real estate loan applications

Wildfires pose big risk to nearly 80,000 Central Valley homes

IRVINE, 2/26/15 9:19am

• 900,000 homes in the West are at risk

• Property worth more than a quarter of a Trillion dollars at risk

Brightest economic outlook since 2012 says bank

SAN FRANCISCO, 2/26/15 9:10am

• But nearly one-fifth of owners plan to leave California

• “Taxes remain a challenge for small business owners, especially in California”

New Central Valley city to get the first Hyperloop

LOS ANGELES, 2/26/15 6:00am

• Would be first full-scale urban Hyperloop in the world

• “This installation will allow us to demonstrate all systems on a full scale”

Growing concern about water storage and supply in California

SAN FRANCISCO, 2/26/15 5:43am

• Ready to toss environmental protections for Delta

• Survey shows support for storage facilities on government parklands and forest reserves.

Mortgage rates reverse course, move lower

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y., 2/26/15 5:11am

• 30-year fixed now averages 3.90 percent

• “Maybe the Federal Reserve isn't going to raise interest rates as soon as markets had thought”

Energy Commission sending money for research to Central Valley

SACRAMENTO, 2/25/15 9:07pm

• University, colleges, schools and private firm get funding

• Part of $27 million going to building efficiencies and biofuels

BOE member calls for ending fuel tax swap

SACRAMENTO, 2/25/15 9:05pm

• Says it’s outlived its usefulness

• “The fuel tax swap … will eventually lead to a rise in the cost of gasoline”

Bill introduced on Chromium-6 compliance

SACRAMENTO, 2/25/15 9:03pm

• Would forestall penalties for non-compliance in same cases

• “Unfortunately, some water systems will be deemed out of compliance”

State considers crowd funding legislation for small businesses

SACRAMENTO, 2/25/15 9:01pm

• Would assist small businesses

• “To jumpstart their businesses and boost our local economies”

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