Sunday | January 25, 2015

New trial ordered in lawsuit against Bakersfield police

FRESNO, 1/23/15 9:05pm

• Doctor had suffered a stroke and was not drunk

• Trial judge’s jury instructions were faulty

Saturday News Briefs

STOCKTON, 1/23/15 9:03pm

• Where the unauthorized immigrants are

• Where the water isn’t – a new warning

• And more….

State OKs $174.8 Million for transportation projects

SACRAMENTO, 1/23/15 9:01pm

• From highways to bike paths and sidewalks

• “Investments like these mean a better future for all Californians”

Fresno State’s water tech center gets $1.1 Million grant

FRESNO, 1/23/15 11:30am

• The grant will help the center continue to develop partnerships

• “To support economic development in the Central Valley through expansion of the water cluster and water technology activities”

California’s unemployment rate drops to 7.0 percent

SACRAMENTO, 1/23/15 9:42am

• Jobless rates in Central Valley drop in seven counties

• California adds a barely measureable 700 jobs in December

Realtors think “buyer urgency” means better market in 2015

LOS ANGELES, 1/23/15 9:18am

• Distressed home sales continue to drop from year-earlier levels

• A seasonal slowdown toward the end of the year

California gasoline prices lowest in six years

LOS ANGELES, 1/23/15 5:11am

• Nationally, 120 straight days of price declines

• “We urge drivers to aggressively shop around for fuel”



6 percent hide bank accounts from spouse or partner

IRVINE, 1/22/15 9:05pm

• 1 in 5 say it's OK to spend $500 without telling

• “Way more common than people think”

Visalia brothers accused of swindling elderly

VISALIA, 1/22/15 9:03pm

• Seniors may have lost more than half a million dollars

• “A crime that I do not take lightly”

200 new jobs coming to Stockton

STOCKTON, 1/22/15 9:02pm

• KeHE Distributors to open distribution center

• “We couldn’t be happier with their decision”

People in the News

STOCKTON, 1/22/15 9:01pm

• Library names communications specialist

• Law firm expands

• And more….

Feds accuse two giant banks with mortgage kickbacks

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 1/22/15 12:05pm

• Wells Fargo and JP Morgan to pay $35.7 Million in fines

• “These banks allowed their loan officers to focus on their own illegal financial gain rather than on treating consumers fairly”

Microbusiness owners finish 2014 feeling strong

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 1/22/15 11:24am

• Confidence in the future up year on year

• Strong growth ambitions mean higher expectations, more concerns

The woulda-coulda story

SAN DIEGO, 1/22/15 10:14am

• What small business owners would do over

• “Entrepreneurs … feel they would have benefited from better planning and more guidance”

Project status meetings a waste of time say workers

SAN MATEO, 1/22/15 6:01am

• They’d rather be stuck at the DMV or watch paint dry

• “Status meetings do not boost employee productivity”

Seriously underwater properties decrease 2.2 Million in 2014

IRVINE, 1/22/15 5:39am

• Down 5.8 Million from peak negative equity in 2012

• “The remaining seriously underwater properties continue to be a millstone around the neck of some local markets”

Telemarketing scam targeting Central Valley elderly leads to prison

SACRAMENTO, 1/21/15 9:07pm

• Victims were told they had won a big prize

• But first they had to send a check to cover the taxes

Central Valley lawmakers lead right-to-die effort

SACRAMENTO, 1/21/15 9:05pm

• Bill would allow medical workers to help you die

• “How each of us spend our last days of life … is a deeply personal decision”

Robots are coming to farm fields near you

DAVIS, 1/21/15 9:03pm

• UC Davis developing faster, more accurate robotic cultivator

• “A robotic weeder with a higher speed and good accuracy along the row would be a winning machine”

Central Valley poultry company sets Salmonella level one-third that of federal goal

LIVINGSTON, 1/21/15 9:01pm

• USDA issues proposed standard

• “To ensure that our practices represent the very best in the industry”

State suspends fees for water and energy efficiency program

SACRAMENTO, 1/21/15 2:10pm

• Annual savings could total $750,000 for participants

• “By cutting fees we will make it more affordable for more Californians”

State confirms 59 cases of measles

SACRAMENTO, 1/21/15 2:05pm

• Most are linked to Disney theme parks

• “The best way to prevent measles and its spread is to get vaccinated”

Manteca OKs program to help residents save energy, water

MANTECA, 1/21/15 10:58am

• Joins the “HERO” program

• “will make it easy and affordable for local homeowners to save money”

Tech-sector sees largest year-end job cut total since 2009

CHICAGO, ILL., 1/21/15 9:13am

• Tech companies fired 100,757 last year

• “Trends shift quickly and companies have to be able to pivot”

California slips in tobacco control, says Lung Association

LOS ANGELES, 1/21/15 8:58am

• Calls on state’s leaders to increase efforts to eliminate tobacco-caused death and disease

• “We cannot afford the health or financial consequences of their continued failure to act”

• UPDATED with Central Valley rankings

Guess who doesn’t like change in the workplace: Creative professionals

MENLO PARK, 1/21/15 6:33am

• Take skeptical view of change

• “Change in the workplace almost always results in an initial dip in productivity and morale”

Millennials, Gen Xers drive premiumization in wine industry

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y., 1/21/15 5:26am

• Smaller brands target online channels while big wine brands win groceries

• “Smaller brands have little choice but to seek new ways to connect with the pockets of consumers”

Obama averaged 42.6 percent job approval last year

PRINCETON, N.J., 1/20/15 9:01pm

• Sixth-year average is his lowest

• But recent ratings have been higher

Two Valley colleges OK’d for bachelor degrees

SACRAMENTO, 1/20/15 2:37pm

• Statewide, 15 get green light

• “Will expand opportunities for California students”

Franklin rebuffed in Stockton bankruptcy case

SACRAMENTO, 1/20/15 2:22pm

• City can move forward with bankruptcy exit

• “We anticipate that the plan will become effective in mid-February”

Central Valley clean energy company gets infusion of money

VISALIA, 1/20/15 10:42am

• Investors put $16 Million into Edeniq

• “Edeniq … is now poised to roll out new products and expand into new markets”

What? Me worry? Saving for retirement not a priority for most in U.S.

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y., 1/20/15 10:32am

• Many can’t afford to adequately plan for a comfortable retirement

• “There’s no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to retirement”

PG&E replaces all of its old cast iron gas pipelines

SAN FRANCISCO, 1/20/15 9:58am

• New plastic pipes less prone to leaks

• “This is another important milestone”

What a messy desk says about you

MENLO PARK, 1/20/15 9:11am

• Most HR managers ok with employees having disorganized workspaces

• “Having a messy workspace could lead others to question your professionalism”

Economic confidence slips

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 1/20/15 6:19am

• Still in positive territory, but barely

• “Perilously near the negative territory it was in for the past seven years”

Oil fields may water farms

BAKERSFIELD, 1/20/15 6:02am

• Equipment getting field-tested near Bakersfield

• “It is critical from a technical perspective to have a test site in the heavy oil fields of Central California”

Earthquake jolts Monterey County

GREENFIELD, 1/20/15 5:57am

• 4.4 temblor hits at 5:21 a.m. Tuesday

• No immediate reports of damage

Americans’ worries about terrorism increase

PRINCETON, N.J., 1/19/15 9:01pm

• Satisfaction with security down 10 points vs. 2014

• Democrats much more positive than Republicans

Iconic Central Valley bird gets help

DAVIS, 1/19/15 10:16am

• Partnership gets grant to support imperiled Tricolored Blackbird

• Waterfowl also getting help

Hundreds of new RN jobs being created

OAKLAND, 1/19/15 9:37am

• Part of new union agreement at Kaiser Permanente

• “We look forward to a new chapter in our interactions with Kaiser”

U.S. mood on race relations down sharply

PRINCETON, N.J., 1/19/15 5:00am

• Satisfaction with race relations drops to a mere 30 percent

• But Americans much happier with economic outlook


Jen Lawrence

PodcastAUDIO: Make New Year’s resolutions for your business, too

TORONTO, 1/18/15 9:07pm

• Setting goals for the small business just as important as personal goals, says management consultant

• “It’s very helpful to try to enlist some cheerleaders”

VIDEO: Winery opens Galt’s first tasting room

GALT, 1/18/15 9:05pm

• Barsetti Vineyard plants it in Olt Town redevelopment

• “I felt it was time”


Russ Waymire and Jim Verboon
(Photo by Gene Beley)

VIDEO: Central Valley farmers say farming is doomed in their areas

FRESNO, 1/18/15 9:03pm , by Gene Beley, CVBT Correspondent

• Call for all farmers to work together to have a better chance for survival

• Legislation that’s breaking farmers’ backs

• WITH VIDEO


PodcastAUDIO: New magazine examines California’s farming future

SAN FRANCISCO, 1/18/15 9:01pm

• Farming techniques and approaches in an age of drought

• Craftmanship Magazine devotes issue to sustainable farming















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