Wednesday | April 26, 2017

Tax preparation business owner sent to prison

SACRAMENTO, 4/26/17 9:03pm

• Caused the IRS to pay more than $9 million in false refunds

• Gets a decade behind bars

State Water Board rescinds mandatory conservation standards

SACRAMENTO, 4/26/17 9:01pm

• But reporting requirements and prohibition on water waste remain

• Squeaky-clean sidewalks are a thing of the past in California

California farmers going nuts over almonds

SACAMENTO, 4/26/17 12:31pm

• Almond acreage up sharply

• Central Valley growers have most of that

Air District looks for volunteers

FRESNO, 4/26/17 9:53am

• Seeks members for its Environmental Justice Advisory Group

• Application deadline is May 18

Discovered: What makes those mysterious Millennials tick

SAN FRANCISCO, 4/26/17 9:49am

• They want flexibility but opt for stability

• “It's an interesting dichotomy that doesn't appear with Gen-Xers or Boomers”

California not all that friendly to Hispanic businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/26/17 5:28am

• Study ranks state’s major cities low

• “But where is the most fertile ground for a Hispanic-owned enterprise?”

Foodies are enlarging travel industry’s opportunities

LOS ANGELES, 4/26/17 4:37am

• AAA says 22 Million Americans will take a culinary vacation this year

• “Travelers spent an average of $63 per person, per day on food and dining”

What happens when water-cooler talk turns political

WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/25/17 9:05pm

• Employees say their company is less productive

• “When discussions about the news turn into arguments, people have the right to address the conflict”

Walnut Commission looking for candidates

FOLSOM, 4/25/17 9:03pm

• Will be conducting its election of walnut growers and handlers statewide to serve as

• “The diversity of our growing and evolving membership brings valuable perspective”

Americans still confident about the economy

WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/25/17 9:01pm

• But it’s down from highs in January, March

• Economic outlook component remains well below its highest point

CSU: One university, now one library

BAKERSFIELD, 4/25/17 10:39am

• Cal State Bakersfield joins new library system

• “This project will definitely change the world of the CSU libraries”

Three out of four small businesses say immigration restrictions could hurt their firms

SAN LEANDRO, 4/25/17 10:25am

• A disconnect between Trump administration's policies and the hiring needs small businesses

• “It is imperative that the Trump administration listens to small business needs”

State Auditor blasts management of UC President’s Office

SACAMENTO, 4/25/17 9:55am

• Says it hid from the public tens of millions in surplus funds while asking for more money

• “The Office of the President intentionally interfered with our audit process”

Bridging generation gap is focus of Visalia Economic Development’s annual meeting

VISALIA, 4/25/17 4:41am

• Guest speaker is management guru Eric Anderton

• “Our business community will come away with new insights”

John Cushman, in University of Nevada, Reno, file photo with orchid plants he is studying

Humble ice plant could be a global warming warrior

RENO, NEVADA, 4/25/17 3:42am

• Can plant be switch to work the night shift?

• “Why the ice plant is such an important model”

Bank of the Sierra expands its coastal footprint

PORTERVILLE, 4/24/17 9:05pm

• Buying Ventura County-based banking company

• Value of the transaction is approximately $35.7 Million

Larry Godfrey

(UC Davis photo)

Noted UC Davis entomologist Larry Godfrey dies

DAVIS, 4/24/17 9:03pm

• He was 60

• “His research, extension, and, most importantly his graduate students, will serve as his legacy for years to come”

AUDIO: How to untangle the most snarled-up problems

RYE, NEW YORK, 4/24/17 9:01pm

• A four-step method that boils down the process

• “We can't control our luck, but we can control our process”

Leopold Conservation Award seeks nominees

SAN FRANCISCO, 4/24/17 12:29pm

• Nominations must be postmarked by July 14

• “To tell their stories of the entwined relationship between working landscapes and conservation”

Public hearing set on driverless cars

SACAMENTO, 4/24/17 12:20pm

• Could lead to new state regulations

• Set for Tuesday in Sacramento

The challenges facing finance leaders

MENLO PARK, 4/24/17 12:15pm

• Talent shortages, the cloud and automation

• “Many businesses are struggling to find the talent they need to handle general accounting”

Credit union launches financial education program

CONCORD, 4/24/17 12:08pm

• Pacific Service’s online program courses are free to anyone

• Several modules ranging from 2-4 minutes in length

Visalia-area dairy socked with $75,000 fine

FARMERSVILLE, 4/24/17 11:30am

• Dairyman facing $10,000 per day fines

• “We’re so far down the river with them, that they want to down us”

AUDIO: Governor’s gas tax hike too little, too 20th Century says study

LOS ANGELES, 4/24/17 8:00am

• Won’t be enough to fully address California’s crumbling highways

• Study calls for m ore innovative kinds of funding needed for 21st Century

Chico TV stations are sold

CHICO, 4/24/17 6:35am

• Sinclair buys ABC and Fox affiliates

• Part of larger deal

Real estate tops for long-term investment among Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/23/17 9:01pm

• One-third say real estate is best long-term investment

• Residents of the West, and men, especially confident in real estate

Weekend News Briefs from CVBT

STOCKTON, 4/21/17 9:01pm

• Water tunnel opponents sift senator’s statement for glimmers of hope

• More retail stores closing in Central Valley

• And more…..

Done! says Caltrans: the repaving of 40 miles of I-5

SACRAMENTO, 4/21/17 1:04pm

• Highway work was in San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties

• Includes detectors to monitor traffic

High-Speed rail’s CEO quits

SACAMENTO, 4/21/17 12:38pm

• Jeff Morales to leave no later than June 2

• “We have done what pusillanimous critics said we could not do”

California’s unemployment rate falls to 4.9 percent in March

SACAMENTO, 4/21/17 8:42am

• Nonfarm payroll jobs increase by 19,300

• Down from 5.6 percent a year earlier

Central Valley nut processor to use the sun to make industrial-strength heat

FIREBAUGH, 4/21/17 8:08am

• Horizon Nut joins with Sunvapor to use new technology

• “The opportunity to build a solar steam economy in the region has the potential to create thousands of good jobs”

Wells Fargo expands settlement plan to $142 Million

SAN FRANCISCO, 4/21/17 7:45am

• Adds accounts from as early as May 2002

• “We want to ensure our customers feel confident that we have heard their concerns”

Gas prices have the creeps

LOS ANGELES, 4/21/17 3:45am

• Pump prices up for third straight week

• “Average gas prices have remained in an unusually narrow 10-cent range”

Not since the Cold War ended have so many Democrats called Russia ‘greatest danger’ to U.S.

WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/20/17 9:03pm

• Nearly twice as many Democrats as Republicans see Russia as the greatest threat

• Overall, 31 percent cite Russia as posing the greatest danger

Wilma Quan-Schecter

People in the News

STOCKTON, 4/20/17 9:01pm

• Fresno gets a new city manager

• Sacramento law firm adds an attorney

• State’s farmers get oversight “straight outta Compton”

Walgreen’s pays $9.86 Million to settle allegations of improper Medi‑Cal billings

SACAMENTO, 4/20/17 12:02pm

• Government says Walgreen’s knowingly submitted improper claims for reimbursement

• “Regulations like those at issue here protect both critical funding and beneficiaries served”

California has nation’s top three counties for job growth

WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/20/17 11:51am

• Utah ranks highest for employment growth rate

• Los Angeles has more individual businesses than any other county in the nation

Seven Central Valley doctors accused in $40 Million kickback scheme

SACAMENTO, 4/20/17 11:17am

• 13,000 patients affected in statewide workers' comp fraud

• “Played with patients' lives, buying and selling them for profit”

Harvard: Home renovation still growing but more slowly


• Will decline steadily

• “The remodeling market is approaching a cyclical slowdown”

Fresno developer reaches settlement with HUD

WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/20/17 6:04am

• One of several agreements resolving claims of unfair lending practices

• “Where a person comes from should not impact their ability to purchase a home”

EPA giving away money to reduce diesel emissions

WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/20/17 5:49am

• Preference given to fleets in areas with poor air quality

• “Proving that good environmental policy can go hand in hand with good business”

California moves closer to requiring students to recognize fake news

SACAMENTO, 4/20/17 4:58am

• Media literacy bill moves forward in state Senate

• “Many lack the tools to identify fake or misleading news and information”

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