Saturday | August 30, 2014

Legislature sends groundwater regulation package to governor

SACRAMENTO, 8/29/14 9:55pm

• Drought prods lawmakers to action

• But some in Central Valley object


A digi-world is coming to Fresno County
(See fourth story in Briefs)

Saturday News Briefs

STOCKTON, 8/29/14 9:00pm

• Mortgage fraud trial ends in conviction

• Bullet train project to demolish Fresno building

• Protecting your dog is no barking matter

• And more....

Obama's "strong disapproval" double his "strong approval"

WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/29/14 11:11am

• Republicans are more likely to strongly disapprove now than in 2010

• “It remains to be seen whether strong disapproval of Obama's performance will continue to grow”

"40-Hour" workweek Is actually longer

PRINCETON, N.J., 8/29/14 7:00am

• By seven hours for most full-time U.S. workers

• Nearly four in 10 say they work at least 50 hours

BDCP on life support says environmental group

STOCKTON, 8/29/14 5:22am

• Predicts state’s delay unlikely to enable BDCP to recover

• “BDCP was doomed from the beginning”

Holiday weekend sees gas price drop slowing

LOS ANGELES, 8/29/14 4:51am

• National prices barely budge; California’s down two cents

• Where to have that vacation photo snapped

Former assistant manager at Yosemite-area hotel indicted

FRESNO, 8/28/14 9:01pm

• Accused of wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and theft

• Prosecutors say he manipulated guests’ credit card charges



UC Davis scientists may have unstuck wine

DAVIS, 8/28/14 9:01pm

• Find that prions can trigger “stuck” fermentation

• “Really gives us a clue to how stuck fermentations can be avoided”

Lodi hospital joins Adventist chain

LODI, 8/28/14 9:01pm

• Financial terms not revealed

• “Brings the financial and operational resources”


Catherine Ho

People in the News

STOCKTON, 8/28/14 9:00pm

• Marketing firm adds employee to focus on digital

• Commercial real estate firm continues its expansion

• A new note for a venerable symphony… and more

EPA blasts governor’s tunnels scheme

SAN FRANCISCO, 8/28/14 9:00pm

• Says it could be illegal

• “Would not protect beneficial uses for aquatic life, thereby violating the Clean Water Act”

Supreme Court splits in ruling about powers of a franchisor

SAN FRANCISCO, 8/28/14 12:24pm

• Majority holds that franchisors must control personnel to be consider employers

• Rules in Domino’s Pizza case

State targets construction sites for violations

SACRAMENTO, 8/28/14 11:54am

• Wage theft, putting workers at risk results in 81 citations

• “Underground employers who commit wage theft and intentionally put their workers at risk will not be tolerated”

Sac State president to retire

SACRAMENTO, 8/28/14 10:48am

• Alexander Gonzalez to step down at end of academic year

• “It’s time for me to find other ways that I can contribute to the lives of students”

Nation’s GDP jumped 4.2 percent in Q2

WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/28/14 5:50am

• Slightly better than previously reported

• But the general picture of economic growth remains the same

Home price appreciation slows in most of U.S.

IRVINE, 8/28/14 4:50am

• But parts of Central Valley buck the trend

• “The share of sales is tilting toward more expensive homes”

California closer to increasing incentives to switch to electric cars

SACRAMENTO, 8/28/14 4:01am

• Assembly OKs “Million Electric Vehicles” legislation

• Final vote expected by Friday in Senate

Finalists named for 2014 California Leopold Conservation Award

SAN FRANCISCO, 8/28/14 2:54am

• All are from Central Valley

• An ethical relationship between people and the land they own and manage

Beverage distributor fined $116,400 for air quality regulation shortcomings

SACRAMENTO, 8/28/14 1:48am

• State says DBI Beverage Inc. failed to monitor fleet

• “The company does not have a history of past violations”

Asian citrus psyllid quarantine expanded on Central Coast

SAN LUIS OBISPO, 8/27/14 9:01pm

• State enlarges impacted area in San Luis Obispo County

• Some or all of 12 counties now quarantined

Sports-related employment is on the rise

CHICAGO, ILL., 8/27/14 9:01pm

• It’s creating jobs in other industries, too

• “Sports is a major part of our culture and a key economic driver in cities nationwide”

Partial settlement in suit over Stanislaus County groundwater drilling permits

MODESTO, 8/27/14 9:00pm

• Groundwater drilling permits are the issue

• Related suit continues

California finally passes pre-recession jobs peak

SACRAMENTO, 8/27/14 9:00pm

• State’s job markets expanding as Labor Day arrives

• “Has enabled us to put the recession behind us”

Klamath River salmon live for another day

FRESNO, 8/27/14 9:00pm

• Federal judge denies request to block releases of water for fish

• “The balance of the harms does not warrant an injunction at this time”

Governor’s tunnels scheme hits a snag

SACRAMENTO, 8/27/14 12:43pm

• Lengthy public comments force delay in approval

• “The scope … will be announced in approximately six to eight weeks”

Tentative agreement reached between Cal State and employees union

LONG BEACH, 8/27/14 12:32pm

• A 3 percent pay raise immediately

• “A significant emphasis on employee compensation”

Start-up money allocated to small business in Kern County

BAKERSFIELD, 8/27/14 10:47am

• VEDC offers funding in Bakersfield

• “We are excited to put this money into the hands of entrepreneurs and small business owners”

Appellate court sides with FedEx drivers

SAN FRANCISCO, 8/27/14 10:27am

• Says they are employees, not independent contractors

• “Our decision substantially unravels FedEx’s business model”

Swindles Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, gets 19 months in prison

SAN FRANCISCO, 8/27/14 9:19am

• Former payroll clerk must repay nearly $800,000

• Altered payroll and retirement payments so they would go to her

Housing markets stabilizing, says Frediie Mac

MCLEAN, VA., 8/27/14 8:54am

• Fundamentals normalizing

• “California is up 12 percent and every market … in the state is improving”

The four unique profiles of small business owners

CHANDLER, ARIZ., 8/27/14 5:45am

• Passion drives success

• “Driven by diverse motivations to start their companies and have very different goals and expectations”

SUNworks triples size of headquarters

ROSEVILLE, 8/27/14 5:11am

• Moving into 20,000 square-foot building in Roseville

• “Showcases California's solar sector growth”

Rural communities may get help with water, sewer projects

SACRAMENTO, 8/26/14 9:00pm

• Bill provides financial tool

• Now awaits governor’s signature

Tentative labor deal reached at Food 4 Less

LOS ANGELES, 8/26/14 9:00pm

• Wage increases plus company support for pensions

• “We are pleased to reach an agreement that is good for our associates”

EPA to dig up four tanks at former Fresno gas station

FRESNO, 8/26/14 11:15am

• Expected to clear the way redevelopment, jobs

• The to assess the level of environmental cleanup required

Amazon hiring more than 200 for its Tracy Fulfillment Center

TRACY, 8/26/14 10:53am

• Jobs will be fulltime

• “Investing in this community pays off”

AUDIO: Facebook, Twitter may actually muffle debate

WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/26/14 7:00am

• Survey shows many self-censor their online comments

• The “spiral of silence”

No movement in weekly Economic Confidence Index

WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/26/14 6:01am

• Remains at a minus 16

• 56 percent say economy is getting worse

Labor Day survey shows labor harder to find

CHICAGO, ILL., 8/26/14 4:57am

• More than three-quarters point to talent shortage

• “And this is really just the beginning of the problem”

Credit card delinquency lowest in at least seven years

CHICAGO, ILL., 8/26/14 4:38am

• Down nearly 9 percent year over year

• “Consumers continue to have a good handle on their credit cards”

Court: It can take too long to get a gun in California

SACRAMENTO, 8/25/14 9:26pm

• Federal judge says waiting period is unconstitutional in some cases

• “It is expressing no opinion on the constitutionality of the 10-day waiting period in general”

Fresno woman sent to prison for stealing over $113,000 from Social Security

FRESNO, 8/25/14 9:01pm

• She is ordered to pay it back

• Use fraudulently obtained Social Security number

Senator calls for West Coast earthquake early-warning system

WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/25/14 9:00pm

• Senate mulls spending all of $5 Million to begin a system

• “Mexico is clearly ahead of California when it comes to warning the populace of seismic shaking”

Napa quake rivals intensity of 1989 and 1994 quakes

NAPA, 8/25/14 12:56pm

• Insured losses may be under $1 Billion

• “Northridge is the costliest quake, in terms of insured claim payouts”

Voters’ loathing of Congress might prompt better turnout in November

PRINCETON, N.J., 8/25/14 10:58am

• But it may depend on whether they sense the chance for change

• “There could be no increase in turnout this year despite Americans' frustration with Congress”

Feds slam California over Cal/OSHA

SAN FRANCISCO, 8/25/14 9:42am

• Criticize its management

• “California needs to be jolted out of its occupational death spiral”

Powerful hurricane south of California

STATE COLLEGE, PA., 8/25/14 9:14am

• Big waves to hit SoCal beaches

• But little chance of rainfall in the Parched State

Cleanup continues in quake-shattered Napa

NAPA, 8/25/14 5:30am

• Injury count now 211

• Scores of buildings may be red-tagged

Labor Day travel expected to be most since 2008

LOS ANGELES, 8/25/14 4:36am

• Nearly 4 million to travel at least 50 miles this weekend

• “As the summer ends, we are entering the 'shoulder' travel season”


Barney Kramer

PodcastAUDIO: It’s time to better manage time

STOCKTON, 8/24/14 9:00pm

• How to make the small business bane into a benefit

• “That’s where the real trick is”

6.0 quake jolts Napa

NAPA, 8/24/14 7:41am

• Predawn quake causes some damage, injuries

• About 170 people injured

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