Monday | July 25, 2016

Though this looks dangerously close, the fire is probably a good 4-5 miles east of these houses

(Photo by Brent Gill)

Wildfires cook California

SANTA CLARITA, 7/24/16 9:03pm

• Freeway shutdown, one person dead

• A burning season across the West


Barney Kramer

Good leaders vs. bad leaders

STOCKTON, 7/24/16 9:01pm , by Barney Kramer

• Identifying the bad -- and the really, really bad

• Responsibility is a word they are unfamiliar with and never accept


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Weekend News Briefs from CVBT

STOCKTON, 7/22/16 9:01pm

• Bad ad means a big fine

• Insurance company expands

• Why you might want to have lunch in Sacramento

• And more….

Butte County company to pay $1.5 million in federal penalty

GRIDLEY, 7/22/16 1:35pm

• Had been accused of immigration violations

• Mary’s Gone Crackers also to establish a corporate compliance program

• UPDATED with company comment

California’s unemployment rate increases to 5.4 percent

SACRAMENTO, 7/22/16 8:57am

• Jobless ranks surge across Central Valley

• State’s nonfarm employers added a net 40,300 jobs in June

Arrest in $1 Million embezzlement in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, 7/22/16 5:09am

• Kevin Manz accused of stealing from local charitable organizations

• “Preying on charities that benefit senior citizens is despicable behavior that will not be tolerated”

California gasoline prices finally showing declines

LOS ANGELES, 7/22/16 4:46am

• Only one metro still averages over $3 a gallon

• “Refineries are running more smoothly this summer”



PG&E to help clear forests of dead tree debris

SAN FRANCISCO, 7/22/16 4:05am

• Offers debris removal in 10 counties at epicenter of tree death crisis

• “We are removing dead and dying trees near our power lines to reduce wildfire risk”

Sacramento man indicted for threatening video game company

SACRAMENTO, 7/22/16 3:05am

• Grand jury claims he transmitted online threats to Blizzard Entertainment

• “Might be inclined to ‘cause a disturbance’”

Fresno woman charged with embezzling more than $1 million

FRESNO, 7/21/16 9:07pm

• Prosecutors say she took it from food distribution company Borges USA

• Accused of boosting her pay by $800,000


Michael Fellen

(Photo provided by Fresno County Sheriff's Office)

Owner of hospital accused of stealing from patients

FRESNO, 7/21/16 9:05pm

• Amount apparently stolen still being determined

• “He used it to pay vendors, payroll and facility costs, saying he had to pay bills somehow”


Seán Hand

People in the News

STOCKTON, 7/21/16 9:03pm

• British university makes management appointment for California campus

• His friends, but perhaps not the bugs, will miss him

• And more….

California median home price hits 9-year high

TRUCKEE , 7/21/16 9:01pm

• Up 6.3 percent from June 2015

• “Sales have trended mostly sideways for eight consecutive years”

Moderate earthquake rattles Arcata

ARCATA, 7/21/16 4:32pm

• Hits at just after 4 p.m.

• Initial measurement shows it a 4.8 temblor

Fresno glass plant is sold to Mexican company

FRESNO, 7/21/16 11:53am

• Part of larger PPG deal with Vitro

• Price tag is $750 Million

West Nile virus activity increases statewide

SACRAMENTO, 7/21/16 11:34am

• LA resident being tested for the disease

• “Californians should take every possible precaution to avoid mosquito bites”

Supreme Court clears the way for the governor’s Delta tunnels

SAN FRANCISCO, 7/21/16 11:26am

• UPDATED WITH REACTION

• State wants to test drill on private lands

• “We reject the landowners‘ claim that the Department overreached”

• "The decision is likely to make landowners in this State more vulnerable to aggressive tactics such as those DWR tried"

Anthem-Cigna merger challenged by California, 11 other states

SACRAMENTO, 7/21/16 9:26am

• Lawsuit says it would restrict competition

• “We must not allow insurance companies to grow their profits at the expense of consumers”

McClatchy posts $14.7 Million net loss for quarter

SACRAMENTO, 7/21/16 8:09am

• Overall revenues drop

• “We see relative stability in operating cash flow and free cash flow compared to 2015”

Report underscores shortcomings in state’s murky-at-best water use reporting

SAN FRANCISCO, 7/21/16 7:39am

• Calls for a dozen reforms to get accurate data

• “Should adopt an overarching goal of modernizing its water accounting”

Above-average gains in renovation and repair spending expected to continue

CAMBRIDGE, MASS., 7/21/16 6:50am

• Harvard study has good news for home remodeling industry

• “A healthier housing market … should translate into bigger gains for remodeling this year and next”

Traditional workday is fading fast

CHICAGO, ILL., 7/20/16 9:01pm

• Three in five workers say it’s a thing of the past

• “Workers are having trouble disconnecting from their jobs”

EPA: Underground diesel fuel storage tanks targets of corrosion

WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/20/16 12:13pm

• Agency calls on tank owners to check for corrosion

• Could cause failures that could lead to groundwater contamination

AAA: Vehicle breakdowns at record high

LOS ANGELES, 7/20/16 4:36am

• Technology cannot always offset

• “Despite advanced warning systems, more than a half-million drivers ran out of gas”

Help offered Central Valley rice producers to improve irrigation efficiency

RED BLUFF, 7/19/16 9:09pm

• NRCS and Ducks Unlimited looking to help

• “A great opportunity for rice producers to improve irrigation efficiency and water quality”


Scott Bishop

(Photo by Gene Beley)

What the back porch video interview revealed

LOCKE, 7/19/16 9:07pm , by Gene Beley, Delta Correspondent

• A closed-door meeting with an Idaho businessman may explain pressure on property owner to sell

• “In my world right is right and wrong is wrong”

• WITH VIDEO


Architects' rendering by Dreyfuss + Blackford Architecture

Sac State plans $53 million expansion of University Union

SACRAMENTO , 7/19/16 9:05pm

• Will add 71,000-square feet

• “The Union suffers from an overall lack of space”

Dermody Properties to build new spec building in Lathrop

LATHROP, 7/19/16 9:03pm

• Will be a distribution/logistics facility

• “This building should be very well-received by the market at this time”

CalSTRS shows 1.4 percent return on investments

WEST SACRAMENTO, 7/19/16 9:01pm

• Outpaces larger CalPERs performance

• Cites world volatility in equity markets

Obanacare insurance rates jump

SACRAMENTO , 7/19/16 10:46am

• Going up by 13.2 percent

• “Shopping is going to be more important this year than ever before”

Economic confidence stuck in low gear

WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/19/16 10:04am

• Americans' economic outlook down slightly since mid-June

• Six out of ten say economy is getting worse

Top attributes for professional success revealed

MENLO PARK, 7/19/16 9:42am

• Desire for knowledge, interpersonal skills and flexibility top the list

• “Successful people never stop learning”

UC Merced awarded $500,000 for undergrad research and support

MERCED, 7/19/16 9:10am

• Will expand Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center

• “Will provide crucial support for research”

Distressed sales – Remember those?

IRVINE, 7/19/16 8:55am

• They now account for just 9 percent of homes sold nationally

• Expected to fade to pre-Great Recession levels by 2017

Teen employment surges in June

CHICAGO, ILL., 7/19/16 6:30am

• Nearly 700,000 teens find jobs

• Highest gains since 2013

Bakersfield: The most stressed city in California

WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/19/16 6:16am

• But it’s only 38th in the nation

• They’re mellow in Sacramento

Former Fresno pastor admits stealing government benefits

FRESNO, 7/18/16 9:03pm

• Took disability benefits while preaching

• Now faces a decade in prison

Home sales up double-digits monthly for first time since 2011

LOS ANGELES, 7/18/16 9:01pm

• June was up 10 percent from May

• “Market conditions suggest that demand for housing will remain steady through the rest of the summer”

Bristol-Myers Squibb to pay California $30 Million to settle whistleblower lawsuit

SACRAMENTO, 7/18/16 11:29am

• Kickbacks to doctors alleged

• “Illegal and unethical marketing practices put patient health at risk”

Report adds up economic impact of direct farm marketing

DAVIS, 7/18/16 11:12am

• Direct-marketing includes farmers markets, roadside farm stands and community-supported ag programs

• “These food producers generate both economic and qualitative benefits for the region”

Reclamation increases some water allocations

FRESNO, 7/18/16 10:49am

• Friant Division class 1 boosted to 75 percent

• Announces an exchange agreement to support South-of-Delta operations

California Community Colleges get new leader

LONG BEACH, 7/18/16 10:34am

• Eloy Ortiz Oakley to succeed Brice Harris as chancellor

• “I would not have this opportunity but for the amazing faculty and staff that make up our community college system”

Nation’s largest pension fund has net return of less than 1 percent

SACRAMENTO, 7/18/16 9:27am

• CalPERS shows 0.61 percent return on $295 Billion in investments

• “Positive performance in a year of turbulent financial markets is an accomplishment that we are proud of”

Visalia Senior Housing to burn the mortgage

VISALIA, 7/18/16 8:30am

• Sets special celebration

• “More than 300 seniors enjoy affordable, quality housing in Visalia”

Americans now saving longer for retirement

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y., 7/18/16 6:59am

• Savings period expands by seven years

• Working Americans expect to work 5 years longer than those who are retired













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