Thursday | October 30, 2014

$20 Million investment fraud ends with prison

SACRAMENTO, 10/30/14 9:05pm

• Former Elk Grove man sentenced to 15.5 years

• “Crimes such as these are the absolute worst”

Top cities for job growth identified

PHOENIX, ARIZ., 10/30/14 9:05pm

• Here’s where the jobs are

• Some Central Valley cities do fairly well

California sees 7 percent decline in total homeless since 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/30/14 9:05pm

• Long-term or chronic homelessness among individuals declines substantially.

• “There is still a tremendous amount of work ahead of us”


Tom Tolda

People in the News

STOCKTON, 10/30/14 9:00pm

• Bank names CFO

• Congressman appoints veterans liaison

• And more….

Bank of the Sierra expansion gets shareholder OK

PORTERVILLE, 10/30/14 9:00pm

• Santa Clara Valley Bank approve being acquired

• Deal is expected to close in about two weeks

"Zombie" foreclosures nationwide decrease 23 percent from a year ago

IRVINE, 10/30/14 2:48pm

• But increase in 16 states and 60 of 212 metros

• “The most effective preventative vaccine for the blight caused by vacant, abandoned foreclosures has proven to be a short and efficient foreclosure process”


Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva

Court OKs Stockton’s bankruptcy exit plan

SACRAMENTO, 10/30/14 12:40pm

• Includes controversial approval to cut pensions

• “This plan is the best that can be done”



No El Nino miracle this year, says new report

RENO, NEV., 10/30/14 6:04am

• Weak to moderate El Niño is forecast

• But SoCal may see wetter than normal conditions

Gross Domestic Product up 3.5 percent in third quarter

WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/30/14 5:41am

• Advance estimate indicates it dropped from Q2

• Personal consumption expenditures help push up GDP

Atwater food maker is sold

ATWATER, 10/30/14 5:16am

• Teasdale Foods moves from one private equity firm to another

• “We are very pleased with the outcome we have achieved for Teasdale”

Merced offers new program to help pay water bills

MERCED, 10/30/14 4:55am

• For low-income residents

• Can get up to $500

Discovered: The best time of day to get work done

MENLO PARK, 10/29/14 9:01pm

• Productivity and creativity peak in the morning

• “Creative professionals are known for being night owls, but….”


Henry Hutcheson

PodcastAUDIO: Family small business success is often a matter of trust

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., 10/29/14 9:01pm

• The common problems – and solutions – eating at family firms from the inside

• “The underlying factor between those that ultimately succeed and those that have a fiery death boils down to trust”

Foreclosure “rescue” swindler sent to prison

SACRAMENTO, 10/29/14 2:34pm

• $15 Million stolen from scores of homeowners

• “Many victims were evicted and left destitute”

Stanislaus County farmers urged to drop off unwanted pesticides

MODESTO, 10/29/14 11:19am

• Free drop-off event on Oct. 30 in Modesto

• Over 2,000 gallons and 7,000 pounds of unwanted pesticides expected


Halloween forecast may see a flake or three of Sierra snow

STATE COLLEGE, PA., 10/29/14 10:33am

• Rain predicted to hit Northern California

• Some rain will push into the southern part of the Central Valley

Millennials surpass older workers in some key business skills

MOUNTAIN VIEW, 10/29/14 8:17am

• Millennials also are projected to become the largest generation in the workforce next year

• Hiring managers now say hard skills trump personality when hiring

Microbusinesses struggle to cover health insurance costs

WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/29/14 5:37am

• In first decade, half depend on other employer for insurance

• Health insurance source changes with age, employment status

Foreclosure inventory down 34.3 percent nationally

IRVINE, 10/29/14 5:25am

• 46,000 completed foreclosures in September

• “The level of serious delinquencies has rapidly declined”

PodcastCentral Valley lags state in children’s well-being

OAKLAND, 10/29/14 12:01am

• Room for improvement statewide, says report

• “You’re starting with greater need”

• WITH AUDIO

Report reveals dramatic changes to Delta ecosystem

SACRAMENTO, 10/28/14 9:01pm

• Historical investigation may help researchers with restoration planning

• “The Delta no longer functions as a delta”

PG&E opens state-of-the-art control center in Fresno

FRESNO, 10/28/14 9:00pm

• $28.5 million center expected to enhance reliability for Central Valley customers

• “This … gives our grid operators unprecedented visibility into our electric system”

Asian citrus psyllid quarantine announced for San Joaquin County

MANTECA, 10/28/14 9:00pm

• 200 square miles quarantined

• Two of the insects found in the county

Farmers urged to flood fields for winter waterfowl

DAVIS, 10/28/14 9:00pm

• Eligible producers should apply by Nov. 7

• “Farm fields typically provide 50 percent of the migratory bird food resources”

Bakersfield steel company fined by EPA

BAKERSFIELD, 10/28/14 12:09pm

• Says firm improperly managed hazardous waste

• Didn’t properly label containers among other faults

18.5 Million Californians’ personal information at risk

SACRAMENTO, 10/28/14 11:57am

• Just 167 data breaches impacted 18.5 Million Californians

• “I strongly encourage more use of encryption to significantly reduce the risk of data breaches”

Court: Target needn’t have defibrillators in its stores

SAN FRANCISCO, 10/28/14 11:47am

• Says law does not require them

• “I believe that AEDs should be as common as first aid kits”

• UPDATED @ 1:41 p.m. with comment from Target

8th annual Kern County Energy Summit set

BAKERSFIELD, 10/28/14 10:38am

• Kern Economic Development Corporation to host November 12 event

• “A broad range of topics will be covered”

Computers use more energy than previously thought

SACRAMENTO , 10/28/14 9:51am

• Office computers often left on consuming energy around the clock

• “User error and knowledge gaps indicate significant room for improvement”

U.S. economic confidence increases

WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/28/14 6:54am

• Ties most positive reading so far in 2014

• Current conditions score one of best Gallup has found

Short sales, foreclosure sales drop to three-year low

IRVINE, 10/27/14 9:16pm

• Account for just 13 percent of all home sales in Q3

• “Many of the fastest-appreciating real estate markets … have now settled into a more sustainable pattern”


Bob Circosta

PodcastAUDIO: How to sell anything to anyone anytime

CLEARWATER, FLA., 10/27/14 9:01pm

• TV’s premier pitchman reveals his key secret

• “I’ve been able to sell over a billion dollars worth of merchandise”

Labor deal reached at Save Mart

ROSEVILLE, 10/27/14 9:00pm

• UFCW says tentative contract agreement reached after a year of talks

• “A model for aligning labor and management’s interests to create a ‘win-win’ approach”

VIDEO: Ruby Ridge -- American standoff

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y., 10/27/14 12:48pm

• Lessons learned have reshaped policies

• “Ruby Ridge began a paradigm shift”


Red shows counties with highest prices; dark green shows counties with lowest
(GasBuddy.com info graphic)

Gasoline edges near $3 per gallon national average

WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/27/14 10:38am

• California reaches its lowest average of 2014

• “We can expect to see this downward trend continue”

Big gap between men and women in launching and operating a business

SAN FRANCISCO, 10/27/14 7:25am

• Women seem happier than men in small business

• “Women … take crucial steps to prepare themselves”

2014 winegrape harvest is earliest this decade

SAN FRANCISCO, 10/27/14 6:31am

• Expected to be third largest on record

• “Yields and quality are above average across all varieties”

Initial Christmas spending estimate is positive

PRINCETON, N.J., 10/27/14 4:52am

• Spending intentions point to a nearly 4 percent increase in sales

• Smallest percentage since 2007 will spend less than last year


Brett Jacobson

PodcastAUDIO: Serial entrepreneur explains how to manage the 25-hour day

LOS ANGELES, 10/26/14 9:00pm

• Tips to get everything done and have time for yourself

• “Anything more than that and you’re going to drive yourself crazy”

VIDEO: Paying tribute to The Beatles pays off for this small business

STOCKTON, 10/26/14 9:00pm

• How a lawyer went from defending insurance companies to “Eight Days a Week”

• “I had missed Beatlemania”

Seminar panelist says there will be no new big water projects built

PALO ALTO, 10/26/14 9:00pm , by Gene Beley, Delta Correspondent

• It just doesn’t make sense say Bureau of Reclamation official

• “Being located in Bakersfield is a real sign of being in the trenches”

• WITH VIDEO

Saturday News Briefs

STOCKTON, 10/24/14 9:00pm

• Truck vs. hybrid – Big steel wins

• On alert for Ebola – what hospitals are doing

• And more….

Pay talks -- or employees walk

MENLO PARK, 10/24/14 9:31am

• Survey shows why good employees quit

• “Managers should regularly benchmark salaries against those of other companies”

Tea Party Republicans highly motivated to vote in midterms

PRINCETON, N.J., 10/24/14 5:40am

• Three out of four eager to vote next month

• Gallup survey reveals chasms separating beliefs

Double-digit decreases for gas prices as oil dips lower

LOS ANGELES, 10/24/14 4:53am

• Lowest prices in more than three years

• “Plenty of room for local gas prices to decrease further”















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