Tuesday | September 16, 2014

GDP jumps across the nation

WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/16/14 6:06am

• Government reports widespread growth

• Central Valley sees increases

Schools cleared to stock epi-pens

SACRAMENTO, 9/16/14 5:06am

• Could save lives when time is critical

• “Will help save lives by ensuring emergency medication is available at schools”

Central Valley packer recalls Roma tomatoes

TRACY, 9/16/14 4:54am

• Taylor Farms Pacific issues recall due to potential salmonella contamination

• No illnesses have been reported

Barry Sgarrella points to area where test plot is planned

VIDEO: Company proposes what it calls a better solution to California’s water shortages

ISLETON, 9/15/14 9:00pm

• How BDCP can be replaced

• “When you look at the concept, it’s pretty simple”

Leader of multi-million dollar foreclosure rescue scheme convicted

SACRAMENTO, 9/15/14 9:00pm

• More than 1,000 victims

• “Alan Tikal cynically took advantage of their desperation for his own profit”

New survey: Few want more regulation of business

PRINCETON, N.J., 9/15/14 12:16pm

• About half say there is too much regulation

• Just 22 percent say there is too little

Disaster assistance deadlines loom for farmers, ranchers

DAVIS, 9/15/14 10:57am

• Fruit crop 2012 freeze losses deadline is Sept. 22

• Livestock disaster losses deadline is Sept. 30

People attracted to the smell of others with similar political beliefs

BOSTON, MASS., 9/15/14 9:50am

• Proof that politics can smell

• “Smell conveys important information about long-term affinity in political ideology”

Unseen Toll: Wages of millions seized to pay past debts

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y., 9/15/14 9:37am , by Paul Kiel, ProPublica, and Chris Arnold, NPR

• First-ever tally of how many employees lose up to a quarter of their paychecks over debts

• “It was a roundhouse from the right that just knocks you down and out”

Most small business owners have "no regrets"

SAN FRANCISCO, 9/15/14 5:51am

• Almost all would do it again

• “Small business owners clearly take a 'no regrets approach' to the way they run their respective companies”

Americans' trust in government at or near record lows

PRINCETON, N.J., 9/15/14 4:55am

• Trust in Congress at lowest point measured

• Even trust in the courts falls to lowest ever

VIDEO: Ideas to attract and retain top talent

STOCKTON, 9/14/14 9:00pm

• Often, it’s more than money

• Tips to help your business bridge the skills gap

Environmentalist and actor Ed Begley addressed the conference
(Photo by Gene Beley)

Bipartisanship helps make California a world leader in fighting climate change

SACRAMENTO, 9/14/14 9:00pm , by Gene Beley, Delta correspondent

• Nobel Prize winner R.K. Pachauri praises state’s efforts

• How to quit singing in the shower — and not embarrass your gym friends at the same time


Massive Ponzi scheme that netted $37 Million now has a yield of prison

SACRAMENTO, 9/12/14 9:01pm

• Ponzi perps get up to 30 years in prison

• “This is one of the worst fraud schemes I have ever seen”

Warning: Your property tax bill may suddenly go up

SACRAMENTO, 9/12/14 9:01pm

• Recovered from Great Recession is part of the reason

• Why it could jump more than the normal 2 percent

Saturday News Briefs

STOCKTON, 9/12/14 9:00pm

• Poof! The once and future state of Central Valley vanishes

• Employers face new requirement in training managers

• And more….

Fresno Pacific University president resigns

FRESNO, 9/12/14 1:51pm

• Pete Menjares to return to Southern California

• “To be closer to our families and to explore new opportunities”

Report: California elementary school truancy crisis persists

SACRAMENTO, 9/12/14 1:39pm

• 250,000 grader schoolers missed at least 10 percent of the last school year

• “California needs common sense solutions”

No change in U.S. mood – three out of four unhappy

PRINCETON, N.J., 9/12/14 1:32pm

• More Americans now very dissatisfied than were in January

• “Republicans the least satisfied”

U.S. investors seek advice for some things more than others

PRINCETON, N.J., 9/12/14 6:02am

• Nearly half have created a financial plan with professional advice

• But for the most common financial decision, they usually go it alone

Ninth straight week of lower gasoline prices

LOS ANGELES, 9/12/14 4:59am

• Refineries switching to lower-priced winter blends

• “California is not experiencing any supply problems at the moment”

Performance parts retailer fined $599,000 by state

SACRAMENTO, 9/11/14 9:01pm

• Sold illegal aftermarket parts in California

• “To protect public health, all aftermarket performance parts must be evaluated”

Nature is crimping this year’s California pistachio crop

FRESNO, 9/11/14 9:01pm

• Drought and spring’s weather patterns cited

• “Critical issue number one is processing capacity”

Soraya Coley

People in the News

STOCKTON, 9/11/14 9:00pm

• A major promotion for a Bakersfield educator

• Bureau of Reclamation picks a spokeswoman

• A few words for the many unsung hospital volunteers

The check is in the mail – or not

WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/11/14 9:00pm

• Irrigation districts, others, owe $1.6 Billion for federal water projects

• GAO says Reclamation needs to be more open about payments

Stockton ramps up customer service

STOCKTON, 9/11/14 11:51am

• Online program expected to offer convenience, more efficiency

• “Helps to build the bridge between agencies and citizens”

California may see stronger economic growth next year

STOCKTON, 9/11/14 9:39am

• Forecast says remainder of 2014 will see moderate increases

• Why Tesla’s pick of Reno for battery plant may not be bad for Central Valley

Levels of pesticides in U.S. rivers and streams still a concern

RESTON, VA., 9/11/14 8:27am

• 20-year study shows aquatic life threatened

• "The information … is critical to the evaluation of the risks associated with existing levels of pesticides"

Death doesn’t scare Americans as much as debt

LOS ANGELES, 9/11/14 5:26am

• A third obsess about money all the time

• “Money is one of the biggest sources of fear there is”

California recovery at "painfully plodding" pace

LOS ANGELES, 9/11/14 5:01am

• UCLA Anderson forecast says state below its potential

• But national economy growing

Foreclosure activity increases 7 percent in August

IRVINE, 9/10/14 9:16pm

• Foreclosure starts up 12 percent from July

• “The messy business of cleaning up the distress lingering from the housing bust continues in many markets”

Yuma Energy and Pyramid Oil merger completed

BAKERSFIELD, 9/10/14 9:00pm

• One of California's oldest oil company names disappears

• “The combination creates a company with significant cash flows and production”

Right to post negative reviews gets state protection

SACRAMENTO, 9/10/14 9:00pm

• California has a new law protecting criticism of businesses

• Threats against the complainer might result in state fines

Guilty plea in telemarketing scam

SACRAMENTO, 9/10/14 12:04pm

• Targeted elderly in Woodland, Stockton, Bakersfield, and Dinuba

• Scammer facing 30 years in prison

Sacramento group gets federal funds to promote exports

SACRAMENTO, 9/10/14 11:55am

• Department Of Commerce gives $300,000 to California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce

• “More and more industry groups, like CAPCC, are recognizing the importance of exporting”

Business costs could jump as Jerry Brown signs new law

LOS ANGELES, 9/10/14 10:36am

• Will force many employers to provide paid sick leave

• Opponents say it “puts employers at risk of litigation”

Death of veteran aviator results in $6.7 Million pre-trial settlement

SACRAMENTO, 9/10/14 9:46am

• Pilot was killed in collision with unmarked tower

• “We believe this case establishes a standard of care in the community”

CEO changes jump in August

CHICAGO, ILL., 9/10/14 6:41am

• Sprint, Home Depot announcements highlight turnover

• 119 CEOs leave, most since March

ADP: California added 19,680 private sector jobs in August

ROSELAND, N.J. , 9/10/14 6:34am

• Gains on par With July, but below six-month average

• “The South continues to have the highest growth rate”

Free small business tax seminar in Stockton

STOCKTON, 9/10/14 5:28am

• Set for Sept. 16

• “Our goal is to help business owners be successful”

America: A nation of followers, not leaders

CHICAGO, ILL., 9/9/14 9:01pm

• Most workers don’t want to be a leader of any kind

• “It is important for organizational leaders to promote a culture of meritocracy”

Is the DMV overcharging taxes?

SACRAMENTO, 9/9/14 9:01pm

• Board of Equalization’s Runner says it is

• “I don’t want to hear excuses. I want to see change”

Kern Supervisors OK expansion of refinery rail terminal to receive Bakken crude

BAKERSFIELD, 9/9/14 9:00pm

• Critics cite safety and say it will worsen already bad air pollution

• “There are so many ways that this plan is so wrong for Kern County”

Arnold Schwarzenegger and sons
(Photo by Gene Beley)

Schwarzenegger now hangs in State Capitol

SACRAMENTO, 9/9/14 9:00pm , by Gene Beley, Delta Correspondent

• Schwarzenegger’s official portrait unveiled

• “For the rest of the world, California is tomorrow — the future and the Golden Dream of the sea.”

• With VIDEO

Drought-prompted jobs training program set for Central Valley

SACRAMENTO, 9/9/14 12:29pm

• A $1 Million retraining program

• “To help them get back on their feet”

Valley congressmen want to stop federal funding of BDCP

WASHINGTON, D.C., 9/9/14 12:19pm

• State wants at least $4 Billion in federal tax money for the project

• “The BDCP in its current form is based on bad science”

CDC: Sodium consumption high among U.S. children

ATLANTA, GA., 9/9/14 11:30am

• More than 40 percent comes from 10 common types of food

• “Most sodium is from processed and restaurant food, not the salt shaker”

Now more than 100,000 electric cars in California

SACRAMENTO, 9/9/14 10:56am

• Californians buying 40 percent of nation's plug-in cars

• “California's plug-in electric vehicle market is ramping up”

State’s revenues slipped below budget in August

SACRAMENTO, 9/9/14 9:41am

• But it’s seen as an anomaly

• State Controller urges action on unfunded retiree health care liability

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