Wednesday | October 22, 2014

PPIC survey: Big money swaying voters on some state propositions

SAN FRANCISCO, 10/22/14 9:01pm

• Anti-Prop 45 campaign is buying a slim lead

• “California likely voters are signaling an enthusiasm gap that cuts across party lines”


Water hyacinth plants invade Village West Marina
(CVBT photos)

Out of control hyacinth turning California Delta into a weed patch

STOCKTON, 10/22/14 9:01pm

• Who is supposed to get rid of it?

• “The hyacinth situation in parts of the California Delta has become a disaster”

PPIC survey: Most favor water bond

SAN FRANCISCO, 10/22/14 9:00pm

• Rainy day fund gains ground

• “The state propositions may end up driving voters to the polls who would otherwise sit out this midterm election”

PPIC survey: Brown reelection virtually certain

SAN FRANCISCO, 10/22/14 9:00pm

• Incumbent has strong lead over challenger

• But Kashkari has closed the gap ever so slightly

Oil company abandons plans to handle Bakken crude in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO , 10/22/14 12:03pm

• Cites lawsuit filed by environmentalists

• “This is a victory for the health and safety of the people of Sacramento”

Realtors say California home sales maintain pace

LOS ANGELES, 10/22/14 10:47am

• Price gains slowing, however

• “All of the current market indicators point to a more balanced real estate market”

Dams with too-low flows for fish identified

DAVIS, 10/22/14 9:29am

• Study may help perform water "triage" during drought

• “We need a strategy to keep our rivers flowing below dams”



Small business confidence dips

GLENVIEW, ILL., 10/22/14 9:06am

• Uncertainty over direction of next Congress takes a toll

• “We're seeing some trepidation from small business owners”

Most Internet users have witnessed online harassment

WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/22/14 7:00am

• 40 percent have experienced it personally

• “It was striking to see how different varieties of harassment impacted different groups”

Americans' confidence in government to handle Ebola drops

WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/21/14 9:00pm

• Blame politics, the polling finds

• But no increase in worries about getting the virus


Danielle Tate

PodcastAUDIO: Steps to gaining credibility as a startup

POTOMAC, MD., 10/21/14 9:00pm

• A good suit, some good partners and, oh yes, fake it ‘till you make it

• “It’s not the one good idea that you had for your startup, it’s the good idea you have every day”

California real estate still stuck in low gear

TRUCKEE, 10/21/14 9:00pm

• Sales crimped by high prices, declining demand

• Tougher lending standards also blamed

Central Valley healthcare gets major boost

FOWLER, 10/21/14 1:19pm

• Children’s Hospital teams with Adventist Health

• “Children are healthier when they have easy access to their care providers”

Northern San Joaquin Valley property value growth leads state

SACRAMENTO , 10/21/14 11:42am

• Up 8.9 percent year-over-year

• “This is good news, especially for homeowners still underwater and workers who still need jobs”

Is unlimited pesticide spraying in California’s future?

SACRAMENTO , 10/21/14 11:40am

• Proposal seems to give spraying approval without public review

• “Its provisions for future environmental review attempt to prevent public scrutiny”

Kern County quarantine expanded

BAKERSFIELD, 10/21/14 11:29am

• Another 148 square miles added

• Follows detection of new Asian citrus psyllid

Economic confidence dips

WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/21/14 8:13am

• Weekly reading drops to -12

• But confidence remains higher than many weekly averages found so far in 2014

Flu, not Ebola, poses biggest threat to work productivity

CHICAGO, ILL., 10/21/14 7:09am

• Even an average flu season can cost employers billions

• “By the time most employers react to some type of outbreak within the ranks, it is already too late”

Ebola makes Americans' list of top problems

PRINCETON, N.J., 10/21/14 5:03am

• Immigration as biggest problem dips to 7 percent

• Worries about the economy are still top-of-list


Jacqueline Whitmore

PodcastAUDIO: How – and when – to ask for that raise

PALM BEACH, FLA., 10/20/14 9:01pm

• Timing is everything, says expert

• “It’s time to focus on asking for what you think you’re worth”

Prominent Valley entrepreneur dies

FRESNO, 10/20/14 9:01pm

• Earl Smittcamp was 96

• Founded Wawona Frozen Foods

PodcastAUDIO: Bullet train opponents ready for next legal round

HANFORD, 10/20/14 9:00pm

• Say their lawsuit remains very much alive

• “The reality is they can’t get over the Tehachapis”

California farmers getting $3.6 Million in grants

SACRAMENTO , 10/20/14 1:34pm

• To help them pay for ways to reduce water use

• “These projects are critical because”

Democratic Assembly super majority may hinge on Central Valley

SACRAMENTO , 10/20/14 12:54pm

• Two Valley races seen as vital to both sides

• GOP dumping money into Merced contest

Rainstorms may brush California this week

STATE COLLEGE, PA., 10/20/14 12:04pm

• Would be in northern-most reaches of the state

• Oregon, Washington to get heavy rains, flooding

VIDEO: The cost of campaigns

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y., 10/20/14 7:27am

• Watergate led to a law to limit the influence of money in politics

• Forty years later, some say the scandal isn’t what’s illegal, it’s what’s legal

Wealth gap poses growing risk to financial system, say bankers

SAN JOSE, 10/20/14 6:03am

• Wealth inequality reaching levels that could result in social or political instability

• “This concern was echoed on a global scale”

Gallup: Kids at home bring joy, stress

WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/20/14 5:34am

• Now, here's what you didn't know....

• “On a relative basis … it appears children do more to boost negative than positive emotions”


Peter Diamond

PodcastAUDIO: Identifying the signs of career and life distress

CHICAGO, ILL., 10/19/14 9:00pm

• Steps to take to regain direction and reinvent career

• “I believe our forties are a pivotal juncture for how we will move forward into the next chapter of our lives”

VIDEO: Drought’s challenges can be opportunities

ESCALON, 10/19/14 5:31pm

• Escalon company helps growers improve soil and water quality

• “It’s quality that makes things work”


Be on the look out for these guys
(Photo by David James)

Saturday News Briefs

STOCKTON, 10/17/14 9:00pm

• A business heats up in Sacramento area

• Merced may help local firm expand

• And calling all cars, here’s a BOLO for you

Ebola protection? California already has a law for that

SACRAMENTO , 10/17/14 11:48am

• State offers guidance for protecting health care workers from Ebola

• “California's workplace safety and health standards go further than national standards”

California’s unemployment rate drops to 7.3 percent

SACRAMENTO, 10/17/14 8:47am

• Central Valley has two counties under state average

• Jobless rate drops despite state losing 9,800 jobs since August

Distracted driving near California schools rampant

LOS ANGELES, 10/17/14 7:34am

• Students note nearly 8,000 incidents in an hour

• “One driver was brushing her teeth”


Another warm and dry winter likely for California

WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/17/14 5:59am

• Little drought relief expected

• “Complete drought recovery in California this winter is highly unlikely”

Gasoline prices in California lowest of the year

LOS ANGELES, 10/17/14 4:56am

• Sharp drops in crude oil and wholesale gasoline cited

• “Some stations in Porterville … even dropped below $3 a gallon”

Former gold mine mill boss pleads guilty to environmental crimes

SACRAMENTO, 10/16/14 9:01pm

• OK’d dumping of poisonous waste

• Paving a road with mine tailings

Women getting irked by pay lower than male coworkers

PRINCETON, N.J., 10/16/14 9:01pm

• 28 percent of full-time working women are completely satisfied with their pay

• But neither gender is highly satisfied with what they earn

PodcastAUDIO: How to get homeowners insurance to go through the roof

SAN FRANCISCO, 10/16/14 9:00pm

• Just make a claim and see what happens

• Californians see some of the highest increases


Frank Sotelo

People in the News

STOCKTON, 10/16/14 9:00pm

• Construction company expands in Central Valley

• Stockton makes a unique hire

• And more….

Fresno State gets $1.4 million grant

FRESNO, 10/16/14 12:47pm

• Will support STEM teacher prep

• Also picked as one of eight CSU campuses for new STEM program

PodcastEnvironmental group uncovers “secret” deal that forgives $400 Million in Central Valley Project debt

SANTA BARBARA, 10/16/14 10:33am

• Says it will allow continued selenium pollution

• “It is crony capitalism at its worse”

• WITH AUDIO

Winter rains, snows won't break California drought

STATE COLLEGE, PA., 10/16/14 8:52am

• Forecasters say storms will be too weak to matter much

• “Enough snow to hold back the drought just a little bit from getting any worse”

Poverty rates decline in most states but number of poor unchanged

WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/16/14 8:25am

• California in tie for fifth largest drop, but still tops national average

• “Helps policymakers and the public judge the effectiveness of social safety-net programs”

Home improvement spending pace slackens

CAMBRIDGE, MASS., 10/16/14 7:13am

• 3.1 percent growth through second quarter of 2015

• “Stronger gains in remodeling activity are unlikely”

Unemployment applications plummet to 14-year low

WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/16/14 5:43am

• Last week saw 264,000 jobless apply for help

• Down 23,000 from previous week

Report: Distressed private student loan borrowers driven into default

WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/16/14 5:05am

• CFPB offers sample letter to help borrowers request repayment options

• “Borrowers are finding themselves out of luck and out of options”

Foreclosure activity edges up in Q3

IRVINE, 10/16/14 4:44am

• First quarterly increase in three years

• “September foreclosure activity was back to pre-housing bubble levels nationwide”















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