Sunday | October 23, 2016

Weekend News Briefs from CVBT

STOCKTON, 10/21/16 9:01pm

• Bank expands well beyond its Porterville base

• Lawmaker sent to prison

• And more….

Appellate court clarifies what must be in employee wage statements

SAN DIEGO, 10/21/16 11:51am

• Value of vacation time need not be noted except when it’s the final check

• Says Legislature is responsible for changing the law, not the courts

California unemployment rate holds steady at 5.5 percent

SACRAMENTO, 10/21/16 9:32am

• Employers add 30,000 jobs in September

• Unemployment rates drop in Central Valley -- slightly

State to spend $363 million to put more clean vehicles in disadvantaged communities

FRESNO, 10/21/16 6:00am

• Money will be spent on low-carbon transportation, zero-emission vehicles, scrap-and-replace pilot program

• “Will continue to drive the market for new technologies”

Self-driving vehicles: Are Americans ready to give up the driver’s seat?

LYON, FRANCE, 10/21/16 5:47am

• Younger Millennials appear more open to the idea

• Ride sharing might be the foot in the door, if not on the accelerator

California gasoline prices hover

LOS ANGELES, 10/21/16 4:45am

• Prices drop in other states, but not much, if any in California

• “We’re seeing a standstill in gas prices”

Stephanie Marino

People in the News

STOCKTON, 10/20/16 9:01pm

• Health club chain transitions top leadership

• Award for bravery is made

• And more….

Clovis company ordered to stop selling workers comp insurance

CLOVIS, 10/20/16 12:38pm

• Served cease and desist for alleged illegal insurance sales

• Employers with policies from American Labor Alliance or CompOne USA may not have valid coverage

New CEO for In-Shape Health Clubs chain

STOCKTON, 10/20/16 12:25pm

• Rich Nelsen succeeds Paul Rothbard

• “We built a successful company and brand that was welcoming and accessible”

Households without a bank account drop

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 10/20/16 11:18am

• Unbanked rate declines to 7 percent in 2015

• “The decline … is a positive development”

Spending on home remodeling predicted to peak next year

CAMBRIDGE, MASS., 10/20/16 11:05am

• Home improvement industry revenue may still top previous inflation-adjusted peak from 2006

• “Homeowner remodeling activity continues to be encouraged by rising home values”

Bakersfield cancer treatment center goes solar

BAKERSFIELD, 10/20/16 10:58am

• To provide nearly 100 percent of the center's electrical needs

• “To materialize our objective”

Feds fund Sac State groundwater mapping project

SACRAMENTO, 10/20/16 10:49am

• Project receives $660,000 from USGS

• “In this state, we don’t have a good understanding of where exactly these safe areas are”

Lodi whistleblower’s actions lead to $2.24 Million settlement

SACRAMENTO, 10/19/16 9:03pm

• Resolves allegations of false billing by Omnicare Inc.

• Another settlement announced Monday was for more than $28 Million

Farm Bureau finds nothing to like in proposed river flows

SACRAMENTO , 10/19/16 9:01pm

• Says plan will harm farms and ranches statewide

• “This plan is part of a one-two punch aimed at rural California”

State Farm to reduce rental dwelling insurance rates

SACRAMENTO , 10/19/16 11:58am

• Record reduction reduces rates by an average of 40 percent

• “Will enable small businesses and other rental property owners to keep more of their hard earned money”

Fork-to-farm fertilizer plant opens near Sacramento

SACRAMENTO , 10/19/16 10:23am

• California Safe Soil plant to employ 38

• “Our goal is to construct and operate one of our facilities in every major city in the country, starting here in Sacramento”

California winegrape harvest is early, average in size

SAN FRANCISCO, 10/19/16 7:58am

• But high quality is noted

• “The grapes are in great condition, showcasing spectacular flavors”

Cash sales accounted for under 30 percent of all home sales in July

IRVINE, 10/19/16 7:25am

• REO sales share in July was the lowest in nine years

• But cash sales increase in some Central Valley markets

Americans persecuted by 2.61 Billion robocalls in September

IRVINE, 10/19/16 7:05am

• Up 214 percent from a year earlier

• 1,008 robocalls for every second of the month on average

Bank shareholders OK their company’s acquisition

LODI, 10/19/16 6:42am

• Delta Bank being acquired by Farmers & Merchants

• “This transaction continues to move forward as scheduled”

Former Stockton woman indicted with others in two fraud conspiracies

SACRAMENTO , 10/18/16 9:01pm

• Fake company, fake employees, the government says

• EDD loses $2 Million to scheme

State making changes to groundwater basin boundaries

SACRAMENTO , 10/18/16 11:59am

• Another step toward controlling how much is pumped out

• Most of the modifications were made to basins in the Central Valley

More than $4 million to restore San Francisco Bay

SAN FRANCISCO, 10/18/16 11:29am

• EPA funds three projects

• “The impact of these projects will go beyond the bay”

State’s clean vehicle rebate project is changing rebates, eligibility

SAN DIEGO, 10/18/16 9:22am

• Increased lower-income incentives and reduced high-income caps

• Changes start November 1

Holiday hiring kicks up a notch


• Retailer Kohl’s to hire more than 69,000

• “The holidays are an exciting time to join the Kohl’s team”

Asian citrus psyllid quarantine in part of Placer County

SACRAMENTO, 10/17/16 9:05pm

• Citrus pest detected in Lincoln

• 118 square miles of the county quarantined

New law impacts existing work comp policies

SACRAMENTO, 10/17/16 9:03pm

• It changes definitions of excluded employees

• “AB 2883 is going to cause significant disruption for workers' compensation insurers and employers”

Sixteen questions for Wells Fargo’s new CEO

SACRAMENTO, 10/17/16 9:01pm

• California State Treasurer John Chiang poses queries

• “It is not unreasonable to wonder whether … this is just a politically-expeditious move that will amount to no more than a shifting of the chairs on the Titanic”

Clean transportation “summit” set for Valley

CLOVIS, 10/17/16 11:53am

• More than talk, some hands-on demos planned

• An opportunity to become familiar with the latest in advanced clean transportation technology

Northern Sierra gets a light blanket of snow

LAKE TAHOE, 10/17/16 11:47am

• Two inches from weekend storms

• Snow flurries still reported Monday

Student loan default redux

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 10/17/16 10:36am

• CFPB says one-in-three student loan borrowers will re-default within two years

• Gaps in student loan rehab programs trap vulnerable borrowers

Breakthrough might spare California’s winegrapes from global warming

DAVIS, 10/17/16 10:28am

• UC Davis researchers find a geonomic breakthrough

• Paves way for climate-tolerant wine grape varieties

Diabetics might lose more weight if they ditch diet soda

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND, 10/17/16 7:43am

• Study suggests replacing diet pop with water may help weight loss

• But researchers say more study is needed

VIDEO: Are Californians still “mad as hell?”

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y., 10/17/16 4:45am

• The impact of Prop 13 38 years later

• “People who think elections don’t matter, have to weigh carefully what happened with Prop 14”

AUDIO: The smiles of success

CALGARY, ALBERTA, 10/16/16 9:03pm

• Having eluded death, this author is now trying to change the world

• “Helping others reframe their look on life”

Fox Theater, downtown Stockton

(CVBT file photo)

How Stockton residents are shaping their city’s future

STOCKTON, 10/16/16 9:01pm , by Gene Beley, CVBT Correspondent

• Significant common ground being found

• One goal: More grocery stores and fewer liquor stores


  • How to compete against Wal-Mart
  • Stockton mom turns a need into a business
  • The entrepreneur is in
  • Writing her own success story
  • Growing a small business the family way
  • The future pencils positive for this company
  • Niche marketing -- Italian style
  • Sipping success with niche marketing
  • Roasting a business out of his passion
  • Success as an independent consultant takes more than expertise
  • Avoiding the traps of employee law violations
  • Cracking the voice-over market
  • The American Dream realized, one package at a time
  • Female winemaker plunges into business
  • A new take on nurse education
  • Family sees moving business success
  • STEM thrives in pockets of education innovation
  • STEM goes solar in Stockton
  • Quick! There’s a robot in my pool
  • Retiring seniors can mean new business
  • Predawn biotech class trains next generation of science workers
  • Staying ahead of the competition the old fashioned way
  • Central Valley sees mismatch between high-tech jobs and job seekers
  • STEM starts young
  • Get ready – the future is here now
  • STEM Education: Growing the Valley's Future
  • They’re low power in wattage only, not ideas
  • Thinking success spawns Successful Thinkers
  • Small business success can mean finding the right niche
  • This franchise has real muscle behind it
  • Getting the scoop on small business success
  • Reshoring could rebuild America's manufacturing
  • Marketing that’s deliberately anchored to the past
  • Guitar artist plays his way to success
  • Paralysis no handicap for this entrepreneur
  • Boost sales with better communication
  • Making sandwiches sexy with a franchise
  • Going solar without spending a lot of money
  • They’re cute and cuddly. But are they a business?
  • Opportunity sails forth in the Delta
  • How bad etiquette on the job could kill your career
  • Growing their way out of hunger and poverty
  • Finding small business success from floor to ceiling
  • Why he’s public enemy #1 – for gophers
  • Running a home-based business successfully
  • Your boss needs a vacation – really
  • Couple makes transition from big corporations to small business
  • Carving a small business niche with a better idea
  • Calm is the goal of computer service and education franchisor
  • Developer squeezing new life into downtown with juice franchise
  • Signs of a recovering economy
  • How to keep a family business in the family
  • Ford dealership expands despite the Great Recession
  • Utility Telephone connects with customer service
  • Crowdfunding basics
  • The roar from crowdfunding is getting louder
  • California water wars’ bulldog
  • Water wars heat up in California
  • Helping businesses grow with a stronger STEM
  • How to retain your best employees
  • Small business runs success up the pole
  • Winery expands in Lodi
  • Lodi wineries tapping into growing Chinese market
  • Has the jobs picture brightened for the Valley for 2012?
  • The right education will be needed for 21st Century jobs
  • Where new jobs for San Joaquin will come from
  • Developing jobs for San Joaquin – Part 2
  • Developing jobs for San Joaquin
  • Fruits of his labor
  • Helping grow food security in the Valley of plenty
  • Doing a business turnaround despite the recession
  • Keeping customers loyal helps build her business
  • Expo exposes businesses to utility contracting ideas
  • Drink mix maker taps expertise to blend success
  • Entrepreneur finds success in a basket
  • Tips for catching resume fraud
  • There’s no checking out for this small business owner
  • Entrepreneurs take Valley sports play-by-play to the world
  • Starting a winery from scratch
  • Job hunting tips for the long-term unemployed
  • In the Central Valley, opera isn’t always the Grand Ole Opry
  • Branding ideas for small businesses
  • The ump’s not blind, but the players are
  • Finding success by tapping your brain in a new way - Part Two
  • Finding success by tapping your brain in a new way
  • Machines talking to machines is the future
  • Getting involved in the fight against AIDS
  • Franchised divorce says it’s a better way
  • Small business owner is brewing a success story
  • To beat the Great Recession, they’ve expanded
  • Taking a swing at strokes
  • Alert your taste buds – here comes Taste of San Joaquin
  • This franchise has real muscle behind it
  • Passion for his city drives him
  • Vicente Fox speaks out on U.S.-Mexico relations
  • Give your support staff recognition and reap top performance
  • Central Valley baker gets top honors for Royal Wedding pie
  • Asparagus Festival ends on high note
  • Stockton close to annual ‘tipping’ point
  • Framing small business success
  • Small business sees Affordable Care Act helping its bottom line
  • What you eat – and when – helps local restaurants
  • Coping with the aftermath of foreclosure
  • How to raise charming children
  • Central Valley grad school goes all-iPads
  • Solution to Delta water wars voiced
  • Making sure your personal bottom line is covered
  • Small California winemaker is all family
  • Small winery relies on family and innovation to compete
  • Central Valley company says it has a better way to store solar power
  • What’s wrong -- and right -- about local TV news
  • What planning means to small business success
  • Making the leap to small business
  • Out of work at middle age? Experts offer advice
  • Small business marketing, one article at a time
  • Congress on your corner as it’s supposed to be
  • Central Valley city’s heritage rediscovered
  • Central Valley school is building students’ foundations
  • Job tips from the expert
  • Long-term jobless worker re-invents himself
  • Building a new power plant means jobs for Central Valley
  • Sacramento reaches for the stars with new science center
  • Lodi Chamber opens China’s doors to small business
  • Writing books for fun – and sometimes profit
  • Black Friday shopping? How to protect yourself from scams
  • California winemakers can find added rewards overseas
  • Wine makers tap overseas markets from Lodi
  • A new revenue stream for Central Valley small businesses
  • Food bank seeks more business support
  • Tips for finding a job in the Great Recession
  • State may solve some of its prison woes with new Stockton facility
  • A solution to underwater mortgages
  • Should public libraries be managed by private firms?
  • Central Valley moves ahead with critical water project
  • Dee Dee Myers and the increasing impact of women on small business
  • How women are growing their small businesses
  • A market with a mission
  • Retailer 'paints' solutions to cash flow challenge
  • An answer for the unemployed – return to school
  • A ‘golden’ small business success story
  • Central Valley winegrapes blessed
  • Rubbing out the recession with a franchise
  • Surviving the recession as a small business
  • It’s personal, union says of Stockton fire cuts
  • How old it too old to start a new business?
  • They've found the recipe for small business success
  • MBA students help revive Central Valley farmers market
  • Classic wooden yachts anchor in Stockton for weekend
  • Foreclosures, short sales – a bank president comments
  • The strength of family helps this small business compete
  • Festival spears success in Central Valley
  • Social media helps keep family business prospering
  • Central Valley students get training in ‘green’ futures
  • Knives readied as Valley cities slash services
  • Central Valley jobless picture still grim
  • Delta residents told to ready for water war
  • Opportunities outlined for Central Valley small businesses
  • Rewiring your brain for success
  • Central Valley no longer ‘shell shocked’ by recession
  • To fix California’s government, look to London
  • Taking your sales pitch to the next level