Monday | November 30, 2015

University of California, Silicon Valley leaders form green energy investment group

PARIS, FRANCE, 11/30/15 8:08am

• Gates, Zuckerberg, Branson, Bezos, and others form Breakthrough Energy Coalition

• “We can’t wait for the system to change through normal cycles”

Small business shoppers’ Saturday spending hits $16.2 Billion

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y., 11/30/15 7:20am

• A 14 percent increase in spending from 2014

• “Americans are returning to Main Street for the things they need”

Humbug! Fewer offices hosting employee holiday parties

ALEXANDRIA, VA., 11/29/15 9:03pm

• But at least two out of three bosses OK with holiday shopping online at work

• “For some organizations, parties are a thing of the past”

Black Friday turning a bit gray

CHICAGO, ILL., 11/29/15 9:01pm

• Brick and mortar stores report less traffic

• “We recognize the Thanksgiving weekend shopping experience is much different than it used to be”

Fewer Americans say they want to lose weight

WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/27/15 9:01pm

• Four out of ten happy to stay at current weight

• Fewer than one in four "seriously trying" to drop pounds

California drivers can be thankful for lower gas prices

LOS ANGELES, 11/27/15 6:37am

• Lowest prices since 2008

• “We should continue to see price declines through the end of the year”

People in the News

STOCKTON , 11/27/15 6:09am

• Dean named at Fresno State

• Department of Housing and Community Development chief is hired

• And more….

State demands recall of 16,000 more diesel cars

SACRAMENTO, 11/27/15 5:25am

• Brings recall to more than 100,000

• Engines flunked emissions requirements, government says

Central Valley produce packer recalls celery

TRACY, 11/26/15 9:00pm

• Linked to illnesses in seven states

• May be contaminated with E. coli

Thanksgiving Day’s factoid feast

WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/25/15 9:03pm

• When it first became a national holiday

• And other factoids to inform and amuse….

Thanksgiving Day News Briefs

STOCKTON , 11/25/15 9:01pm

• Desalination plant moves closer

• Indian-owned casino closer to reopening

• And more….

Water Board asked to complete Delta water quality plan

SACRAMENTO, 11/25/15 2:13pm

• Groups say that step must come before approving tunnel permits

• “The ball is in the State Water Board’s court”’

Beyond distrust: How Americans view their government

WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/25/15 9:48am

• Lots of criticism, but positive performance ratings in many areas

• Broadly critical of handling of poverty and immigration

Survey: Shoppers out in force this holiday season

LOS ANGELES, 11/25/15 8:48am

• 6 in 10 planning to turn out on Black Friday or Cyber Monday

• “The biggest consumer trend we are seeing this year is a massive shift in behavior and engagement”

U.S. housing market recovery inches forward

TYSON’S CORNER, VA., 11/25/15 7:58am

• Fresno has nation’s most stable housing market

• Stockton one of the most improved

Charges filed in $600 Million medical fraud and kickback scheme

LOS ANGELES, 11/24/15 9:07pm
ª Former hospital exec, two doctors and others accused

• “This scheme treated injured workers and their spines as commodities, to be traded away to the highest bidder”

Corps of Engineers nixes public hearing on Delta tunnels plan

SACRAMENTO, 11/24/15 9:05pm

• Points to comments already in hand

• “A public hearing is unlikely to produce new information which is not already available”

Universal Meditech to locate R&D and test facility in Tulare

TULARE, 11/24/15 9:03pm

• State-of-the-art facility will eventually employ 50

• “We recognized the positive business environment”

CalPERS discloses what it pays its advisors

SACRAMENTO , 11/24/15 9:01pm

• Fees revealed add up to $3.4 Billion

• Deeper disclosures might come with new law

State says implosion of Bay Bridge pier worked as planned

OAKLAND, 11/24/15 11:52am

• Says initial tests show wildlife not impacted

• “This method can be the best way to remove such large piers from the bay waters”

State: Parking lot hazards increase dramatically during holiday season

LOS ANGELES, 11/24/15 11:32am

• Backing up results in 25 percent of crashes

• “A moment of distraction or poor judgment can lead to tragedy”

Social conversations about money remain taboo for Americans, survey finds

MIDVALE, UTAH, 11/24/15 10:45am

• Younger adults more open

• “Nearly one half of our survey respondents said they prefer to keep it neutral”

Nation’s economy slows – but not as much as thought

WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/24/15 5:46am

• Newest GDP estimate puts growth at 2.1 percent in Q3

• Down from 3.9 percent increase in Q2

This year’s “national turkey” hails from Central Valley

MODESTO, 11/24/15 5:38am

• Expected to get presidential pardon to escape the ax

• “This year's turkeys are country music fans”

Highway mountain passes closed by snow

SACRAMENTO, 11/24/15 5:22am

• Could this mean an old fashioned winter is on its way?

• Three major passes closed until spring

• UPDATED with third closure

Sacramento Philharmonic gets underwriting from local business owner

SACRAMENTO, 11/24/15 5:09am

• Nancy McRae Fisher to be season sponsor for inaugural pops series

• “I felt it was extremely important to show not only my appreciation but my highest level of support”

Wives’ earnings make gains relative to husbands’

WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/23/15 9:03pm

• 9 percent make at least $30,000 more than hubby

• “This is a noteworthy development, given a broader context of an enduring gender earnings gap”

Patterson man sentenced for bank robbery

FRESNO , 11/23/15 2:27pm

• Held up a bank branch inside a supermarket

• Accomplice sentenced last month

Are performance reviews worth it?

MENLO PARK, 11/23/15 11:14am

• One in four employees says performance appraisal process isn't effective

• “All performance appraisals are not created equal”

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