Sunday | August 30, 2015

Saturday News Briefs

STOCKTON, 8/28/15 9:00pm

• 10,700 Californians may get training for new jobs

• Judge deals a blow to Metropolitan Water District

• And more….

Processing tomato production at record high

SACRAMENTO, 8/28/15 1:42pm

• Up 4 percent from last year

• May top 14.5 million tons

Madera Tribune slashes publication schedule

MADERA, 8/28/15 11:15am

• Will print just two days a week

• “That change is due to tough economic circumstances”

Satisfaction with job aspects up from 2005

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 8/28/15 6:30am

• More workers satisfied with health benefits, vacation time

• Satisfaction with job security remains near 2014 high

California pump prices plunge quickly and sharply

LOS ANGELES, 8/28/15 4:54am

• Californians might finally be seeing results of oil glut

• “If local refinery issues don’t reappear, we can expect further drops”

Business succession plans lacking at all levels

MENLO PARK, 8/27/15 9:01pm

• Survey finds few employees waiting in the wings

• “The pain felt watching a star employee walk out the door with no backup in place is immediate and costly”

Vic Zapien

People in the News

STOCKTON, 8/27/15 9:00pm

• Leadership recognition for area managers

• We go Down Under

• And more…..

Water use cut further by urban users

SACRAMENTO, 8/27/15 12:29pm

• July sees compliance levels exceeding state mandate

• “This isn’t your mother’s drought or your grandmother’s drought”

Gallo adds another vineyard to its portfolio

MODESTO, 8/27/15 11:27am

• Buys Talbott Vineyards

• “I am pleased to transition ownership of our wonderful company to E. & J. Gallo”

Fresno State: Significant drought impacts in San Joaquin Valley

FRESNO, 8/27/15 11:21am

• Farming’s future in Valley could be much different

• “Decreased water availability in the San Joaquin Valley could cause collapse of both the economy and government”

Foreclosures fall further in Central Valley

IRVINE, 8/27/15 8:31am

• Every metro below national rate

• Delinquency rates also falling

Nation’s economy accelerates

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 8/27/15 5:56am

• Q2 GDP put at 3.7 percent

• Up from Q1’s 0.6 percent

Oak Valley Bank expands; buys smaller bank

OAKDALE, 8/27/15 4:56am

• Acquiring Mother Lode Bank of Sonora

• “A natural fit for”

Foreclosure sales drop to 15-year low in July

IRVINE, 8/27/15 4:30am

• Cash sales share falls to eight-year low

• “The housing market is still on solid ground”

Businessman sent to prison for securities fraud

SACRAMENTO, 8/26/15 9:03pm

• Bakersfield man gets four years

• How nanoparticles relieved investors of $6.7 Million

Water exporters to demand additional taps of Sacramento River

SACRAMENTO, 8/26/15 9:01pm

• A precursor for the governor’s tunnels

• Governor’s Water Board to consider it

• UPDATED with reaction

• "The democratic process is just a sideshow"

Judge rejects Central Valley irrigators

FRESNO, 8/26/15 9:01pm

• Says they cannot have more water out of the Trinity River at the expense of the environment

• “This is a Central Valley water grab, pure and simple”

Making the big bucks: Survey reveals who’s expecting them

CHICAGO, ILL., 8/26/15 9:00pm

• High school students associate success with making positive impact on people’s lives

• “Now is the time for companies to adjust their recruitment and retention strategies”

California Hispanic voters want climate action now, says survey

SAN FRANCISCO, 8/26/15 11:09am

• 81 percent support state measures to combat climate change

• “The poll succinctly demonstrates that elected leaders must enact policies that promote clean energy and protect the air and water”

Massive groundwater pumping offsets drought for California farmers says report

OAKLAND, 8/26/15 9:57am

• Shifting the consequences to others

• “While some strategies have increased their resilience, others are clearly unsustainable”

New social challenges emerge for the constantly connected

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 8/26/15 8:50am

• Inconsistency is major part of the picture

• “This ‘always-on’ reality has disrupted long-standing social nor”

Stockton, Fresno lead nation in Freddie Mac analysis

MCLEAN, VA., 8/26/15 7:36am

• Stockton “most improved” housing market

• Fresno tops all metros

Time to get a new tax preparer?

SACRAMENTO, 8/26/15 5:49am , by Alan Shattuck, CRTP

• Know the signs that you should

• Put down that pencil

Court gets to root of grapestock conflict

SACRAMENTO, 8/25/15 9:02pm

• Says company cannot get out of paying assessments

• “The evidence does not support plaintiff’s conspiracy claims”

Bottled water company sued over planned expansion

CALISTOGA, 8/25/15 9:01pm

• Suit says it doesn’t meet requirements

• Company says it’s “disappointed” with the suit

Parking in Stockton? There’s an app for that

STOCKTON, 8/25/15 9:00pm

• Downtown parking meters will take payments via cellphones

• “The meters will still take coins”

Court picks guitar makers’ side in anti-trust case

SAN FRANCISCO, 8/25/15 10:47am

• Says there was no price fixing

• But dissenting judge sees collusion

Quest Diagnostics pays $1.79 million fine

SACRAMENTO, 8/25/15 9:54am

• It resolves federal allegations

• A whistleblower brings the issues to light

1 in 5 movers relocate to different metro area

WASHINGTON, D.C. , 8/25/15 9:28am

• Nation’s largest flow of movers is LA to Riverside

• “Nine of the top 10 metro migration flows were moves to nearby metro areas”

Kendall DeJonge checks data at a research plot near Greely, Colo.
(Photo by Grace Lloyd Miner, USDA)

Taking the temperature of water-thirsty plants

FORT COLLINS, COLO., 8/25/15 6:40am

• Determining if crops are water-stressed

• “We need to exploit the potential of every tool available”

A “weed cancer” in the Delta

STOCKTON, 8/25/15 6:03am , by Gene Beley, CVBT Delta Correspondent

• A huge problem with evasive weeds

• “The challenge is how do you eliminate the cancer without killing the patient”


Credit card delinquency rates remain low, says report

CHICAGO, ILL., 8/25/15 4:59am

• Subprime borrowers represent larger share of new loans

• “Lenders are deliberate and approaching subprime originations cautiously”

Three Stockton residents arrested for credit card fraud; six are sought

SACRAMENTO, 8/24/15 9:04pm

• Involved Target store’s Redcard accounts

• At least 1,000 victims nationwide

Will Central Valley benefit as Bay Area is gentrified?

BERKELEY, 8/24/15 9:00pm

• UC Berkeley study predicts more will be priced out of Bay Area

• “Our research shows some new strategies that can help stabilize communities and keep them affordable”

Stockton Airport to cooperate with Chinese airport

STOCKTON, 8/24/15 11:52am

• Both seek to be low-cost international airports

• A few differences of scale, perhaps

Finalists named for Leopold Conservation Award

SACRAMENTO, 8/24/15 11:27am

• Two ranch operations and a nursery named

• Award to be presented in December

Sonoma State University president stepping down

ROHNERT PARK, 8/24/15 10:44am

• Ruben Armiñana announces his retirement

• “SSU has been transformed and is a jewel”

Homeowner's insurance costs twice as much with poor credit, study finds

SAN FRANCISCO, 8/24/15 10:30am

• Credit an increasingly important rating factor

• “In most states, insurers are putting more emphasis on credit scores”

California pending home sales climb in July

LOS ANGELES, 8/24/15 7:49am

• Eight straight months of year-over-year gains

• Equity sales made up 93 percent of all home sales in July

Popularity of oil and gas industry nears 15-year high

PRINCETON, N.J. , 8/24/15 5:19am

• Positive rating of oil and gas essentially ties 2003 high

• Rates far more positively than federal government

David Alamillo, drone operator, makes a pre-flight check
(Photo by Gene Beley)

Drones take to Central Valley skies

STOCKTON, 8/23/15 9:02pm , by Gene Beley, Delta Correspondent

• Could be farmers’ newest tool and as common as tractors

• “We tailor the flight package”


Mike Machado makes a point
(Photo by Gene Beley)

Can – or should – the Delta be promoted?

STOCKTON, 8/23/15 9:00pm , by Gene Beley, CVBT Delta Correspondent

• Delta Narratives discusses how to market the region

• “The skunk on the table is the government”


  • 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