Business & Economy http://kvpr.org en Photo Blog: Google, Castle Air Force Base, Weeds And Air Force One http://kvpr.org/post/photo-blog-google-castle-air-force-base-weeds-and-air-force-one <p>Central California isn't necessarily known for advancing the world of technology, but <a href="http://kvpr.org/post/googles-self-driving-car-and-others-use-merced-landing-pad">Ezra David Romero </a>reports that some are trying to change that. Merced County, a<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;region know for milk and almonds, is working to attract high tech companies to fill what was once Castle Air Force Base in Atwater.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:50:38 +0000 Ezra David Romero 35872 at http://kvpr.org Photo Blog: Google, Castle Air Force Base, Weeds And Air Force One Drought Hurts Fresno County Crop Value, Dropping Behind Tulare County http://kvpr.org/post/drought-hurts-fresno-county-crop-value-dropping-behind-tulare-county <p>A report released today shows that Fresno's agricultural industry has slipped out of its first-place standing in the state.&nbsp; The 2013 Fresno County crop report shows that its total gross value of agricultural products last year was $6.4 billion, over $1.3 billion behind Tulare County--the first time since 2002 that Tulare swung to the top of the list.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:32:18 +0000 Kerry Klein 35761 at http://kvpr.org Drought Hurts Fresno County Crop Value, Dropping Behind Tulare County Drought Could Cost California Economy $2.2 Billion In 2014, Says Study http://kvpr.org/post/drought-could-cost-california-economy-22-billion-2014-says-study <p>The California economy could lose $2.2 billion this year because of the drought. Max Pringle reports on <a href="http://news.ucdavis.edu/search/news_detail.lasso?id=10978">a UC Davis study</a> that shows the agriculture industry alone could lose $1.5 billion.</p><p>The study says California will have to make do with a third less water this year and that could lead to 430 thousand acres of fallow farmland. Former UC Davis Economist Richard Howitt says the pain won’t be spread evenly throughout the state.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:05:33 +0000 Max Pringle - Capital Public Radio 35760 at http://kvpr.org Drought Could Cost California Economy $2.2 Billion In 2014, Says Study Google's Self-Driving Car And Others Use Merced As A Landing Pad http://kvpr.org/post/googles-self-driving-car-and-others-use-merced-landing-pad <p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">This is the first story in a two week series by Ezra David Romero about what some are calling a tech boom in Central California. This week we talk Merced, next we explore Fresno.&nbsp;</em></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Meet a guy who wakes up and spends his entire day with </span><a href="http://kvpr.org/post/four-reasons-why-google-loves-san-joaquin-valley" style="line-height: 1.5;">Google</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>“I’m Daniel Galindo, I’m a student at the Merced JC,” Galindo says.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 18:16:39 +0000 Ezra David Romero 35719 at http://kvpr.org Google's Self-Driving Car And Others Use Merced As A Landing Pad Fresno Bar Is First To Go On California High Speed Rail http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-bar-first-go-california-high-speed-rail <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The jaws of a giant excavator tore through what was the old Annie’s Hollywood Inn bar in West Fresno Monday morning.</span></p><p>“The excavator right there is going to hit the back of that building and because it’s so small it’s not going to take long; probably if we blink it’ll be down in five minutes,” says Jill Kroeker with J. Kroeker Inc.</p><p>The demolition of the 66-year-old bar is the first of many to be reduced to smithereens as part of construction along the first 29 mile segment of California High Speed Rail.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 03:48:21 +0000 Ezra David Romero 35692 at http://kvpr.org Fresno Bar Is First To Go On California High Speed Rail Levee Break On Canal Will Delay Water Deliveries http://kvpr.org/post/levee-break-canal-will-delay-water-deliveries <p class="p1">A major canal that supplies Kings River water to east side valley farmers will be out of commission for one week at the height of the&nbsp; growing season.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">A levee on the Alta Irrigation's District's Alta Main canal east of Sanger gave way on Sunday evening, flooding several homes and closing Highway 180 for a short time. Crews were able to control the flooding and turn off the water supply.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 01:25:18 +0000 Joe Moore 35322 at http://kvpr.org Levee Break On Canal Will Delay Water Deliveries Organizers Say Fresno Software Competition So Successful, It's No Longer Necessary http://kvpr.org/post/organizers-say-fresno-software-competition-so-successful-its-no-longer-necessary <p>Downtown Fresno is just 163 miles from Mountain View, the heart of Silicon Valley and the home of tech giant Google, but in many ways it's a world away.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">But while the San Joaquin Valley may be known more for its produce than its programmers a local competition has been working for the past five years to change that. </span></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 21:19:14 +0000 Joe Moore 34697 at http://kvpr.org Organizers Say Fresno Software Competition So Successful, It's No Longer Necessary Report: Drought Won't Hurt California Economy http://kvpr.org/post/report-drought-wont-hurt-california-economy <p>California’s drought may have a lot of negative consequences, but a new report out today says the state’s economy won’t be one of them. Katie Orr reports from Sacramento.</p><p>The report from Moody’s Investors Service finds, short term, California’s economy won’t suffer as a result of the drought. It finds the state’s reliance on income taxes and sales taxes will largely provide a buffer. H.D. Palmer with the governor’s Department of Finance, agrees the state’s economy has weathered the drought so far.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 01:28:05 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 32997 at http://kvpr.org Report: Drought Won't Hurt California Economy Drought Could Cost California Agriculture Industry $1.7 Billion http://kvpr.org/post/drought-could-cost-california-agriculture-industry-17-billion <div><p></p><p>A new study shows that California’s drought could result in severe economic losses for Central Valley farmers. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, the analysis also shows the drought will mean thousands of job losses.</p> Mon, 19 May 2014 22:55:27 +0000 Amy Quinton - Capital Public Radio 32926 at http://kvpr.org Drought Could Cost California Agriculture Industry $1.7 Billion Yosemite Workers Rally To Keep Jobs Amid Contract Uncertainty http://kvpr.org/post/yosemite-workers-rally-keep-jobs-amid-contract-uncertainty <p class="p1">Concessions workers at Yosemite National Park held a rally today over concerns that a new contractor could leave some longtime employers out of work.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">The Delaware North Corporation has held the park's exclusive food service and lodging contract since the early 1990's.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The National Park Service recently announced that it is soliciting new proposals for the deal.&nbsp;</span></p><p class="p1">Sarah McDermott is with the Unite Here Local 19 union:&nbsp;</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 02:03:57 +0000 Kerry Klein & Joe Moore 32627 at http://kvpr.org Yosemite Workers Rally To Keep Jobs Amid Contract Uncertainty New Bill Would Make Dining With Dogs Legal In California http://kvpr.org/post/new-bill-would-make-dining-dogs-legal-california <p>It’s becomes common to see dogs sitting next to their owners on restaurant patios. But, as Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, dining with a dog that is not a service animal is actually against California law.</p> Fri, 09 May 2014 17:39:41 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 32780 at http://kvpr.org New Bill Would Make Dining With Dogs Legal In California Downtown Fresno's Cosmopolitan Restaurant Headed To Selland Parking Lot http://kvpr.org/post/downtown-fresnos-cosmopolitan-restaurant-headed-selland-parking-lot <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One of Fresno's oldest restaurants could soon have a new home, in what is now a parking lot at the Fresno Convention and Entertainment Center.</span></p><p>On Thursday the Fresno City Council is set to vote on a proposal to sell a portion of the city-owned lot at the corner of Ventura and O streets to Gary Lanfranco, owner of the Cosmopolitan Bar &amp; Grill.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 19:06:39 +0000 Joe Moore 31878 at http://kvpr.org Downtown Fresno's Cosmopolitan Restaurant Headed To Selland Parking Lot Kern County Officials Hope To Lure Embattled Sriracha Factory http://kvpr.org/post/kern-county-officials-hope-lure-embattled-sriracha-factory <p></p><p>Back in 2010, the city of Irwindale was so excited to lure the factory that makes Sriracha hot sauce to their area, they helped finance the $40 million project.</p><p>But earlier this month that same city council designated this once desired business as a public nuisance, over complaints from residents about spicy odors and burning eyes.</p><p>Sriracha sauce creator David Tran is now being peppered with offers to relocate his plant to other states and counties, including the San Joaquin Valley. The move could create hundreds of jobs and bolster the local economy.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:11:39 +0000 Diana Aguilera 31655 at http://kvpr.org Kern County Officials Hope To Lure Embattled Sriracha Factory Farmer Suicides Cast Shadow Over U.S. Agriculture http://kvpr.org/post/farmer-suicides-cast-shadow-over-us-agriculture <p>America’s farmers are dying. But it’s not just because they’re aging. In 1978 the average age of the American farmer was 50, today it’s around 58. But there’s another even more troubling issue facing those who grow our food - &nbsp;farmers taking their own lives.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:34:39 +0000 Joe Moore 31561 at http://kvpr.org Farmer Suicides Cast Shadow Over U.S. Agriculture City of Fresno Envisions New Downtown Developments Near Chukchansi Park http://kvpr.org/post/city-fresno-envisions-new-downtown-developments-near-chukchansi-park <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Downtown Fresno's </span>Chukchansi<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Park could get some new mixed-use neighbors and a makeover, if a new development plan advanced by city officials moves forward.</span></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 23:42:19 +0000 Joe Moore 30836 at http://kvpr.org City of Fresno Envisions New Downtown Developments Near Chukchansi Park In Fresno, Tioga-Sequoia Brews Both Beer And Culture http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-tioga-sequoia-brews-both-beer-and-culture <p>Craft beer has swept the country and can be found in almost any grocery store in California. One local brewery has helped spearhead the movement in the Central California. FM89 reporter Ezra David Romero visits Fresno based Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company to hear about their latest innovation in brewing.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">---</span></p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:17:37 +0000 Ezra David Romero 30559 at http://kvpr.org In Fresno, Tioga-Sequoia Brews Both Beer And Culture California Bill Would Mandate Paid Rest Breaks for Farm Workers http://kvpr.org/post/california-bill-would-mandate-paid-rest-breaks-farm-workers <p>Paid rest breaks would become mandatory for farm workers and other outdoor workers under a bill now in the California legislature. The measure is an attempt to prevent heat related illnesses. From Sacramento, Max Pringle reports.</p><p>People who work outdoors are susceptible to dizziness, heat exhaustion and heat stroke, which can be fatal. Nicole Marquez with the advocacy group Worksafe says farm workers are commonly paid based on how much they pick.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:14:17 +0000 Max Pringle - Capital Public Radio 30491 at http://kvpr.org California Bill Would Mandate Paid Rest Breaks for Farm Workers Fresno At The Top Of The Pack For Solar Energy http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-top-pack-solar-energy <p>It’s no secret that solar energy is a trend, but did you know that the Fresno metropolitan area is ranked first in the top 10 metro areas for solar power in the US?</p><p>The organization <a href="http://1bog.org/">One Block Off the Grid</a> – the Priceline of solar installations – was on a mission to find out which parts of the US use the most solar energy. <a href="http://www.nrel.gov/">The National Renewable Energy Laboratory</a> held their answer through their database the&nbsp;<a href="https://openpv.nrel.gov/gallery">Open PV Project</a>.</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 00:37:27 +0000 Ezra David Romero 29627 at http://kvpr.org Fresno At The Top Of The Pack For Solar Energy Visalia Woman Builds Better Hammer, Smashes Stereotypes http://kvpr.org/post/visalia-woman-builds-better-hammer-smashes-stereotypes <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In an ag industry that is dominated by older men, 25 year-old Megan Murphy is hard at work. Not just demonstrating her company’s top product, something called the Dead Blow Hammer, but also in challenging stereotypes: in agriculture, manufacturing and entrepreneurship. She’s the president of </span><a href="https://www.hammerworksmfg.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Hammer Works Manufacturing</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Visalia.</span></p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 18:58:59 +0000 Ezra David Romero 29534 at http://kvpr.org Visalia Woman Builds Better Hammer, Smashes Stereotypes Could Delano's Former VOA Radio Station Become A Homeless Shelter? http://kvpr.org/post/could-delanos-former-voa-radio-station-become-homeless-shelter <p>For over 60 years, a mammoth cluster of radio towers and transmitters just west of Delano beamed the Voice of America network to shortwave listeners across the globe.&nbsp;</p><p>Now according to the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.radioworld.com/article/voa-delano-station-goes-on-the-block/269252" style="color: rgb(1, 143, 226); text-decoration: underline;">trade publication Radio World,</a>&nbsp;the property could soon get a new use as housing for the homeless.</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 18:38:14 +0000 Joe Moore 29477 at http://kvpr.org Could Delano's Former VOA Radio Station Become A Homeless Shelter?