business http://kvpr.org en 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 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 Four Reasons Why Google Loves The San Joaquin Valley http://kvpr.org/post/four-reasons-why-google-loves-san-joaquin-valley <p>It's around 150 miles from Silicon Valley to Fresno, but over the last few years, Mountain View-based Google has quietly been increasing its presence in the San Joaquin Valley. In fact, the region that's known for its raisins and almonds is now home to some of Google's top research and development projects.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 01:47:47 +0000 Joe Moore 29353 at http://kvpr.org Four Reasons Why Google Loves The San Joaquin Valley City Council Approves Plan To Bring Cars To Fresno's Fulton Mall http://kvpr.org/post/city-council-approves-plan-bring-cars-fresnos-fulton-mall <p>Nearly fifty years after the Fulton Mall opened to national acclaim, &nbsp;Fresno City Council voted late Thursday night to approve a plan to replace the historic pedestrian zone with a two-way street. The 5-2 vote was the latest step in an effort that backers hope will revitalize downtown Fresno and the city's historic main street.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 20:06:43 +0000 Joe Moore 29103 at http://kvpr.org City Council Approves Plan To Bring Cars To Fresno's Fulton Mall Is It Terrible, Or A Treasure? Fresno's Fulton Mall Debate Heats Up http://kvpr.org/post/it-terrible-or-treasure-fresnos-fulton-mall-debate-heats <p>Is Fresno's Fulton Mall a priceless piece of art, or an impediment to revitalization of the city's historic core? That's the issue facing the Fresno City Council later this month, as the debate to re-open the pedestrian mall to vehicle traffic heats up, thanks to a $16 million federal grant.&nbsp;</p><p>On Valley Public Radio's Valley Edition, we invited guests with two different perspectives to join us and talk about their competing visions for the future of this historic part of the city. They were:</p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 22:32:44 +0000 Joe Moore 28373 at http://kvpr.org Is It Terrible, Or A Treasure? Fresno's Fulton Mall Debate Heats Up California Legislature Holds Joint Fast Food Wages Hearing http://kvpr.org/post/california-legislature-holds-joint-fast-food-wages-hearing <div><p>California lawmakers are looking at the cost fast food jobs might pass on to state taxpayers. As Max Pringle reports from Sacramento, Wednesday’s hearing was based on a recent UC Berkeley Labor Center study.</p></div><p>The study estimates that more than half of full-time fast food workers rely on public assistance, which costs California taxpayers more than $700 million per year. The Center’s Ken Jacobs says the study contradicts a lot of assumptions about the average fast food worker.</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 20:32:28 +0000 Max Pringle - Capital Public Radio 24512 at http://kvpr.org California Legislature Holds Joint Fast Food Wages Hearing Bill to Increase California's Minimum Wage Passes Legislature http://kvpr.org/post/bill-increase-californias-minimum-wage-passes-legislature <p class="p1"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A bill that would gradually increase the California minimum wage to $10-an-hour has passed the State legislature and is on its way to the governor. It would be the first increase in the minimum wage in six years.</p><p class="p1">Democratic Senator Bill Monning says if you’re a Californian subsisting on the current state minimum wage, you’re living a second class existence.</p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 17:34:32 +0000 Max Pringle - Capital Public Radio 21544 at http://kvpr.org Bill to Increase California's Minimum Wage Passes Legislature Minimum Wage Deal at California Capitol http://kvpr.org/post/minimum-wage-deal-california-capitol <p class="p1">It looks like California’s minimum wage will go up next year for the first time since 2008.&nbsp; Ben Adler reports from Sacramento on the deal announced today by Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders.</p><p class="p3">Under the deal, California’s $8-an-hour minimum wage would rise to $9 in July of next year, and then to $10 in January of 2016.&nbsp; That’s a faster pace than the original bill that’s been moving through the legislature this year.&nbsp; But it does not include automatic adjustments for inflation, as was previously proposed.</p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 01:24:24 +0000 Ben Adler - Capital Public Radio 21434 at http://kvpr.org Minimum Wage Deal at California Capitol Indian Ambassador To U.S. Takes Interest In Central California http://kvpr.org/post/indian-ambassador-us-takes-interest-central-california <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s not every day that an ambassador from a foreign nation visits Fresno. But on Thursday the Indian ambassador to the United States paid a visit to Fresno State.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Indian Ambassador to the United States Nirupama Rao visited Fresno for several reasons: to strengthen U.S. – India ties.</p><p>"Trade, business and investment ties between economies such as ours..."</p><p>The large Indian population in the San Joaquin Valley:</p><p>“I see so many friends from the Punjab region of India sitting amongst us..."</p> Sat, 31 Aug 2013 00:52:23 +0000 Ezra David Romero 20869 at http://kvpr.org Indian Ambassador To U.S. Takes Interest In Central California Major Shakeup in Fresno Radio, Peak Broadcasting Stations Sold http://kvpr.org/post/major-shakeup-fresno-radio-peak-broadcasting-stations-sold <p>Fresno's Peak Broadcasting, which owns stations in Fresno and Boise, has changed hands in a complex deal involving some of the nation's biggest radio station owners and operators.</p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 19:24:38 +0000 Joe Moore 20851 at http://kvpr.org Major Shakeup in Fresno Radio, Peak Broadcasting Stations Sold California Committee Delays Acting on Fracking Regulation Bill http://kvpr.org/post/california-committee-delays-acting-fracking-regulation-bill <div><p>A California bill to monitor and regulate hydraulic fracturing, or fracking has stumbled in a key Assembly committee. Under the bill, companies would have to make public all information regarding their fracking operations. Max Pringle reports from Sacramento.</p></div><p>Fracking is when energy companies inject pressurized water and chemicals into the ground to extract oil and gas. Jena Price with the California League of Conservation voters says the bill the League co-sponsored would set a national precedent on the regulation of fracking.</p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 01:43:47 +0000 Max Pringle - Capital Public Radio 20459 at http://kvpr.org California Committee Delays Acting on Fracking Regulation Bill Controversial Farmworker Bill Passes Assembly http://kvpr.org/post/controversial-farmworker-bill-passes-assembly <p>The California Assembly has approved a bill that would make it easier for farm workers to obtain union contracts with their employers.&nbsp; As Ben Adler reports from Sacramento, the measure passed Monday with the bare minimum votes needed – despite strong opposition from growers.</p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 18:53:42 +0000 Joe Moore 20309 at http://kvpr.org Controversial Farmworker Bill Passes Assembly Large Raisin Crop Expected for 2013 http://kvpr.org/post/large-raisin-crop-expected-2013 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new crop forecast from the USDA and the California Department of Food and Agriculture indicates this year's raisin crop could be as much as 25 percent larger than last year's.</span></p><p class="p1"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's expected to be the largest raisin crop since 2008, at 2.4 million tons. Last year's crop was just over 1.9 million tons.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Over 200,000 acres of raisin grapes are in production this year.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 01:07:37 +0000 Joe Moore 20054 at http://kvpr.org Large Raisin Crop Expected for 2013 Bakersfield Produce Grower Sun World International Sold to LA Group http://kvpr.org/post/bakersfield-produce-grower-sun-world-international-sold-la-group <p>Bakersfield-based produce grower and packer Sun World International has been acquired by&nbsp;Renewable Resources Group, a Los Angeles-based asset management firm.</p><p>Terms of the sale, which closed on August 9, were not disclosed. Sun World grows, packs and markets a variety of agricultural products ranging from grapes and stonefruit to vegetables.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 20:09:16 +0000 Joe Moore 19907 at http://kvpr.org Bakersfield Produce Grower Sun World International Sold to LA Group Bill Would Phase Out Plastic Bags in California http://kvpr.org/post/bill-would-phase-out-plastic-bags-california <div><p>Plastic bags may not be an option much longer at California grocery stores. Lawmakers are considering a bill that would ban the bags. Despite previous attempts, supporters believe this time the bill will pass. Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento.</p><p>California retailers hand out more than 14 billion single use plastic bags every year. The state’s own figures show only 5 percent are recycled. Mark Murray is with Californians Against Waste.</p> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 18:34:25 +0000 Amy Quinton 13691 at http://kvpr.org Bill Would Phase Out Plastic Bags in California Fresno's Guarantee Real Estate Acquired By Berkshire Hathaway Company http://kvpr.org/post/fresnos-guarantee-real-estate-acquired-berkshire-hathaway-company <p>A company controlled by billionaire investor Warren Buffett announced today it has acquired&nbsp;Fresno-based brokerage firm Guarantee&nbsp;Real Estate.&nbsp;The terms of the deal were not released.</p><p>Guarantee will now be a division of Minneapolis-based&nbsp;Home Services of America, Inc., which is affiliated with Buffet's firm Berkshire Hathaway.</p><p>Guarantee was one of Central California's largest real estate brokerage firms, with over 400 employees in 13 offices. In 2011, the company handled transactions for over 3,700 units, totaling over $600 million.</p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 20:06:02 +0000 Joe Moore 9186 at http://kvpr.org Fresno's Guarantee Real Estate Acquired By Berkshire Hathaway Company Some California Small Businesses Wary of Brown's Prop 30 http://kvpr.org/post/some-california-small-businesses-wary-browns-prop-30 <p>California Governor Jerry Brown’s November tax measure is drawing some of its strongest opposition from small business groups. Ben Adler reports from Sacramento on how some small businesses would be affected by Proposition 30.</p><p>James Wright owns part of a small business in Los Angeles County that manufactures manhole covers – with about 10 million dollars in sales. Wright doesn’t take anywhere near that much home to his family. But he does have to pay personal income taxes on company profits … using money from the business itself.</p> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 17:28:47 +0000 Ben Adler 5910 at http://kvpr.org California Lumber Sales Creep Up In Recent Years http://kvpr.org/post/california-lumber-sales-creep-recent-years <p>Lumber sales are up slightly in California, after hitting a record low in 2009.&nbsp;The 2008 collapse of the housing market devastated California&#39;s already faltering lumber industry. The housing market has been slow to recover, but new home construction has risen in the last year.</p><p>David Bischel of the California Forestry Association says that&#39;s translated into a slight uptick in lumber production.&nbsp;&quot;There&#39;s been an increase in sales because there&#39;s been a small increase in housing production, our markets are very closely tied to housing markets.&quot;</p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 16:43:26 +0000 Kathleen Masterson 2309 at http://kvpr.org California Lumber Sales Creep Up In Recent Years California's "Buy Here Pay Here" Used Car Industry Could Face New Regulations http://kvpr.org/post/californias-buy-here-pay-here-used-car-industry-could-face-new-regulations <p>The controversial &ldquo;Buy Here, Pay Here&rdquo; used car industry would face strict new regulations under several bills moving through the California legislature.</p><p>Search &ldquo;Buy Here, Pay Here&rdquo; on Google and the first website that pops up is &ldquo;We-Approve-Bad-Credit-dot-com.&rdquo; Dealers require buyers to make each month&rsquo;s loan payment in person. If they can&rsquo;t, their cars are often repossessed on the spot. Democratic State Senator Ted Lieu says his bill would apply similar regulations for typical auto lenders to the Buy Here, Pay Here industry.</p> Fri, 03 Aug 2012 16:54:12 +0000 Ben Adler 1511 at http://kvpr.org Survey Sheds Light On What California Small Businesses Want from New Health Market http://kvpr.org/post/survey-sheds-light-what-california-small-businesses-want-new-health-market <p>A new survey sheds light on what small businesses in California want out of the new health insurance market starting in 2014.&nbsp;</p><p>Only a little more than a third of California small businesses currently provide some health benefits in their workplace. But that number could go up to 44 percent when a new health marketplace is up and running.</p><p>That&rsquo;s according to a poll commissioned by the Small Business Majority and Kaiser Permanente.</p><p>John Arensmeyer of the Small Business Majority says the poll shows small companies want the same health options big ones have.</p> Tue, 12 Jun 2012 16:55:46 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 1320 at http://kvpr.org