News

California State University regents ratify new deal with union

LONG BEACH — The California State University board of trustees ratified a new collective bargaining agreement on Tuesday. The new deal will boost salaries by 10.5 percent over the…

Twitter hopes changes will boost usage

NEW YORK — Twitter announced that in coming months photos, videos and other media won’t count toward its 140-character limit. The change is aimed at making the service…

Facebook to change how it picks trending topics

LOS ANGELES — Facebook is dropping its reliance on news outlets to help determine what gets posted as a “trending topic” on its giant social network. The move…

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Economy

New overtime rules could impact 12.5 million workers

New overtime rules could impact 12.5 million workers

New overtime rules will likely make an additional 12.5 million employees eligible for overtime protections,…

Unemployment rate sinks across Central Valley

SACRAMENTO — Unemployment shrank across the Central Valley in April. The lowest Valley unemployment rate was…

Federal Reserve poised to consider interest rate hike

Federal Reserve poised to consider interest rate hike

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve appears ready to raise interest rates again. At a meeting…

April prices make biggest jump in three years

April prices make biggest jump in three years

WASHINGTON — A surge in the price of gasoline helped push consumer prices up in…

People

Longtime Business Council president to retire

STOCKTON — Ronald S. Addington will retire as president of the Business Council Inc. of San Joaquin County on June 1. He has held the position since 1992.…

Big Valley Mortgage adds sales manager for Central Valley

Big Valley Mortgage adds sales manager for Central Valley

ROSEVILLE — Al Gonzalez will lead Big Valley Mortgage’s expansion efforts in the Central Valley. Gonzalez is the new Central Valley division area sales manager. He will oversee…

Modesto accountant to lead area CPA chapter

Modesto accountant to lead area CPA chapter

MODESTO — Preston L. Osbourn II, of Atherton & Associates LLP in Modesto, is the new president of the San Joaquin Chapter of the California Society of Certified…

Guest Columns

Getting capital through royalty-based financing

Getting capital through royalty-based financing

Every business needs equity capital at some point; the problem is, not every business has the necessary equity to acquire it…

Construction

U.S. home construction jumps in April

WASHINGTON — Home construction ramped up in April as housing starts jumped 6.6 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.17 million units, according to the…

Education

California State University regents ratify new deal with union

LONG BEACH — The California State University board of trustees ratified a new collective bargaining agreement on Tuesday. The new deal will boost salaries by 10.5 percent over…

Logistics & Infrastructure

Closeup: Port’s new chairman brings real estate skill

STOCKTON — The Port of Stockton Commission has a new chairman. R. Jay Allen, a five-year member of the commission, was unanimously elected at the beginning of…

Health Care

Doctors Medical Center gets “A” for patient safety from Leapfrog

MODESTO — Doctors Medical Center was the only hospital in Modesto to receive an “A” grade for patient safety from the watchdog group Leapfrog. Doctors Medical Center…

Transportation

Gas prices surge as summer driving season begins

WASHINGTON — Gas prices are rising heading into the Memorial Day weekend. The national price per gallon sits at $2.28, the highest of the year. Nationally prices…

Tourism & Attractions

Yosemite’s Tioga Road is open for the season

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — Those wanting to take Tioga Road though the upper elevations in Yosemite National Park can do so, starting today. The road opened at…

Real Estate

Experts think Trump, Clinton could impact home values

The real estate web site zillow.com polled 107 experts nationwide to offer their expectations for home value growth through 2020. Overall, they expected home values to grow by…

Politics & Government

Stockton mayoral candidates sound off on business issues

STOCKTON — Stockton voters will head to the polls to pick from among seven mayoral candidates running in the June 7 primary. The top two candidates will…