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Written on 04/22/2014, 1:52 pm by Business Journal staff
melting-pot-restaurant-seeks-franchisees-in-fresnoKnown for its selection of fondue dishes, the Melting Pot Restaurants is recruiting franchisees in Fresno as it expands its footprint throughout the U.S....
Written on 04/22/2014, 1:29 pm by The Associated Press
(AP) — The stock market is notching its sixth gain in a row as more U.S. companies report solid earnings. It's the longest winning streak since September. Netflix rose 7 percent after the online video streaming service said its first-quarter earnings soared. Harley-Davidson jumped 6 percent after the company reported that its motorcycle sales rose worldwide. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose seven points, or 0.4 percent, to close at 1,879 Tuesday. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 65 points, or 0.4 percent, to 16,514. The Nasdaq composite rose 39 points, or 1 percent, to 4,161. Bond prices didn't change much. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note was flat at 2.72 percent.
Written on 04/22/2014, 1:28 pm by Business Journal staff
An amusement park ride operator was fined more than $100,000 by Cal/OSHA for running two faulty rides at the Big Fresno Fair last October. Butler Amusements, based in Beaverton, Ore., operated the Giant Wheel and Flying Bobs rides at the fair from October 1 to 13. Following a confidential tip about safety, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, or Cal/OSHA, conducted an inspection during the fair revealing that 12 bolts associated with the support leg flanges were missing on the Giant Wheel. The inspection also found that the Flying Bobs ride was missing all of the lower cross bracing used for structural support. Butler Amusements stopped the rides after a representative accompanying the investigator was made aware of the potential hazard. However, the inspection turned up three violations of California's public safety regulations, each carrying a $33,750 penalty for a total fine of $101,250. Among them were the company's failure to maintain amusement ride equipment according to the manufacturer's safety recommendations, failure to ensure proper installation of all fastenings and use of the rides without necessary supports. "Thankfully these violations were found before anyone was hurt," said acting Cal/OSHA Chief Juliann Sum, in a release. "Nevertheless, when amusement park machinery is used without strict attention to safety requirements, citations will be issued."
Written on 04/22/2014, 1:26 pm by PAUL WISEMAN, AP Economics Writer
(AP) — With college commencement ceremonies nearing, the government is offering a modest dose of good news for graduating seniors: The job market is brightening for new grads — a bit. But finding work — especially a dream job — remains tough for those just graduating. Many are settling for jobs outside their fields of study or for less pay than they'd expected or hoped for. The Labor Department on Tuesday said the unemployment rate for 2013 college graduates — defined as those ages 20 to 29 who earned a four-year or advanced degree — was 10.9 percent. That was down from 13.3 percent in 2012 and was the lowest since 7.7 percent in 2007. The drop reflects the steady recovery in overall U.S. economic growth and hiring. But unemployment for recent grads was still higher than the 9.6 percent rate for all Americans ages 20 to 29 last October, when the government collected the numbers. "I'm finding that all these entry-level jobs are requiring experience I don't have or degrees that are just unattainable right out of college," says Howard Rudnick, 23, who graduated last year in political science from Florida Atlantic University and wound up earning $25,000 a year working for an online shoe company. "The worst part is that I'm afraid at some point I may have to go back to school to better myself and take on more debt just so I can get a better-paying job." Over time, though, Americans who have college degrees are still far more likely to find employment and to earn more than those who don't. And while opportunities for new college grads remain too few, they're increasing. "It really is getting better," says Jean Manning-Clark, director of the career center at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colo. She says more automotive and steel companies are now looking at the school's graduates, joining energy and technology companies that have been actively recruiting for several years. Last year's female graduates fared better than men: 9 percent were unemployed as of October last year, compared with 13.7 percent of men. Analysts note that the economy has been generating jobs in many low-wage fields — such as retail and hotels — that disproportionately employ women"It seems like the jobs that are growing fastest are jobs that are low-wage jobs, service jobs," says Anne Johnson, executive director of Generation Progress, an arm of the liberal Center for American Progress that studies youth issues. Other fields that attract women — including health care — weren't hit as hard by the recession. Philip Gardner, director of Michigan State University's Collegiate Employment Research Institute, says women also "have skill sets that employers want... They have better communications skills. They have better interpersonal skills. They are more willing to work in teams." Alexa Staudt's job search lasted just three weeks. Before graduating from the University of Texas last spring, Staudt, 23, had landed an administrative position at an online security company in Austin."I had marketable skills from my internships" in event planning, marketing and copy-editing and experience working as a receptionist for a real-estate firm, Staudt says. She's happy with the job and the chance to stay in Austin. Yet the McKinsey & Company consultancy last year found that 41 percent of graduates from top universities and 48 percent of those from other schools could not land jobs in their chosen field after graduation. Even in good times, many college graduates need time to find a good job. But researchers at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York concluded earlier this year that "it has become more common for underemployed college graduates to find themselves in low-wage jobs or to be working part time." The Labor Department reports that 260,000 college graduates were stuck last year working at or below the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. That's down from a peak of 327,000 in 2010. But it's more than double the 127,000 in 2007, the year the recession began. "Every way you cut it, young college grads are really having trouble — much more trouble than they used to have," says Heidi Shierholz, an economist at the liberal Economic Policy Institute. "The labor market is not producing decent jobs." In a study last year, economists at the University of British Columbia and York University in Canada found that college graduates were more likely to be working in routine and manual work than were graduates in 2000; technology was eliminating some mid-level jobs that graduates used to take. The result is that many have had to compete for jobs that don't require much education. Their sobering conclusion: "Having a B.A. is less about obtaining access to high-paying managerial and technology jobs and more about beating less-educated workers for the barista or clerical job."
Written on 04/22/2014, 1:21 pm by MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press
(AP) — Grappling with fast-changing technology, Supreme Court justices debated Tuesday whether they can protect the copyrights of TV broadcasters to the shows they send out without strangling innovations in the use of the internet. The high court heard arguments in a dispute between television broadcasters and Aereo Inc., which takes free television signals from the airwaves and charges subscribers to watch the programs on laptop computers, smartphones and even their large-screen televisions. The case has the potential to bring big changes to the television industry. But several justices expressed concern that a ruling for the broadcasters could hamper the burgeoning world of cloud computing, which gives users access to a vast online computer network that stores and processes information. Justice Stephen Breyer said the prospect makes him nervous. "Are we somehow catching other things that would really change life and shouldn't?" Breyer asked. Paul Clement, representing the broadcasters, tried to assure the court it could draw an appropriate line between Aereo's service and cloud computing generally. People who merely retrieve what they have stored should have no reason to worry, Clement said. But David Frederick, representing Aereo, said the "cloud computing industry is freaked out about the case" because it sees its $10 billion investment at risk if the court were to hold that anytime music or an image is stored online and then retrieved, the copyright law would be implicated. The discussion veered between references to Roku, a TV streaming device, and other high-tech gadgets on the one hand, and analogies to coat-check rooms and valet parking in an effort to make matters more understandable on the other. There was even Breyer's quaint reference to a "phonograph record store." Aereo's service starts at $8 a month and is available in New York, Boston, Houston and Atlanta, among 11 metropolitan areas. Subscribers get about two dozen local over-the-air stations, plus the Bloomberg TV financial channel. In each market, Aereo has a data center with thousands of dime-size antennas. When a subscriber wants to watch a show live or record it, the company temporarily assigns the customer an antenna and transmits the program over the Internet to the subscriber's laptop, tablet, smartphone or even a big-screen TV with a Roku or Apple TV streaming device. The antenna is only used by one subscriber at a time, and Aereo says that's much like the situation at home, where a viewer uses a personal antenna to watch over-the-air broadcasts for free. Chief Justice John Roberts repeatedly asked Frederick whether the tiny antennas existed for any reason other than to avoid paying the broadcasters for their content. "Is there any reason you need 10,000 of them?" Roberts said at one point. He suggested that it might not affect his view of the case if there was no other reason. But Frederick said it was much cheaper for Aereo, backed by billionaire Barry Diller, to add equipment as it grows, rather than start with a single large antenna. Broadcasters including ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and PBS sued Aereo for copyright infringement, saying Aereo should pay for redistributing the programming the same way cable and satellite systems must or risk high-profile blackouts of channels that anger their subscribers. Some networks have said they will consider abandoning free over-the-air broadcasting if they lose at the Supreme Court. The broadcasters and their backers argue that Aereo's competitive advantage lies not in its product, but in avoiding paying for it. There are signs people are starting to forgo pay-TV subscriptions by relying on Internet services such as Netflix and Hulu Plus for television shows. A service that offers live television, as Aereo does, could make such cord-cutting even more palatable. A study last year from GfK estimated that 19 percent of TV households had broadcast-only reception, up from 14 percent in 2010. Broadcasters worry they will be able to charge cable and satellite companies less if they lose subscribers. But Aereo argues that broadcasters would benefit from increased advertising revenue from increased viewership. The company says many of its subscribers are under 30 and have never had cable service. Aereo founder and CEO Chet Kanojia recently told The Associated Press that broadcasters can't stand in the way of innovation, saying, "the Internet is happening to everybody, whether you like it or not." Aereo plans to more than double the number of cities it serves, although the high court could put a major hurdle in the company's path if it sides with the broadcasters. The federal appeals court in New York ruled that Aereo did not violate the copyrights of broadcasters with its service, but a similar service has been blocked by judges in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. A district judge in Utah also ruled against Aereo, saying that Aereo's service is "indistinguishable from a cable company." The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said its ruling stemmed from a 2008 decision in which it held that Cablevision Systems Corp. could offer a remote digital video recording service without paying additional licensing fees to broadcasters because each playback transmission was made to a single subscriber using a single unique copy produced by that subscriber. The Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal from movie studios, TV networks and cable TV companies. In the Aereo case, a dissenting judge said his court's decision would eviscerate copyright law. Judge Denny Chin called Aereo's setup a sham and said the individual antennas are a "Rube Goldberg-like contrivance" — an overly complicated device that accomplishes a simple task in a confusing way — that exists for the sole purpose of evading copyright law. A decision is expected by late June.___The case is ABC v. Aereo, 13-461.
Written on 04/22/2014, 12:05 pm by Associated Press
(AP) — Clovis officials have agreed to review the business license of a coffee shop that features baristas in bikinis. The Bottom's Up coffee shop in Clovis has run into opposition from some residents. One of those residents, Candice Eslick, presented the City Council with a petition on Monday. Eslick said she wants the shop to move its menu inside. The menu has racy names, and Eslick said she's seen young children reading it and taking photos next to the baristas. The Fresno Bee reports ( that the council agreed to look into that issue and the shop's business license at its May 19 meeting.
Written on 04/22/2014, 12:03 pm by Associated Press
(AP) — A Colorado-based mining company has been fined by the federal government over the mishandling of hazardous waste at its San Bernardino County mine and mineral processing facility. The San Bernardino Sun newspaper says ( ) the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday ordered Molycorp Minerals to pay a $27,300 penalty. The Mountain Pass site separates rare earth materials from each other and the low value soils where they are found. The EPA says in 2012 inspectors determined that leaked or spilled materials containing lead and iron were present in storm water on the site. Several containers of the lead and iron substance were improperly closed or labeled. Molycorp spokesman Jim Sims says the company no longer uses the same processing procedures that led to the fine.
Written on 04/22/2014, 12:02 pm by Associated Press
(AP) — A research firm says California home foreclosure starts increased from January through March after plunging to an eight-year low in the previous quarter. DataQuick said Tuesday that there were slightly more than 19,200 default notices filed in the first quarter, up 6 percent from the fourth quarter of 2013 and up 4 percent from the same period a year earlier. Figures for the first quarter of 2013 were driven lower by new state laws designed to protect homeowners from losing property. The San Diego-based research firm says default notices are expected to continue dropping, thanks to an improving economy and higher home prices. California home prices surged to a six-year high last month. Default notices are the first step in the foreclosure process.
Written on 04/22/2014, 12:00 pm by Associated Press
(AP) — Private space exploration firm SpaceX and the Stennis Space Center have cut the ribbon on an improved rocket engine test stand. The ceremony was held Monday at the space center. SpaceX, based in Hawthorne, Calif., is supposed to conduct initial testing this year of its new Raptor engines, which will be powered by methane and liquid oxygen. SpaceX President/COO Gywnne Shotwell says 15-20 people will work on the Raptor testing at Stennis, but hopes to grow that number as testing expands. She says the rocket engines being tested could eventually help Americans reach Mars. The company's aggressive timetable for the first such flight, she says, is 15-20 years Stennis Director Rick Gilbrech says the company will start with a very fundamental test program — a single Raptor injector element.
Written on 04/22/2014, 11:46 am by Business Journal staff
Fashion Fair Mall in Fresno will use Earth Day on April 24 as an opportunity to share about its new rooftop solar system and kick off several other events to promote environmental sustainability. Over the last year, the mall has been anxiously awaiting as Panasonic Eco Solutions North America installs an estimated 3,708 solar panels on its rooftops. As part of a nationwide initiative by Macerich for 12 of its mall properties on the east and west coasts, Fashion Fair's solar project will be among the largest of them. Designs for the project, which is wrapping up in the coming months, calls for 964 kilowatts of energy generating capacity when connected, enough power for around 134 homes. Fashion Fair will host a number of other activities and exhibits leading up to the Earth Day celebration. Starting April 22, the mall will feature the Recycle the Runway LIVE competition in which mall retailers will make works of art made from recycled, reusable and repurposed materials. The creations will be on display in Center Court through April 27. Shoppers can vote for their favorites on Fashion Fair's Facebook page and the winners will be announced April 28. On April 24, kids of all ages will be invited out to the yellow tent set up in Outdoor Plaza during a environmental themed Kids Club event. The event, beginning at 10 a.m., will treat kids and parents with a solar-powered flare and tips on sustainable efforts to try at home, as well as dance and a weather wheel craft. Actor Ed Begley Jr., known for his roles in movies like St. Elsewhere, Six Feet Under and Family Tree, will take the stage at 11:30 a.m. to talk about his passion for the environment and acting. During the week, Fashion Fair's newest retailer, LUSH, will demonstrate its organic and hand-made products for bath, shower, hair, face, body, perfume and cosmetic uses from its location in the Outdoor Plaza next to Guess.

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