Weekly Issues

Kelly Vucovich

Kelly VucovichPrinciple

SubDirect, LLC

What we do:  

We work with print and digital publishers to develop marketing programs to grow circulation, engage audiences and build brands.

Central Valley represented with Energy Star-rated buildings

While Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification is an ideal way to prove a building’s green status, many property owners are content to show energy efficiency through an Energy Star rating.
Developed in 1992 by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Energy Star rating system has become a stamp of superior energy performance for banks, schools hospitals, retail stores, offices and several other types of buildings, though it may be more well-known to consumers as a ratings system for home appliances.

Teppanyaki joint opening spring ‘15 at Campus Pointe

Teppanyaki restaurant Hino Oishi Sushi and Japanese Steakhouse has signed a lease for a 6,600-square-foot space at The Square at Campus Pointe in Fresno.
Developed by Lance-Kashian & Co., the retail center's close proximity to Fresno State and the Save Mart Center was a major draw for restaurant owner Jason Lin.

University eyeing Visalia for campus

Marymount California University is a liberal arts institution offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees and serving students in three California communities: Palos Verdes and San Pedro in Los Angeles County and Lucerne in Lake County.

Lamoure’s faces fine, cleanup costs for downtown land in rail’s path

A former dry-cleaning business in downtown Fresno is facing an $18,000 fine and the cost of an environmental assessment and cleanup on property that will soon be taken over and leveled by the state's high-speed rail authority.
In 2010, the Central Valley Water Quality Control Board requested an assessment for potential contaminants at 1304 G. Street. The building, owned by the former family business Lamoure's Cleaners, is along the train tracks in downtown Fresno. Buildings in that section of the city are currently being purchased and demolished to make room for the Central Valley corridor of the California high-speed rail project.

Sandra Kaye

Screen Shot 2014-11-26 at 2.17.10 PMFounder

St. Francis Homeless Project

What’s the story behind St. Francis Homeless Project, Inc.?

Kings County: Economic growth via the skies

A number of factors look to prep Kings County for some economic growth in the year ahead.
Perhaps the most anticipated new development follows a recent decision by the U.S. Navy to base a total of 100 F-35C aircraft at Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore. The new aircraft, made up of seven Navy Pacific Fleet Squadrons and one Fleet Replacement Squadron, will arrive in phases beginning next year to replace 70 aging F/A-18 Hornets currently on location by 2028.

Fresno County: Rail work, other factors drive optimism

Local economic development professionals see bright skies ahead for Fresno County in 2015, but the lack of rainclouds could signal continued trouble.
When it comes to the nonfarm economy, most agree the Valley is continuing on a positive trajectory. The unemployment numbers bear that out. In September, Fresno County’s jobless rate reached 9.5 percent — the first single-digit unemployment rate in six years.

New laws of interest for California businesses in 2015

The following bills were among the 900 measures signed into law by Governor Brown of interest to the business community:

AB 877
For taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2014, AB 877 disallows a deduction for the amount of any fine or penalty paid or incurred by an owner of all or part of a professional sports franchise where that fine or penalty is assessed or imposed by the professional sports league that includes that franchise.

Visalia approves ‘campus-style’ biz research park

The Visalia Planning Commission approved a development last week that will round out its business research park zone west of the city.
First brought before the city by Visalia developer 4Creeks Inc. last November, the Square at Plaza Drive aims to attract a variety of technology and office-oriented businesses at the southwest corner of Plaza Drive and Crowley Avenue.