Weekly Issues

Water contractors hope for a wet spring

The National Weather Service has published a map showing the likelihood of wet weather in California from March 24-30. Other sources say it looks good for early April too.
Pacific Gas & Electric Co. forecaster John Lindsey confirms the opinion for Central California, saying “The long-range models suggest a return to wet and unsettled weather by the middle of next week. At this time, rain may develop by March 25.”

Holly Carter

hollycarterOwner
Carter & Co. Communications

What we do: Carter & Co. Communications is a strategic communications firm that provides services such as brand development, community outreach, crisis communications, reputation management, lobbying, and campaign management. What separates us from typical branding agencies is our ability to tell the clients story in a way that puts them front and center in the eyes and minds of their target audience using a variety of non-traditional tactics. Our clients range from manufacturers, engineering firms, high end transportation companies, environmental contractors, service companies, physicians, restaurants, and developers. We also manage political campaigns for both initiatives and candidates.  Our business model allows for us to provide services to multinational corporations as well as locally owned small businesses.

Banks: Water at top of list in making loans

California’s $45 billion agriculture industry — supplier of half the nation’s fruits and vegetables — faces significant burdens because of the drought.
Farmers are clearing orchards, rationing water and rethinking their long-term business strategy. Making matters worse, growers on both the east and west sides of the Valley expect a zero water allocation for this year, according to initial estimates from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and California Department of Water Resources.

Homebuilders consider ‘purple pipe’ future

Some believe costs of recycled water prohibitive
Proposed legislation by Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Los Angeles would require recycled water for irrigation at newly constructed homes and commercial buildings in cities that have recycled water facilities or are planning to construct them.
It would include Clovis, which has a recycled water system for public areas, and Fresno, which is planning recycled water infrastructure.

Peter L Fear

Pear FearOwner
Fear Law Group, P.C.

What we do:
The firm started in 2004 with me as the only attorney, and we now have three attorneys and four support staff. We do only bankruptcy and insolvency work. We love crafting solutions to difficult financial problems for clients. Clients often walk in the door weighed down by financial problems and walk out with a viable game plan to deal with those problems. We help businesses, farmers, and consumers overcome their debt obstacles, and we file cases under Chapter 7 (liquidation), Chapter 11 (reorganization), Chapter 12 (family farmer payment plan) and Chapter 13 (individual payment plan) of the Bankruptcy Code.

Bankruptcy filings fall as recovery continues

Some industries not out of woods yet

Bankruptcy filings have been on a downward slope since the economy started to improve in 2010, but the numbers are starting to bottom out for a few industries.
Last year, bankruptcy filings totaled 26,816 in the United States Bankruptcy Court’s Eastern District of California.

Massage Envy plans four Fresno spas, creating 100 jobs

Massage Envy, a national chain of spa clinics, is preparing to open a new Fresno clinic with plans for three more Fresno clinics in the works.
At full build out, the chain would employ more than 100 people in Fresno.
Massage Envy Spa will hold a grand opening celebration for its newest clinic at 1170 E. Champlain Drive #103 in the Piazza Del Fiore shopping center at noon on March 13.

Marketing plan in works for Sequoia, Kings Canyon parks

When Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks’ new Superintendent Woody Smeck looked over the latest visitor spending study from 2012, he knew he was sitting on something magical.
But with no strategic plan or recognizable brand to rally around, Smeck and fellow officials are now coordinating on a vision to make the parks even more visible for people coming to the region.

Coastal firm plans Visalia asphalt plant

Grover Beach-based Papich Construction plans to build a new asphalt batch plant in the Visalia Industrial Park. The project is the subject of a public hearing March 24. The plant would be built on 18 acres on Sunnyview Avenue. Papich supplies asphalt to large public works projects like the Highway 99 widening now underway in Tulare County.

Peak Potential

China Peak, new owner endure drought with optimism

Even with California’s dry winter, China Peak ski resort near Huntington Lake is still a sight more breathtaking now than it was several years ago.
Since acquiring the popular ski resort long known as Sierra Summit in 2010, owner Tim Cohee has invested more than $2.2 million to upgrade its image and create a better experience for all who visit the mountain.