Weekly Issues

New water heater rules could spell headaches for Valley homeowners

Beginning April 16, changes in government regulations may cause a routine water heater replacement to become an unexpectedly expensive endeavor for Valley homeowners.  
Next month, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is set to begin enforcing new energy efficiency standards for residential water heaters.

Fresno firm shopping global food TV show

Fresno-based advertising company Culinary Competitions International (CCI) is currently in talks with several different cable channels to distribute its international commodity-centered television show “Global Bites.”
The show has already begun filming, and CCI President Peter DeYoung said the advertising agency signed restaurateur and celebrity chef Fabio Viviani as program host. Viviani has made appearances on cooking shows such as “Cutthroat Kitchen” and “Top Chef” and hosted his own web program on Yahoo.

Vintage stores attract Valley's modern-day treasure hunters

Vintage is the new black.
That’s how a growing number of shoppers — and shop owners — are describing the Valley’s burgeoning vintage scene.
From downtown Fresno and the Tower District to Clovis and beyond, shops selling vintage — often one-of-a-kind — clothing, jewelry, furniture and decorative items are increasingly popular among both the bargain-hunting crowd and those looking for distinctive, one-of-a-kind “treasures.”

Economic outlook: Fresno’s star finally rising?

In a speech earlier this month honoring Fresno’s Economic Opportunities Commission, Mayor Ashley Swearengin said the city is currently in the midst of a major transformation.
“We’re writing the worst to first story right here in Fresno,” the mayor said.

Matthew Mingrone

Screen Shot 2015 02 27 at 2.27.53 PMGeneral Manager

Eagle Mountain Casino

What we do: Indian gaming.

Education:  Bachelor of business administration from Kent State University, Kent, Ohio - Class of 1989

Age: 47

Family: Engaged - 4 children

Outdoor advertising thrives in increasingly digital world

The rise of social media and new technology has led many companies to increasingly rely on sleek new digital marketing techniques. However industry experts warn that it’s too soon to write off more traditional strategies like outdoor advertising.

Hon. Robert H. Oliver, Ret.

Of Counsel

Baker Manock & Jensen

What I do at Baker Manock & Jensen: I am Of Counsel, focusing solely on mediation, helping businesses and individuals reach voluntary solutions to commercial and interpersonal disputes.

Education:  Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law; Golden Gate University School of Law (JD); Air War College of the U.S. Air Force — seminar program;  and California State University, Fresno, (BS in business administration).

Age:  Age is dictated by a state of mind, not a calendar.

Family:  I have been married to Stephanie for 43 years; we are blessed with a wonderful family:  two sons, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren.

Valley patients win in expansion of medical residency programs

As the second open enrollment period for health insurance comes to a close, the number of Central Valley residents with medical coverage continues to increase, stressing local hospitals and rural health care clinics. The region already faces a chronic shortage of trained physicians and the newly insured have prompted health care groups to expand and create new medical residency programs.

Ag producers welcome thaw in Cuban relations

The easing of trade restrictions with Cuba is expected to provide an extra boost for the Valley’s already bustling crop exports.
The Obama administration last month announced new rules to ease travel and trade restrictions against Cuba that are expected to create a new market for nuts,
fruit, vegetables, dairy products and wine. Frozen chicken producers, especially those operating in the Midwest and Texas, should also see more sales.

Visalia weighs new downtown hotel to lure conventions

This week the Visalia City Council has scheduled a closed-door negotiation with a Los Angeles hotel developer to build a new hotel near the Visalia Convention Center.
On the agenda is hotel developer Remo Pizzichemi, vice president of operations for The Welcome Group, based in Encino California. The company owns and operates a handful of hotels around the country including two in Sacramento. Their hotel brands vary from Hilton and Holiday Inn to Hampton Inn and others.