Weekly Issues

ADA lawsuit threat keeps local building professionals busy

While it’s no fun for property owners worried about the constant threat of lawsuits, accessibility improvements are welcome work for local building professionals at a time when demand is just staring to pick up.

Mid Valley Disposal expanding

Loftier state mandates for recycling has spurred a major expansion for Mid Valley Disposal in Kerman, where the company is getting set to process more plastic, metal, glass and paper as well as agriculture and food waste.

Around town: Herwaldt unveils new Indian Motorcycle showroom

Indian Motorcycle of Fresno will officially unveil its new showroom today, coinciding with a weekend Demo Days event for the 2014 line of Indian motorcycles.

The dealership at 5615 E. Westover Avenue east of Airways Golf Course underwent an extensive makeover featuring new, modern designs.

Part of the renovation includes a media hearth located on the showroom floor with a flat screen television displaying the latest news and content about Indian motorcycles. Additionally, there will be a tablet that will allow the customers to interact with the TV and select the content they want to see.

Government shutdown tests patience of SBA customers

Tate Hill ‘s frustrations mounted as he was thwarted at every turn in booking the Small Business Administration’s Fresno office to hold a workshop for a client of his consulting firm that had his heart set on the location.

The only response Hill ended up receiving was an email stating the administration staff could not respond during the partial government shutdown.

Dyson takes on Frank Lloyd Wright home restoration

Fresno architect Arthur Dyson accepted a big challenge when he took on the job of restoring the Frank Lloyd Wright Randall Fawcett House in Los Banos.

His job was to bring back the 3,800 square-foot home to its original splendor. 

The house, which sits on 80 acres of farmland, had to be livable and comfortable in a modern setting without eliminating features designed by one of America’s most well-known architects. That took time, effort, money and expertise. 

Survey: Obamacare hinders Valley economy

While the San Joaquin Valley’s economy continues to growth, the rate of growth in September fell compared to August.

That’s the word from the San Joaquin Valley Business Conditions Index, produced by Fresno State’s Craig School of Business. The overall September index is 50.2, compared to 55.4 in August.

An index of more than 50 indicates an expanding economy over the course of the next three to six months.

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Social media sprouts grassroots efforts to land stars, businesses

Powers of attraction

The Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Fresno State is on a mission to coax the Duck Dynasty cast to visit the campus, taking a page from the “Bring In-N-Out to Hanford” Facebook page that set a local standard for social media campaigns.

The Lyles Center is utilizing social media networks, such as Twitter and Facebook, to convince Phil Robertson or some of the other cast members of the popular A&E reality television program to speak at the Save Mart Center on entrepreneurship.

Tulare County new car sales up since recession

New vehicle registration has revved back since the Great Recession in Tulare County, mirroring a trend seen across the nation.

“We’re not all the way back from the high during the 2005/06 period,” said Don Groppetti, the county’s largest auto dealer.

Still, the improvement is dramatic.

Lang, Richert and Patch celebrate half century of law

Fifty years have gone by since one of Fresno’s oldest law firms formed out of a few young attorneys looking to make their mark in the area.

Now with 17 attorneys and some 30 in supporting staff, Lang, Richert and Patch handles the affairs of multi-million-dollar clients even outside of the Valley and state in situations involving bankruptcy, debtor-creditor relationship, estate planning, agriculture, construction, banking and commercial finance, medical malpractice and employment law, to name just a few specialties.