Weekly Issues

Pesticide ban could lead to almond pests

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation will likely ban some chemicals that are high in volatile organic compounds, including pesticides used on almonds, pistachios, walnuts, citrus, grapes, alfalfa and cotton.
The ban would take effect from May to October 2015 and 2016 in parts of the San Joaquin Valley.
The specific areas affected include San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, and Tulare counties and parts of Kern County.

Pool construction at five-year high

Water is the topic on everyone’s minds this summer. Where to get it, how to conserve it and how much is left are common questions residents and municipalities are asking each other. But as the statewide drought deepens, some have begun asking another question — are swimming pools in poor taste?
For some communities the answer has been yes, and dozens of cities and water districts throughout the California have increased regulations on pool construction and maintenance. Some communities have even placed an outright ban on building new pools.
Local pool construction companies, however, don’t believe their products are wasteful and say business is booming despite the drought.

Svenhard’s sells Oakland plant for Exeter base

Svenhard’s Swedish Bakery has sold its 5.14-acre Oakland plant along busy Highway 880 for new development and will utilize some of the $8 million in proceeds to relocate all operations to Exeter in Tulare County.
So says the company’s Operations Manager David Kunkel. The family-owned firm, in business since 1893, owns a plant in Exeter with around 40 employees.
“We should have about 55 percent of our operations in Exeter by March,” Kunkel said, taking the workforce from 40 currently to 90.

Retail construction projects back on track in Fresno

While retail developments in north Fresno continue to offer residents a wide-range of dining and shopping options, developers are also looking to quench the thirst of south Fresno with mixed-use projects.
TFS Investments is behind the Fultonia and Fultonia West projects just south of the Tower District in Fresno. The company said it hopes to meet the growing need for safe, low-income housing in the neighborhood and bring vital businesses to the area.
Across town, Lance-Kashian and Co. is close to completing the first phase of the retail development near Fresno State. The Square is part of the larger Campus Pointe project that has already completed two out of three planned housing areas.

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JP Marketing

What we do: Advertising agency serving family-owned businesses

Education: BA, speech communication, Fresno State; MA, organizational communication, Fresno State (pending thesis)

Age: 45

Family: Husband Paul, daughter Olivia, 16

Television show to highlight Fresno’s ethnic cuisine

One of the Central Valley’s best kept secrets will finally be shared when a new show premiering on ValleyPBS brings viewers into local restaurants for a look at some of the most authentic ethnic cuisine around.

Local restaurateurs mixed on new dog dining law

Dog-owners can look forward to spending even more quality time with their favorite pets as a new California law passed this month has opened the door for pet dogs in outdoor dining areas.
The law does not take effect until next year but local restaurant groups are already planning ahead.
Bill Kuebler, manager with the Tower District Marketing Committee, said he thinks the bill will be beneficial for restaurants in the area.

Startups targeted for Fresno State biz event

An event that jams months and even years worth of entrepreneurial development into one weekend is coming to Fresno for the first time next weekend.
Startup Weekend Fresno runs Sept. 5-7 at the University Business Center at Fresno State. The events, which give teams of aspiring entrepreneurs with technical and/or business backgrounds 54 hours to flesh out an actual idea for a startup, are held all over the globe.

Clovis dealership Valley’s electric police motorcycle source

For the last year, Clovis auto dealership Eckhaus Fleet has been a lone force helping police departments up and down the Valley fight crime and bad air with electric motorcycles.
The dealership, located at the corner of Gettysburg and Clovis avenues, is known as the place where rental car companies or public agencies turn to when beefing up their fleets.

Firm releases new version of electronic health records software

Total conversion to electronic health records has been slow for hospitals and medical practices across the country, but California-based Meditab Software is seeking to make the transition as painless as possible.