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Four reasons Central Valley should use Instagram to boost tourism

The Central Valley is home to some of the most beautiful scenery California has to offer. Tucked between the Sierra Nevada and Coast Ranges, this stretch of land covering about 18,000 square miles contains everything from wildlife refuges to world-class wineries.

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Seismic shift: new California independent contractor test

In a groundbreaking new decision, the California Supreme Court recently announced a significant change in independent contractor law, adopting a modified “ABC” test for determining whether an individual is an employee under the California Wage Orders. Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court of Los Angeles, No. S222732 (Cal. Sup. Ct. Apr. 30, 2018).

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Consider the reasons behind complete rebranding

When a potential client comes to me with a request for a full rebrand, the first question I ask is, “are we simply putting lipstick on a pig, or is there a rational business case for rebranding?”

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Local attorney expands new firm to continue serving Valley clients

Temica Smith recently opened up a law practice in Stockton.

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The path to discovering one’s passion and purpose can be a struggle for many individuals. For Temica Smith, Family and Criminal Law Attorney, there was a distinct desire to study law at an early age.

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Berkeley winery finding success with Lodi winegrapes

Jeff Morgan’s company Covenant Wines purchases grapes from Lodi’s Mettler family for its wines.

LODI—This area’s reputation as a profitable region for winegrapes, especially zinfandels, is no secret.

So, when Jeff Morgan, winemaker and co-owner at Covenant Winery in Berkeley, wanted to add a Lodi zin to his lineup of vinos, he turned to Mettler Vineyards in Lodi.

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IRS: offshore voluntary disclosure program coming to end

The Internal Revenue Service announced that its Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP) will end on Sept. 28, 2018.

For those unfamiliar with the OVDP, it’s a voluntary program within the IRS that permits taxpayers to disclose foreign financial assets and offshore activities without exposure to criminal prosecution and subject to reduced penalties.

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Real estate investors adapting to changing marketplace

Westbrook REI has been investing in real estate for nearly 10 years by buying properties, fixing them and then selling at a profit.

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XO Music Festival July 13-15

XO Music Festival in Northern California announces Superstar lineup for their premier music, art, food and fun festival.

Ludacris, T.I., Fabolous, MAGIC!, Rev Run of RUN DMC and the Diplomats are among the artists set to perform at the inaugural XO Music Festival, which will take place July 13-15, 2018, at the Contra  Costa County Fairgrounds in Antioch, California. 

Flying predators helping control pest bird populations


Daniel Hedin, project manager for Airstrike Bird Control, Inc., holds one of his falcons. The bird is used in helping control other bird populations like pigeons or seagulls.

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Preaching what he practices: Stockton native helping clients reach goals through fitness

Larry Williams Jr. became a professional bodybuilder before becoming a personal trainer.

The energy that comes from Larry Williams, Jr is infectious. That’s part of his plan to motivate those that he trains.

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