FRESNO, Calif. — Millennials just weren’t eating raisins. So Sun-Maid, the century-old company with the iconic little red raisin boxes, hired someone to convince them that they should. At 38, Harry Overly was decades younger than the tenured raisin man he replaced as the chief executive of Sun-Maid. But he had experience — as the North American head of the company that makes Bertolli olive oil, and in marketing roles at Wrigley and other food companies. He seemed suited to the job. When he came west, though, he was taken aback by the level of animosity he encountered in the American raisin industry, the entirety of which is crammed into a few hundred square miles in the Central Valley of California. Three months into his tenure, which began on Halloween 2017, Overly attended a meeting of some raisin industry players in the back room of a restaurant in Fresno. This introduction left him shaken. “I’m not saying this lightly, because — you can read … [Read more...] about The unbelievable raisin drama happening in California
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These strict—and borderline strange—vacation rental regulations will make you go, "Huh?" Here are stories from people who actually rented these places. Margaret Heidenry, provided by Published 5:30 am CDT, Friday, April 12, 2019 Photo: IStock/joakimbkk/kamilon Photo: IStock/joakimbkk/kamilon Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Photo: IStock/joakimbkk/kamilon The Weirdest Vacation Rental House Rules From Guests Who Experienced Them 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Forget the famous warning of "Game of Thrones": In fact, summer is coming. Yay! If you're like us, you're already dreaming of turning on that "out of office" email notification and going on a well-deserved vacation. … [Read more...] about The Weirdest Vacation Rental House Rules From Guests Who Experienced Them
By Maggie Angst | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: April 5, 2019 at 5:22 pm | UPDATED: April 7, 2019 at 3:48 am The owner of a prestigious Bay Area horse training facility for years housed visa workers in stables without running water, failed to adequately compensate them and collected kickbacks from their visa fees, according to an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division. Kevin Chambers, owner of EWC & Associates Inc., which operates Portola Valley Training Center in Menlo Park and Gilroy Gaits in Hollister, failed to pay H-2B visa workers minimum wage and compensate them for overtime worked, took out deductions for transportation costs to and from their home countries and provided them with unsafe and unhealthy work conditions, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Labor. The investigation found that Chambers violated the H-2B visa program guidelines, the Fair Labor Standards Act and the … [Read more...] about Bay Area horse facility owner housed H-2B visa workers in stables, investigation finds
By CAITY WEAVER MARCH 20, 2019 The particular sheen of America by Amtrak. The Voyages Issue Rick Steves Wants to Save the World, One Vacation at a Time It Was Just a Kayaking Trip. Until It Upended Our Lives. There Is No Reason to Cross the U.S. by Train. But I Did It Anyway. The Voyages Issue The particular sheen of America by Amtrak. By CAITY WEAVER photographs by: Holly Andres Tell your fellow americans that you plan to cross the United States by train, and their reactions will range from amusement at your spellbinding eccentricity to naked horror that they, through some fatal social miscalculation, have become acquainted with a person who would plan to cross the United States by train. Depending how you slice it — time or money — there are either 61 or 960 immediate reasons not to travel by Amtrak trains from New York City to Los Angeles. Those are the extra hours and dollars, respectively, that you might reasonably expect to … [Read more...] about There Is No Reason to Cross the U.S. by Train. But I Did It Anyway.
Kathleen Ronayne, Associated Press Updated 8:18 pm CST, Tuesday, February 12, 2019 California Gov. Gavin Newsom walks up up the center aisle of the Assembly Chambers to deliver his first of the State of the State address to a joint session of the legislature at the Capitol Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. less California Gov. Gavin Newsom walks up up the center aisle of the Assembly Chambers to deliver his first of the State of the State address to a joint session of the legislature at the Capitol Tuesday, Feb. 12, ... more Photo: Rich Pedroncelli, AP Photo: Rich Pedroncelli, AP Image 1 of / 13 Caption Close Image 1 of 13 California Gov. Gavin Newsom walks up up the center aisle of the Assembly Chambers to deliver his first of the State of the State address to a … [Read more...] about California governor scales back high-speed train