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San Joaquin Valley Homes and Presidio Residential Capital Close on Two Parcels of Land in Visalia, Calif.

VISALIA, Calif., Oct. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — San Joaquin Valley Homes (SJV Homes) and Presidio Residential Capital recently closed on two land parcels in Visalia to build a total of 121 single-family detached homes with single-level floor plans.

The first parcel on 19 acres, is named Arbor Gates and will introduce 91 lots near the northwest corner of Visalia Parkway and Demaree Street in southwest Visalia. The second, Cameron Court, encompasses nearly five acres near the southwest corner of Caldwell Avenue and Court Street in Visalia and will offer 30 lots. Model construction for both is planned for December 2020.

“We can’t wait to introduce homebuyers to these two new beautiful communities,” said Danny Garcia, vice president of sales at SJV Homes. “Both of these neighborhoods are in great locations in Visalia.”

Arbor Gates will be a gated community of garden-style homes and includes a neighborhood park. The lots are an average 5,600 square feet, and the homes will range from 1,297 to 1,597 square feet with such features as nine-foot ceilings, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and some with covered patios. They will have three bedrooms, two bathrooms and attached two-car garages.

Cameron Court is a more intimate-sized neighborhood with just 30 detached garden homes on lots averaging 5,500 square feet. These three-bedroom, two-bathroom homes will also be 1,297 to 1,597 square feet and feature amenities similar to Arbor Gates.

Both Cameron Court and Arbor Gates are south of Highway 198, the major east-west corridor in the region. Major retail, dining and services are less than one mile from both communities.

Students living at both communities can attend Cottonwood Creek Elementary School, La Joya Middle School and El Diamante High School – all in the Visalia Unified School District.

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Google contractors allege company prevents them from whistleblowing, writing Silicon Valley novels

  • A California appeals court recently discussed an employee lawsuit against Google and staffing firm Adecco, stating their non-disclosure agreements are too wide-ranging.
  • The workers allege they can’t do things like report violations of the law, or even more menial things like write a novel about working in Silicon Valley.
  • The appeals filing comes as Google faces mounting challenges related to its workforce.



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Google contract employees are alleging the company’s confidentiality agreements prevent them from a range of legal rights from whistleblowing to telling their parents how much they make, according to a recent court filing.

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A California appeals court recently discussed a lawsuit accusing Alphabet’s Google and one of its staffing firms, Adecco, of violating a number of California labor laws, including free speech, by requiring workers to sign extensive confidentiality agreements.

The contractors state they can’t talk about their wages, working conditions or colleagues, among other things, according to the court filing. 

“As a practical matter, plaintiffs argue, they are forbidden even to write a novel about working in Silicon Valley or to reassure their parents they are making enough money to pay their bills, matters untethered to any legitimate need for confidentiality,” the filing states.

Google and Adecco did not immediately return requests for comment.

Google faces a number of challenges related to its workforce, in addition to external antitrust scrutiny. The company this week reached a $310 million settlement in a sexual misconduct lawsuit, which included more than 80 updates to internal policies. That settlement included ending forced arbitration for its workforce and updating non-disclosure agreements to allow full-time workers to discuss facts of cases related to harassment or discrimination,. But it did not definitively cover vendors — instead, the settlement said Google would “encourage” its vendors to revisit their NDA

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Wine Country fires burn homes, force evacuations from Santa Rosa to Napa Valley

The Wine Country awoke in flames Monday as windblown wildfires closed in on the Napa Valley from the east and west and swept into Santa Rosa, forcing thousands of North Bay residents to flee their homes in an ominous flashback to the catastrophic infernos three years ago.

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Napa Valley wildfire reduces homes to flaming shells

A wind-driven wildfire erupted on Sunday in the heart of northern California’s Napa Valley wine country to spread across nearly 2,000 acres (809 hectares), forcing the evacuation of a hospital and hundreds of homes, authorities said.

Fire crews were out in force, scrambling to fend off flames threatening neighbourhoods and vineyards at the northern end of the famed wine-growing valley and surrounding hillsides, about 75 miles north of San Francisco.

The blaze, dubbed the Glass Fire, broke out before dawn near Calistoga and raced toward the adjacent communities of Deer Park and St. Helena, with flames reaching within a mile of the Adventist Health St. Helena hospital.

All 55 patients there at the time were safely evacuated by ambulance and helicopter over the course of five hours from about 7 am, hospital spokeswoman Linda Williams told Reuters.

“We had ambulances lined up from all over the Bay area,” she said, adding that although smoke shrouded the facility, the skies above were clear enough for helicopters’ airlift efforts.

It was the second wildfire-related evacuation of the 151-bed hospital in a month, after a massive cluster of lightning-sparked blazes that swept several counties north of the San Francisco Bay region in August.

Authorities ordered about 600 homes evacuated on Sunday, with residents of 1,400 more warned to be ready to flee at a moment’s notice, said Tyree Zander, a spokesman for the state’s forestry and fire protection department (CalFire). The notices affected at least 5,000 people, he added.

By evening, flames stoked by winds gusting up to 50 mph (80 kph) had scorched about 1,800 acres (728 hectares) of grassy rolling hillsides and oak woodlands, with little or no containment, Mr Zander said.

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Police roundup: Bathrooms at Valley Park in Hurricane vandalized | News

HURRICANE, W.Va. — Valley Park in Hurricane, West Virginia, was the target of vandalism over the weekend, according to a post Sunday on its Facebook page.

Bathrooms at the large shelter of the park will be closed until further notice after sinks in the building were shattered.

“Our staff works very hard to keep Valley Park nice for our community,” the post read. “Vandalism will not be tolerated.”

The park’s bathrooms were also vandalized in late July when toilets in the baseball bathrooms were damaged.

Staff at the park found rocks from the playground in the toilets, causing permanent damage to the pipes.

Those who have any information regarding the recent vandalism can contact the park staff at 304-562-0518.

The Huntington Police Department listed six new incident reports ending at 3 p.m. Monday, according to a printout released by the department. Because the individual police reports were not made available, these are the only known details:

Warrant service/execution, 9:06 p.m. Sunday, 2700 block of Cedar Grove Court.

Grand larceny, 10:30 p.m. Saturday, 1700 block of 5th Street Road.

Fugitive from justice, 3:10 p.m. Sunday, 400 block of 7 ½ Alley.

Destruction of property — misdemeanor, 2 p.m. Saturday, 1800 block of McCoy Road.

Petit larceny, 3:09 a.m. Sunday, 2500 block of 9th Avenue.

DUI greater than .150, 3:03 a.m. Sunday, 8th Street and 4th Avenue.

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