May 4, 2015
Buchalter Nemer, a 156-attorney law firm with offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Orange County and Scottsdale, Ariz., on May 1 opened a fifth office in St. Helena.
The Napa County office, with special emphasis serving wineries, wine brokers and vineyard managers, will be staffed by attorneys James Rose and Katherine (Trina) Falace, who previously worked in the Law Offices of James R. Rose in the Napa Valley.
April 27, 2015
As the county of Napa considers revising the legendary Winery Definition Ordinance, all parties would benefit from taking a step back and acknowledging the underlying issues.
April 13, 2015
Who’s going to grab the company reins when dad and mom retire?
Some children grow up and want to be CEO of their parents’ company but just don’t have the ability. If several siblings vie for business control or scrap for ownership of family assets, a thriving family business can become a sore spot that spawns years of rancor or litigation.
April 13, 2015
Trusts can be used for a variety of purposes in addition to succession planning, but they serve well in that capacity, according to Richard Stone, founder and chairman of Private Ocean wealth-management firm in San Rafael. The company has 26 employees, many of them former business owners. In 2009, the company merged with another firm that had roots going back nearly 40 years. Stone founded a predecessor company in 1983. PrivateOcean’s clients come largely from the North Bay, including Marin, Sonoma and Napa counties, then from San Francisco and the Peninsula.
March 30, 2015
As always, I feel we all win when we share the lessons learned from others in our business. I’ve recently had a flood of questions on our solutions that solve compliance with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) rules on making outbound phone calls. The answers should be of interest to any company making outbound calls, as well as those who use third parties like my company to do so.
I’m not a lawyer, but I’m speaking from my own compliance experience. What I found most surprising is that the rules update in October 2013 says that existing business relationships (EBRs) really mean nothing, and most vendors haven’t caught up with the specifics of these new laws even though the TCPA laws have been around since 1991. Just because you’ve done business with someone in the past does not exempt you from these new laws, nor does it mean you can call that person and not be in potential violation.
March 23, 2015
The new Sonoma Land Trust executive director is Dave Koehler. …
Executive Director David Bannister left Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation after five and a half years. …
San Rafael Chamber of Commerce Education Committee selected Cecilia Perez for the Excellence in Education Awards. …
Jennifer Lelouarn joined Don Ramatici Insurance’s surety department. …
Emily DeMeo joined the law firm of DeMeo DeMeo and West. …
Child Parent Institute, based in Santa Rosa, elected a new slate of officers. …
Sonoma Stompers Professional Baseball Club has agreed to terms with Fehlandt Lentini to be the team’s player-manager for the 2015 season. …
Lambert Bridge Winery in Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley appointed Cynthia Beebout vice president and general manager. …
Cork Supply USA has restructured its sales team around their three primary business units. …
Napa Valley Grapegrowers chose Mike Wolf as the 2015 recipient of the Napa Valley Grower of the Year. …
March 16, 2015
News about North Bay professionals
March 9, 2015
The North Bay Business Journal publishes news of promotions, new hires and awards for possible publication in the People section.
March 2, 2015
The Business Journal invited managing partners from law firms across the North Bay to answer a survey. Here are the responses from Anderson, Zeigler, Disharoon, Gallagher & Gray; Bradley, Curley, Asiano, Barrabee, Abel & Kowalski; Hanson Bridgett; Nielsen, Merksamer, Parrinello Gross & Leoni; Parton Sell Rhoades; Smith Dollar; and Spaulding McCullough & Tansil.
February 26, 2015
SANTA ROSA — J. Michael Mullins has been appointed dean of Empire College School of Law, effective March 1.
February 12, 2015
Target Corp. agreed to pay nearly $4 million to settle a civil lawsuit brought by prosecutors in Sonoma, Marin and four other California jurisdictions accusing the Minneapolis-based department store chain of ringing up certain items for more than what was advertised.
February 2, 2015
SANTA ROSA — Mortgage-backed securities expert Isaac Gradman has become a partner in the Santa Rosa-based law firm Perry, Johnson, Anderson, Miller & Moskowitz LLP.
January 30, 2015
Sebastopol-based Paul Hobbs Wines on Friday said it has agreed to pay $100,000 to settle a 2013 lawsuit in which the county of Sonoma sought millions of dollars in damages over three west county vineyard projects.
January 27, 2015
After 13 years of deliberation and drafting, the new Industrial General Stormwater Permit takes effect July 1. The new permit requires major changes in the way that businesses engaged in industrial activities plan for, monitor and control pollution in rainwater runoff.
Companies should prepare for these changes to put themselves on the best footing when the new permit takes effect. As they say, “the devil is in the details,” but here is a quick overview of the major changes in the new permit and the key issues companies should start thinking about.
It is often heard said that “what is old becomes new again.” In the case of the new Industrial General Stormwater Permit, the changes are extensive and significant, such that existing compliance practices may no longer be sufficient. Take heed and plan ahead.
January 26, 2015
The perfect fraud swaddles its victims in a plush velvet of deception.
On June 6, 2014, five months before he died from an apparent heart attack on Nov. 10, Warren Clay Stephens hosted a dinner celebration of his company, Warren Capital, for its 30-year anniversary.
In retrospect, the Fountaingrove dinner in 2014 may have been an effort by Mr. Stephens to bolster his credibility and corral new investors or coax additional amounts from existing investors.
Victims of the apparent fraud, among them many business owners, were typically savvy and experienced.
January 26, 2015
Balfour Beatty Construction appointed David Holland as project executive. …
Stanley Cheng, founder of Solano-based Meyer Corp., plans to produce a new line of premium commercial kitchen appliances. …
The Croner Company promoted Ed Sileo to vice president. …
Brelje & Race Consulting Engineers appointed two new members to the firm’s ownership. …
Newly elected state Sen. Mike McGuire joined the Senate’s leadership team. …
Zulaikha Arakozie, M.D., has joined the Kaiser San Rafael Medical Center internal medicine department. …
Farella Braun + Martel elected two senior associates to the partnership. …
Extended Child Care Coalition of Sonoma County selected Jason Riggs as executive director. …
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage said Viola Pedersen affiliated with the company as a sales associate in Santa Rosa. …
Canara elected John C. Lee IV, founder and former chairman and CEO of Lee Technologies. …
January 12, 2015
Sixty percent of wineries in the unincorporated areas of Sonoma County have tasting rooms, compared with 90 percent in Napa County, according to planning officials who have been analyzing winery use permit activity recently and trends in response to a growing number of applications for more direct-to-consumer marketing and hospitality activities where the wine is made.
December 29, 2014
Cheri Lieurance recently joined the staff of Council on Aging. …
A and P Moving, Inc. was awarded Bekins Van Lines top honors. …
Sonoma Land Trust board of directors welcomes twice-retired Hal Hinkle. …
Diana Brennan, who has been a member of the Sonoma Raceway Media Relations department, has been promoted. …
Oakland Athletics outfielder Jonny Gomes was named a 2014 California Community College Distinguished Alumni winner, representing Santa Rosa Junior College. …
Westin Verasa Napa’s Don Shindle and Jim Treadway of Bardessono in the valley were recently awarded General Manager of the Year in categories. …
Kirsty Shelton Gerosa has joined Farella Braun + Martel. …
Rohnert Park City Council recently recognized local businessman Steven Timmins of Timmins Painting. …
Dale Stratton was named Wine Market Council board chairman. …
Vintners Hall of Fame inductee Miljenko “Mike” Grgich donated $1 million to establish an endowment fund. …
Vintage Wine Estates has announced several promotions and appointments. …
Schweiger Vineyards welcomes Bill Wiebalk as its new general manager. …
December 8, 2014
Monkey see. Monkey do photo of what monkey see. But sorry monkey, tarantulas, other creative critters big and little, no copyright goes to you.
That’s the position of the August 2014 public draft of the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, which specifies that copyright protection applies only to humans, and not “a photograph taken by a monkey” or “a mural painted by an elephant.”
Welcome to the rapidly evolving landscape of intellectual property in the age of social media and the massive movement of personal and public data on the Internet. It is full of land mines for business.
November 24, 2014
Whether it is new rules on paid time off, required harassment training, increased liabilities for employers using contract labor or prevailing wage projects, the Journal’s annual report on new laws that impact business aims to keep you informed.
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