Pray for rain (and snow)

February 9, 2015


Greeting from the Central Valley. I hope by the time this you read this, it’s raining.

I sure had high hopes for a rainy season, December started out with such a bang. I guess weshould all do a rain dance and pray — really pray — for rain! We need a little help from above.

I’ve been living in California for just over 37 years, and I can’t remember a time when it was 70 degrees in January. It’s my understanding this was the driest January the Central Valley has ever recorded.

My heart goes out to those who own and operate ski resorts. There’s been no snow and many closures, and it’s peak season. Very sad.

We sure miss snow skiing. It’s been two years, and snow skiing was part of my New Year’s weight loss resolution. It looks like walking and joining a gym are going to have to be the plan.

As we walked around the vineyard today, we noticed the cherry trees next door had begun to bud. Geez, this is scary. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a rainy February, March and April.

On a brighter note, our chickens began laying after two months of  no eggs. Now we’re back to fresh egg omelets. Love those fresh eggs!

Is it just me, or do you notice that traffic has increased and more folks are out shopping (hopefully spending their dollars at local businesses)? It seems like I’m always in traffic, no matter where I drive. That’s got to be due to the lower cost of gas and more disposable income as a result. Now that’s good news!

I’ve seen prices drop to as low as $1.99 for regular from more than $3.50 a gallon a year ago. Now I can afford the premium gas, and my car is loving it.

If lower gas prices have put more money in your pocket, stop by your favorite local business and get your sweetheart something special for Valentine’s Day. The merchants will appreciate it, and your loved one will love it.

Speaking of good business news, Stockton has the green light to execute its bankruptcy exit plan. That will go a long way toward removing the uncertainty that has kept the brakes on our economic recovery.

In this issue of the Business Journal, we’re taking a look at commercial real estate. We’ve learned that the biggest area of growth has been in the industrial sector — especially warehouses and distribution centers. You can read more in Kent Hohlfeld’s story on page 6.

Our 2014 edition of the Book of Lists is headed to the printer and will be available March 1. It’s awesome, packed with valuable local information and, I think, one of my favorite cover designs, Thank you to our creative director, Sophia Machado.

A big thank you to all of you. Your prompt responses to our research manager Dani Conley helped tremendously in gathering current data to ensure the most accurate information is contained within our lists. Dani has worked extremely hard. Thank you, Dani.

We are proud to present the 24th annual CV Book of Lists. Reserve your copy today by calling our office at 209-477-0100 or by emailing our subscription department at  Supplies are limited, so reserve yours today!

Each year, I’m thrilled to see the plethora of businesses located within our Valley, thriving and choosing to make this their location of choice. Together we succeed, unstoppable in fact.

God Bless America!

Happy Valentine’s Day,

Sharon Alley Calone


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