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Fred Buenrostro, who ran the nation’s largest public pension fund from 2002 to 2008, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to a charge of conspiracy to commit bribery and fraud. He has agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors as they pursue charges against his longtime friend, Nevada businessman Alfred Villalobos, a former CalPERS board member.

The Sacramento Association of Realtors will host a free homeownership workshop on July 19 to help buyers negotiate a market that, despite improvements, remains extremely challenging. Federal authorities will hold an event later this month to help struggling homeowners keep paying their mortgages and stay in their homes.

The billionaire owner of Tesla Motors is giving $1 million to a New York museum dedicated to preserving the legacy of the inventor who inspired its name.

Nationwide health care provider Dialysis Clinic Inc. is guilty of disability discrimination for firing and refusing to rehire a nurse because her treatment for breast cancer was taking too long, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has alleged in a lawsuit filed in Sacramento federal court.

SMUD must guard its linemen against all raiders as other utilities offer bounties to try and recruit them away.

The Sacramento area ranks 15th nationwide among the best places for graduates specializing in science, technology, engineering and mathematics – or STEM for short – according to NerdWallet, the San Francisco-based personal finance website.

The California Endowment, Health Law Guide for Business has launched a new Spanish-language website designed to help Latino business owners and employees comply with the federal Affordable Care Act.

MyECheck Inc., a developer and licenser of electronic check services that has been operating out of El Dorado Hills, has moved into new offices in Folsom.

Citrus Heights police warn that the official opening of a large casino on Antelope Road could bring traffic congestion Friday night.

Mr. Dunnigan, who died July 9, began selling homes before World War II. He was active in business for almost eight decades and trained many agents who went on to start their own real estate firms in Sacramento.

Last September, Alix Catherine Tichelman called 911 to report that her boyfriend had collapsed and fallen unconscious as she showered in the Georgia home the couple shared.

The Ronald McDonald House on the UC Davis Medical Center campus will add 20 bedrooms for families of children being treated at area hospitals.

Veteran Sacramento designer Michael Sommerfield finally took a bridal collection to New York last year, a trip that sold several posh boutiques on carrying his Miosa Couture.… Ana Manzano launched an Indiegogo campaign to help get her children’s clothing boutique off the ground in Old Sacramento, but she’s not putting all her apples in that cart.… The founders of Bumbums & Baubles, Amanda Kludt and Caitlin Zapf, are all hush-hush about whether Sacramento will see them on the upcoming season of ABC’s “Shark Tank.”

America is awash in propane, a byproduct of booming oil and natural gas production. Yet getting it to markets at home and abroad is proving challenging and controversial.

House of Representatives and Senate committees approved plans Thursday to shore up the foundering highway trust fund through next May, but several business groups told lawmakers they want a longer-term solution by the end of this year.

The operators of a stalled, industrial-scale gold mining operation in Northern California's Mother Lode region have announced a debt restructuring plan that officials hope will prompt a resumption of mining later this year.

Pacific Castle, an Irvine-based owner and operator of retail shopping centers on the West Coast, said it has acquired four retail properties for approximately $40 million in the Sacramento area.

The State Water Resources Control Board has proposed emergency regulations that would limit lawn watering and car washing statewide – with fines of up to $500 per day for residents who break the rules.

Ana Manzano launched an indiegogo.com campaign to help get her children’s clothing boutique off the ground in Old Sacramento, but she’s not putting all her apples in that cart.

A two-year slump in personal computer sales ended in the second quarter, helped by improving demand in developed markets like North America and Europe.

Opponents of Indian gambling and local California officials are pushing back against a proposed federal rule that would simplify the recognition of American Indian tribes.

Despite the post-financial crisis focus on revamping Wall Street’s credit rating agencies, federal regulators have failed to fix the problems that contributed hugely to the economic meltdown, according to a paper released July 9th by the progressive-leaning Brookings Institution.

Rancho Cordova-based VSP Global will formally unveil its new innovation lab in midtown Sacramento next week.

The founders of Bumbums & Baubles, Amanda Kludt and Caitlin Zapf, are all hush-hush about whether Sacramento will see them on the upcoming season of ABC’s “Shark Tank.”

Viji Murali, an information technology veteran in higher education, has been named chief information officer at the University of California, Davis. She also has the title of vice provost of Information and Educational Technology. She will start Aug. 18.

Davis-based Marrone Bio Innovations Inc., a provider of bio-based pest management and plant health products, says it has received U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approval of a product to combat invasive mussels in lakes, rivers, recreation areas and other open bodies of water.

Track 7 Brewing Co., a Sacramento-based craft beer brewer, has signed a 10-year lease for a 35,000-square-foot facility to increase production and house its marketing and accounting offices. The facility is at 826 Professor Lane off Del Paso Road, just east of Sleep Train Arena. A tasting room also is planned for the site.

Government pensions were once considered untouchable, ironclad, off limits even if the employer went bankrupt.

Californians can start sipping wine at farmers markets.

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