Yolo County residents are being told to be on the alert for scam phone calls purporting to be from their energy provider.
Valley Clean Energy reported that one Davis resident who received such a call recently, the caller apologized for overcharging her on her utility bill, explaining that the overcharge was from a third-party supplier. She was told to press 1 to apply for a rebate check, but the woman hung up, believing that the caller was attempting to gain access to her bank routing and account numbers.
Valley Clean Energy is now telling its customers that it never asks for a customer’s banking information over the telephone. According to the AARP, scammers often make utilities a common subject of impostor scams, by far the most common type of fraud reported to the Federal Trade Commission. The scammers are after the customers’ money or their identities.
Anyone who has received such a call recently is asked to contact the district attorney’s fraud unit at 855-496-5632 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, a fraud unit complaint form can be accessed online at https://yoloda.org/contact-us/.
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On Monday, Aug. 21, Matchbook Winery kicked off its 13th annual harvest and first day of crush. The staff at Matchbook continued its tradition of “sabering” open bottles of Schramsberg sparkling wine paired with doughnuts before the first load of Chardonnay went into the crusher. The harvest will continue through mid-September. On Aug. 20, the winery harvested its Tempranillo vineyard, located just outside the tasting room, using a combination of machine and handpicking. The sky was smoky and pink, but has not affected the harvest, according to the winery.
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Ray Pacheco and his daughter Laylani Pacheco of El Rey Chile Company had an even busier weekend than usual recently. Normally, Ray spends Saturday morning at the Woodland Farmers Market roasting chiles, which has attracted a following.
That got the attention of Juan Barajas of Savory Cafe who asked Ray to come by on Sunday and roast chile’s for his morning customers. So, Ray and Laylani ignored the light morning rain — as did several dozen outdoor diners — roasting the bright green peppers to a golden brown with spots of black.
Juan reports that he is planning on incorporating the hatch chile’s into some of his regular dishes in the near future.
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For more than 20 years, Lisa Koregelos has built up her AccuStaff office’s reputation as the trusted local staffing company by matching job seekers and employers with top talent and opportunity.
Now, AccuStaff in Woodland is changing the way it serves the workforce with a rebranding that will evolve employment efforts and hiring capabilities. Renamed as Spherion Staffing Services Woodland, Koregelos and her team will now have access to resources to better serve clients and candidates alike.
“Our offices stayed open during the first wave of COVID-19 as we serve essential workers and businesses,” said Korelegos. “Now operating under Spherion, we’ll have the chance to use our local knowledge to help fill Woodland’s staffing needs while accessing the support and resources of a leading recruiting and staffing organization.”
Spherion offers staffing and recruiting services, including temp-to-hire, direct-hire-placement, flexible staffing and workforce management solution.
The newly rebranded business will remain at the same location at 19 Court St. in Woodland and will continue to service its existing client and candidate base in a more sophisticated way under the Spherion name.
Spherion has about 200 offices across the country.
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During the past fiscal year, 15 emerging startups executed agreements to access patented technology developed at UC Davis.
Storx Technologies is commercializing a noninvasive fetal pulse oximeter for use during deliveries. Founded by the inventors — Soheil Ghiasi, a professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Daniel Fong, who recently received his Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from UC Davis — the company’s innovation may lead to safer births and fewer cesarian sections.
Two of the medical technology companies that licensed technology this past year are developing vaccine innovations.
Tendel Therapies has licensed foundational technologies developed in the laboratories of Dennis Hartigan-O’Connor, associate professor in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, and Peter Barry, professor emeritus with the Center for Immunology and Infectious Diseases. The company is commercializing first-in-class, genetically adjuvanted vaccines engineered for durable B- and T-cell immune memory. Tendel has adapted their technology to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and is preparing for a Phase I safety trial of their vaccine candidate.
The Vaccine Group, a biotechnology firm in the United Kingdom, licensed foundational UC Davis intellectual property that provides a non-PCR (polymerase chain reaction) method to create a recombinant DNA fragment for insertion into a target sequence. The company is developing herpesvirus-based vaccine platforms to protect animals against infectious diseases, including zoonotic diseases that are transferred from animals to humans.
Food-tech company BCD Bioscience is developing proprietary techniques around natural carbohydrate structures to create and commercialize novel prebiotics, synbiotics and immuno-modulatory therapies for human and animal health. UC Davis professors Carlito Lebrilla, David Mills and Bruce German are the founding scientists for the company.
In agricultural innovations, Spectral Analytix, launched by Christian Nansen, an associate professor in the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, applies machine vision and machine learning to the classification and sorting of insects and also seeds, creating fast and nondestructive methods to eliminate nonviable seeds.
During the past 10 years, a total of 115 startups have been formed with an emphasis on commercializing UC Davis technologies. Approximately 75% are still active.
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