THE BULLETIN • SATURDAY, MAY 30, 2015
BRIEFING Bank ofAmerica to pay QOM Bank of America agreed to pay$30 million to settle a U.S.regulator's claims that it failed
to comply with laws that protect military members from legalactions over unpaid loans. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency said its order is also intended to fix deficiencies in thebank's procedures for litigating against consumers with outstanding debts and how it ensures that legal documents areaccurate, the agencysaid in a statement Friday. Bank of America must pay backabout 73,000 affected customers, according to theOCC statement.
Biofuel proposal released The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday releaseda much-delayed proposal governing theamount of biofuel that must be blended into conventional vehicle fuel, seeking to reduce thelevels specified in themandate but still require modest increases overthenext fewyears. The proposal, which would becomefinal by the end of November, would set levels for last year at what producers actually madebut increase thetotal volume of renewable fuel required by1.5 billion gallons, roughly 9 percent, bythe end of 2016. That still falls short of
themandatesetbyCongress, which hasbeen criticized asunrealistic. The announcementwhich seemed toplease few — represents the latest turn in theagency's beleagueredjourney since it beganrequiring increasing levels of ethanol to be incorporated into vehicle fuel under energy laws passedin 2005 and 2007. At that
time, American dependence onforeign oil was high, as wereprices. — From wire reports
e a com an movin o en
By Stephen Hamway
relocate with him to Bend.
Cost of living and quality of life lured the Silicon Valley company Kollective Technology Inc. to Bend. CEO Dan Vetras said the
Sunnyvale, California-based cloud-computing firm will be moving part of its staff to the 1001 Tech Center in Bend at
the beginning of July. "It's pretty amazing to wake up in Bend, as opposed to Silicon Valley, quite honestly," Vetras said. Vetras said the company
employs around 60 people worldwide, including 35 in the
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lower costs as
now," Vetras said.
a major reason
Kollective has leased 4,000 square feet in the southwest corner of the building, though he acknowledged the company might outgrow the space,
for the move to
Central Oregon. Relative to the
Bay Area, he said, building and hiring costs in Bend were fairly reasonable. Additionally, he said Bend, as a smaller market, would generate less
competition for employees. A prior relationship with Dino Vendetti, general part-
ner at Seven Peaks Ventures and one of the founders of
speculated that about half of
1001 Tech Center, helped as welL Vetras said the two met in the Seattle area, where Vet-
the Silicon Valley staff would
ras lived for 18 years.
San Francisco Bay Area. He
of moving in. "It's just such a beautiful building, and it was built for technology," Vetras said. "It's like moving into a new,
Vetras said Kollective specializes in cloud software
that provides video services for companies, in the form of training programs and in-
tricked-out house, rather than
ter-office communications. It
something that's 10, 12 years old that would require a lot of
provides cloud-computing ser-
Roger Lee, executive director of Economic Development for Central Oregon, helped faKollective is also the final cilitate the company's arrival major tenant for the 1001 Tech once Vendetti sold Vetras on Center, named for its location Central Oregon. He described at 1001 SW Emkay Drive. It the relocation as an "exciting will be sharing the space with validation for Bend's tech Pneuma33 Creative Agency, scene." "It's great to see a critical Five Talent and BendTech, which currently occupy the mass develop in Central Orspace, and Seven Peaks Venegon and elsewhere in the tures, which is in the process state," Lee said. as it plans to hire at least 10
people in the next year upon moving to Bend.
vices for Nestle, Fiat, American Airlines and others.
Vetras said he offered employees who were on the fence about relocating to Bend an opportunity to visit the city on the company's dime. He said most of the employees who took him up on the offer liked the region. "I think all of us just want to be part of the community," Vetras said. — Reporter 541-617-7818 firstname.lastname@example.org
U.S. eeonomy's eontraction
signals a stop-and-go recovery By Nelson D. Schwartz
New York Times News Service
The U.S. economy got off to an even weaker start this year
than first thought, the gov-
The Associated Press
ernment reported Friday, as
economic activity contracted becauseofam oredismal trade caution bybusinesses and consumers alike.
Google is willingto store and organize all of the world's digital photos and videos for free. The online photo service
The 0.7 percent annual rate
announced Thursday is the
of decline in economic output in the first quarter of 2015
latest example of Google's desire to wrap its tentades around virtually everypart of people's lives. Google will provide unlimited storage of all photos up to 16megapixels and high-definition video up to 1080p. The servi ce,called Google Photos, will be available as an app on Android and Apple devices, and on
performance and continued
was a reversal of the initial 0.2
percentadvance fortheperiod reported last month by the Commerce Department.
Although statistical quirks and one-time factors like wintry weather in some parts of
the countryplayed a role, as did a work slowdown at West Coast ports, the lackluster re-
Stephen Morton /The New YorkTimes
A distribution center for 0 A Logistics in Pooler, Georgia, in February. The government reported the
U.S. economyhascontracted instead of advancing aa initially predicted.
port for January, February and March underscores the U.S.
economy's continuing inability to generate much momentum. The pullback was the third time that economic activity
had posted a quarterly contraction since the current
recovery began in mid-2009, with declines in output in the first quarters of 2011 and 2014.
Even acknowledgingfl awsin the way the government takes accountofexpected seasonal
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"Our kids went to school
together in Bellevue, so we've known each other for a while
a website, http//photos.
"This isn't the off to-the-races kind of
expansionwe envisioned sixm onths ago.More and more folks are coming around to the view that the long-term growth rate of the American economy is 2 percent, at best. We can't sustain 3 or 4 percent growth for very long,so it's two steps forward, one step back."
assumptions. "This isn't the off-to-the-
races kind of expansion we envisioned six months ago," said Scott Anderson, chief economist at Bank of the West in San Francisco. "More and
more folks are coming around
to the view that the long-term — Scott Anderson, chief economist at Bank of the West growth rate of the American
variations, that on-again, offagainpattern helps explain why annual growth rates in gross domestic product for recent years have been wellbe- the second quarter is kidding low thepace ofgainsrecorded themselves, because the trade in the 1990s and mid-2000s. data is so unpredictable at the Much of the revision report- moment, and we have no hard ed Friday was spurred by new numbers yet," Shepherdson data showing that exports fell said. "I'm guessingthere will more than first thought and be a reversal in trade flows, imports rose higher. Econoand we'll see 3 percent growth mists at Goldman Sachs noted in the second quarter. But it that the change in the trade could be anywhere between 1 balance shaved 1.9 percentage percent and 5 percent." points off overall growth last Exports had been aparticquarter, the largest quarterly ularly bright spot for the U.S. drag from net exports in three decades.
rent quarter, are forcing some economists to rethink earlier
economy is 2 percent, at best. We can't sustain 3 or 4 percent
Reserve has pulledback from any plans to raise short-term interest rates in June, with
officials now suggesting that the firstrate increase from
near zero is not likely to come until September or even later this year. Although Wall Street and the Fed are already looking
growth for very long, so it's two stepsforward, onestep back." Although doudy, the economic outlook is not particularly dark. Unemployment has been falling steadily, and experts think it could fall to about 5
ahead to the June 5 report on
percentbytheend oftheyear, from 5.4 percent now. The
employment gains in May
jobless rate stood at 8 percent a
and other more recent data, the rearviewmirror take on
little over twoyears ago. The real estate market has
economy in the first years of
economic activity discouraged
also been robust as of late,
the recovery, as world trade rebounded from the plunge
buying on the stock market. At
of times, the trade balance is
that followed the financial cri-
especiallyhard to gauge in the wake of a labor dispute and
sis in late 2008 and early 2009. Those gains have moderated more recently and are likely to remain under pressure as
the Standard & Poor's 500
with a measure of pending home sales last month hitting a nine-year high, according to data released Thursdayby
index and the Nasdaq were all off 0.6 percent. Bond yields
the National Association of Realtors. New-home sales and
also crept lower.
the stronger dollar makes
After the economy grew at an annualrateofnearly 5per-
construction were also strong in April.
Volatile even in the best
slowdown at West Coast ports.
Although clearly a negative in the first quarter, some experts like Ian Shepherdson of Pantheon Macroeconomics say a return to normal trade patterns could propel a healthy rebound in the second quarter.
U.S. goods more expensive for overseas buyers. Most experts had expected
the data released Fridayto show a contraction in the first
But he cautioned that the dataremained influx and warned that even his own esti-
quarter, and virtually no main-
mate could end up being wide
to fall into a recession. Still,
of the mark.
the weak start for the year is a crucial reason that the Federal
stream economists are predicting that the economy is about
the end of trading Friday, the Dow Jones industrial average,
Indeed, an upward revision
google.com. It's a variation of thephoto-management tool on Google Plus, a social networking service that has struggledto compete against Facebook since its 2011debut.
"There has been arenaissance in the thinking of what Google Plus is for," said Bradley Horowitz,
Google's vice president of photos and streams. Google Plus will stick around, Horowitz said, although it is
likelyto focus onbringing together people who share common interests and hob-
bies instead of tryingto connect friends and family. Horowitz predicted
Google Photos will free people from the hassles of managing their picture and video libraries, much like Google's Gmail service eased the burden of sifting through emailboxes by offeringlargerstoragecapacities and a powerful search
engine. Google Photos is importing technology from Google Plus to automatically sort images into common bundles tiedtogetherby avacation destination, activity,
or even species of animal.
cent in the spring and summer
in residential construction
Other tools will automati-
of 2014, some experts conduded that theeconomy had found
last quarter offset some of the weakness elsewhere.
cally create slideshows and albumsaccompaniedby
its footing and predicted that
Despite the windfall provided by lower gasoline prices, consumer spending, which accounts for roughly two-thirds
a healthier, sustained growth rateofnear3percentwa sfinally at hand. The new data for the first
of economic activity, was only
lure people away from other
modest. Personal consumption rose by 1.8 percent last quarter,
services that have been
quarter of 2015, and signs of only a tepid rebound in the cur-
One of thebiggest challenges facing Google Inc. is whether it will be able to
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