Ag Today Thursday, April 7, 2016
Thursday, April 7, 2016
Capital Public Radio
Assembly Bill Quickens Overtime Pay For Farm Workers
By Ben Bradford
A bill moving through the California Legislature would require farm laborers to receive overtime pay when they work more than eight hours in a day. Current law allows them to work up to ten hours a day, six days a week, before companies must pay overtime.
The agriculture industry opposes the bill, which passed an Assembly committee Wedneday.
Brian White of Western United Dairymen says workers will receive fewer hours instead of overtime pay.
"We think this bill will hurt our workers, 50 percent which have already left...
Ag Today Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Officials poised to sign Klamath River dam agreements
By Jonathan J. Cooper
SACRAMENTO, CALIF. - Officials from Oregon, California and the Obama administration are scheduled to sign a pact Wednesday agreeing to seek permission to tear down four hydroelectric dams that are blamed for killing fish and blocking their migration.
They will also agree to protect farmers and ranchers from rising power and water prices as they work on a broader pact to bring peace to long-running water wars in the Klamath River basin, which straddles the Oregon-California border.
The landmark agreement revives a dormant, six-year-old settlement process that...
Ag Today Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
KFSN TV, Fresno
Ag leaders critical of minimum wage hike
By Dale Yurong
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill into law which will raise the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022.
The more than two million people in California who work for minimum wage were thrilled to hear about the salary hike. But ag leaders worried the increase could have a severe impact on the farming industry.
SEIU members cheered as they watched Governor Brown sign the bill. The Service Employees International Union and United Healthcare Workers spearheaded the push to increase the...
Ag Today Monday, April 4, 2016
Monday, April 4, 2016
Many Central Valley farmers face severe water shortages despite easing drought
By Ryan Sabalow and Dale Kasler
In another sign that California’s drought has eased but the state’s water system is far from fully recovered, federal regulators announced Friday that Sacramento Valley farmers would get full water deliveries for the upcoming growing season, but many San Joaquin Valley growers would face another year of severe shortages.
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, in an eagerly anticipated announcement, outlined the initial 2016 water allocations from the Central Valley Project, the federal government’s massive network of reservoirs, pumps and canals.
Ag Today Friday, April 1, 2016
Friday, April 1, 2016
California lawmakers send Jerry Brown historic $15 minimum wage
By Jeremy B. White and Taryn Luna
California lawmakers moved swiftly Thursday to ratify a deal boosting the state minimum wage to $15, sending legislation to Gov. Jerry Brown just days after the governor announced a deal with labor leaders.
With his planned signature in Los Angeles on Monday, Brown will avert a costly ballot fight, give California the nation’s highest wage and make it the first state to vindicate organized labor’s national “Fight for 15” rallying cry. Labor officials were triumphant.
“The credit for making history today belongs to...
Ag Today Thursday, March 31, 2016
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Growth planning gains momentum in some Stanislaus County cities
By Garth Stapley
After years of stagnation, several cities in Stanislaus County are showing signs of positioning for eventual growth.
Construction still seems scarce nearly a decade after recession began hammering the area. But urban planning – a cerebral exercise required before nails are pounded and saws start whirring – is starting to pick up, ever so slowly.
Modesto and Ceres, for instance, are updating their general plans, a monumental planning effort that cities engage in every decade or so.
Riverbank officially is seeking to expand its sphere of influence, reflecting...
Ag Today Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
California’s plan for $15 minimum wage could have huge effect
By Hudson Sangree and Hector Amezcua
A landmark plan to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 by 2022 could create sweeping changes across the industries that rely on low-wage workers and improve the living standards for millions of Californians employed in farm fields, restaurants and retail stores.
“The expanse of the impacts is huge – a 50 percent increase in wages over five years to more than 40 percent of workers in the Sacramento region alone,” Jeffrey Michael, director of the Center for Business and Policy Research...
Ag Today Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Minimum wage: Half of SJ workers may see boost
By Reed Fujii
California, whose $10 minimum wage is already the highest in the country, would voyage into uncharted economic waters under a plan announced Monday to push the statewide minimum to $15 an hour by 2022.
Gov. Jerry Brown, legislative leaders and labor officials outlined the wage plan in Sacramento, saying it would raise the statewide minimum wage by 50 cents on Jan. 1 to $10.50 an hour. From there, it would rise to $11 in 2018 and subsequent dollar-a-year increases ending at $15 on Jan. 1, 2022.
Ag Today Monday, March 28, 2016
Monday, March 28, 2016
California lawmakers to scrutinize new bullet-train plans
By Juliet Williams
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State lawmakers will have their first opportunity to quiz the officials responsible for California's $64 billion high-speed rail plans at a committee hearing Monday to review a new business plan that calls for overhauling its proposed route and postponing the first service by three years.
Those overseeing the project are expected to face tough questions about the plan to shift construction to the San Francisco Bay Area rather than head first to Southern California, an acknowledgement of the financial and political challenges that have...
Ag Today Friday, March 25, 2016
Friday, March 25, 2016
San Francisco Chronicle
Feinstein, GOP press Obama administration on delta water
By Carolyn Lochhead
WASHINGTON — As lingering El Niño rains swell the state’s rivers, Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein joined California House Republicans on Thursday to demand that President Obama order more water to be pumped from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to farms in the San Joaquin Valley.
Feinstein and the Republicans sent separate, similar letters to Obama timed to apply maximum political pressure on his administration. They arrived just a few hours before the federal Bureau of Reclamation was set to reduce pumping to help preserve what’s left...