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President's Messages

  • The membership of the California Grape and Tree Fruit League recently were surveyed on the issues of most importance to them in 2013 and it was no surprise to see that the top three spots were once again labor related.

  • The 2012 election is now in the rear view mirror and while the results in many ways still seem difficult to comprehend, the staff at the California Grape and Tree Fruit League has already started work in getting to know the many new legislators in both Sacramento and Washington DC that will propose new laws that impact our members.

  • Mark Twain made many profound and entertaining statements during his lifetime. None was probably more correct than when he said "No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session." The California Legislature is on recess during the month of July and it is no coincidence that most of us that have to deal with that distinguished body in Sacramento are sleeping better this month.

  • Under current California State Legislature rules, bills had to be passed out of the house of origin by June 1. This meant that AB 2346, a bill authored by Assemblywoman Betsy Butler (D-Marina Del Rey) and sponsored by the United Farm Workers (UFW) had to be passed by the Assembly on or before that deadline.

  • Grape harvest is now in full swing in the Coachella Valley while the San Joaquin Valley is beginning to see the earlier varieties of stone fruit being picked. Initial informal and unofficial estimates put the stone fruit crop for peaches, plums and nectarines at a figure that may be south of 40 million boxes which would put 2012 production at levels we have not witnessed in over two decades. Much of this reduction was due to the extreme weather experienced recently but also recognizes the continuing trend of a reduction of acres in this sector because of a lack of economic viability.