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President's Messages

  • Another one of the League’s top priorities is how to best deal with the challenges of invasive species in California. The past few years have been filled with a number of infestations and resulting quarantines due to Light Brown Apple Moth (LBAM), Melon Fruit Fly (MFF) and Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) and European Grape Vine Moth (EGVM). These pests present a very real threat in not only the physical damage they cause our member’s crops but to the ability to sell and move grapes and tree fruit to other states and countries.

  • One of the League’s top priorities remains that of maintaining a farm employee’s right to a secret ballot when it comes to the question of whether they wish to be represented by a union. SB 104 authored by California Senate Pro tem Darrell Steinberg has cleared both houses in the legislature and is headed toward the Governor’s desk. This legislation would remove that absolute right and set up a scenario that almost assuredly would assure that those farm employees would be subject to intimidation, misrepresentation and downright fraud by the union.

  • Recently the Fresno Bee reported the good news for the area’s economy that Fresno Yosemite International airport had reached agreements with both Volaris and Aeromexico to once again begin service between Fresno and Guadalajara.

  • The new administration of Governor Jerry Brown officially began at approximately 11:30 AM January 3rd upon his swearing into office by the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court. The chairman of the California Grape and Tree Fruit League, David Marguleas, and I attended the event in Sacramento and listened to the Governor give a brief, focused and sobering message just as he had promised.

  • The recent elections once again showed just how different California is compared to the rest of the nation. At a time when nationally, Americans overwhelmingly questioned the direction of the current administration in Washington, D.C. and convincingly returned the House of Representatives to the Republicans, California did exactly the opposite and voted Democrats into every statewide constitutional office as well as increasing the amount of Democrats in the Assembly.