On January 1, 2016, the minimum wage will increase to $10 per hour. In 2013, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the bill that would increase California’s minimum wage in two phases. For the first phase, the minimum wage for California employees rose from $8 per hour to $9 per hour beginning July 1, 2014.

Jeff Janas

The 90th Annual Meeting is now in the books! In case you weren’t able to catch everything that happened here’s a recap of the highlights:

The Meeting’s most notable activity was the change in board leadership with Larry Cox, owner of Lawrence Cox Ranches in Brawley, California, becoming the new WG Board Chairman. Chairman Cox replaces outgoing chairman Vic Smith, President and CEO of JVSmith Companies in Yuma, Arizona. Western Growers would like to thank Vic for his dedicated and productive service while leading the board and the association over the last year.

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