Yesterday, the California Water Foundation (CWF) released a report, “Recommendations for Sustainable Groundwater Management: Developed Through a Stakeholder Dialogue,” that outlines policy proposals for consideration by the Legislature and Governor.  The recommendations were informed by a stakeholder dialogue process that commenced earlier this year.  CWF held sessions with multiple interest groups, including production agriculture, and convened a steering committee to help guide its understanding of the complex issues involved in any discussion about changes to the state’s groundwater laws.  WG’s Dave Puglia, a member of the steering committee, offers his thoughts on the CWF report:    

 

Dave Puglia

State and federal courts in California have recently held that piece-rate employees must be paid at least minimum wage for all non-piece rate activities, including those to which the piece rate doesn't apply. This is true even when employees receive, on balance, at least minimum wage for all hours worked. While agricultural employers have generally adjusted their compensation systems to comply with the changing legal landscape, many employers are in jeopardy due to the retroactive application of these court-ordered rules.

Jason Resnick

As the drought continues to intensify in California and neighboring states, owners of rural and urban properties need to take steps to protect their properties and avoid fire losses.   This is especially true in California where the number of wildfires has increased to historic proportions.  In 2013, there were 9,907 wildfires recorded in California, more than any other state.  Arizona had 1,756 wildfires which represented the fifth highest number of wildfires in the country.

Greg Nelson

The Western Growers Foundation (WGF) received two checks totaling $2,549.91 for its school garden grant program as a result of events held as part of the Yuma Lettuce Days Culinary Festival celebration this past March 1-2 at the Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park in Yuma, Arizona.  (Pictured above are Terre Catanzaro of JV Smith Companies and Linda Jordan of the Yuma Visitors Bureau.)

Paula Olson

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