This column with be short and sweet — yes, sweet. Of course I am disappointed that the leadership in the House of Representatives has chosen to delay taking up an immigration reform bill — or bills — before the close of this year. They have their reasons, one being the difficulty they have getting 218 votes for anything. They also don’t seem able to compromise with Democrats very often, if ever.
WGA was formed in 1926 to negotiate with the railroads, but unfortunately we have evolved to where Western Growers’ main duty is to protect our business, our families, our tradition and agriculture from our own government. Sad, but true.
The Western Growers 88th Annual Meeting was the site of the presentation of several awards honoring leaders in the association’s extended family for above-and-beyond service to the fresh produce industry.
As we have been anticipating for quite some time now, there is a bill under consideration by the California Assembly that would guarantee paid sick leave to all California employees who do not otherwise have access to employer-provided paid sick leave. The bill, AB 2716, was introduced by San Francisco Democrat Fiona Ma.
Children at the Neighborhood House Association’s (NHA) New Life Head Start child development center in San Diego planted fall vegetables and learned the concept of the fall harvest in their own school garden thanks to a grant from the Western Growers Foundation (WGF). The October 23rd learning session received media coverage from San Diego’s KCBS Channel 8 while KUSI Channel 9 sent their weather reporter, Leslie Lopez, for live morning coverage of the children working in their garden.