WG&S December 2015

On October 10, 2015, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB 1513, which adds a new section to the Labor Code and codifies recent California state appellate court and federal district court decisions ruling that piece-rate employees must be separately paid for their nonproductive time and rest periods, in addition to their piece-rate earnings.  The new law also provides a limited safe harbor for qualified employers that voluntarily make retroactive payments to piece-rate employees for uncompensated nonproductive time and rest periods.  AB 1513 will go into effect on January 1, 2016.

Rep. Cardenas was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012 and re-elected in 2014.  He served three terms in the California State Assembly and also was elected to the Los Angeles City Council

You represent California’s 29th Congressional.  What areas does that cover?
My district covers a range of about 180 square miles from North Hollywood to Sylmar and includes San Fernando, Pacoima, Lakeview Terrace, Mission Hills, Granada Hills, North Hills, Panorama City, Arleta, Sun Valley, Lake Balboa, Van Nuys, Valley Glen and Valley Village.

Jeff Janas

In this country, biofuel production has been typically associated with corn, although biofuels can be produced from different feedstocks, including crop residues, manure and others.  During a recent webinar hosted on biofuel production, Dr. Stephen Kaffka shared key information related to the current policy, opportunities and challenges of producing biofuel in California.  One of the take-aways from his presentation is that as producers look into exploring additional means of revenue and efficiency, biofuel production shouldn’t be overlooked.

Sonia Salas

Discussions about the labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) were abuzz in the hallways following the “GMO: What’s on Your Label” workshop at the Western Growers 90th Annual Meeting in San Diego this November. Led by a group of industry experts, the workshop engaged the audience in an informative and lively dialogue about the potential effects of implementing GMO and non-GMO labels in the fresh produce industry.

Stephanie Metzinger

For 150 years, water right holders in California have been king.  Riparian holders (those adjacent to natural waterways) and Pre-1914 appropriative right holders (those not on waterways, but who have rights to acquire water from waterways and pipe it for use) are considered senior.  Depending on which right is held, right holders are entitled to tap, draw, divert and store water with few restrictions.

Larry Cox of Lawrence Cox Ranches, Brawley, CA, was elected chairman of the board of Western Growers at its Annual Meeting in San Diego in November.
Cox, who served as senior vice chair this year, took the traditional path of rising through the officer slots to his current position.  Serving as his senior vice chair for the 2015/16 year is Sammy Duda of Duda Farm Fresh Foods Inc.  Craig Reade of Bonipak Produce Company was elected to the vice chair role.  Carol Chandler of Chandler Farms is treasurer while Garland Reiter of Reiter Affiliated Companies is the executive secretary.

Tim Linden

As the year draws to a close, it is an important exercise to step back and reflect on the direction of the association and to answer for our members the most fundamental question: “Why do we do what we do?”

Tom Nassif

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