A bill in the Assembly that would encourage farmers to provide forage and habitat for pollinators through incentives grants is facing a key vote in the Appropriations Committee on Wednesday.
Assembly Bill 350 seeks to help farmers and ranchers navigate the implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). The SGMA assistance bill would provide funding for technical support for producers to help with compliance. Introduced by Assemblymember Carlos Villapudua, the bill is being sponsored by American Farmland Trust (AFT). The legislation was passed out of the Assembly Agriculture Committee with a unanimous vote and is being heard in the Assembly Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee beginning April 26.
Following efforts from California legislators to call on Gov. Gavin Newsom to declare a state of emergency over the drought, one Central Valley Democrat is urging the governor to go one step further by making long-lasting investments to solve the state’s water crisis.
Earlier this month, a group of bipartisan legislators wrote a letter to Newsom making their case for an emergency declaration.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Carlos Villapudua (D-Stockton) commended today’s advancement of Assembly Bills (AB) 258 and 1031, which will provide opportunities for individuals too often left at the margins of society.
SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Villapudua (D-Stockton) has been appointed to the following Assembly Select Committees for the 2021-22 regular session:
• Technology and the Future of California’s Agricultural Workforce (Chair)
• Ports and Goods Movement
• Veteran Employment and Education
Exactly a year ago, Oasis City Center Executive Director Heather Green and her team established a drive-thru food distribution center at Oasis Cares, 848 E. Hammer Lane.
After 12 months, they’ve collected and delivered over 1 million pounds in pantry products to 250,000 community members.
Because of her work, Green was recently named Woman of the Year for District 13 by State Assemblyman Carlos Villapudua.
STOCKTON – Assemblymember Villapudua (D-Stockton) this morning presented the Woman of the Year award to Heather Green, Executive Director of Oasis City Center.
The recent announcement by the governor's office that 40% of upcoming vaccine allocations in the state will be distributed among the most vulnerable residents that have been impacted by COVID-19, is welcome relief to the cherry industry, where vaccinating staff is an urgent need.
The cherry industry has not only worked through a year of COVID-19 protocols, but will be packing and exporting its second harvest during the pandemic.