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Fill her up: Gov. signs bill that allows for refilling wine bottles


SALINAS – A bill that has its origins in Monterey County, was recently signed into law allowing consumers to bring their own wine bottles to be refilled at participating tasting rooms, reducing waste and expanding business.

“It is important to have a level playing field for all winery establishments. The new legislation allows wineries to reduce packaging waste and cost,” said Heather Brand, owner I. Brand & Family Winery. “This is a win, win situation. We can reduce our environmental footprint and pass savings through to our guests and customers.”

State Allocates $15 Million for Pollinators

Villapudua Leads Critical Investment Opportunity for Agriculture Community

California Assemblymember Carlos Villapudua (D-Stockton) celebrated the Assembly’s approval of $15 million recently to support our state’s pollinator habitats.

Regional perspectives needed on CPUC - Carlos Villapudua

By: Assemblymember Carlos Villapudua

Warming weather in the San Joaquin Valley used to mean going to the annual asparagus festival, Stockton Heat games and car shows. Due to the global pandemic, housing and unemployment crises, catastrophic wildfires and energy shortages during heat waves, traditional events and daily life for Stockton residents have not been the same.

Changes to police training passes Assembly, moves to Senate: Villapudua explains details

Assemblyman Carlos Villapudua says he doesn't want to see a repeat of “the senseless killing of George Floyd.” 

That is why he is the lead author of Assembly Bill 931, a legislative bill proposing changes to peace officer – including police – training.   

Villapudua, D-Stockton, says the idea is to implement training where officers are encouraged to stand up and intercede if they see a fellow officer potentially violating someone's rights. 

Newsom’s budget includes funding for sustainable ag

There’s money for new equipment, pollinator habitat projects and alternatives to agricultural burning.

The Almond Alliance is lauding California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s inclusion of bee habitat projects and funding for growers in the revised budget proposal he unveiled recently.

The $267.8 billion budget that Newsom submitted on Friday, May 14 would include $213 million for an agricultural equipment incentive program, $150 million for the Alternatives to Agricultural Burning Incentive Program and $30 million in pollinator habitat funding, the organization notes.

Community COVID-19 vaccine questions: Assemblyman Carlos Villapudua

Assemblyman Carlos Villapudua was elected in November 2020 to represent District 13 – composed of areas throughout Stockton, Tracy, Mountain House, Lodi, and Thornton – at the State Assembly. He was born and raised in Stockton and graduated from California State University, Sacramento.  

He previously served on the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors for eight years and was the CEO of the San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. 

1. Why should people get vaccinated?  

SGMA Assistance Bill Moving Through Legislative Process

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.

Villapudua presses Newsom over drought emergency citing unmet, long-term water needs

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. 

Heather Green, executive director of Oasis City Center, named Woman of the Year

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.