In 2014, California voters passed a water bond with the promise of funding for new storage projects. Earlier this year, unelected bureaucrats at the California Water Commission, informed water storage proponents that projects such as the Temperance Flat Dam and Sites Reservoir did not meet guidelines for funding. In all, 11 proposed projects were rejected by the Commission for what they described as a “failure to provide adequate public benefit.” Project proponents have appealed the decision and are continuing to pressure the Water Commission to uphold the will of the voters. These new projects are critical to ensuring our families and agriculture can access our most critical resource. For more information on the proceedings click HERE
March 18th-24th is National Ag Week. Here are a few fast facts about the industry in CA:
- According to the latest crop year information, California’s farms and ranches received over $46 billion for their output.
- California agricultural exports total over $20 billion. Top commodities for export included almonds, wine, dairy and dairy products, walnuts and pistachios.
- California’s agricultural abundance includes more than 400 commodities.
- Over a third of the country’s vegetables and two-thirds of the country’s fruits and nuts are grown in California.
Despite recent rains and accumulating snow in the Sierra, it is still important that we conserve water. Many cities and counties are enforcing outdoor watering restrictions and issuing steep fines for violations. Spring is a great time of year to check outdoor watering systems for problems. Here are a few ways you can help conserve water:
- Contact your local public utilities department regarding your neighborhood watering schedule. Many cities have adopted strict ordinances limiting outdoor watering to 1-2 per week.
- Check lawn sprinklers for leaks, overspray and damage.
- Install a smart sprinkler controller that can automatically adjust with the weather.
- Water early in the morning to reduce evaporation.
As part of the Senate’s annual celebration of Women’s History Month, I was pleased to honor Maria Swanson as the 8th Senate District Women of the Year. Maria is a lovely, outgoing woman whose philanthropic view is one of quiet service to both her church and her community.
Born and raised in Hilmar to parents who own a thriving dairy, Maria learned the value of hard work, common sense, business skills, and family values. She and her husband Matt, have four children and one son in law, and attend Monte Vista Chapel in Turlock, where they reside. This year they will celebrate their second daughter, Savannah, graduating from Pepperdine University with a Science degree.
Maria’s interests, passions, and involvements include spending time, resources and her talent to support non-profit community centers where hope, meals, and a safe place are provided for needy families. The children from these families are shown that they are valued, loved and can contribute to their community. The Turlock Pregnancy Center, another of Maria’s passions gives girls options other than abortion. Real positive changes that benefit not just the person but the community can be seen in the lives of these young women.
Maria helps where she can without the expectation of accolades, because she believes that her community is one that thrives when the next generation is given the chance and the opportunity to succeed.
Pictured from left to right: Dana Jorgensen presents Mike Kohout of Vintage Ford Parts with a Senate Resolution
I am pleased to announce our March Small Business of the Month: Sacramento Vintage Ford Parts of Rancho Cordova.
Started in 1961 by Darold and Lynette Kohout, Sacramento Vintage Ford Parts continues to be a mom-and-pop operation, with Mike and Susan - son and daughter, respectively.
The 70,000 sq. ft. shop was once described as “an amusement park for hot rod buyers,” with walls like galleries showcasing parts.
We are starting to use Twitter and Facebook more and more to communicate with all of our constituents. It’s cheaper and more efficient than many of the traditional methods of communication, like mailings and earned media.
The 8th Senate District is 27,000 square miles - one of the largest districts in the Senate and about the size of Rhode Island. To better serve you, I have set up three regional district offices with great staff available to listen to your opinions on legislation, lend a hand with problems you may be having with state agencies, or arrange an appointment with me. We also hold mobile office hours (see below). Please do not hesitate to contact one of my local offices if we can be of assistance.
State Capitol, Rm 3067
Sacramento, CA 95818
6215 N. Fresno St.
Fresno, CA 93710
33 C Broadway
Jackson, CA 95642
102 Grove Ave, Suite B
Oakdale, CA 95361
Sonora - April 3rd
10:00 - 11:30am
Sonora City Fire Department
201 South Shepherd Street, Sonora, Ca 95370
Waterford - April 6th
2:00 - 3:00pm
City of Waterford
101 E. Street, Waterford, Ca 95386
Oakdale - April 6th
3:30 - 4:30pm
Senator Berryhill District Office
102 Grove Ave, Oakdale, Ca 95361
Hughson - April 12th
11:00 - 12:00pm
City of Hughson City Hall
7018 Pine Street, Hughson, Ca 95326
Turlock - April 12th
1:30 - 2:30pm
Turlock Chamber of Commerce
115 S. Golden State Blvd, Turlock, Ca 95380
Denair - April 26th
10:30 - 11:30am
Denair Community Services District
3850 North Gratton Road, Denair, Ca 95316