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Drought costs California agriculture $1.84B and 10,100 jobs in 2015

Drought costs California agriculture $1.84B and 10,100 jobs in 2015

A dry field sits beside an orchard in Merced. The drought is expected to cost California's agricultural economy $1.84 billion and 10,100 jobs in 2015, according to a UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences report. Credit: Gregory Urquiaga

The drought is tightening its grip on California agriculture, squeezing about 30 percent more workers and cropland out of production than in 2014, according to the latest drought impact report by the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences.

In 2015, the state’s agricultural economy will lose about $1.84 billion and 10,100 seasonal jobs because of the drought, the report estimated, with the Central Valley hardest hit.

The analysis also forecasts how the industry will fare if the drought persists through 2017... Read More

Black and white ruffled lemur youngsters on exhibit at Sacramento Zoo

Black and white ruffled lemur youngsters on exhibit at Sacramento Zoo

At just over two months old, the two female Black and White Ruffed Lemur babies are now on exhibit with their extended family. ... Read More

Bill Ensuring Funding for Child Abuse Prevention Funding Heads to the Senate Floor

Bill Ensuring Funding for Child Abuse Prevention Funding Heads to the Senate Floor

Bill Ensuring Funding for Child Abuse Prevention Funding

Heads to the Senate Floor

Rancho Cordova – This week, Assemblyman Ken Cooley’s AB 924 to re-establish the State Children’s Trust Fund as a donation option on state income tax forms heads to the Senate Floor.  AB 924 will reinstate the State tax form check-off box as a donation option, ensuring that the Fund will continue to support innovative and effective child abuse prevention programs across the state.

Currently, California taxpayers have the opportunity to pledge a portion of their expected tax return to charitable funds when filing their taxes. Each charitable fund’s listed check-off box location on the tax form is tied to a minimum contribution level adjusted annually for inflation. Failure of any tax check-off to meet the minimum contribution level results in that fund being repealed.

Assemblyman Cooley Honors Sergeant Michael Hughes as 2015 Veteran of the Year

Assemblyman Cooley Honors Sergeant Michael Hughes as 2015 Veteran of the Year

Assemblyman Cooley Honors Sergeant Michael Hughes as

2015 Veteran of the Year

STATE CAPITOL – Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) was pleased to honor United States Air Force Sergeant Michael Hughes at the Annual Veteran Recognition Luncheon in Downtown Sacramento.

“I am proud to honor Sergeant Michael Hughes, not only for his service as a sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, but also for his work establishing the No Veteran Dies Alone program,” said Cooley.  “Sergeant Hughes has continued  his legacy of service with his heart by assisting terminally-ill veterans reach their end-of-life with someone at their side, and even escorting the deceased along with a U.S. flag to their final resting place,” continued Cooley.

Fourth of July Fireworks at Cal Expo!

Fourth of July Fireworks at Cal Expo!

Cal Expo is set to produce what they state as the largest-scale pyrotechnics display in the area on Saturday, July 4, 2015.