Nov. 10, 2012
Almond Board
Almond Board of California Legislative Report: Update on Issues Affecting California's Almond Industry

California Election News

  • State Democrats appear to have captured supermajority, GOP leader says - - Senate Republican leader Bob Huff said after the election that Democrats appear to have captured a supermajority of both legislative houses. Not all provisional and absentee ballots have yet been counted, but Huff said that he anticipates the majority party gaining at least the two additional seats in the 40-seat Senate and four in the 80-seat Assembly needed to gain a supermajority.

  • Adam Gray wins race for 21st Assembly District - - Democrat Adam Gray has won election to the 21st Assembly District seat defeating Republican Jack Mobley. The reapportioned district encompasses all of Merced County and travels up north to take in the Modesto portion of Stanislaus County,  Gray is seen by Sacramento insiders as a heavy favorite to chair the Assembly Agriculture Committee.

  • Berryhill leading Galgiani in close race for 5th Senate - - Republican Bill Berryhill is locked in a tight race over fellow Assemblywoman Cathleen Galgiani in the 5th Senate District, according to the vote count reported Wednesday morning. Berryhill had 104,305 votes districtwide, or 51 percent, while his Democratic opponent had 100,317 votes, or 49 percent. However, thousands of absentee and provisional ballots were still to be counted in Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties. Galgiani is the chair of the Assembly Agriculture Committee.

  • Voters reject GMO labeling of food - - California voters have rejected a closely watched ballot measure that would have made the state the first in the U.S. to require the labeling of foods made from genetically modified crops. With 95 per cent of precincts having partially reported by early Wednesday morning, Proposition 37 was trailing by 53 to 47 per cent, according to the California secretary of state. Support for the initiative, once greater than 60 per cent according to opinion polls, crumpled in the last month under a barrage of negative advertisements paid for by food and biotechnology companies.

  • California Election results on-line- -- Looking for results from yesterday's election? Complete election results for all California races are available online from the California Secretary of State‚Äôs office. Visit this link to view the most recent results http://vote.sos.ca.gov/
     

Congress

  • Key Valley Congressional races determined - - Several Congressional races in the almond growing region were determined on Nov. 6, 2012. Key races included:

    1st Congressional District - - Doug LaMalfa won the seat held by retiring Wally Herger with 126,936 votes (58%) defeating Democrat Jim Reed, 92,728 (42%).

    3rd Congressional District - - Democrat John Garamendi, 96,772 (54%) defeated Kim Vann, 82, 587 (46%).

    7th Congressional District: Ami Bera, Democrat, 88,406 (50.1%) ahead of incumbent Dan Lungren 88,222 (49.9%) Ballots still outstanding. 

    9th Congressional District: Incumbent Jerry McNerney, Democrat, 85,352 (54%) defeated Ricky Gill, 72,340 (46%)  

    10th Congressional District: Republican Jeff Denham, 80,885 (54%) defeated Jose Hernandez 69,336 (46%).  

    16th Congressional District: Jim Costa, Democrat, 57,378 (55%) defeated Brian Whelan 47,964 (45%) 

    21st Congressional District: David Valadao, Republican, 49,205 (60%) defeated John Hernandez, 32,967 (40%.)
     

  • Senate Ag Committee Chair re-elected - - The U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan) was easily re-elected Tuesday. She announced that Democratic U.S. Sen.-elect Heidi Heitkamp, North Dakota, has agreed to serve on the Senate Agriculture Committee.
     

  • House Ag Committee Chair re-elected - - The chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, Oklahoma Republican Congressman Frank Lucas won his seat again Tuesday.  Lucas told reporters  he will continue to build on his relationship with Senate Ag Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow to get the farm bill done.

Water

  • Hetch Hetchy measure swamped by voters - - San Francisco voters  rejected Proposition F , a plan that would have taken the first steps toward draining Hetch Hetchy Reservoir and drastically revamped the way much of the Bay Area gets its water.  The measure failed with 74% voting in opposition. The Prop. F initiative was the culmination of a years-long effort by environmentalists to restore Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park. The valley was flooded in 1923, when the city dammed the Tuolumne River to create a water system that now serves 2.6 million people in San Francisco and 29 other Bay Area cities. The measure, supporters said, would have compelled the city to take a much-needed look at its water usage and come up with a plan to replace the water and power now supplied by the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. A separate vote in 2016 would have been required before the O'Shaughnessy Dam could be demolished.

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