Pelosi plans to pressure GOP on immigration [San Francisco Chronicle]
…An aide familiar with the strategy told The Chronicle that Pelosi, D-San Francisco, plans to introduce a bipartisan bill nearly identical to the one that passed the Senate Judiciary Committee in May, with the support of key Republicans led by Florida's Marco Rubio. That legislation includes a path to citizenship for the nation's estimated 11 million immigrants who entered the country without authorization. The bill is intended to "put increased pressure on Republicans who were vocally supportive of comprehensive immigration reform in August," the aide said. That list includes a handful of California Republicans from districts with large Latino populations, including David Valadao, a freshman Republican from Hanford (Kings County), Devin Nunes of Tulare and Jeff Denham of Turlock (Stanislaus County).
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Immigration reform appears stalled [Salinas Californian]
While strawberry fields in the Salinas Valley are being plowed under because there are not enough skilled laborers to harvest the crops, a comprehensive immigration reform bill has been stalled by the GOP-controlled House. “This is a real and serious problem,” said Jim Bogart, the president and chief counsel of the Grower-Shipper Association of Central California. Bogart made his remarks Tuesday during a Rotary Club meeting in Salinas. Growers up and down the valley are reporting labor shortages, in some places as much as 50 percent of the labor needed, Bogart said. Strawberry growers have told The Californian that fields are having to be “mowed” under because there are not enough farm workers to harvest the crop.
California has most undocumented people [Gannett Newspapers]
California’s 1990s-era recession is responsible for a contemporary demographic trend — the state is no longer the top destination for undocumented immigrants, according to the co-author of a report released Monday. California still has the nation’s highest number of unauthorized immigrants who snuck across the border or remained in the U.S. after their visas expired, according to the Pew Research Center study. The nonpartisan group’s analysis of Census Bureau data and U.S. immigration statistics showed that the nation’s undocumented immigrant population — an estimated 11.7 million last year — may be rising after falling during the recent recession, which lasted from December 2007-June 2009, and whose effects are lingering to this day.
Time short, House says it seeks a new farm bill [New York Times]
House leaders on Tuesday said they were working with their Senate counterparts toward a new five-year farm bill, just days after the House pushed through a bill that would slash billions of dollars from the food stamp program. But with only a few days left before the current farm bill expires at the end of the fiscal year, and with a fight over the debt ceiling looming, few lawmakers see any chance of getting a new farm bill done. “I’m an eternal optimist, but I can’t see them getting anything done before the fiscal year ends,” said Dale Moore, the executive director of public policy for the American Farm Bureau Federation. “Right now we’re just hoping that something will get done before the end of the year.”
Psyllid found in Exeter orange grove [Visalia Times-Delta]
The Asian Citrus Psyllid has made its way to the heart of Tulare County’s citrus belt….This week a single psyllid was found in a trap in a commercial grove in Exeter. The bug marks the third find of the pest since July. The discovery will mean another 5-mile quarantine will be set up in the county. This latest one will be directly in between the Porterville and Dinuba quarantine sites. This is also the second psyllid find in a commercial orange grove, as opposed to a backyard tree. “It only takes one to trigger a quarantine,” said Tulare County’s ag commissioner Marilyn Kinoshita.
Editorial: State minimum wage hike overdue [San Jose Mercury News]
California's Legislature did the right thing in passing a bill to raise the state's $8-per-hour minimum wage to $9 next July and $10 by January 2016. Gov. Jerry Brown, fortunately, plans to sign it. San Jose voters last fall approved a labor-backed ballot measure lifting the minimum wage here to $10 effective just two months later, with automatic increases for inflation. We thought the instant 25 percent increase in a city already fighting a bad-for-business reputation was not a good idea. Now Santa Clara County farmers are worried that a proposed county minimum-wage increase would put them at a severe disadvantage with competitors in other counties, given the razor-thin profit margins small growers survive on. Mandates like this applied to relatively small areas can have unintended consequences. But state and federal action is overdue, given the minimum wage's plunge in terms of buying power: The federal minimum, now $7.25, would need to be $10.59 to match its purchasing power in 1968. That's one factor increasing the ranks of Americans in poverty and shrinking the middle class that has powered our consumer economy.
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