CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 1995 |
Joe Cicero, the operator of a produce stand and farm at Pierce College, has lost his bid to renew his lease, ending a 10-year era marked by controversy. Cicero, whose last three-year lease expires April 30, bid lower than John T. Dullam, owner of Dullam Nursery in Oxnard, Pierce College President Mary Lee said Monday. Dullam could not be reached for comment. Dullam offered $30,000 for the first year and $35,000 and $40,000 for the second and third years of the contract, Lee said.
March 18, 1995 |
Capping off a string of successful organizing efforts after years of setbacks, the once-powerful United Farm Workers of America on Friday signed its biggest labor contract in recent years--with Bear Creek Production Co., the nation's largest rose grower. The union has won seven other, smaller contracts in the past year. But adding the 1,400 workers at Bear Creek, formerly known as Jackson & Perkins, is on the scale of the good old days of its organizing efforts.
May 28, 1991 |
The State Water Project is as controversial today as it was in 1960, when it was passed by voters after one the most acrimonious campaigns in California history. Environmentalists say pumping so much freshwater out of the Sacramento Delta to meet state and federal water project demands has seriously damaged the estuary and endangered fish populations. They say the ecological problems could worsen if the project is expanded.
May 12, 2004 |
The board of the Metropolitan Water District on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a plan to pay farmers in eastern Riverside County and northeast Imperial County to stop planting on a portion of their land so irrigation water can be diverted to urban users.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 1992 |
After discussing California water issues with Bush Administration and congressional figures, Valley business leaders expressed concern Wednesday that no one here is representing the interests of Los Angeles water consumers, including businesses. "Everyone seems to have a hidden agenda, everyone seems to represent a particular interest group," said Benjamin Reznik, chairman of the Valley Industry and Commerce Assn.
March 6, 2005 |
For Tang Yulan and his neighbors, China's communist revolution seems to be moving in reverse. "That once was a very nice house; now look at it," said Tang, a farmer until most of his village of Hongqiao, a suburb of the lakeside eastern Chinese city of Wuxi, was reduced to rubble to make way for urban sprawl. "This land was inherited from our ancestors, generation after generation," said Tang, a robust, soft-spoken 68-year-old. "But they just auctioned it off without even notifying us.