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September 5, 1992 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sidronio Sarmiento Rodriguez's trial by fire began with the dream of $3.35-an-hour wages. Five years ago, he crossed the border into the United States and made his way to a Fallbrook strawberry farm that he knew from his years of riding the stream of migrant workers. Like many migrant farmhands working from dawn to dusk for minimum wage, Sarmiento lived near the fields--cooking, washing and sleeping in a gully near the rows of strawberry plants.
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October 2, 2001 | BETTINA BOXALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State agricultural officials have placed a quarantine on the movement of fruit and vegetables in southeastern San Diego County after trapping 10 Oriental fruit flies in the area. Imposed Monday, the restrictions cover a 60-square-mile swath that includes the South Bay Terraces neighborhood of San Diego and the unincorporated community of La Presa. The state is also starting a treatment program, said Larry Cooper, a spokesman for the state Department of Food and Agriculture.
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BUSINESS
May 16, 1988 | CHRIS KRAUL, San Diego County Business Editor
Six years ago, Luis Rodriguez, his father and seven brothers grew tomatoes, squash and green peppers on a tiny, 200-acre farm near this hamlet on the Pacific, 235 miles south of San Diego. They sold most of their vegetables to domestic markets and distributors, sending only an occasional truckload north to the United States. Today, the Rodriguezes' Rancho Los Pinos vegetable farm has expanded to a whopping 3,000 acres, mostly dedicated to tomatoes.
BUSINESS
August 11, 1998 | MARTHA GROVES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More than a week has passed since the last sighting of Mediterranean fruit flies in Southern California. Last Friday, officials launched an eradication program in La Jolla, where five males and one female were spotted, that will involve the release of 5.5 million sterile medflies per week for three months. A malathion and bait mixture will also be applied to host plants.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 2001 | BETTINA BOXALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State agricultural officials have placed a quarantine on the movement of fruit and vegetables in southeastern San Diego County after trapping 10 Oriental fruit flies in the area. Imposed Monday, the restrictions cover a 60-square-mile swath that includes the South Bay Terraces neighborhood of San Diego and the unincorporated community of La Presa. The state is also starting a treatment program, said Larry Cooper, a spokesman for the state Department of Food and Agriculture.
NEWS
August 7, 1998 | TERRY McDERMOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Negotiators from the Metropolitan Water District and the San Diego County Water Authority have reached what could be the end to a corrosive decades-long feud while opening a new era in state policy in which water could be bought and sold in an open market. The deal, announced by Gov. Pete Wilson on Thursday afternoon, is dependent on voter approval of a huge bond measure this fall that would be used in part to cover costs involved in transferring water from Imperial Valley farms to San Diego.
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December 8, 1992 | CAROL MASCIOLA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Agriculture officials plan to begin small-scale malathion spraying today in Oceanside if the rain clears, after last month's discovery of two Mediterranean fruit flies. In a three-pronged attack on the Medfly--considered one of the world's most destructive insects--officials will setting two types of traps and spray a 33-block area with a mist of insect bait and the pesticide malathion. There are about 500 residential lots in the spraying area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 1988
Gov. George Deukmejian on Tuesday asked President Reagan and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to declare the city of Ventura and Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego and Santa Barbara counties disaster areas as a result of this month's storms. In a letter to Reagan, the governor estimated that severe winds and high surf caused nearly $50 million in damage to businesses, private property and municipal piers in Redondo Beach, Seal Beach, Huntington Beach and San Clemente.
BUSINESS
May 13, 1987
Designated were San Luis Obispo, Ventura, Riverside and San Diego counties on the basis of a severe freeze last Jan. 10 through Jan. 22. Thomas Topuzes, U.S. Small Business Administration regional administrator, said in San Francisco that the declaration was made to help agriculture-related small businesses in the four counties recover from economic injury they suffered as a direct result of the freeze.
NEWS
October 25, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The state Department of Food and Agriculture said it has stopped a few Oriental fruit flies from becoming a full-blown infestation in San Diego County. Workers have been spraying insecticides in parts of the county since August, when three fruit flies were trapped in lemon and orange trees in the Mira Mesa and Scripps Ranch areas. The spray zone was expanded from six square miles to about 14 square miles in early September after three more flies were trapped in a Poway fig tree.
NEWS
August 11, 1998 | TERRY McDERMOTT and KEN ELLINGWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The governing boards of the Metropolitan Water District and the San Diego County Water Authority overwhelmingly approved a deal Monday that could assure San Diego County an independent supply of water for the next 30 years. The deal could also mark the beginning of deregulation in the multibillion-dollar California water industry, one of the last public utilities in the state that strictly controls the supply of its resource.
NEWS
August 7, 1998 | TERRY McDERMOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Negotiators from the Metropolitan Water District and the San Diego County Water Authority have reached what could be the end to a corrosive decades-long feud while opening a new era in state policy in which water could be bought and sold in an open market. The deal, announced by Gov. Pete Wilson on Thursday afternoon, is dependent on voter approval of a huge bond measure this fall that would be used in part to cover costs involved in transferring water from Imperial Valley farms to San Diego.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 1997 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the drive from Orange County, Diane Aronow was the quiet one. Then she bolted from a car and stood in wonderment at the floral carpets of reds, whites and yellows that greeted her at the Flower Fields of Carlsbad Ranch. "It's absolutely splendid," said Aronow of Rancho Santa Margarita, a member of the Saddleback Newcomers Club, which had organized the day trip to the fields just east of Interstate 5 at Palomar Airport Road.
NEWS
June 7, 1996 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They strike by day and by night in the secluded, hilly groves of northern San Diego County, stealthily carting off their pebbly, green booty by the truckload. Only later does the unsuspecting rancher realize he has been victimized yet again by that most Californian of criminals: the avocado thief.
BUSINESS
August 14, 1995 | CHRIS KRAUL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fearing their orchards and livelihoods may fall victim to free trade, Southern California avocado growers are battling a U.S. Department of Agriculture plan that would allow fresh Mexican avocados into U.S. supermarkets for the first time since 1914. Southland farmers, whose orchards produce 95% of the U.S. avocado crop, say they fear the move would lead to an invasion of Mexican fruit flies and other pests.
BUSINESS
March 13, 1995 | MICHAEL PARRISH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
High winds and pounding rains during the weekend caused heavy damage to California's already-soaked crops, particularly in the central part of the state and in San Diego and Ventura counties, farm experts said Sunday. The worst hit apparently have been farmers around Salinas who have already lost millions of dollars worth of crops and likely much more in damage to their land under the heaviest flooding in decades. "There's water extending clear across the Salinas Valley. . . .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 1997 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the drive from Orange County, Diane Aronow was the quiet one. Then she bolted from a car and stood in wonderment at the floral carpets of reds, whites and yellows that greeted her at the Flower Fields of Carlsbad Ranch. "It's absolutely splendid," said Aronow of Rancho Santa Margarita, a member of the Saddleback Newcomers Club, which had organized the day trip to the fields just east of Interstate 5 at Palomar Airport Road.
BUSINESS
August 11, 1998 | MARTHA GROVES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More than a week has passed since the last sighting of Mediterranean fruit flies in Southern California. Last Friday, officials launched an eradication program in La Jolla, where five males and one female were spotted, that will involve the release of 5.5 million sterile medflies per week for three months. A malathion and bait mixture will also be applied to host plants.
NEWS
December 24, 1992 | Associated Press
The San Diego County Department of Agriculture on Wednesday announced a quarantine covering 30 square miles in an area where an infestation of Oriental fruit flies appears to have taken hold. County Agriculture Commissioner Kathleen Thuner said the quarantine in the Mira Mesa area of San Diego was the second in the county this month. An agricultural quarantine was ordered in Oceanside and Carlsbad on Dec. 18 to prevent the spread of a Mediterranean fruit fly infestation. Since Aug.
NEWS
December 8, 1992 | CAROL MASCIOLA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Agriculture officials plan to begin small-scale malathion spraying today in Oceanside if the rain clears, after last month's discovery of two Mediterranean fruit flies. In a three-pronged attack on the Medfly--considered one of the world's most destructive insects--officials will setting two types of traps and spray a 33-block area with a mist of insect bait and the pesticide malathion. There are about 500 residential lots in the spraying area.
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