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Brrr....Sacramentans were confused by the hail across lawns this morning. And, while seeing a hint of white on lawns excites youngins and some of us others, the cold is bad news for farmers, reports Miriam Jordan and Matt Stevens in the NYT:
In late February, California’s stone-fruit and nut trees wake up from their winter dormancy, begin to bloom and enter a growth spurt that stretches until the summer harvest.
“Trees in bloom are very, very fragile,” said Ryan Jacobsen, executive director of the Fresno County Farm Bureau. “Freezing temperatures can burn the flowers or harm fruit that is just being set.”
Growers worked around the clock to implement frost-protection measures, such as irrigating their orchards to create a warmer environment around the trees.
Extremely low temperatures have also kept bees in their hives, instead of on the job pollinating.
Well, it happened. Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) filed for election yesterday, listing "math teacher/assemblymember" as her occupation. So, many voters might be asked to vote for both Tony Mendoza and Garcia in June. Garcia is on a voluntary unpaid leave of absence, while Mendoza voluntarily resigned.
SD32 (Whittier): Former Assemblymember Rudy Bermudez (D) opened committees for both the special election and the regular primary election following Tony Mendoza's resignation.
CONFESSION: I admit I screwed up yesterday on the California Democratic Party endorsement vote. Ed Hernandez got 42%, Eleni Kounalakis received 41%, and Jeff Bleich had 7%. Eleven percent of 2,791 delegates voted for "no endorsement." As no candidate received 60%, the party is not endorsing in the race.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Cynthia Moreno and Alyssa Selogie!
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