• Tue. Dec 6th, 2022

Salud Carbajal, Democratic Congressman from California, returns from his Cuba trip


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Just a quick note before we get started. The AM Alert is taking a break for Thanksgiving and returning Tuesday, November 29th.


Things are looking bleak for the rice crop in California.

A recently US Department of Agriculture Study finds rice will be harvested in California in 2022-23 The acreage is the smallest since 1958-59.

“This is the second consecutive year of sharp declines…the result of a severe and prolonged drought, low water levels in reservoirs and water restrictions,” the report said.

California crops almost exclusively medium- and short-grain rice and accounts for three-fourths of US short- and medium-grain rice acreage.

According to the report, California yield is expected to show the sharpest decline in both volume and percentage, falling more than 39%, primarily due to a significant acreage decline and weaker yield.


About David Lightman…

representative Salud CarbajalD-Santa Barbara and two other members of the House of Representatives have returned from a four-day trip to Cuba where they met with farmers and local officials to discuss the status of agriculture there.

The three members of house farming The committee wanted to “see the impact that US agriculture is having in a nation that is heavily dependent on US agricultural imports,” the delegation said in a statement on Wednesday.

Their meetings were aimed at better understanding Cuba’s agricultural operations and discussing “where opportunities for mutual economic benefit might exist for American companies and the Cuban people,” the delegation said. They also raised human rights and migration concerns.

Among those involved in the meetings was the First Vice President of Cuba, Salvador Valdes Mesaofficials from the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs and national assembly Representative. Also in the US delegation were Reps. Jim BairdR Indiana and Jahana HayesD Conn.


If the California Energy Commission When meeting next week to discuss gas prices and the transition to alternative fuels, they will be met by protesters who want to “hold big oil companies accountable for ripping off Californians while making record-breaking profits,” according to a press release Oil and Gas Action Network.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on November 29 and last until 4 p.m

The protesters plan to gather outside the CEC building, 1516 9th St., from noon to 1 p.m. for “some street theater and chanting” calling for a cap on windfall profits from oil and gas companies, and for the listening to meetings.

The day before, Nov. 28, protesters will stage actions at seven statewide gas stations and a refinery, with protests planned in Oakland, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Fresno, Bakersfield, Los Angeles and San Diego.


“America’s disgusting fascination and ego with guns = the leading cause of death for American children. No other developed country has this problem. Mass shootings plague America every day. When TF will we learn.”

– Senator Lena Gonzalez, D-Long Beach, via twitter.

The best of the bee:

  • Just days after a mass shooting at an LGBTQ club in Colorado Springs killed five and injured many others, Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, whose Twitter account was recently restored by Elon Musk, took to the platform to announce a Hurling Anti-LGBTQ Insult State Senator Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, via Andrew Scheiler.

  • As in much of California, the huge proliferation of absentee ballots over the past two years has slowed the counting process. But some counties — including Placer — stood out in the days following the election with a significant voting backlog Jenavieve Hatch and David Lichtman.

  • One of two state prisons in Folsom still receives low marks for the health care it provides to inmates, making it one of the facilities that remains subject to federal recipient oversight, via Alex Muegge.

  • Republican Kevin Kiley, a conservative arsonist backed by former President Donald Trump, has surpassed Democrat Kermit Jones to win the new seat in the 3rd congressional district, an Associated Press forecast David Lichtman.

  • A Republican newcomer has overtaken an incumbent Democratic congressman in the race to represent the Sacramento suburbs, potentially turning a longtime blue seat red Lindsey Holden.

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Andrew Sheeler reports on California’s unique political climate for The Sacramento Bee. He has covered crime and politics from the heart of Alaska to the North Dakota oil field to the rugged coast of southern Oregon. He attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks.