Government Relations

California Democrats temporarily lose Assembly supermajority

by The Associated Press (12/12/2017) SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Democrats will be without a supermajority in the Assembly for months and risk losing the two-thirds edge needed to pass tax and fee increases in the Senate. When lawmakers return in January, they will have two vacant Assembly seats that won’t be filled until at… Read more »

CGA Awards First “Legislator of the Year”

California State Senators Steven Glazer (D-Orinda) and Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg) were the inaugural recipients of the California Grocers Association “Legislator of the Year” award. The lawmakers received the prestigious award at CGA’s 2017 Grocers Day at the Capitol on April 18, 2017, in Sacramento. The senators were recognized for their ongoing efforts in trying to… Read more »

Mr. Grocer Goes to Sacramento

More than 70 grocery retailers and suppliers descended on the State Capitol in late April to participate in CGA’s 2017 Grocers Day at the Capitol – the Association’s signature one-day member advocacy day in Sacramento. This annual gathering allows California’s grocery industry to meet with their elected officials and discuss key issues impacting one of… Read more »

CGA Supports Theft Reduction Bill

AB 1326 provides relief from recent spike in shoplifting The California Grocers Association announced their co-sponsorship and full-fledged support for Assembly Bill 1326, by Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove). The measure, co-authored by Assemblymembers Sabrina Cervantes (D-Corona) and Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima), will aggregate the dollar value of certain property crimes, such as shoplifting and check… Read more »

California Democrats Got Their Supermajority. Now What?

From The Sacramento Bee (11/28/2016) By Jeremy B. White Broadening the path to long-sought deals on affordable housing, transportation infrastructure and climate change, California Democrats have again captured a two-thirds supermajority in both houses of the Legislature. Enough late votes were counted in Southern California’s 29th Senate District for The Associated Press to project that… Read more »

S.F., Oakland, Albany voters pass soda tax

Reprinted from the San Francisco Chronicle (11/8/2016) Three Bay Area cities on Tuesday became among the first in the country to levy a tax on sodas and other sugary drinks in an effort to help stanch the nation’s diabetes and obesity epidemics. In San Francisco, Proposition V was winning 62 to 38 percent, with all… Read more »

CGA Issues Statement on Passage of Prop. 67

Following the passage of Proposition 67 and the defeat of Proposition 65, CGA President and CEO Ron Fong issued the following statement: “The passage of Prop. 67 is a win for both business and the environment. California’s grocers have been proud to stand with Senators Kevin DeLeon, Ricardo Lara, and Secretary of State Alex Padilla,… Read more »

Industry Supports National GMO Label Standard

Two national grocery associations praised President Obama for signing into law a biotechnology labeling bill that creates a national labeling standard for food products made with genetically engineered ingredients and genetically modified organisms. President Obama signed S. 764 into law, a bi-partisan, bi-cameral action that sets in place one national standard for GMO disclosure that brings… Read more »

2016 Grocers Day at the Capitol Highlights

Grocery retailers and their supplier partners from throughout California gathered in Sacramento on Tuesday, March 29, to share business concerns with their state representatives on key issues facing the grocery industry. The face-to-face meetings with the majority of state legislators highlighted the 2016 CGA Grocers Day at the Capitol, the Association’s one-day member advocacy event… Read more »

Soda tax will not be on Davis ballot

Reprinted from The Sacramento Bee (2/3/2016) After weeks of heated debate between local health advocates and small business owners, the Davis city council ultimately decided not to place a one-cent-per-ounce soda tax on the June 2016 ballot, with several members stating that it would not be an effective revenue-raising measure for much-needed city infrastructure. The… Read more »

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