Government Relations

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 »

CGA Hires Senior Director, Government Relations

SACRAMENTO, CA (February 1, 2016) – The California Grocers Association is pleased to announce the hiring of Aaron Moreno, as Senior Director, State Government Relations, effective immediately. In this position, Moreno is responsible for advocating, managing and coordinating CGA’s state, regulatory and local government relations programs. He will develop and implement strategies to coordinate state… Read more »

Onerous Grocery Worker Retention Bill Heads to Governor

The California State Senate on July 13, passed AB 359 (D-Gonzalez), a measure that would impose onerous worker retention requirements on traditional supermarkets, on a 22-14 vote. The bill now heads to the Governor’s desk where he will have just 12 days to sign or veto the legislation. While the vote came down largely along party… Read more »

CA WIC Announces New Vendor Agreements – Short Timeline for Document Return

On June 2, 2015, the California Department of Public Health/Women, Infants and Children Division (CA WIC) announced that authorized vendors will begin receiving new Vendor Agreements that must be signed and returned to CA WIC, generally within 15 days. Failure to respond will result in termination of vendor authorization. The new agreements are intended to incorporate… Read more »

Opinion: An illusion of action in California’s Capitol

Reprinted from The Sacramento Bee Anyone who wandered into the state Capitol this week might conclude that important business was being done. The floors of both legislative houses are going full blast, working through more than 500 bills – the core of this year’s legislative agenda. Meanwhile, a two-house conference committee is chewing through two… Read more »

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