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               SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY

                              AGRICULTURAL COMMISSIONERS AND SEALERS ASSOCIATION

FRESNO•KERN•KINGS•MADERA•MARIPOSA•MERCED•SAN JOAQUIN•STANISLAUS•TULARE

requirements are still in place.  When more detailed information on the budget is given to CDFA, an update will be provided to the counties.

The proposed regulations required by Chapter 324, Statutes of 2007 (formerly AB 771) were published in the California Regulatory Notice Register on February 27, 2009.  This begins the forty-five day public comment period.

General Counsel, Linda Berg-Gandara will be leaving CDFA in mid-March.  She is returning to the Department of Justice.

State employee furloughs will transition to a self-directed model.  This allows state offices to operate on normal business days.  Staff will work with management to choose furlough days that are least disruptive.

Administrative Services Division

Letters notifying the agricultural commissioners of their share of the Unclaimed Gas Tax subvention will be sent in early March, with payment to be issued in mid- to late March.

Mike Cleary has been appointed to the position of Emergency Management Liaison for the Division of Administrative Services.  In this capacity, Mike will represent CDFA in many of the emergency management committees and ad hoc groups.  Mike will also work with the Plant and Animal programs to coordinate needed administrative support during emergency responses.

County Licensing

Oral exams will be held from March 23rd to April 10th.  The following are the locations, dates, and rotating panel members.  Jim Shattuck and Kevin Masuhara will be on all panels.

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Tulare- March 23rd and 24th (Scott Hudson, Gary Castro)

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Redding- March 25th (Mark Quisenberry, Gary Castro)

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San Diego- March 30th (Mike Boitano, Kristen Macey)

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Arcadia- March 31st (Mike Boitano, Kristen Macey)

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Fairfield- April 6th and 7th (Bob Atkins, Roger Macey)

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Sacramento- April 8th and 9th (Bob Atkins, Roger Macey)

Division of Measurement Standards

National Weights and Measures Week is March 1 to 7, 2009.

The California Energy Commission has postponed the ATC hearing until

March 11, 2009.

There have been an increasing number of reports of inappropriate scales being used in the purchasing of gold.  Please keep DMS informed of any complaints your offices receive.

Pierces Disease/ Glassy Winged Sharpshooter Program

A comprehensive program overview was recently presented to the Wine Institute to help stakeholders better understand what the program has accomplished.  PD/GWSS staff are planning outreach efforts to present the information to local groups in the upcoming months.

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