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Around The Central Valley: Gerawan / COS / New Judges / El Nino Update

Gerawan Farming To Shut Table Grape Operations – 2551 Workers To Be Laid Off

Screen Shot 2015-12-24 at 8.52.09 AMAttorneys for Fresno county’s Gerawan Farming have notified the county they plan to close their table grape operation as of February 25. The company will layoff 2551 workers as a result according to the required WARN notice filed with the county. The workers are represented by the UFW.
Gerawan is the largest tree fruit farmer in the Valley and has been in a multi year battle with UFW over their representation.
The Reedley-based firm says they will remove their vineyards this winter for some new crop.The farming family is said to have a total of 10,000 acres including  the vineyards. Central valley grape farmers have been pulling Thompson Seedless grapes for the past few years. The grapes are also used for wine and raisins. Between 12014 and 2015 some 10,000 acres in the Central Valley have been removed says Allied Grape Growers predicting the trend will continue due to lower prices.

COS May Sell Mooney Lot

College of Sequoias has noticed they may sell off their vacant parking lot at Mooney and Myrtle in Visalia. The closed door agenda item was noticed at their December 14 meeting. COS may no longer need the lot across Mooney for parking and could sell it for commercial development.

Two New Judges In Tulare County

Governor Jerry Brown has appointed two new judges to the Tulare County Superior Court. Brown announced December 23 he would appoint Tara Howard and Anthony Fultz to th bench. Fultz, currently Assistant DA will replace Judge Paul Vortmann who is retiring. Tara Howard fills a vacancy created  by the conversion of a court commissioner position in June.

El Nino Pattern Coming  In January

Look for a more e traditional El Nino storm trajectory coming after the first week in January say forecasters.

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