Yesterday we were joined by Assembly Members Esmeralda Soria (District 27) and Devon Mathis (District 33) at China’s Alley in Lindsay for our annual Issues and Eggs event. The panel discussion was led by CCM Director of Governmental Affairs Jacob Villagomez.
Both Assembly Members Soria and Mathis serve important roles on the Assembly Agriculture Committee – Soria as Chair and Mathis as Vice-Chair. In addition, each have roots in the Porterville and Lindsay area and are therefore well versed on the major issues affecting growers in the area.
During the discussion Soria and Mathis provided insight into how issues such as water and labor are being addressed in Sacramento and the role each Member plays in looking out for the interests of growers and the communities where citrus is located. Growers were also given time to ask the Assembly Members questions and provide their own perspective on the obstacles they face every day.
Prior to the event Mathis and Soria also had the pleasure of touring the Porterville Citrus Inc. (PCI) Lindsay Packinghouse where they got to see PCI’s state of the art mandarin packing operation in action.
We would like to thank both Soria and Mathis for taking the time to come speak with growers as well as the PCI Lindsay team for taking the time to show the Assembly Members around. We would also like to thank everyone who attended and participated in the conversation.
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