Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 California League of Food Processors 15 As the home of Edwards Air Force Base and China Lake National Air Weapons Station, we’re also a leader in aviation and aerospace. The Armstrong Flight Research Center, located inside Edwards Air Force Base, is an aeronautical research center operated by NASA. This facility is NASA's premier site for aeronautical research and operates some of the most advanced aircraft in the world. The first supersonic flight and the first landing of the Space Shuttle took place at Edwards, and China Lake plays a vital role in research and testing for the U.S. Navy. It should also be noted that there are several other integral military installations in Senate District 16: Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center inTwenty- nine Palms, Fort Irwin National Training Center, and the Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow. When it comes to agriculture, my district not only feeds California but much of the country (and world!). This region is a major producer of carrots, citrus, nuts, milk and dairy products, tomatoes, and so much more. According to the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), the value of all agricultural commodities produced in this region tops more than $7.5 billion. The people of this region not only fuel much of the state and country, but put food on Americans’plates each and every day. AS YOU KNOW, CLFP HAS STRONG TIES TO THE CALIFORNIA AGRICULTURAL COMMUNITY. YOUR BIOGRAPHY INDICATES YOU HAVE SOME FARMING EXPERIENCE IN YOUR BACKGROUND. CAN YOU ELABORATE ON THAT EXPERIENCE? My husband, Russell, and I both have agricultural roots. Russell’s family dry- farmed wheat in the Antelope Valley, and my father farmed cotton in the Shafter area until I was a little girl. In addition, the majority of our neighbors and family members were involved with farming as well. These experiences instilled in both of us a solid work ethic that carried us through our respective careers. We saw firsthand the struggle of California farmers and water supply experts which have informed my work on state agricultural issues. DO YOU HAVE ANY SPECIFIC TIES TO THE CALIFORNIA FOOD PROCESSING INDUSTRY? CLFP and I share in the goal of improving California’s unfriendly business climate. Additionally, several companies represented by the CLFP are located in or very near to the district I represent, including Olam Tomato Processors, J.G. Boswell Tomato Company and Del Monte. These companies represent hundreds of good-paying jobs that are vital to this state’s economy. WHAT HAS YOUR EXPERIENCE BEEN IN WORKING WITH CLFP? WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION? I’ve worked with CLFP since coming to Sacramento, first in the Assembly and now the Senate, and look forward to meeting with them again when they visit the Capitol on June 21. Their priorities and concerns on issues like water, transportation, wages and the overregulation that impacts their member-companies are also important to my constitu- ents and the Senate Republican Legislators Their [CLFP] priorities and concerns on issues like water, transportation, wages and the overregulation that impacts their member-companies are also important to my constituents and the Senate Republican Caucus. Legislators