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 7 TARGETED TAX ON SUGAR-SWEETENED BEVERAGES CLFP is opposed to AB 2782 (Bloom; D-Santa Monica), which seeks to charge a $0.02 excise tax on each fluid ounce of a bottled sweetened beverage and a $0.02 excise tax on each fluid ounce produced from a concentrate from which a sweetened beverage is derived. Although the bill describes the amounts collected as a“health impact fee,”the revenues are a tax that would be used to fund the Healthy California Fund. That fund provides various departments with the authority to invest in prevention programs and activities to address diabetes, obesity, heart disease and dental disease. CLFP believes that imposing a targeted tax on one industry to address a statewide problem that is created due to numer- ous different issues unrelated to sweetened beverages will have significant consequences. This targeted tax will certainly be passed on to consumers through higher prices. CLFP and the larger business community consistently maintain that if a tax is necessary, it should be only temporary and broad- based so that the impact is minimized, as the tax burden is shared by all instead of an individual business or industry. LABOR CLFP is opposed to several employer mandate bills that will increase costs to food processors. These bills include: ■ AB 1727 (Gonzalez; D-Sherman Heights), which harms consumers and the California economy by essentially al- lowing independent contractors in almost every industry to collaborate and set prices for their services, as well as other terms and conditions of their contracts, which will raise prices for consumers and subject them to costly litigation with the threat of triple damages if consumers terminate those contracts. ■ SB 1166 (Jackson; D-Santa Barbara), which unduly burdens and increases costs for employers by requiring 12 weeks of protected employee leave for maternity or paternity leave, in addition to up to four months of existing pregnancy disability leave for employees who have worked for the employer one day. ■ AB 1643 (Gonzalez; D-San Diego), which significantly expands the scope of the workers’compensation system and increases costs by forcing employers to provide disability benefits for nonindustrial injuries. A CLOSER LOOK AT CLFP STAFF Trudi Hughes and John Larrea – CLFP’s Government Affairs Directors Working to address and champion the interests of California food processors in the state’s vast myriad of ever changing legislative and regulatory issues is one of CLFP’s primary goals. Working on these issues on behalf of the industry are Government Affairs Directors Trudi Hughes and John Larrea. Both have worked for CLFP for more than six years. TRUDI HUGHES Hughes covers water quality and conservation, toxics, food label- ing, food safety, and general labor and tax issues for CLFP. Hughes has more than 20 years of experience in public affairs, government relations and legisla- tive advocacy. Prior to joining CLFP in 2010, Hughes was the Senior Manager of Public Affairs and Government Relations for Walmart’s interests in California. She also was a Legislative Advocate for the California Chamber of Commerce and worked for almost 10 years as legislative and committee staff at the state Capitol. Hughes has a B.S. in Agriculture Business Management from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and an MBA from the University of California, Davis. JOHN LARREA Larrea covers climate change, energy and air quality issues for CLFP. Prior to joining CLFP, Larrea worked for seven years as the Western States Representative for The Williams Companies, Inc., a national energy company, during which he oversaw Williams’legislative efforts in California and the Western region, providing information and direction on develop- ments in electricity and natural gas. In 1997 Larrea was appointed as an analyst and consultant to the California Public Utilities Commission, where he covered energy and natural gas issues as a member of the commission’s Office of Governmental Affairs. Early in his career Larrea served as the chief consultant with the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee in the California State Legislature, where he oversaw legislation concerning energy policy for the state. An attorney for more than 24 years, Larrea has been in private practice and also served as Deputy District Attorney with the Sacramento District Attorney’s office prior to beginning his legislative career.