Public Policy & Elections
Monterey County Farm Bureau actively engages in public policy issues, statewide ballot propositions, and local (county-wide) elections, and state representatives for Senate and Assembly.
Candidate and Initiative Endorsements
California State Senate, District 12: Anthony Cannella
Senator Cannella understands the challenges facing Monterey County Agriculture and is working hard to address these challenges. As Vice-Chair of two important State Senate committees, the Agricultural Committee and the Natural Resources and Water Committee, Senator Cannella is ideally positioned to address local agricultural, water, and land use issues.
Monterey County Supervisor, District 2: John Phillips
As Founder and President of Rancho Cielo, Judge Phillips has distinguished himself as a community leader by providing new opportunities to our youth. Serving as Assistant District Attorney and as a Superior Court Judge has familiarized him with Monterey County issues and provided perspective on our local politics. Judge Phillips supports Monterey County Agriculture as our main economic driver and understands this means jobs for our communities.
Monterey County Supervisor, District 3: Simon Salinas
A long-time friend of Salinas Valley Agriculture, Supervisor Salinas supports a strong agricultural community of producers and processors that provide jobs in his district. He has also been a strong advocate for affordable housing, healthcare, public safety, transportation, local control in government, and education. Supervisor Salinas understands the challenges facing Monterey County.
Monterey County Sheriff / Coroner: Steve Bernal
As the only candidate for Sheriff with actual work experience in Monterey County Agriculture, Deputy Bernal understands the needs and challenges of today’s farming community. With 14 years experience as a Deputy Sheriff, stationed in all areas of Monterey County, he confronts the wide variety of issues that officers must face daily. Deputy Bernal has pledged more support for the Ag Crimes Unit in combating farm theft.
CA Ballot Proposition 1: YES
MCFB urges a YES vote on this ballot proposition that will invest in our aging water infrastructure by providing $7.545 billion in bond funding for water-related projects and programs, including an continuously funded allocation of $2.75 billion for new surface water storage facilities.
California Farm Bureau Federation VOTER GUIDE for Propositions
Proposition 1: Water Bond - YES - Invests in new water storage by providing $7.545 billion in bond funding for water-related projects and programs, including a reallocation of $425 million in existing bond funding.
Proposition 2: Budget Stabilization - YES - Attempts to smooth out boom-and-bust economic cycles by establishing a 'rainy day budget fund' linked to personal capital gains tax revenue while paying down the state's debt.
Proposition 45: Health Insurance Rate Changes - NO - Changes the method by which health insurance rates are approved by requiring the CA insurance commissioner to approve rates before they take effect.
Proposition 46: Medical Malpractice Dambes Cap Increase - NO - Increases the $250,000 cap on non-economic lawsuits to account for inflation, potentially enabling trial lawyers to profit through quadrupling the award limit.
Proposition 47: Criminal Sentences and Misdemeanor Penalties - NO - Weakens criminal laws, reduces a multitude of crimes to misdemeanors from felonies, including the theft of most agricultural commodities and livestock if the value is under $950, and allows individuals who have been convicted of such crimes to apply for resentencing.
Proposition 48: Indian Gaming Compacts - NO - Ratifies a tribal gaming compact between the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians and Wiyout Tribe for the construction and operation of an off-reservation casino.
Monterey County Farm Bureau held a Candidates Forum on April 16th to ask our candidates about issues facing local agricultural, as well as state and regional public policies.