The 450,000 farm workers across the state help bring in more than $36 billion in revenue every year.
Welfare Cards and Casino ATMs: Yes, they mix in California, and officials say they're trying to stop the transactions. [LA Times]
A Visa Bill: This one won't come in the mail. The Sac Bee's Dan Morain writes that the card company can take credit for SB 933. [Sacramento Bee]
"Take Our Jobs:" In a letter to lawmakers, the United Farm Workers of America says workers are "ready to train citizens and legal residents who wish to replace immigrants in the fields." [Contra Costa Times]
Rethinking Their Roles: The NY Times calls Oakland's MetWest a high school that values "college and the real world." [NY Times]
OK for OC Fairgrounds: The governor's administration tentatively agrees to sell the Orange County Fairgrounds to the city of Costa Mesa. [OC Register]
The Year of Paper v. Plastic: Renewable energy and plastic bags might be the two environmental issues that stay at the forefront during 2010. [Capitol Weekly]