60 Drought Issues articles


Water Board continues emergency regulations amidst record rain levels
 Feb. 10, 2017

As of the end of January 2017, nearly 40 percent of California was no longer considered to be in drought. As compared to the same time last year, this is a marked improvement when 100 percent of the state was in some level of drought. Despite this ...
Fed Update: Manufacturers testify on Capitol Hill for pro-growth policies
 Feb. 6, 2017

Last week manufacturers’ voices were heard in multiple U.S. congressional hearings, and the message was clear, according to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM): Congress and the new administration must work together to shape a ...
Valued CMTA member hosts tremendous lean MFG conference
 Jan. 25, 2017

CMTA Members get a special 20% discount on this lean manufacturing and networking Conference.  Operating a manufacturing facility in California is difficult. Squeezing out every possible ounce of efficiency is critical to remaining competitive ...
Don't miss CMTA's annual Legislative Reception!
 Jan. 26, 2017

CMTA's annual Legislative Reception is a can't miss event so make sure you rsvp and attend the party on Wednesday, February 1st from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Last year the reception attracted a strong bipartisan group of 30 legislators, ...
Fed Update: A slight national rebound in MFG production
 Jan. 23, 2017

The U.S. Federal Reserve reported last week that the country's manufacturing production rebounded in December after pulling lower in November, with output in the sector up 0.2 percent in the latest release. "Manufacturers have ...
RELEASE: Gov. appoints CMTA manufacturing advocate to Workforce Development Board
 Jan. 17, 2017

Last week Gov. Jerry Brown appointed California Manufacturers & Technology Association's (CMTA) director of labor and workforce policy Nicole Rice to the California Workforce Development Board (CWDB). The CWDB assists the Governor in ...
CMTA on the Manufacturing Advocate podcast
 Jan. 12, 2017

CMTA's Dorothy Rothrock channeled California manufacturing this week on the Manufacturing Advocate podcast -- a site and podcast devoted to interviewing "difference makers" in U.S. manufacturing. The interview is a great primer for ...
Meet CMTA’s newest lobbyist
 Jan. 6, 2017

Hello Manufacturers! My name is Jarrell Cook and I am excited to join CMTA’s government relations team of as an Associate Policy Director, advocating for the issues important to manufacturers in the telecom, privacy, regulatory, and legal ...
L.A. Times on potential economic impacts from newest climate change goals
 Dec. 16, 2016

Last week the Los Angeles Times provided a balanced report on the monumental task of meeting California's newest climate change goals and the potential costs on our state's economy and jobs if we don't get it right. James Sweeney, ...
CMTA & Digital Democracy to bring you searchable video of legislative proceedings in 2017
 Dec. 15, 2016

Many are surprised to learn that despite being the 8th largest economy in the world and one of only 10 full-time professional legislatures in the country, California produces no transcripts or minutes documenting the thousands of hours of testimony, ...
CMTA president to keynote Santa Barbara event
 Dec. 8, 2016

The Santa Barbara Technology & Industry Association will host its 34th Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner on December 15 at 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Root 246 restaurant in Downtown Solvang.  CMTA's President Dorothy Rothrock will ...
Fed Update: NAM's roadmap for economic growth
 Dec. 9, 2016

Already President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign infrastructure platform references the National Association of Manufacturers’ (NAM) “Building to Win” infrastructure blueprint. And now the NAM is taking its policy development ...
2017-18 Legislative Session kicks off Monday, Democrats clinch 2/3 Supermajority
 Dec. 2, 2016

On Monday, December 5th, legislators return to Sacramento ready to open the 2017-18 legislative session. While CMTA expects to deal with a number of the same issues facing the industry in years past, the ever-changing political dynamics create new ...
Fed Update: Manufacturers win nationwide injunction on new overtime rule
 Dec. 2, 2016

The Manufacturers’ Center for Legal Action (MCLA), along with a coalition of other associations and 21 states in a consolidated lawsuit, won a nationwide injunction blocking the implementation of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) new ...
Quick survey for MFG to report on minimum wage impacts
 Dec. 2, 2016

CMTA is partnering with many other employer sectors to participate in the California Policy Impact Report (CPIP) survey on minimum wage.  It's a quick five-minute survey that will help us understand and communicate the real impacts of ...
Fed Update: U.S. manufacturing production improves a little in October
 Nov. 15, 2016

The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that manufacturing production “improved 0.2 percent last month, matching the gain in September.” The Associated Press says the “seeds of a rebound” in factory output began this summer as ...
Sacramento's Advanced MFG winner revealed
 Nov. 4, 2016

Today the first annual Sacramento Region Innovation Awards were revelead at a celebratory lunch and expo in Sacramento. The lunch was headlined by Sacramento Kings President Chris Granger (for the area's new Arena and its technology). ...
CMTA takes 6 ballot measure positions -- Vote Manufacturing!
 Oct. 21, 2016

PRESS RELEASE -- The California Manufacturers & Technology Association announced its final positions for many of November’s ballot measures.  CMTA’s president Dorothy Rothrock made the following statement regarding ...
Manufacturing Day impresses in 2016
 Oct. 14, 2016

Last Friday the fifth annual National Manufacturing Day took place and again California put on a display of pride and innovation.  Growing from 120 events last year to a record 173 this year, California manufacturers, as well as schools ...
California's Allergan generates $6 billion in economic activity
 Oct. 6, 2016

CMTA is proud to highlight a new economic impact study, conducted by the Orange County Business Council (OCBC), that showed CMTA member Allergan's California operations generated a combined annual economic activity in the ...
Press Release: Manufacturing Day 2016 will demonstrate California's MFG talent & innovation
 Oct. 6, 2016

Sacramento, CA -- Today, the California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) announces a record 169 California events for this Friday's national Manufacturing Day (#MFGday16).  California manufacturers, as well as schools ...
136 events registered for Oct. 7 #MFGDay16!
 Sept. 16, 2016

MANUFACTURING DAY - Oct. 7, 2016 CMTA members are stepping up to promote this year's Manufacturing Day activities with events at: Ace Clearwater Alom Betts Spring Manufacturing Bishop-Wisecarver Dow Haas Automation Shire Solar ...
114 events registered for OCT 7 #MFGDay16
 Sept. 5, 2016

MANUFACTURING DAY - Oct. 7, 2016 Open your facilities for "MFGDay" and help CA eclipse last year's 120 events. We're at 114 and counting. CMTA was proud that California manufacturers hosted 120 of the 2,500 countrywide events ...
Gov. Brown sets manufacturing trade mission to China
 Sept. 9, 2016

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) and the California Energy Commission invite California manufacturers to join a high-level delegation travelling to China from October 26 to November 5. GO-Biz, the CA-China ...
Fed Update: Great program for 'Friends of Manufacturing'
 Sept. 9, 2016

You don't have to be in manufacturing to be a Friend of Manufacturing. Recognizing the vital role that manufacturing plays in each and every community, big or small, throughout the United States, the National Association of Manufacturers’ ...
FED UPDATE: US MFG activity contracted for first time In 6 months
 Sept. 1, 2016

The Associated Press reports US manufacturing activity dropped 3.2 points (49.4 from 52.6) in August – the industry’s first contraction since February – according to the Institute for Supply Management’s (ISM) ...
Don't miss this East Bay MFG event
 Sept. 1, 2016

East Bay Manufacturers -- Don't miss the "Make It & Move It!" conference on Friday, September 16, 2016 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Zero Net Energy Center on 146000 Catalina Street in San Leandro.  It is the  premier ...
CMTA bids farewell to the 2015-16 legislative session and a pair of GR team members
 Sept. 6, 2016

The California State Legislature wrapped up the 2015-16 regular legislative session in the wee hours of the night after taking action on hundreds of bills in the last couple weeks. While the close of the session brought some wins and losses for ...
MFG Day is coming fast - 101 registered CA events so far
 Aug. 27, 2016

MANUFACTURING DAY - Oct. 7, 2016 Open your facilities for "MFGDay" and help CA eclipse 120 events. Last year, more than 2,500 events were held in all 50 states and internationally. CMTA was proud that California manufacturers hosted 120 ...
The pressure is on for the last weeks of session
 Aug. 12, 2016

On Thursday, August 11th, the Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committees considered approving bills from their suspense files to go to their floors for final votes. The Legislature now has 2 ½ weeks until final deadline, August 31st, to ...
Two key October events for manufacturers
 Aug. 12, 2016

MANUFACTURING DAY - Oct. 7, 2016 Open your facilities for "MFGDay" and help CA eclipse 120 events. Last year, more than 2,500 events were held in all 50 states and internationally. CMTA was proud that California manufacturers hosted 120 ...
Legislature reconvenes after break
 July 29, 2016

On Monday, August 1st, the Legislature will reconvene for the final month of session. The coming month will be action-packed in the Capitol, so keep a close eye on your email for updates and calls to action. Here are the major deadlines looming ...
#MFGDay16 ticker: 51 CA events and counting ...
 July 27, 2016

OPEN YOUR FACILITIES FOR "MFGDay" ON OCTOBER 7, 2016. REGISTER AN EVENT HERE. Update from last week: California is up to 51 registered events but we need to eclipse last year's 120! Manufacturing in the United States faces all ...
Respond to Manufacturing 4.0 survey
 July 27, 2016

The Manufacturing Leadership Council is conducting a survey for their Transformative Technologies in Manufacturing research project. This will be a tremendous help to CMTA and its members once the report is completed, which is why it is important ...
MFG Day countdown - Help California top 120 events
 July 21, 2016

OPEN YOUR FACILITIES FOR "MFGDay" ON OCTOBER 7, 2016. REGISTER AN EVENT HERE. Update from last week: California is up to 42 registered events but we need to eclipse last year's 120! Manufacturing in the United States faces all ...
MFG Day countdown begins - Help California top 120 events
 July 15, 2016

OPEN YOUR FACILITIES FOR "MFGDay" ON OCTOBER 7, 2016. REGISTER AN EVENT HERE. Manufacturing in the United States faces all sorts of roadblocks, but many manufacturers say the lack of a skilled workforce is their largest hurdle. A recent ...
CMTA hosts inaugural legislative update call with Regional Partners
 July 7, 2016

On Wednesday, July 6th, CMTA hosted a conference call with our Regional Partners to discuss key bills pending for the month of August when legislators return from their summer recess. CMTA encourages manufacturers to speak with their local elected ...
Nominate northern CA innovations in Advanced Manufacturing
 July 7, 2016

CMTA is excited to be on the Advanced Manufacturing selection committee for a new business innovation awards program for the nine-county Sacramento region. The 2016 Sacramento Region Innovation Awards will recognize significant innovations and the ...
Global trade summit for manufacturers offers clarity and networking
 June 28, 2016

If you are considering expanding your company’s products or services into foreign markets, you should consider attending GetGlobal 2016 on October 20-21, 2016, at the J.W. Marriott Hotel at L.A. LIVE in Downtown L.A. CMTA understands the ...
Fed Update: $70 million for MFG technology advancement institute in L.A.
 June 23, 2016

President Obama announced this week that the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC) -- a consortium co-founded by UCLA including more than 200 academics and business leaders nationwide -- has been awarded $70 million by the U.S. Department ...
CMTA Key Bills meet House of Origin deadline with mixed results
 June 3, 2016

The ‘House of Origin’ deadline came a day early with the Senate and Assembly wrapping up their work on bills that began in their respective houses on Thursday afternoon and evening rather than face the prospect of a Friday session. Of ...
Press Release: California stumbles in race for U.S. manufacturing investments
 June 2, 2016

California ranked last among the 50 states in per capita manufacturing investments in 2015, attracting only 1.5 percent of investments made in the US, according to data analyzed and released this week by the California Manufacturers & ...
Educational Webinar: Cyber-threats to the manufacturing supply chain
 May 20, 2016

You are invited to attend a CNA/CMTA complimentary educational webinar. Overview: Manufacturers are not immune to the increasing hyper-connectivity of a world driven by technology trends such as the rapid migration to "the cloud", ...
Fed Update: New national study shows natural gas grows manufacturing and our economy
 May 4, 2016

This week, the National Association of Manufacturers' (NAM) Center for Manufacturing Research and IHS Economics released a new comprehensive study that reveals how natural gas has strengthened manufacturing and encouraged U.S. manufacturing ...
Fed Update: MFG pushes back on bill to restrict energy developed on federal lands
 April 29, 2016

Land controlled by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) accounts for 11 percent of the nation’s natural gas supply and five percent of its oil supply. These are crucial energy resources for manufacturers, who directly consume 30 percent of ...
East Bay MFG unite at 21st Amendment Brewery
 April 18, 2016

If you are a manufacturer feeling the profit squeeze, there are monies, tax incentives and strategies available to all manufacturers that can help improve your bottom line. To that end CMTA has joined forces with Society of Manufacturing Engineers ...
Arambula wins victory in 31st Assembly District
 April 8, 2016

Earlier this week, Dr. Joaquin Arambula won the Assembly District 31 Special election to fill the remaining eight months of the current legislative term. The vacancy was created when then-Assemblymember Henry Perea resigned at the end of 2015. Dr. ...
CMTA takes positions on Fall 2016 ballot initiatives
 April 8, 2016

CMTA announced opposition this week to initiatives that could appear on the November ballot. CMTA president Dorothy Rothrock's issued this formal statement to the media: Manufacturers require a predictable and affordable business climate to ...
Education campaign ramps up on spending climate change dollars wisely
 April 1, 2016

The Californians for Affordable & Reliable Energy coalition (CARE), of which CMTA is a member, is starting to distribute regular flyers to the Capitol to alert legislators to the questions they should be raising about climate policies and the ...
Attention small to mid sized manufacturers
 March 24, 2016

If you are a small to mid sized manufacturer in California, there are some significant issues in the Capitol that CMTA is working on in 2016 that will directly impact you. Below you will find a few of the most important regulations, bills and ...
Meet CMTA's newest advocate
 March 24, 2016

Hello CMTA members. My name is Anthony Molina.  On March 21st, I joined CMTA as an Associate Policy Director.  As the newest member of the CMTA advocacy team, my goal is to build on the impressive track record of this organization and ...
Speaker Rendon completes first week in office with leadership changes
 March 11, 2016

Thursday morning freshly-minted Speaker Anthony Rendon announced a change in the leadership of the Assembly Democratic Caucus. The incoming leadership team draws on members from the moderate Democratic members who were a critical part of Speaker ...
Rendon sworn in as Assembly Speaker
 March 11, 2016

On Monday, Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) took the oath of office to become the 70th Speaker of the California State Assembly. While much has been made of his ascension to be the first speaker from the new 12-year class of members, another remarkable ...
CMTA's 2016 Legislative Open House packs the house!
 Feb. 5, 2016

CMTA's 2016 Legislative Open House this week attracted a strong bipartisan group of 30 legislators, several appointed officials from the Administration and many company representatives among 160 people. Thank you to our sponsoring companies -- ...
Governor appoints new Cabinet Secretary
 Feb. 5, 2016

Keely Bosler, of Sacramento, has been appointed Cabinet Secretary in the Office of the Governor, replacing Dana Williamson, who has served in that role since 2011. Bosler served as chief deputy director for budget at the California Department of ...
Assembly Democratic intra-party to play out on the ballot and in the Capitol
 Jan. 29, 2016

2015 saw the resurgence of the moderate Democratic wing in the State Assembly, most notably in the successful fight to remove the costly 50 percent petroleum reduction mandate in SB 350 by Senate Pro Tem Kevin de Leon (Los Angeles). That event ...
Governor's State of the State Address: Groundhog (Day) speech
 Jan. 22, 2016

In a departure from his 2015 State of the State Address where he laid extremely ambitious plans to address climate change, transportation, and a revised tax to fund Medi-Cal, Governor Jerry Brown’s 2016 speech on January 21st reported on the ...
CMTA invites you to our 2016 Open House on Feb. 3rd
 Jan. 14, 2016

The manufacturers will welcome back the California Legislature to the 2016 Session at a Feb. 3rd reception at CMTA’s offices.  Last year’s Open House had more than 150 attendees, including more than 40 legislators and several ...
Highly influential New Democrats group selects leadership
 Dec. 11, 2015

Earlier this week, the New Democrats, a group of moderate Democrat members in the California State Assembly, chose new leadership in Assemblymembers Jim Cooper and Rudy Salas to take over the influential group from Assemblymember Henry Perea who ...
CMTA 2015 Manufacturing Vote Record
 Dec. 4, 2015

Each year the California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) tracks hundreds of bills and takes action to support thousands of manufacturers in the state and their 1.3 million employees. The bills proposed and acted upon by state ...
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