Sacramento, California - The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has mailed more than 19,000 ballots to state cattle producers, urging them to vote on a referendum asking whether or not to establish the California Cattle Council.

Fresno, California - Alberto Perez, 31, of Fresno, was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill to eight years and four months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

Sacramento, California - Chad Carl Jaycox, 28, of Yuba City, was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison to be followed by 25 years of supervised release for receiving images of child pornography, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

Los Angeles, California - Three men were arrested Thursday on federal drug distribution charges alleging they conspired with a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy and others to steal more than 1,200 pounds of marijuana and $645,000 in cash and money orders during an armed robbery of a downtown Los Angeles warehouse that was staged to look like law enforcement was executing a search warrant.

San Diego, California - Robert Holcomb, 53, was sentenced in federal court Friday to 46 months’ custody and ordered to pay a fine of $600,000, for misappropriating the identities of charities and using them to open bank accounts as part of a long-running tax fraud scheme.

Sacramento, California - The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), working in cooperation with the Shasta County Agricultural Commissioner’s office, has eradicated two hydrilla infestations within the cites of Redding and Anderson, ending a quarantine that began on July 18, 1996. Hydrilla, an invasive aquatic weed, was last detected in Shasta County in 2006.