Sacramento, California - The California Department of Food and Agriculture is celebrating its 100th anniversary as a state agency in 2019. Throughout the year this blog will feature a number of items to commemorate this milestone.

San Francisco, California - Clifton Burch and Peter McKean were convicted by a federal jury today of conspiring to defraud the United States in connection and conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud all in connection with a federal construction contract, announced United States Attorney David L. Anderson, Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge John F. Bennett, and Department of Energy Inspector General Teri L. Donaldson.  The guilty verdicts follow a two-week trial before the Honorable Charles R. Breyer, U.S. District Judge.

San Francisco, California - Michael James Frew pleaded guilty Tuesday to wire fraud, mail fraud, and money laundering charges in connection with a fraudulent real estate investment scheme, announced United States Attorney David L. Anderson, Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge John F. Bennett, and Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), Kareem Carter.  The guilty plea was accepted by the Honorable Vince Chhabria, U.S. District Judge.

Sacramento, California -  Governor Gavin Newsom Monday announced that he has signed a General Order rescinding previous authorization for California National Guard operations at the U.S.-Mexico border that allowed California National Guard personnel to perform duties traditionally undertaken by the federal government there.

Sacramento, California - Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the appointment of Tia Boatman-Patterson as Senior Advisor on Housing, Christina Snider as Tribal Advisor and Executive Secretary to the Native American Heritage Commission, and Anna Naimark as Tribal Negotiations Advisor in the Office of the Governor, along with the reappointment of Carl Guardino to the Transportation Commission.

Tulare, California - NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine will speak to, and take questions from, media about how technologies originally developed for space exploration now are used to cultivate farms, predict crop yields, manage water resources, and more, during his Tuesday, February 12, visit to World Ag Expo in Tulare, California.