Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Thursday, Jan. 4, and here’s what’s happening across California:
There aren’t enough farmworkers
For generations, rural Mexico has been the primary source of hired farm labor in the U.S. According to a federal survey, 9 out of 10 agricultural workers in places like California are foreign-born, and more than half are in the U.S. illegally. But farm labor from Mexico has been on the decline. And...