Many farmers in Brentwood are concerned that even more rain this late in the year could severely damage their cherry crop for the season.
A 94 sq. mile quarantine area has been established in Gilroy, with eradication efforts expected to formally begin next week.
California lawmakers moved ahead Thursday with a bill that would make it easier for farmworkers to unionize, acting over the objections of Republicans and the business community.
California regulators approved a pesticide Wednesday for use by fruit and vegetable growers despite heavy opposition from environmental and farmworker groups that cited its links to cancer.