Landmark Bill Gives Farmworkers Greater Share

On Monday in a historic move, the California Legislature voted in favor of new overtime laws for farmworkers. If Governor Jerry Brown signs the bill, those who tend and harvest our state’s plentiful and diverse bounty will receive overtime pay just like all other workers in the state. The bill proposes time-and-a-half pay for farm laborers who exceed eight hours in one day.

“We salute the legislature for their support of AB 1066, which ends the longtime exclusion of farmworkers from just basic overtime laws,” says Christopher Paige, Chief Executive Officer for California Human Development.

Paige acknowledges concerns among some who fear the change will result in cut backs and job loss, but says any such shift will be temporary and the inequities faced by California’s vast and impoverished farm workforce are long overdue for change.

“Every other industry in our state has adjusted to standard overtime rules and the farming industry will adjust as well,” says Paige.  “I believe it’s the right thing to do and a good thing for everyone concerned. Ultimately, a strong labor force is key to good business.”

California Human Development (CHD) provides farmworker services and workforce development serving people from 31 northern California counties. On average, farm laborers earn far below the poverty level. CHD helps these workers to secure full-time year-round employment to achieve greater self-sufficiency for themselves and their families.




Proof Is In The Pie: disABILITY Services Bring Success

It’s not unusual for Emma Rued to make a hundred pies a day. When we visited her recently at Petaluma Pie Company, she and her co-workers were preparing for five weddings! Proprietor Lina Hoshino has no doubt the job will be done well and on time.

“Emma is a great employee, she started as a dish washer and we quickly moved her to making pies. I know I can count on her,” says Hoshino.


When Emma first came to CHD’s disABILITY Services program, she had a strong desire to work but couldn’t get a job.

“She was submitting resumes left and right, but no one would hire her,” says Emma’s dad, Tim Rued. “At first, you don’t notice anything different with Emma but then, if you talk with her for awhile, her Autism becomes more clear.”

CHD’s disABILITY Services team helped Emma to develop social and job skills and then arranged for her to begin work at Petaluma Pie. DSC_0114

“It’s made a huge difference in all of our lives,” says Tim Rued. “Now Emma’s working nearly full-time and saving to get her own place, which my wife and I expect she’ll do.  She wants her independence and we want her to have it!”

Creating opportunities for adults with disABILITIES is the mission of CHD’s disABILITY Services, which is accredited by CARF International.

Hats off to the Rued’s and Petaluma Pie, along with a host of additional disABILITY Services clients and employers who are sharing their success stories with CARF surveyors onsite this week in Santa Rosa.

CARF accreditation signals a service provider’s commitment to continually improving services, encouraging feedback, and serving the community.



disABILITY Services Talent Show

Singing * Dancing * Poetry * & More….Plus, BBQ Lunch!

Friends, family, supporters, talent scouts :), and anyone who just loves great entertainment and a delicious bbq lunch is invited to attend our 3rd Annual disABILITY Services Talent Show! Join us at our NEW location on Center Drive in Santa Rosa on Wednesday, August 10th from 10am to noon for singing, dancing, poetry, and other truly impressive displays of talent from our disABILITY Services clients.  Then, immediately following the show, please stick around to share in a BBQ fundraiser lunch, fresh off the grill! Proceeds from the lunch support opportunities for adults with disABILITIES. We promise you will leave full of good cheer and satiated bellies!

WHEN: August 10, 10am – Noon

WHERE: 1020 Center Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95403




Barrio Fiesta, August 14 in Stockton

Music & Dancing * Health Fair * Fashion Show * Food!

For the 43rd year, the Stockton Filipino community will hold The Barrio Fiesta, with live entertainment and dancing, cultural displays, a fashion show by Filipino designers, a health fair and, of course, food.

The Barrio Fiesta will take place on August 14 beginning at 11am at The Filipino Center Plaza, at 6 West Main Street in Downtown Stockton, which is managed by California Human Development. The event is free and open to the public.

Health Fair activities will be held from 11am to 3pm and will include blood pressure and blood sugar screening, breast feeding consultation, employment and educational resources and more.

Some of the Filipino agricultural workers who originally organized the event back in the 1960s and ‘70s will be on hand to join in the festivities for this longstanding and popular event.

The Barrio Fiesta is presented by the Associated Filipino Community of San Joaquin County. Additional partners for the health fair include California Human Development, BiNational Health Week, and San Joaquin County WorkNet.