A Fourth-Generation Farming Family Celebrates a Centennial

Jack Vessey, president of Vessey & Co., is pictured in one of his kale fields near Holtville. Vessey represents the fourth generation of his family farming operation, which this year is celebrating its centennial in the Imperial Valley. Photo courtesy of Vessey & Co.

When Jack Vessey was a teen growing up in the Holtville area, watching his father run the family’s generational farm, he knew what he wanted to do – become a farmer like his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

There were times when his father, the late Jon Vessey, would tell him that he could choose any career he wanted, and that the only reason to become a farmer would be if he truly had a passion for it. The elder Vessey told his son becoming a farmer would not be an easy path.

For Jack, there was never a question. He was going to be

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Salton Sea Authority Celebrates 30 Years of Advocating for the Sea

Members of the Salton Sea Authority (SSA) Board of Directors and management staff are pictured with past executive directors during an event to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the SSA held at the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla tribal land in Riverside County on Nov. 16. Pictured left to right are Bob Hargraves, SSA attorney, Rick Daniels, past executive director, Gina Dockstader, SSA board member, Altrena Santillanes, SSA board president, Patick O’Dowd, current executive director, Castulo Estrada, SSA board vice president, and Phil Rosentrater, past executive director.

On November 16, the Salton Sea Authority (SSA) and community leaders came together on Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla tribal land in Mecca, California, to mark the SSA’s 30th anniversary in an event that saw past and present executive directors and current board members share their experiences advocating for the sea. The SSA was formed in 1993 as a state joint powers authority

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QSA Recognized for its Importance to California, the Colorado River During 20th Anniversary Event in San Diego

Colorado River Board of California Vice Chair and San Diego County Water Authority Director Jim Madaffer (center) introduces Imperial Irrigation District General Manager Jamie Asbury (right) during the San Diego County Water Authority’s QSA 20th anniversary celebration held Nov. 8 in San Diego. Joining Asbury and Madaffer (from left to right) are San Diego County Water Authority General Manager Dan Denham, Coachella Valley Water District General Manager Jim Barrett, and Metropolitan Water District of Southern California General Manager Adel Hagekhalil.

On Wednesday, Nov. 8., representatives from throughout the San Diego region and Southern California gathered in San Diego to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 2003 Quantification Settlement Agreement (QSA), an historic set of agreements that has enabled California to live within its Colorado River apportionment and helped manage the river for all users. Water leaders talked of how the QSA was not only a model of how

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