Someone Needs to Lock Up the Governor’s Paper and Pens

A more than two-and-one-half year ordeal for the Maturango Museum in Ridgecrest has ended and it can stuff the mountain lion carcass it has wanted to put on display since 2008.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation September 30 that grants the museum – and others who wish to display dead mountain lions for “scientific or education” purposes – an exemption from 1990’s voter-approved California Wildlife Protection Act that bars both the hunting of mountain lions and possession of their carcasses.    Read more »



The Streets of Los Angeles

California’s largest city was officially founded in September 1781. As clichés go, sleepy hamlet would be the most apt. There were 44 original settlers, evenly split among adults and children.

Over the years, it became an agricultural and cattle ranching center.

The 1834 wedding of Maria Alvarado to Pio Pico, last governor of Alta California under Mexican rule, was attended by all 800 residents of the pueblo.    Read more »



From the “Time Marks On” Files of California’s Capitol…

Take a look at the three gentlemen in the photo. Who are they? (Clue at left.)

Two of them are dead now, sad to say. The third — the one who looks like he stole Tom Cruise’s eyebrows — is still around though.

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Communication Fundamentals: Know Your Audience; Use Precise Language

The other day Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation that would impose a 1 percent annual fee on the sales of olive trees.

An identical fee is already levied against the sales of fruit trees, nut trees and grapevines which generates $1.4 million to conduct research into ways of improving the vine and tree crop industry.    Read more »



The State’s “First Green Industry” Wants to Tax Itself — Gov. Brown Lets Them

 California’s 44 registered renderers got their wish September 26 as Gov. Jerry Brown signed renderer-sponsored legislation to reimpose on themselves a lapsed $3,000 annual regulatory fee. 

The hope is that more revenue will allow the state Food and Agriculture Agency to do a better job preventing thefts of a lucrative part of the rendering industry – inedible kitchen grease.    Read more »



No Yolk Buddy, Inspector White of the Egg Police: Let’s See the Log Books

California is putting more egg cops in the henhouse under a bill signed September 26 by Gov. Jerry Brown.

The measure is a reaction to August 2010’s nationwide recall of more than 380 million eggs produced by two Iowa farms after a eight-state salmonella outbreak that sickened some 266 Californians.

“Additional enforcement was needed to maintain food safety and quality assurances for Californians,” according to the Senate Floor Analysis of the bill – SB 549 by Sen.    Read more »



Exactly the Kind of Media Attention the High Speed Rail Authority Was Looking For

(The Hanford Sentinel Explains)    Read more »



To Sleep Or Not to Sleep, That Apparently Isn’t In Question


From the Hanford Sentinel:

Video Captures Rail Official Snoozing During Hanford Public Hearing

By Kevin Kennedy | Monday, September 26

A California High-Speed Rail Authority official charged with spreading the agency’s message is drawing ridicule from Kings County residents for nodding off during last week’s public hearing in Hanford in a moment captured on YouTube and quickly spread around the Internet.    Read more »



State Law as It Relates to Edible White Spheroids With a Yellow Center

What constitutes an “egg product” in California?

Food and Agriculture Code Section 27512 says simply that “egg products means egg meats.”

What then are “egg meats?”

The preceding Section 27511 defines egg meats as the “white, yolk or any part of eggs, in liquid, frozen, dried or any other form, used, intended or held for

use in the preparation of — or to be a part of or mixed with — food or food products, for human consumption.”

But it’s not until Section 27513 that “eggs” are defined.    Read more »



Better Luck Next Time, Roy

California’s Capitol extends condolences to the Bay Area’s Roy Benson.

Benson’s initiative to declare the Tuesday after the first Monday in November a statewide holiday failed to garner the necessary signatures to qualify for the ballot, the Secretary of State announced recently.

Although Benson’s cover letter doesn’t include his reasoning for declaring Election Day a holiday, the presumed intent would be to increase voter turnout by eliminating other conflicts, such as employment.     Read more »