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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 2014 | By Gale Holland
Francisco Morataya drives a vanload of empty bottles and cans to Victar Recycling Center in Echo Park every week or so to supplement his wages as an office janitor. The 61-year-old Eagle Rock resident had been making $200 per load, enough to pay his daughter's cellphone bill. But that was before a new state law tightened the redemption rules, making it harder for people at the economic fringes to scrape by. Now his take is only $50 to $60, Morataya said. "It's really bad," he said this week, flinging plastic bottles into a garbage bin. "I can't help my daughter.
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HEALTH
March 29, 2014 | Dana Sullivan Kilroy
There's a reason wine and spirits are stored in glass: purity of taste. Plastic (and, to a lesser degree, metal) can impart various "flavors" into the liquids it comes into contact with. But that's just one reason that glass is an increasingly popular alternative to plastic and aluminum or stainless steel sport-style bottles. Another is peace of mind. About five years ago, scientists and the Food and Drug Administration started issuing warnings about bisphenol A, commonly called BPA, a chemical used in plastics and in the linings of some metal vessels.
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OPINION
March 6, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
If you're going to San Francisco, be sure to carry a water bottle there. Why? Because the Board of Supervisors voted this week to ban the sale of single-use bottles of water in city buildings and parks and at city-permitted events, making San Francisco the largest municipality in the country to phase out plastic water bottles. The ban will cover indoor events starting Oct. 1, and will be extended to all events by 2016. There would be exceptions for some sports outings, such as foot races, and planners could apply for waivers if they can't secure a water supply.
HEALTH
March 28, 2014 | By Dana Sullivan Kilroy
If you're in the market for an alternative to plastic or metal water bottles, here are a few options: Lifefactory Flip Top Holds 22 ounces; weighs 19 ounces unfilled, $24.99 The cap at the mouthpiece is attached but flips back for sipping. The bottles are slightly curved, making them easy to hold. www.lifefactory.com/catalog/flip-cap CamelBak Eddy Holds 24 ounces; weighs 18.4 ounces unfilled, $24.95 Made with CamelBak's signature bite valve: Just bite and sip; no tipping required.
NEWS
February 6, 2013 | By John Verive
Craft beer fans in Los Angeles have never had more choices for local beer, and you're not limited to enjoying fresh brews just in the brewery's tap rooms or buying bottles or cans to take home. One of the best ways to enjoy the freshest brews at home is with a growler -- a specialized glass jug that you can have filled and re-filled at nearly all of L.A.'s local breweries. Historically, growlers were metal pails with tight-fitting lids that were used to take beer home from the saloon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 1985
We recently returned from trips through Oregon and Iowa. These two states have anti-litter laws requiring deposits on cans and bottles. What a pleasure to drive without the highway and street clutter of cans and broken glass that we have here in once beautiful California! We made inquiry at various stores regarding storage of empty bottles and cans. Invariably the reply was, "No problem." Isn't it about time that we clean up the messy environment we have let be created? Laws do no good without enforcement or incentive of some kind.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 1989
I recently spent a week in Michigan, visiting relatives. During that time I was made aware that Michigan has a recycling law. A deposit of 10 cents is paid on aluminum cans and 20 cents on large plastic bottles. Their highways are much freer of litter than those of California. Maybe we are being unrealistic in expecting a 1-cent deposit to be strong enough incentive for buyers of these cans and bottles to return them. Whatever happened to the California that used to lead the nation in intelligently attacking social problems?
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2006
JAMES VERINI's piece on Craig Dieffenbach's promotion of a vodka he has labeled Hendrix Electric ["Pouring in a Purple Haze," March 31] is a bad sign for all of us, including The Times. Dieffenbach's creepy insinuation of himself into the Hendrix family and estate matters after the death of Jimi Hendrix with the ulterior motive of making money from exploiting a considerable artistic legacy is particularly reprehensible in view of Jimi Hendrix's untimely alcohol-related death in his 20s. In this time of intensive alcohol promotion and resulting deadly binge drinking by youths, Dieffenbach should feature on his bottles, instead of an electric Jimi Hendrix head shot, a young man with an unlimited future choking to death on his own vomit.
NEWS
April 4, 2013 | By John Verive
As Los Angeles' young breweries mature and grow, many have turned to packaging as a way to reach more beer fans, and some new brewed-in-L.A. beers are about to find their way into your fridge. Apart from the machinery and the manpower required for a brewery to package its beer, there are significant logistical obstacles to overcome to get bottles into your fridge. From procuring and storing the bottles, to designing and receiving government approval for the labels, to producing enough beer to fill both kegs for draft accounts and bottles, the prospect of packaging beer can be a daunting prospect for a small brewery.
WORLD
July 16, 2013 | By Julie Makinen
SUZHOU, China -- Being a tourist in China can make one want to scream like a baby. Flight delays are epic: Beijing's airport recently ranked worst in the world for on-time departures, with 82% of planes failing to leave on time. Bad weather can bring disaster: 100 travelers were trapped last week by a landslide in Gansu province.  Fellow sightseers can be uncouth: A dozen Chinese tourists were caught in early July urinating against a wall at Beijing's Summer Palace.
NEWS
March 12, 2014 | By Mary MacVean
Caffeine is an essential at the Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim - thousands and thousands of food and personal care products and crowds as big as nearby Disneyland. Which is what led me to one of my favorites of the 2014 show last week. Blue Bottle Coffee and Clover organic milk - together. In a little school-size milk carton, with chicory and sugar. I can hardly wait for these to get to markets, which should happen this year. Blue Bottle founder James Freeman said he had tried other ready-to-drink coffees on the market and rated them "from terrible to horrible.
BUSINESS
March 11, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Kevin Sacco isn't a celebrity, but on Instagram he is famous for flaunting his wealth, like the time he took a picture of himself bathing in an outdoor Jacuzzi in his penthouse suite overlooking the French Riviera. Or when the 20-year-old son of a real estate mogul in Italy spent 10,000 euros, or nearly $14,000, with friends at La Maison Blanche in Paris for his most recent birthday. "I'm showing off my parties, my bottles, my clubs, my travels, and people love this," said Sacco, who is known as @PrinceOfItaly on Instagram.
OPINION
March 6, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
If you're going to San Francisco, be sure to carry a water bottle there. Why? Because the Board of Supervisors voted this week to ban the sale of single-use bottles of water in city buildings and parks and at city-permitted events, making San Francisco the largest municipality in the country to phase out plastic water bottles. The ban will cover indoor events starting Oct. 1, and will be extended to all events by 2016. There would be exceptions for some sports outings, such as foot races, and planners could apply for waivers if they can't secure a water supply.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2014 | By August Brown
Last year, the tribalist-techno festival Lightning in a Bottle made some major strides with a revamped lineup of crossover electronica stars like Purity Ring and Nicolas Jaar. It was a successful move -- the fest had its largest and best-received installment yet.  This year, organizers have taken that path again with even more gusto. Moby, Little Dragon and Phantogram are among the headliners at the festival, which also features a strong undercard of acts like Gold Panda, Simian Mobile Disco , Claude VonStroke and Damian Lazarus.
NEWS
February 23, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
Here's a scenario: You've got a hankering for roast chicken, either from your favorite takeout, a restaurant, or from your own oven. Mine would be Judy Rodger's justly famous bird with bread and arugula salad from her masterful “The Zuni Cafe Cookbook: A Compendium of Recipes and Cooking Lessons from San Francisco's Beloved Restaurant.” The beautiful thing about roast chicken is that it pairs with both red and white wines. Nothing too intense and certainly no reds with massive tannins.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
Police said they found an empty vodka bottle in the car of former Los Angeles news anchor Bree Walker when she was arrested this week in Anaheim on suspicion of drunk driving. Walker, 61, was stopped at 12:35 a.m. Wednesday near the intersection of Beach Boulevard and Ball Road, said Anaheim police Lt. Tim Schmidt.  Police   told the   Orange County Register   that Walker could not produce a driver's license and looked "disheveled" when she was stopped.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 17, 2013 | By David Ng
Though not nearly as famous as his Campbell's soup cans or his Brillo boxes, Andy Warhol's Perrier screen prints created in the '80s helped to elevate the sparkling-water brand into the realm of post-modern chic. This summer, the French company is repaying the favor by issuing a limited series of bottles that pay tribute to Warhol's designs. The new Perrier bottles will feature four different label designs that are inspired by Warhol's prints. Some of the bottles also will feature famous quotes from the artist, such as "In the future everyone will be world famous for fifteen minutes" and "Art is what you can get away with.
NEWS
November 7, 2012 | By S. Irene Virbila
Is it too early to talk stocking stuffers? Maybe so. OK, think of these chubby little bottles of gin from St. George Spirits in the Bay Area as emergency supplies, ready to tuck in a bag for a camping trip or a long, cold trek. It's a great way to sample some of St. George's unique gins without committing to a full bottle. Break open that wee 200-milliliter bottle of Terroir gin or Botanivore gin to share while listening to a new record or CD. My fave, though, is the pot-distilled dry rye gin infused with juniper (twice as much as usual)
NEWS
February 17, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
Small wonder French wine producers are looking forward to this year's biennial wine fair Vinexpo Asia-Pacific in Hong Kong. According to the French wine trade body FEVS (Féderation des Exportateurs de Vins & Spiritueux), in a story reported by the British Wine magazine Decanter , French wine exports in 2013 were down by 3.1% in volume. (The sales value was just 0.1% less.) Interestingly, the volume of low-priced exports eroded the most, a whopping 17.3%. Champagnes and higher-priced wines with A.O.C.
NEWS
February 9, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
This month Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa , a Relais & Châteaux property in Rancho Santa Fe, has launched an ambitious tequila program called the All Agave Project . To prepare for the launch, manager Chris Simmons trained at the Mexican Academy of Tequila Tasters in Guadalajara under maestro tequilero Francisco Hajnal. Simmons' role is to curate the 150-label collection of tequila and agave-based spirits (which include mezcal, bacanora and sotol) at the resort's Pony Bar. Right now shots start at $9 and go up to $276 for a rare Tequila Clase Azul Añejo . Alongside each shot of silver or blanco tequila, Simmons serves two different types of house sangrita, or "little blood," a traditional accompaniment.
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