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April 3, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
A California legislator wants to require the state's prisons, schools and other public institutions to buy local agriculture products to support California farmers.  Assemblyman Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) recently introduced the Choose California Act, a bill that would require public institutions to buy California agriculture products if the price is within 5% of the lowest out-of-state competitor. Schools would be exempt from that rule and would be required to buy California-grown products only if they are cheaper.
September 20, 1986 | From a Times Staff Writer
Things may have curdled at Knudsen, but dairy-products rival Carnation Co. is on a roll. The Los Angeles-based company, a unit of Nestle, the giant Swiss food conglomerate, on Friday announced plans to build a $67-million ice cream plant in Bakersfield scheduled to open in 1988. The company said it will be the largest ice cream plant in North America. The 200,000-square-foot facility, to be the Carnation dairies division's 11th plant, will create about 250 jobs and produce 23.
June 22, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Dairy owner Mark McAfee started selling raw milk in 2000, marketing it to customers who believe it contains beneficial microbes that treat everything from asthma to autism. The unpasteurized milk swiftly caught on as part of the growing natural food movement. But the Food and Drug Administration considers McAfee a snake-oil salesman and recently launched an investigation into whether his dairy illegally shipped raw milk across state lines. The case against McAfee is part of a crackdown on raw milk by health officials who are concerned about the spread of food-borne illnesses.
July 17, 1987 | RUTH REICHL
"Help yourself to all you care to eat," said the sweet-voiced gray-haired woman, putting down another pan of food and wiping her hands on her old-fashioned apron. She smiled encouragingly and allowed as how the bean casserole was very good with the rice. Then she scurried back to the kitchen to bring out some more of the dairy-free olive cheese. Country Life, 888 S. Figueroa St., downtown (213) 489-4118, is a very strange restaurant.
I'm no night owl, so it's a good thing the coffee kicked in. My lights usually start to dim around 8 p.m., same time as the Union Square Theater's, where Eli Wallach begins his performance in "Visiting Mr. Green." (His last performance is July 5.) Our interview was set for 10 p.m. Wallach had postponed the original appointment because of a sinus problem. I entered Wallach's dressing room after the last of his visitors had exited. He gave me a warm, strong handshake.
December 13, 1998 | STEVE CHAWKINS, Steve Chawkins is a Times staff writer
At an historic moment last week, Jerry Kozak looked up from his desk in the executive suite and stared across the Potomac at the Capitol dome. He spoke in measured yet optimistic tones. Listening to him, I almost was persuaded that this was not a somber turning point but a natural progression of events, sad as they may be. "We expect 1999 to be a much more normal year," he insisted. "The signs are already there." Perhaps.
August 23, 2009 | John Curran, Curran writes for the Associated Press.
Finding the "birthplace" of President Chester A. Arthur is easy: Turn left at Town Hall and it's Chester A. Arthur Conference Room, go past Chester's Bakery and turn right on Chester Arthur Road. Nearly five miles up the winding two-lane country road, past rolling hills and dairy farms, is the tiny Chester A. Arthur Historic Site, proclaiming the spot where the nation's 21st president was born in a cottage. Or was he? Nearly 123 years after his death, doubts about his U.S. citizenship linger, thanks to lack of documentation and a political foe's claim that Arthur was really born in Canada -- and was therefore ineligible for the White House, where he served from 1881 to 1885.
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