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Monday, December 11, 2006 

Oakland Takes a Stand Against "Chain Gangs"

Chain Restaurants, that is.
The managers of a $300 million redevelopment of Oakland's Jack London Square are expected to all but bar national chains from the food hall at the heart of the project, emphasizing local and sustainable food businesses.

...The committee is made up chiefly of people from nonprofit food groups, including Michael Dimock, former chairman of Slow Food USA and executive director of the Roots of Change Fund; a representative of Investors' Circle, which helps funnel capital to environmentally friendly firms; and Eleanor Bertino, a food publicist and Slow Food USA board member.

Sardo said the guidelines will emphasize local producers, high quality food, environmentally sustainable food and operating practices and small producers. The committee would also like to see a farmer's market established at the food hall. - bizjournals


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