“Das Williams has been a solid partner and champion for the environmental community in this state,” said David Allgood, Southern California Director of CLCV. “Our members were pleased to recognize Das’ record of working to protect the coastline and open space, restore vital wetlands, and promote local energy efficiency programs within Santa Barbara. We have no doubt that Das’ priorities, background and independent leadership will benefit this district and state should he be elected to the state assembly.” - NoozhawkThe Sierra Club supports Das Williams
"Das Williams is somebody with immense experience fighting for the best interest of Santa Barbara's and California's environment,” said Selma Rubin, member of the Los Padres chapter of the Sierra Club. “I can say with absolute certainty that his election to the California Assembly representing the 35th district will bring with it a new era of environmental stewardship.”And so do I.
Rubin then added, “As we enter a new decade we must embrace change and policies that will solve our community's environmental challenges such as off-shore oil extraction, open space preservation and habitat restoration. Das Williams personifies our community's cherished traditions while also embracing new directions, out-of-the-box thinking, energy and enthusiasm to meet some of our toughest challenges.” - California Chronicle
Harry Truman's oft quoted statement "If you can't convince them, confuse them," came to mind as I visited my mailbox and unfurled a political attack ad sent out by Susan Jordan. In this ad, I read nothing about Ms. Jordan's thoughts on Alternative Energy opportunities nor even the fact that she is married to the current Assembly member, Pedro Nava. All I saw was an attempt to use a disaster for personal political gain and to slime her opponent, Das Williams, with falsehoods. She has not been able to convince her fellow Democrats that she is better qualified to take over her husband's seat, so she has taken the low road to confuse them. The Get Oil Out and Environmental Defense Center's negotiations with PXP provided that no new oil platforms would be built and that oil production from existing platforms would be shut down permanently off the coast of Santa Barbara. Shut down.
Das Williams knows that being a leader, environmentally or otherwise, is about more than being a "one-trick" pony. He has grappled with balancing budgets, finding ways to incorporate environmentally friendly practices into City operations, encouraging public transportation and alternative energy creation. He has worked diligently on ways to wean us off the "gooey" stuff and move us forward to a more fruitful future. Judging from Ms. Jordan's campaigning, she prefers the same type of wrongheaded rhetoric that has created the morass of non-movement in Sacramento.
We need something better. We need Das Williams in the Assembly.
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The Coney Island Drive Inn, a restaurant in Brooksville, Florida, has been selling 12-inch hot dogs -- the restaurant calls them "footlongs" -- for more than 40 years. Its Web site is gotfootlongs.com.
Last week, the restaurant got a letter from a lawyer representing Subway, which, as you may have heard, sells 12-inch sandwiches for five bucks.
After explaining that Subway "has applied for the trademark FOOTLONG (TM) in association with sandwiches," the letter says:You are hereby put on notice to cease and desist from using FOOTLONG (TM) association with sandwiches. You must immediately remove all references to FOOTLONG (TM) in association with sandwiches.
(The full letter is online here.)
Montclair Meat Co., Inc., a Montclair, Calif., establishment is recalling approximately 53,000 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.
The products subject to recall include:
- Various pound packages of "MONTCLAIR MEAT CO. GROUND BEEF"
- Various pound packages of "MONTCLAIR MEAT CO. ALL BEEF PATTIES"
A chicken squats in a shed the size of a football pitch somewhere in the outback of Brazil. And it's not alone.
One of tens of thousands, each bird is allowed the floor space equivalent to a sheet of A4 paper and will live for just 40 days before it hits its genetically-engineered slaughter weight. That's if it doesn't perish along the way.
Five per cent or so will be unable to cope with the conditions and die even before then.
Those that survive will be plucked and butchered in an industrial process the like of which this planet has never before seen.
Every year billions of chickens will live and die in this way. Of course, South America is a long way away. But your local McDonald's is not. And that is where a significant proportion of this intensively reared meat will eventually end up.
McChicken Sandwich: Much of McDonalds' poultry comes from Brazil, where the animals live in cramped conditions
Of all the chicken churned out by the fast-food chain - the equivalent of 30 million birds a year - 60 per cent is imported frozen from Brazil. A further nine per cent comes from Thailand and 30 per cent from Holland- The Daily Mail
Lead is considered toxic and it's a key ingredient in millions of dinner plates, cereal bowls and other dishes we use every day. Federal regulators say, in most dishes, the lead poses no health risk, but some local health officials say the high amount of lead found in many dishes is "too risky" and shouldn't be permitted. When it comes to lead in your dishes, how much is too much – and how can you tell whether your plates contain dangerous levels of lead?
In one hand, Daniel Fries holds a colorful fruit bowl. In the other, a $30,000 XRF analyzer that will tell him how much lead is inside the dish.
He gently presses the analyzer against the bowl, pulls the trigger and, a few seconds later, the test is complete.
"Wow, that's a lot," said Fries, an environmental health specialist at the Marion County Health Department. "The inside of the bowl came back at ten percent lead. It's a shock to think there's that much lead in this, and it's something I wouldn't use anymore if it was mine." - WTHR
There is a HUGE "for lease" sign hanging from the second floor of the Zia Cafe. (I noticed while attending the Farmer's Market this afternoon...)
Another casualty of the "sucky" economy?
Where will I go for my sopapillas?
After 19 years of disuse, the Santa Barbara Drive-In — located just minutes from campus — will burst back into life Friday night with the premier of “Iron Man 2.”
West Wind Theaters will reopen the drive-in at 907 South Kellogg Ave. in Goleta for the summer and, depending on how well the theater does, may choose to permanently reopen it. This weekend, the theater will show the highly anticipated sequel to “Iron Man” back-to-back, with the first screening scheduled to start at dusk. Employees expect that the 65-foot screen will entertain hundreds of moviegoers.
Starting Monday, the theater will start hosting double features. The first will be “How To Train Your Dragon” paired with “Iron Man”. - Daily Nexxus
Hunger is here in every season, but summer brings some unique challenges. For millions of kids, the only decent meal they get is during school. Without that consistency while school is out, these kids go hungry. With people on vacation and out of town, food bank supplies run lower and donations are less because we all have summer plans on our minds and don't think of needs as much.
Here at #twitterforfood, we are approaching our 1 year anniversary of creating hunger events on Twitter. It's our hope that this summer we can really kick this up a notch and get the shelves of foodbanks more full through people every month simply skipping one meal and donating the savings to their local food bank. - Twitterforfood