Gavin Newsom

(Mercury News) // Chefs across California are squeezing in extra foie gras on their menus and drawing the ire of animal rights groups. A statewide ban on the staple French cuisine made from fattened duck liver goes into effect July 1. The ban was passed back in 2004 to put an end to what some consider the inhumane treatment of ducks raised for the delicacy…

California's clean-technology investment is growing, according to a report released today by SF-based nonprofit Next 10, a nonprofit promoting awareness around the environment, technology, and the economy. From 2010 to 2011, investment rose 24% to $3.5 billion, and while Next 10 says this was a significant boost to the state's financial recovery, some economists say the clean-tech industry is still a small sector of California's overall economy...

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