SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has nominated a Mexican-born Stanford law professor to the California Supreme Court. Brown today nominated Mariano-Florentino Cuellar (KWAY'-ahr) to be an associate justice of the state's highest court. If approved, the registered Democrat would fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Marvin Baxter, a reliably conservative member of the court.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco lawmakers are deciding whether a two-cent-per-ounce soda tax will appear on ballots this fall. The Board of Supervisors is expected to vote today whether to put the tax before voters in November. Eight of the city's 11 supervisors have indicated they will support it. The tax on sugary drinks would have to be approved by two-thirds of the city's voters to take effect.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Medical marijuana advocates in San Jose have failed in their petition drive to let voters decide whether to overturn the city's tough restrictions on pot clubs. Last month, City Council members approved new rules that limit pot clubs to less than one percent of the city's parcels.
CUTLER, Calif. (AP) - A Central California company has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots over concerns of possible listeria contamination. Wawona Packing says on its website that no illnesses have been reported and the recall is a precautionary measure. The recall came after internal testing at the packing house in Tulare County.
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