The president has just been in touch with cattle ranchers in California but, perhaps more importantly, animal rights activists in the state. According to the Chronicle, the Biden administration asked the Supreme Court to reinstate pig producers’ lawsuit against Proposition 12, a law that sets minimum cage standards for pigs, chickens and veal calves. The companies that filed the lawsuit — the National Pork Producers Council and the National Farm Bureau Federation — argue that the law is too much of a barrier to transnational trade. The administration, for what it’s worth, argues that courts should not have dismissed the lawsuit, not that the law itself is unconstitutional.
The law, passed 64 percent by voters, required producers to provide at least 24 square feet of floor space for each breeding pig, one square foot for each laying hen and 43 square feet of floor space for calves raised for veal. In addition, California banned the sale of meat products from animals kept in smaller cages. Wayne Pacelle, president of the nonprofit Animal Wellness Action and the Center for a Humane Economy, told the Chronicle† “It is shocking that the Biden administration is attacking states’ rights to enact anti-cruelty and food safety laws that do not exist at the federal level.”
This Chinese restaurant in Berkeley is closing
Last weekend, a note appeared in the window of Shen Hua, a College Avenue favorite for nearly 25 years: Owner Edward Chu informed fans that Sunday, June 26, will be the last day of the service. The memorandum cites the ongoing challenges of the past two years as motivation to quit. SFGATE reports that Chu was born and raised in San Francisco and opened the Northern Chinese-style restaurant in 1998.
Sacramento’s Outdoor Dining Plan Approved by City
The Sacramento City Council approved an updated and expanded plan for outdoor dining on Tuesday, June 22 Sacramento Bee writes that the Al Fresco Dining program will allow restaurants to keep their COVID-era parks and outdoor arrangements as long as companies pursue “reputable permits,” which should be detailed further by an accompanying website the city plans to release on July 1. to launch. will last until 2023 at the earliest.
Celebrate the Fourth of July at this Filipino-California restaurant
Abaca becomes the place to be on San Francisco’s waterfront on Independence Day. The team will roast a whole pig, lechon style, and serve slushies alongside a full menu of Monterey squid paella and smoked chicken palabok, while a DJ keeps things lively. On July 4, there will be two seats available for dinners, at 12 noon and 1 p.m. S’mores are available on request.
Go for this Inner Sunset DIY dinner party
Queens, the Korean grocery store on 9th Avenue, is letting her fans know via Instagram to grab a stool on Friday, June 24 for a bowl or two of budae jeongol, cooked at the table—by you—and to your taste (hence the DIY -self portion of the dinner equation). The shop calls it a standing Friday party, which runs from 5 to 9 p.m., so if you don’t make a reservation this week, it’s always July.