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The Buzz: Newsom touts California agricultural favorites

Published: Wednesday, Apr. 24, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Wednesday, Apr. 24, 2013 - 7:37 am

It turns out that Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom did make a momentous decision while acting governor during Gov. Jerry Brown's jaunt to China.

Newsom didn't mention it during his speech at the California Democratic Party convention earlier this month.

But his proclamation dated April 9, a few days before the convention, corrected a "glaring absence of agricultural products from the list of our officially adopted icons."

Newsom has established four state-honored foods for the duration of 2013.

Avocados are the state fruit, almonds are the state nut, artichokes are the state vegetable, and rice is the state grain.

Newsom often appears on KGO radio's morning show. After the San Francisco station's hosts learned that California had no state food, they held a contest.

Listeners selected the artichoke, prompting Newsom to defend the avocado on the air, citing broad support for it in a survey on his Facebook page.

"I think we need to call Jerry Brown," Newsom joked.

His ultimate solution honored four agricultural products. He read the proclamation on the air April 10.

He said the distinction was meaningful given that "we are the breadbasket in the world."

That, and California has a state fossil.

– Jeremy B. White

CAMPAIGN WATCH

A beekeeper who is the younger brother of Stockton Assemblywoman Susan Talamantes Eggman says he will run against GOP Rep. Jeff Denham in a Central Valley swing seat next year. Turlock Democrat Michael Eggman, in a news release, emphasized his longtime ties in the 10th Congressional District and his experience as a "small family farmer" in the Valley.

– Torey Van Oot

WORTH REPEATING

"The revenues, guys, wait till the May revise. We have a very complicated mechanism called Prop. 98."

GOV. JERRY BROWN, suggesting Tuesday that even though the Legislative Analyst's Office is estimating that California will collect about $4 billion more in personal income tax this month than originally forecast, any extra money may be tied up by the state's school-funding guarantee

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