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Stuff jeans are made of honored by California Legislature

Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, smiles Wednesday after the Assembly approved his measure designating denim as the state’s fabric.
Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, smiles Wednesday after the Assembly approved his measure designating denim as the state’s fabric. AP

Like the vast curve of the Pacific coast, long stretches the list of official California state symbols..

You probably knew the grizzly bear was the state animal. But how about the state amphibian (the red-legged frog), fossil (the sabre-tooth cat), grass (needlegrass) or outdoor play (the Ramona Pageant)?

Welcome to the club, denim.

Championing the peoples’ business on the final day of the legislative session on Wednesday, lawmakers sent Gov. Jerry Brown a measure making the stuff of blue jeans the official state fabric.

“From the days of the California gold miners to California’s working people; beatniks, hippies, rocks stars, entrepreneurs, even politicians, all share a common theme: the denim jean,” said Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, who shares the first four letters of a famous California jean entrepreneur’s name. (The bill number – Assembly Bill 501 – was apparently not a coincidence.)

Not everyone was on board. Three legislators voted against the measure. Another worried about a political backlash.

“I was just wondering if the California Wool Growers Association has a position,” said Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego.

Jeremy B. White: 916-326-5543, @CapitolAlert

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