San Francisco, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – Buoyed by an earlier approval to include in November’s ballot a proposed two-cent tax per ounce of sodas, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed another measure in its war against sugar.
The new measure, which passed 6-4, will ask San Francisco voters to approve a new city law that would ban Starbucks and other coffee outlets from serving or offering sugar or whipped cream with their coffee. Tall, grande or venti, only black coffee will be be sold at these outlets, and no sugary enhancements, according to the proposed regulations.
“We want San Francisco to take the lead in the fight against obesity and diabetes,” said board president David Chiu.
Asked by The Adobo Chronicles how far the city is willing to go in this healthy obsession, Chiu said: “This is just the beginning. If the two measures are approved by voters in November, we will go after cake shops and ice cream parlors next. We are very confident that with voter support, San Francisco can go totally sugar-free by 2020.”
Manila, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – At 12:35 a.m., July 17, baby Chonalyn (some media outlets spelled it as ‘Jennalyn’) was born at a local hospital in Manila, making her the 100 Millionth Filipino.
But there is a big problem. Ninety nine other babies were born at exactly the same time at other hospitals and homes all over the country, and all parents want to claim the historic, official title for their newly-borns.
As a result, the parents have hired personal attorneys and are suing the Commision on Population (POPCOM) and the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) to lay claim to the much-sought after title.
According to one lawsuit, “the title of 100 Millionth Filipino comes not only with honor and prestige, but the promise of popularity and wealth for the child.” Given what’s stake in the official title, the lawsuits may take months or even years to resolve and may eventually find their way to the Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, baby Chonalyn received a prize of 5,000 pesos worth of in-kind goods. The cost to her parents for the hospital delivery: 30,000 pesos. Had it been through C-section, it would have cost them twice as much.
Sacramento, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – Come November 2016, voters will decide not on one but two separate proposals to split California into six states.
The first proposal to qualify for the ballot was that of venture capitalist Tim Draper. His proposal is to split California into: Jefferson, North California, Silicon Valley, Central California, West California and South California.
A second initiative, proposed by Equality California (EQCA) just gained enough signatures to qualify for the ballot. Under this second proposal, California will be split into the Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue and Violet states. When put together on the map, these six states will look like the gay rainbow flag. Unlike the Draper initiative, EQCA’s proposal splits the state into more equal parts, or close to equal. “After all, that’s what we’re all about — equity,” said EQCA board president Andreas Meyer.
Under the EQCA proposal, Silicon Valley, considered the wealthiest region of California will be part of the Yellow state.
(For purposes of disclosure, the headquarters of The Adobo Chronicles is located in the Yellow state. Oh, we mean Silicon Valley).