San Francisco, California – Paper or plastic? The City by the Bay that regulated Happy Meal toys, banned plastic grocery bags, and practically outlawed smoking, has a new target in its super radical health-conscious, eco-friendly crosshairs: plastic water bottles.
City officials are considering an ordinance that would require owners of new and renovated buildings with water fountains to install special bottle-filling taps. The law is designed to encourage thirsty people to refill containers instead of reaching for another bottle of Evian, Crystal Geyser, Arrowhead, Alhambra or Aquafina. Now, Supervisor David Chiu is also proposing immediately banning water bottles in parks and other public venues.
If the proposed ordinance is passed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and approved by Mayor Ed Lee, the only water that would be allowed to be sold, distributed and consumed in buildings and public parks would be water in paper bags.
Already, warehouse stores like Costco, Target and Walmart are considering a huge public relations campaign to oppose the proposed ordinance because it would significantly cut their sales of bottled water cases, a very popular item in their inventory.
It’s time to start saving your brown paper bags. They may be the only way you would be able to drink your water in public if you live in, or visit, San Francisco.
Johannesburg, South Africa – Forget the “selfie” that U.S. President Barack Obama took with Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and British Prime Minister David Cameron during the memorial celebration for the late Nelson Mandela. The international community was forgiving of that incident, especially because the word “selfie” was just named word of the year by the Oxford English Dictionary.
The bigger controversy – and what really upset Michelle Obama – was the President shaking the hand of Cuban President Raul Castro. It had nothing to do with a U.S. President shaking the hand of a communist head of state. Rather it was because Obama did it the wrong way.
The politically correct way to greet someone from a Latin country is to “kiss” the hand by bringing it to touch the greeter’s forehead, just like it is done in the Philippines which was once a colony of Spain. Along with this Filipino gesture of greeting and respect, the greeter would say, “Mano, po!” (Please give me your blessing!)
It looks like President Obama needs a lesson or two in cultural sensitivity.
San Jose, California – We at The ADOBO CHRONICLES have chosen our Person Of The Year from candidates that have endured the most unbelievable tweets, Facebook posts, Pins and Google and Yahoo! searches, while remaining ever “alive and kicking.”
For 2013, we have named actor JACKIE CHAN our Person Of The Year for having endured and overcome multiple deaths on social media. Amid the “shock and awe” that accompanied news accounts of his untimely demise, Chan has come out strong and full of life, always ready to display his martial arts skills and high-flying stunts, not to mention his contagious smile.