Zin bill nixed, 49ers stadium bill OK’d

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a measure Monday that would have designated California’s Zinfandels as the state’s “historic wine.”

Sponsored by Sen. Carole Migden, who represents part of San Francisco as well as the wine country in Marin and Sonoma counties, SB 1253 originally sought to make the red wine the official state wine but could only get the title “historic” passed through the legislature.

According to the legislation’s text, Zinfandel deserved the distinction because it was a “favorite drink of the Gold Rush miners and has consistently been one of the most popular selling varietals.”

Nonetheless, the governor said it would be inappropriate to single out one California wine for special recognition.

“To name only one of the many varietals in California as the historic wine fails to recognize the many world class varietals produced in the state,” Schwarzenegger wrote in his veto message to the state Senate.

Schwarzenegger did give his signature of approval to another bill by Migden. SB 1842 allows a judge to take an early look at plans for a new San Francisco 49ers stadium at Candlestick Point and determine whether the proposal is consistent with the will of voters, who approved a different plan in 1997.

beslinger@examiner.com

LocalNFLSan Francisco 49ers

Just Posted

People take part in early voting for the November 5 election at City Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Electionpalooza: SF school board recall will kick off a flurry of local races

‘It’s going to be a lot of elections and a lot of decisions for voters to make’

The fate of San Francisco nicotine giant Juul remains to be seen, as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reviewing whether to allow certain flavored vape products on the market. <ins>(Jeenah Moon/New York Times)</ins>
How the vape king of teen nicotine addiction rose and fell in San Francisco

‘Hey, Juul, don’t let the door hit you on the way out’

Cabernet sauvignon grapes sat in a container after being crushed at Smith-Madrone Winery in St. Helena. (Courtesy Smith-Madrone Winery)
San Francisco’s ‘Champagne problems’ — Wine industry suffers supply chain woes

‘Everywhere you turn, things that were easy are no longer easy’

Glasses behind the bar at LUNA in the Mission District on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. Glassware is just one of the many things restaurants have had trouble keeping in stock as supply chain problems ripple outward. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
SF restaurants face product shortages and skyrocketing costs

‘The supply chain crisis has impacted us in almost every way imaginable’

A student carries a protection shield to her next class as part of her school’s COVID-19 safety measures. (Courtesy Allison Shelley/Eduimages)
Projected K-12 drops in enrollment pose immediate upheaval and decade-long challenge

State forecasts 11.4% fewer students by 2031 — LA and Bay Area to be hit hardest

Most Read