Moth quarantine expanded

SACRAMENTO -- Portions of San Diego and Sacramento counties have been added to areas of California under quarantine for the light brown apple moth, according to the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

Nineteen counties are part of the quarantine, totaling 5,147 square miles.

According to a department press release, 10 square miles of San Diego County are under quarantine near Balboa Park in the city of San Diego. The quarantine boundaries are: El Cajon Boulevard to the north, Chollas Parkway to the east, Market Street to the south and Park Boulevard to the west.

In Sacramento County, 16 square miles are under quarantine in south Sacramento. The quarantine boundaries are: Sutterville Road to the north, Stockton Boulevard to the east, a line near Beach Lake to the south and Freeport Boulevard to the west.

Debate sought over Prop. 23

SACRAMENTO (AP) -- Supporters of California's global-warming law want a debate with one of the Texas oil companies that is bankrolling the effort to undermine the legislation on the November ballot.

San Francisco investment banker Thomas Steyer said in a letter to Valero Energy Corp. Chairman and CEO William Klesse that the two should argue the merits of suspending AB32 because they are the two top donors supporting and opposing the law.

The 2006 law seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions statewide to 1990 levels over the next decade.

Valero, based in San Antonio, has spent $4 million so far in support of Proposition 23, which would suspend the law until the state's unemployment rate drops to 5.5 percent or less for four consecutive quarters.

Steyer, a manager of Farallon Capital Management LLC and a longtime Democratic donor, has contributed $2.5 million so far in an attempt to defeat the initiative.

Tomato CEO released on bail

SACRAMENTO (AP) -- A former food company executive at the center of a tomato price-fixing investigation was released from jail Sept. 3 on $6 million bail.

As a condition of his release, Frederick Scott Salyer had to turn over his passport and pilot's license. He'll also be under house arrest at his Pebble Beach estate.

The 54-year-old Salyer is the former owner and CEO of Monterey-based SK Foods Inc., a grower and distributor of tomato and other agriculture products.

He has pleaded not guilty to charges of bribery, conspiracy, racketeering and obstruction of justice.

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