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Orange, Fullerton and Costa Mesa California Restaurant Lawyer Pours Over the New Calorie Count Menu Law for California Restaurants

If you eat out for lunch or dinner anywhere in California, including Ventura, Murrieta, Anaheim, San Diego, California, Orange County, CA, Palm Springs and Palm Desert, the Coastal Cities from La Jolla and Del Mar to Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Corona del Mar, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Santa Ana, Irvine, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo, Buena Park, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, Temecula, Riverside and San Bernardino and all the cities in the Coachella Valley including La Quinta, Indio, Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, you will be surprised to see a change at fast food restaurants soon – disclosures in plain sight of how many calories are in that meal you just purchased. 


California restaurants may have been exempted from the County of Origin Labeling Rules that began taking effect after September 30, 2008, but those who have 20 units or more are now required under a Bill signed by Governor Schwarzenegger on October 1, 2008 to post caloric information on menus and indoor menu boards, and provide brochures with nutritional content upon request by January 1, 2011.


Over 17,000 restaurant locations in the State will be affected by the Bill. If restaurants think they have three years, however, before other restaurants start posting this information, they are probably kidding themselves.


No other state may be as health conscious as California and as restaurants begin posting this information, they will clearly have an advantage over their competitors, that is, so long as the nutritional and caloric information about their food is good. Restaurants who fail to post this information ahead of the law going into effect may be shunned in the belief that their food is not healthy, even if it is.


Yum Brands, Inc. has already announced that its U.S. divisions including Taco Bell, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pizza Hut, Long John Silver’s, and A&W All-American Food will become the first national restaurant chain to voluntarily begin posting their calorie information on menu boards nationwide in their company-owned restaurants. Their franchisees will be encouraged to do the same.


In late September 2008, members of congress also introduced a bill to make calorie counts a national standard.


The question is whether individual restaurants will follow the example laid down by the Yum Brands fast food company owned restaurants, or even exceed the information required by the California law.


If you have a restaurant legal matter of any kind, we have the knowledge and resources to be your Orange Restaurant Lawyers, and Fullerton  and Costa Mesa Restaurant Attorneys. For this reason, be sure to hire a California law firm with Restaurant and Hotel lawyers who can represent you from Palm Springs, Rancho Cucamonga, Orange County, San Luis Obispo, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach and Huntington Beach, Corona del Mar, Anaheim, Irvine, La Jolla, El Cajon, San Bernardino, Riverside, Santa Barbara, Temecula, Palm Desert, Yorba Linda, Carlsbad, San Diego, Costa Mesa, Westminster, and Murrieta, to Indian Wells and La Quinta.


If you have a restaurant legal matter of any kind, call the Law Offices of R. Sebastian Gibson, or visit our website at  and learn how we can assist you. You can also call us to speak directly to Sebastian Gibson on the phone about your legal matter.

The Sebastian Gibson Law Firm serves all of San Diego, Orange County, Palm Springs and Palm Desert, the Coastal Cities from La Jolla, Carlsbad and Del Mar to Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Irvine, Santa Ana and up to Ventura, Oxnard, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo. We also serve the Inland Empire cities of Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, Temecula, Riverside and San Bernardino and all the cities in the Coachella Valley and high desert, from La Quinta, Indio, and Coachella to Yucca Valley and Victorville.

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Forbidden Love in Hamlet, The Scarlet Letter, and To Kill a Mockingbird

When we think of stories about forbidden love, the first thing to jump to mind is usually Romeo and Juliet (or lately, Twilight). However, since you probably aren’t going to fall in love at first sight with someone who turns out to be a sworn enemy (or undead) any time soon, these stories aren’t all that culturally relevant as far as forbidden love goes.

A more realistic barrier between two unlucky lovers would be a discrepancy in class, religion, or (despite what Dr. Laura might say… over and over again) race. For a quick fix of that good ol’ literary feasibility, here are three classic tales about forbidden love spanning the last five hundred years.

Realistic Obstacle Number One: Class. You’re a smart and exceptionally beautiful young woman who happens to be in love with the Prince of Denmark. Too bad your dad is only a counselor to the throne and not any actual form of royalty. That’s right: you’re Ophelia of Hamlet fame and, much to your dismay, dad’s called off your romance with Prince Hamlet for fear that the guy’s not after any of your, shall we say, more queenly qualities.

The thinking behind this intervention is that if Hamlet is serious about the relationship, he’ll have the power to marry you (or anyone he wants, really) once he actually becomes king. This would be a smart move if it weren’t for two things: 1) Uncle Claudius has killed Hamlet, Sr., thereby cutting Hamlet, Jr., in line for the throne; 2) There’s a good chance that you and Hamlet have already swapped more than just love notes, making you particularly eager NOT to dump Hamlet at this particular moment. The stress of this situation – compounded by Hamlet’s accidental murder of your father – finally causes you to go insane and, ahem, accidentally fall into a river.

Realistic Obstacle Number Two: Religion. You’re a beautiful young woman with mad embroidery skills and you’ve just been blessed with your first child. In prison. By the way, you’re Puritan and your husband hasn’t been seen in two years. You’re Hester Prynne of The Scarlet Letter and you’ve had the great misfortune of being born in seventeenth-century New England. But wait, it gets better.

You refuse to tell anyone who the baby-daddy is because: 1) You feel it’s best that he come forward on his own; 2) You’re twelve different kinds of dignified; and 3) He happens to be the reverend, which, in Puritan society, means no swapping of ANYTHING – including love notes. To your credit, you eventually overcome the stigma of your indiscretion by accepting your punishment unflinchingly… even after people forget what it is you actually did. On the other hand, if achieving social redemption means bending to the will of an unjust patriarchy for the rest of your long life, we’ll settle for pulling up stakes and heading West, thank you very much.

Realistic Obstacle Number Three: Race. You’re the troubled, nineteen-year-old daughter of white trash and you’ve made the huge mistake of falling in love with a married man. Who’s black. In 1930’s Alabama. You’re Mayella Ewell from To Kill A Mockingbird, and Daddy Drinksalot just caught you making the moves on someone he considers to be an inferior.

After taking a savage beating, you claim that your crush, Tom Robinson, actually raped you. Whether to convince your father or simply to obey him, you then make a court case of the incident; after all, no one in 1930’s Alabama would dare acquit Tom regardless of the groundlessness of your accusation. As expected, Tom is given the death sentence only to be shot no less than seventeen times in the process of attempting to then escape from prison. Tom’s wife and children must live off of the charity of their community while you figure out a way to live with yourself.

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