Jerry Brown Serves Inaugural Hot Dogs; President Obama Signing More Food Safety Legislature

• Jerry Brown’s inaugural speech last night was followed by servings of hot dogs to the gathered, a fitting, and perhaps calculated, symbol of California’s budget woes. Maybe he should have had everyone bring a sack lunch instead. [Press Telegram Long Beach]

• President Obama is expected to sign the second iteration of that $1.4 billion food-safety bill today, and some House Republicans are pissed about it. Eh, what’s new? [Bloomberg]

• A man who appeared to have been huffing aerosol paint while driving crashed into a location of Tom’s Burgers in North Hollywood yesterday, causing injuries to three diners and himself. [Daily News]

• They’re baaack! A discover of psyllids has prompted a quarantine in California’s major citrus growing region of Ventura county. And here we thought these little buggers were so 2010. [The Packer]

• The latest food thought to have magical powers is almonds, which might ward off type 2 diabetes. Awesome; we’ll be over here with our red wine and chocolate, thanks. [Sydney Morning Herald]

• Eagle Rock’s Fatty’s has closed for an unspecified amount of time, but plans to re-open for vegan and vegetarian cuisine. [Eagle Rock Patch]

• If you want to lose weight, keep a food diary. It forces you to be honest about what you’re eating, instead of pretending that muffin in the break room didn’t count because you picked at it and consumed it in crumb-size nibbles. [US News & World Report]

• If you thought this country’s binge-drinking year-end traditions were bad, consider this: At least six people in Japan died this year after choking on the New Year’s rice cakes known as mochi. [Guardian UK]

• Jeez, one minute the New York Times is celebrating fried “lake trout,” and now it cites a study that warns battered fish is the major contributor to the so-called Southern “stroke belt.” Make up your minds! [NYT]

Jerry Brown Serves Inaugural Hot Dogs; President Obama Signing More Food Safety