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Senate Bill 879, the PET (Prohibiting Extraneous Testing) Act, passed the Assembly 59–0 on Aug. 18, then headed to the Senate. The bill, by Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), would prohibit the use of dogs and cats in toxicity tests for products like food additives, pesticides, and chemical substances. “Dogs and cats should not have to undergo testing that has no scientific value and causes a great deal of pain,” said Wiener. “Animals deserve the chance to live full lives without unnecessary suffering. The PET Act protects these animals and helps make that a reality.” . . . Numerous media outlets are reporting that Keys Jazz Bistro is planning a fall opening at 498 Broadway Street in North Beach. Jazz musician Simon Rowe told the San Francisco Business Times that he wants to create a home for the best jazz performers in the area. … A team of engineers from Stanford are launching Mezli, a fully automated (no human workers) restaurant at the Spark Social food park (601 Mission Bay Blvd.). Will there be human customers?

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