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GILROY, CA -- On the eve of the annual Gilroy Garlic Festival, Meg Whitman, a California gubernatorial candidate, toured Christopher Ranch. Don and Bill Christopher were her tour hosts and showed her around the 50-plus year-old home ranch here.

They went through the fresh garlic grader areas where employees work to size and sort the 80,000 pounds of garlic that run through that area daily all year round. They also visited the state-of-the-art peeled garlic plant where over 60,000 pounds of garlic are peeled and packed into retail, foodservice and industrial products by Christopher Ranch employees every shift. This plant runs two shifts per day, year round. Since Christopher Ranch is one of the larger employers in Gilroy, Ms. Whitman was interested in seeing the operation and meeting the employees.

After the tour she made some remarks and had a question-and-answer period. At a standing-room-only crowd in one of the warehouses, she emphasized how she'd like to focus on three main areas to get California up and running again: creating jobs, reining in government waste and repairing the broken public school system.

"California is the most difficult state in the country to do business," she was quoted as saying in an early August press release from Christopher Ranch, adding that if elected, she would put a moratorium on all new regulations. "Regulation is strangling business of all sizes in California," she said. "Let's stop the madness."