California, birthplace of French-dip sandwiches, hot-fudge sundaes, ranch dressing, McDonald’s, and salmon-and-caviar pizzas, now wants to put folks on a diet. But some weight-watching lawmakers in the state that also gave the world the fortune cookie seem to foresee a commercial future in which free-market principles no longer would drive crucial gears of California’s economic engine.As the state stood poised this month to become the first to enact a law requiring ...

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