While proposals to increase the minimum wage to $10 and $15 are being debated at the federal level, local legislatures in cities across the U.S. are taking initiatives to pass their own wage increases for grocery store workers during the Covid-19 health emergency.
The New York Times 2/27
The parliamentarian ruled that the provision, which would gradually increase the wage to $15 an hour, violated the strict budgetary rules that limit what can be included in the package.
Food Industry Policy
San Francisco Chronicle 3/1
Last week, San Francisco officials announced that indoor dining at 25% capacity would likely return as the county descends into the “red tier” of the state’s reopening plan: possibly as soon as this coming Wednesday, March 3. That is, if coronavirus infection rates don’t rise before then.
The Fresno Bee 2/28
Gavin Newsom’s visit to Fresno has generated claims that the California governor violated his own COVID-19 safety mandates. A photo posted by the governor’s office of Newsom with actor George Lopez on Friday inside the Los Amigos Mexican restaurant in Fresno appears to show a table with dishes, drinks and possibly food off a reflection of a mirror in the shot.
On the Side
FSR Magazine 3/1
The House of Representatives passed President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill early Saturday, meaning restaurants are one step closer toward $25 billion in relief.
The Sacramento Bee 3/1
The shortest month had relatively few openings compared to others, but at least seven new restaurants began welcoming customers in the Sacramento area.