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The Daily Prep List: 05.12.20

Labor

Some California workers can make more in jobless benefits than lost wages. So why work?

The Sacramento Bee 5/12

California workers can earn as much as $1,050 per week through the end of July in unemployment benefits — a benefit causing concern that people in some areas will stay home rather than look for work because they can have a higher income if they stay jobless.

California initiative looks to save restaurants, increase workforce diversity

San Francisco Chronicle 5/11

As restaurants struggle to survive the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office recently announced an initiative that provides a financial lifeline to independent restaurants and encourages them to hire and promote more women and people of color.

California’s high cost of employment will stifle recovery: John Moorlach

The Orange County Register 5/11

The now ended long economic boom from 2010-2020 made Californians complacent. Workers were in demand everywhere in America, so employers put up with California’s high minimum wage, stunning housing costs and often absurd regulations.

Food Industry Policy

Gov. Newsom to detail guidelines for reopening California dine-in restaurants during press conference

ABC 7, 5/12

Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected today to provide more details of what’s required in his plan to reopen California’s economy reaches restaurant dining rooms that have been shuttered since mid-March.

Coronavirus ‘lifeline’: Federal loans help Bay Area small businesses survive, for now

San Francisco Chronicle 5/12

Two rounds of federal loans are helping Bay Area small businesses rehire workers and survive the coronavirus fallout. But owners say it’s a temporary fix amid the worst job losses since the Great Depression.

LA County Will Pay Local Restaurants to Feed Seniors Three Meals a Day

Eater, Los Angeles 5/11

The County of Los Angeles is launching its own senior citizen meals initiative, called the Great Plates Delivered plan.

Wineries will continue tastings by appointment with plastic glass due to COVID-19; Big challenge – how to smell and taste with a mask

Southern California Record 5/11

When news first hit about the COVID-19 outbreak, Susie Selby did not anticipate how much it would permanently change how she runs her winery in Healdsburg.

San Jose leaders push for outdoor dining to revive restaurant industry

San Francisco Chronicle 5/11

Civic leaders in San Jose want to allow restaurants to use sidewalks, streets, parking lots and other outside spaces to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic.

On the Side

Coronavirus may destroy a staple of small-town California life: the family-run restaurant

The Sacramento Bee 5/11

Mark Marias’ grandfather Egisto started serving food to his friends at 14743 Walnut Grove-Thornton Rd. in Walnut Grove more than 100 years ago. After World War II, he began charging people and put his last name on a sign outside the door: Giusti’s.

Is takeout booze the key to restaurants surviving the pandemic?

SF Gate 5/11

Restaurant dining rooms in the Bay Area have been shuttered for more than 50 days. When Julio Bermejo, owner of Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant in the Richmond District, crunched the numbers on serving only take-out meals for months, “the math just wasn’t there.”

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