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The Daily Prep List: 05.19.20

Labor

International unions join forces to shield McDonald’s workers amid allegations of systematic sexual harassment

Nation’s Restaurant News 5/16

Fight for $15 in the U.S. and global unions file a joint complaint to force the chain to the bargaining table to address alleged rampant sexual harassment at restaurants.

Food Industry Policy

Council To Discuss Spending Priorities For Soda Tax Proceeds

SF Gate 5/18

The Albany City Council on Monday will hold a study session on the city’s sugar sweetened beverage tax, discussing and taking input on priorities for how to allocate proceeds for the coming fiscal year.

Riverside County Officials Won’t Enforce State Order to Keep Restaurants Closed

Eater, Los Angeles 5/18

A Riverside County restaurant is the latest to defy statewide orders to close dining rooms to customers, ABC7 has learned. The Original Pancake House in Norco, California, about fifty miles east of Downtown Los Angeles, opened for breakfast and lunch over the weekend, and saw a wave of customers eager to eat inside.

In twist, dozens of Los Angeles restaurants oppose delivery app fee cap

Los Angeles Times 5/18

In an unexpected move, more than 20 Los Angeles restaurants, including Canter’s, Sichuan Impression and Sweetfin, have signed a petition opposing a City Council proposal to cap third-party delivery app fees.

Fresno County Gets Chance to Plead With State: Allow ‘Dine-in’ Food Service

GV Wire 5/18

Letter sent, letter received, and a Monday phone meeting is set. The subject: Allow Fresno County to open restaurants.

Gov. Gavin Newsom eases reopening requirements for California counties

San Francisco Chronicle 5/18

California is relaxing its criteria for counties that want to reopen their economies faster than the state during the coronavirus pandemic, after local leaders complained that the original requirements were too difficult to meet.

On the Side

Boston Market names former chief administrative officer Randy Miller as president; CEO Eric Wyatt transitions back to COO

Nation’s Restaurant News 5/18

Boston Market names new personnel moves just a few weeks after the company was purchased by Rohan Group of Companies.

Survey Says 60 Percent of SF Restaurants Are Losing Money With Takeout

Eater, San Francisco 5/18

The numbers are daunting any way you break them down: According to a new survey from the Golden Gate Restaurant Association (GGRA), the San Francisco restaurant industry’s main lobbying organization, about 80 percent of restaurant owners in San Francisco have laid off more than half of their employees.

SF Restaurants Stand to Lose Hundreds of Millions Without Tech Conferences

Eater, San Francisco 5/18

“It was going to be a banner year,” says Anna Weinberg, managing partner of the Cavalier. She’s referring to big tech events that bring big tech money into the SoMa neighborhood of San Francisco.

Automated delivery cashes in on pandemic-driven demand

Reuters 5/18

The coronavirus crisis is accelerating a shift in the world of autonomous cars toward delivering packages instead of people, as big players open up a lead over startups in the race for funding.

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