San Francisco Chronicle 7/1
The coronavirus pandemic has torn the economy down, but across the Bay Area, the hourly minimum wage is still going up. Several cities are sticking with plans to raise the hourly wage floor Wednesday. Across much of the Bay Area, the local minimum wage is higher than California’s, which is going up in annual steps to $15 an hour by 2023.
Advocates who fought for a $15 minimum wage couldn’t have predicted a threat like the coronavirus.
Food Industry Policy
As the country re-opens after months of lockdowns, consumers and restaurants have become more dependent on single-use plastic bags, containers and utensils due to health concerns prompted by the coronavirus pandemic.
On the Side
New York Post 6/30
Main Street USA is on life support. Restaurants and retail shops have been hit especially hard by the coronavirus pandemic.
Country Garden, a property developer in China, revealed that its subsidiary Qianxi Robot Catering Group (Qianxi Group) opened a restaurant complex operated completely by robots.
The New York Times 6/30
Last week, a worker at one of my favorite bakeries in Los Angeles tested positive for Covid-19.
As I write this column, the news is changing hourly as some states pause or reverse their reopening of restaurants and bars.
Navigating the coronavirus pandemic has been an unprecedented challenge for restaurant owners. Shutting down their restaurants due to government mandates and health concerns was hard — but for some, reopening is even harder.
Eater, San Francisco 6/30
The coronavirus crisis has devastated the restaurant industry, putting the lowest paid workers at the highest health risks, and threatening to close half of the food businesses in this city.
San Diego Reader 6/30
Since dining rooms reopened with a ban on re-usable menus, a few of our city’s savvier restaurants have replaced them with tech.