Serving up the latest restaurant industry news.
Two more L.A. Starbucks unionize. Here’s what workers want you to know
Los Angeles Times 8/8
Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Monday, Aug. 8. I’m Jonah Valdez, a breaking news reporter.
Subminimum Wages Were Always Deplorable. Inflation Is Making Them Worse.
Call it the luck of location. If you happen to live in Alaska, California, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, Oregon or Washington State, and work in an occupation that relies on tips from customers, you must be paid your state’s full minimum wage for every hour you work. But if you’re a tipped worker in one of 15 (mostly Southern) states, you earn just $2.13 an hour — a subminimum rate that has been in place since 1991.
Food Industry Policy
Prop 12 supporters file their arguments to SCOTUS
Farm Progress 8/9
It’s now the turn of those in favor of California’s animal welfare production standards established under Proposition 12 to provide their opinions to the Supreme Court of the United States.
NELA city councilmembers oppose Sacramento’s latest drive to keep bars open until 4 a.m.
Boulevard Sentinel 8/9
For the fourth time since 2017, State Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) is championing a “4 a.m. bar bill” that would let local governments in selected California cities participate in a five-year pilot program to extend last call from 2 a.m. currently to 4 a.m.
On the Side
The Top 20 Power Lunch Spots in L.A. Now
Hollywood Reporter 8/5
This Mediterranean mecca is from Caroline Styne and Suzanne Goin — key figures behind Hollywood’s favorite philanthropic culinary event, L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade.
Restaurant job growth picked up speed in July
Job growth in the restaurant industry gathered some momentum in July, following a period of modest gains. Eating and drinking places* added a net 74,100 jobs in July on a seasonally-adjusted basis, according to preliminary data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.