A Calif. law that takes wage-setting power from fast-food bosses sparks fight
Washington Post 11/16
LOS ANGELES — A first-of-its-kind California law that gives an unelected council unprecedented power over wages and working conditions at fast-food restaurants is sparking a furious backlash, with wealthy business and restaurant groups taking on the state’s powerful labor unions in an effort to overturn it.
Large Multi-unit Franchisees Talk Scale and ‘the California Question’
Franchise Times 11/15
Combined, the three franchisees on stage have nearly 3,000 restaurants across 10 brands, each with a sizeable footprint in California, where Gov. Gavin Newsom in September signed the FAST Recovery Act into law.
Food Industry Policy
San Diego City Council Passes Styrofoam Container Ban
California Globe 11/16
The San Diego City Council passed an ordinance banning all single-use polystyrene foam containers (styrofoam), utensils, and other products on Tuesday over environmental concerns, with the ban going into effect in April 2023.
California’s recycling rate drops, but cause for optimism
The Sacramento Bee 11/16
Tuesday marked “America Recycles Day,” and CalRecycle director Rachel Machi Wagoner took the occasion to announce that the state’s recycling rate has dropped to 40% in 2021, down from 42% in 2020.
On the Side
Best Bay Area restaurants for 2022: Nos. 21-30
The Mercury News 11/16
We’ve sipped and tasted our way through the East and South Bay’s best restaurants, sampling everything from bacalhau to brisket, nigiri and chaat.
Sacramento 916 gift cards are back with a bonus ahead of the holidays. Here’s how they work
The Sacramento Bee 11/15
Sacramento’s 916 electronic gift card program makes a comeback just ahead of the holiday season with a special promotion: Buy a gift card, get a bonus gift card.