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The Daily Prep List: 12.30.21


Local businesses prepare for California’s minimum wage increase

KEYT 12/29

SANTA MARIA, Calif. – California is preparing for minimum wage to go up in the new year.

The omicron surge is making it hard to staff stores and restaurants. Some are closing

Cap Radio / NPR 12/29

The surge in the number of people testing positive for the coronavirus is making it harder for business owners to staff stores and restaurants during the holidays. Omicron is forcing many to close.

Food Industry Policy

New Year’s parties? Indoor dining? Skiing? Which activities are safe as Omicron spreads

Los Angeles Times 12/29

A sharp spike in coronavirus cases, in part fueled by the new Omicron variant, is prompting health experts to urge that New Year’s Eve gatherings be toned down.

Bringing home the bacon tops new California laws in 2022

Associated Press 12/29

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — It’s not often that bacon leads a roundup of new laws taking effect with the New Year in California.

On the Side

Food reporter’s notebook: The best Sacramento-area restaurant meals I ate in December

The Sacramento Bee 12/30

A bright beet salad at a much-loved Italian restaurant, complex orange mole at a Oaxacan destination in Rocklin and ketchup-infused arroz con pollo (seriously) made up some of the most noteworthy meals The Sacramento Bee food and beverage reporter Benjy Egel ate in December.

LA Food Writers Discuss What They’re Looking Forward to in 2022

Eater LA 12/29

Forthcoming restaurants and trends are always something to look forward to in Los Angeles.

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