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The Daily Prep List 8.17.2023


Tales of a Second Generation Hourly Worker

Capital & Main 8/17

Family needs and the lack of a safety net add to a college graduate’s struggle to rise from California’s low-wage economy.

Koreatown workers are fighting for unions. Why do essential workers still lack basic protections?

Los Angeles Times 8/17

Last year, workers and management at Genwa Korean BBQ ratified what organizers say is the first labor contract at a Korean restaurant in the United States. And a few months ago, a majority of the 157 workers of the American branch of Coway, a South Korean manufacturer of air purifying appliances, successfully voted for a union.

Food Industry Policy

Woks vs clean energy? SoCalGas wanted you to think electrification would crush California restaurants

The Sacramento Bee 8/17

When Sacramento wanted to ban gas hookups in new buildings two years ago, it sparked a passionate debate over an unexpected cooking tool: the wok. Restaurateurs argued that cooking a traditional Chinese stir fry is simply impossible without an open flame.

Mayor signs bill establishing permanent outdoor dining program

Spectrum News NY1 8/16

Mayor Eric Adams on Wednesday signed off on a bill establishing a permanent outdoor dining program in New York City. The new law, which the City Council passed earlier this month, creates a system allowing businesses to set up “sidewalk cafes” on restaurant-adjacent sidewalks year-round.

On the Side

Family-owned Chinese restaurant chain expanding in California

KTLA 5 8/16

In 2023, Phoenix opened its 13th location in San Diego’s Clairemont Mesa neighborhood. New locations are also planned for Irvine and San Jose, and potentially beyond California’s borders.

Sacramento-area restaurants raise money for Maui relief efforts

KCRA 3 8/16

Within just a few days, local sushi chain Mikuni has already sold $20,000 worth of its special ‘Rescue Roll’

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