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The Daily Prep List 9.01.2023


As more Californians allege on-the-job violations, labor groups say bosses retaliate

CalMatters 9/1

More workers are filing claims with the state alleging employers are retaliating against them for engaging in legally protected activities, such as seeking overtime pay or reporting wage theft or discrimination. The state’s waitlist for investigations and hearings is growing, and few workers have won their claims.

Rehiring challenges persist for California companies despite numerous job offers to former staff

Southern California Record 8/31

Airline catering company Flying Food Group (FFG) is the latest California-based hospitality group to be targeted by state lawmakers trying to enforce a union-backed bill which affects the rehiring process in the hospitality industry.

Food Industry Policy

Can Plastic Recycling Ever Really Work?

The New York Times 9/1

Many plastics that carry the “chasing arrows” symbol, like soda cups and yogurt tubs, are rarely recycled. A new California law is raising the bar.

Natural gas could go away in new Napa County construction

The Press Democrat 8/31

Napa County staff, in recent weeks, has been studying how to craft a building code to limit or ban natural gas connections in new construction. Such a move would mean new Napa buildings would need to be all-electric by default.

On the Side

The best places to eat and drink in L.A right now, according to our food writers

The Los Angeles Times 9/1

It’s always the right time for ice cream. L.A.’s best ice cream parlors include a century-old soda fountain, a hip-hop-themed creamery, a gelato vending machine and much more, while soft serve spots range from smashburger joints to creamy vegan goodness to New Zealand-style ice cream.

A chic Turkish restaurant and jazz club plus 7 more Peninsula and South Bay openings

The San Francisco Chronicle 9/1

The latest arrivals to the Peninsula and South Bay dining scenes range from a new outpost of one of the Bay Area’s best Japanese restaurants to a buzzy Vietnamese coffee pop-up’s first home. There’s a lot of new food to explore, whether it’s Turkish dumplings, sizzling Korean barbecue or a combination vegan restaurant and boba shop.

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