The governor just signed a landmark bill to protect fast food workers


California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 257 signed into law Sept. 5 to provide better protections for fast food workers statewide. The bill was approved by the California State Assembly in early 2022 and the California Senate also passed the bill at the beginning of September. Many media covered all of the legislation, but the Mercury News points out that the bill “promises to give more than half a million fast-food workers more power and protections.”

The bill, opposed by restaurant owners who claimed it could drive up prices for themselves and customers, creates a Fast Food Council made up of fast food workers; employers’ representatives; and state officials. The board will set “minimum standards for wages, hours and working conditions” and could raise the minimum wage, but no more than $22 an hour. The bill was approved 21-12 in Sacramento, and hours later the bill was sent to the governor. Newsom says the bill will bolster California’s economic health. “Today’s action gives fast food workers a stronger voice and a seat at the table to set fair wages and essential health and safety standards in the industry,” Newsom said in a press release on Monday.

The Giants just hired a master sommelier

Evan Goldstein, a master sommelier who, at 26, was the youngest to pass the test at the time, is a longtime San Francisco Giants fan. According to San Francisco Chronicle, Goldstein will lead a massive wine expansion at Oracle Park – for players and customers. The Giants also claim to be the first baseball team to serve wine in a ballpark, namely Candlestick Park in 1977.

Pop-up cafe returns to 24th Street

Philip and Sara Roliz, owners of Sunset Roasters opened La Ventana in the real window of Donaji for a few weeks in early August. Now they announced the instagram they will be back for good from September 14, from Wednesday to Saturday.

90-year-old Chinese restaurant Redding closes unexpectedly

Jeannie Lim, who co-owns her family’s restaurant, Lim’s Cafe, alongside her brother and two sisters, said SFGATE the last day of service will be September 6. She said selling the restaurant to local restaurateurs Jeff Garrett and Lon Tatom, owners of Jeff’s California Cattle Company and Lumberjacks, was not an easy choice. The new owners have not confirmed plans for the location.

Berkeley’s Raising Cane Outpost Canceled

A spokesperson for the super popular chicken finger chain Raising Cane has confirmed SFGATE that 2580 Bancroft Way in Berkeley is no longer built. The company says the location was the wrong choice, but the plan remains to open in Berkeley as soon as possible – just in a different location.

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