Why California Is a Difficult State for Restaurants
Operating a restaurant in California can be tougher than usual. Governor Jerry Brown, 80, has been busy with his pen in recent weeks, signing into law measures that complicate running restaurants, such as one that requires full-service restaurants to stop automatically providing straws with drinks.
The ban-plastic-straws movement began back in 2011 with a 9-year-old boy's dubious statistic on straw usage. From that beginning it exploded into a strong nationwide movement.
The requirement [to stop the automatic provision of straws] doesn’t extend to quick-service restaurants, which presumably distribute far more of the potential hazards to ocean wildlife. But limited-service places have their own unique challenges courtesy of the governor, including a change in what beverages they can bundle into a kids meal no more sodas or sports drinks, even if they’re calorie-free.
There was also an expansion of the state’s paid-leave law to cover more families with a member in the military.
But the Big Kahuna of the signed pile on Brown’s desk has to be the groundbreaking requirement that public companies based in the state include at least one woman on their board starting next year, and at least two by 2022 if they have at least five seats. Even the governor raised an eyebrow with that one, knowing it marks government’s intrusion into an area that has traditionally been off-limits. What comes out of the board room is subject to regulation, but the inner workings have been allowed left alone. —Peter Romeo, Restaurant Business
Photo: California governor Jerry Brown signing bills. State of California photo.