San Mateo County – New Restaurant Health Inspection Program
On April 14, 2015, after months of stakeholder meetings, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors overwhelming approved a Placarding Program that mirrors those of several other Counties throughout the Bay Area. This program will measure restaurants during a food safety inspection on a green, yellow, and red scale. The scale is as follows:
· Green Placard means the facility has no more than one major violation observed during the inspection which is corrected at time of the inspection.
· Yellow Placard is issued when the facility has two or more major violations observed during the inspection that are all corrected at time of the inspection. A re-inspection will be conducted within 3 business days.
· Red Placard closes the facility due to violations not being able to be corrected at the time of the inspection which creates an imminent health hazard. The facility will remain closed until the unsafe conditions are corrected.
The placard showing the restaurants grade is required to be placed in the establishment within customer view. A series of workshops will be held from July-December 2015 on this program by the County to inform restaurant owners of this change and how the placarding program will be conducted. Implementation of this program will begin on January 1, 2016.
City of Emeryville – Minimum Wage Ordinance
The City of Emeryville has introduced a minimum wage and paid sick leave ordinance modeled after the neighboring City of Oakland and their voter approved measure entitled, Lift-Up Oakland. The Council’s first draft of this ordinance included a minimum wage of $14.42 effective July 1, 2015 as well as 72 hours of paid sick leave for all employees working more than two hours within the City Limits. After the Council held a public study session, the Council put forth several amendments to the draft proposal that now includes a two prong approach – small business and large business.
A small business is defined as an employer who has 55 or fewer employees who work at least two hours a week during a calendar year within the city limits. Each employee of a small business would be allowed to accrue 48 hours of paid sick leave per year. Additionally, a small business would face a minimum wage rate of $12.25 effective July 1, 2015. This rate would adjust annually on July 1st to $13.00 in 2016, $14.00 in 2017, $15.00 in 2018. Starting July 1, 2019 small businesses will be subject to match the Consumer Price Index (CPI).
A large business is defined as an employer who has 55 or greater employees who work at least two hours a week during a calendar year within the city limits. Each employee within a large business would be allowed to accrue 72 hours of paid sick leave per year. Large businesses would start a minimum wage rate of $14.42 on July 1, 2015 and would increase every July 1st after based on the CPI.
The First Reading of this proposed Ordinance will be May 5, 2015 at 6:30 pm.
City of Palo Alto – Minimum Wage Ordinance
The City Council within the City of Palo Alto has also proposed a minimum wage increase to match those of neighboring Cities. Although the details of the ordinance are still being ironed out, the City’s Policy and Services Committee has agreed upon an effective date of January 1, 2016 with a minimum wage rate of $11.00 with annual adjustments thereafter by CPI on January 1s of each year. The Committee did agree upon a goal of reaching a minimum wage of $15 by 2018 but no specific details were voted on. Currently, this issue will go in front of the full City Council for a discussion where more information will be finalized and included into the City’s draft ordinance.
City of Mountain View and the City of Sunnyvale – Minimum Wage Ordinance
Currently both Cities of Mountain View and Sunnyvale are set to implement their 2014 Council approved Minimum Wage Ordinances of $10.30 on July 1, 2015. Within the last month both City Councils have directed staff to draft a new ordinance that would increase both of the City’s minimum wages to $15 by 2018. Each City will hold community engagement meetings to receive feedback as well as solicit comments from the business community on Open City Hall, an online survey. Additionally, both Cities are sending letters to surrounding City Councils encouraging other Cities to implement a minimum wage of $15 by 2018.
City of Santa Cruz – Minimum Wage Ordinance
The City of Santa Cruz has also begun the discussion to determine a potential city wide minimum wage to meet the rising cost of living within the City. On the April 29th the City Council directed staff to research and study the subject of a local minimum wage as well as report back to the Council with a draft proposal. The Council would like staff to consider the establishment of a minimum wage for medium and large employers which has not yet been defined.
The CRA advocacy team remains engaged in each of these issues and is working directly with these cities to push for teen/training wages, inclusion of a tipped employees’ total compensation, and other cost mitigation measures.