DIRECTORS CONVENE FOR MEETINGS WITH STATE REGULATORS, PAC FUNDRAISER
Gov. Jerry Brown addressed the industry contingent Nov. 7 preceding agency meetings, speaking on a wide range of subjects, from the state of the Golden State, to the stock price of Twitter, to the how the minimum wage affects the restaurant industry.
“California is in a good state,” Brown said. “It’s not perfect. The good news is, we did get the budget balanced. It was pretty tough-going and pretty drastic – we cut spending, in the end, we had to go further and go to the people to raise taxes. But the result has been pretty good. We’re in a solid position and the economy is growing. But we still have a lot issues, and we’ll probably have a lot of bills that you won’t like. So I advise you to stay vigilant, stay alert and stay involved.”
California Health and Human Services Agency Secretary Diana S. Dooley also presented about the status of health care reform in the state, including Covered California’s progress and some of the advantages people in the business community have seen to a universal coverage system.
“We are trying in every way possible to make as much accommodation possible for the transition, but this is a fundamental change,” Dooley said. “This notion that everybody will have coverage is much bigger than simply the individual mandate – it’s changing the structure of the insurance market. My objective is to try as much as possible to get at that underlying cost – everyone who’s paying a premium is worried about that.”
Following the meeting, groups of restaurant operators divided up to meet with various state regulatory agency officials at the Alcoholic Beverage Control department, Board of Equalization, Labor and Workforce Development Agency, Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, Division of State Architect and California Resources Recovery and Recycling.
Restaurateurs gathered the evening of Nov. 6 for a tequila tasting event, which raised $10,000 for the PAC, bringing the total raised for political advocacy programs in California to more than which has raised $325,500 so far in 2013.
The event was held at Tequila Museo Mayahuel in Sacramento and featured a custom tasting menu paired with seafood dishes. The CRA Los Angeles, San Diego County and Fresno chapters, along with UnitedHealthcare, supported the event as sponsors.