2014 is shaping up to be one of the most challenging years for the restaurant industry as the Legislature continues to propose and approve detrimental policy proposals that will severely damage the state's restaurant climate and prospects for growth.
More than half of the 80-member state Assembly is occupied by new players who are likely to remain in their current elective office for as long as 12 years, and they need to hear from the industry about how their decisions will affect restaurants in California.
More than ever, participation in the California Restaurant Association (CRA) Lobby Day on April 22 is critical. With these long-lasting changes to the makeup of the legislature and the growing number of damaging policy proposals being pushed through the process, it is imperative that industry leaders like yourselves are present in order to share your perspectives on pending legislation.
The morning will consist of a brief morning program that includes breakfast, roundtable briefings on key issues to be discussed with legislators, lunch and a keynote speaker from Governor Brown's executive team.
Key issues to be discussed with lawmakers include:
- SB 935, Leno-D: A bill that would raise the state minimum wage by $5 by 2017
- AB 1522, Gonzalez-D: A proposal mandating paid sick leave
- SB 1000, Monning-D: Required restaurant warning postings for “sugar sweetened beverages” and associated liability
The CRA is setting up appointments in the Capitol with lawmakers and will divide operators into small groups that will be accompanied by a CRA staff member.
The meetings are effective and invaluable as representatives hear directly from operators, putting a face on the industry that employs so many people in their districts, contributes so much to the local community and is responsible for a giant share of the state and local tax base.
At the conclusion of the Lobby Day, the CRA will host the annual Rock 'n Restaurants reception and concert where attendees can continue discussions and visit with key elected officials and their staff in a more casual setting.
Register for Lobby Day now.
For more information, go online at www.calrest.org/lobbyday.