Appeals court sides with CRA on natural gas, + LA may hike minimum wage to $30 for some workers

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Tue, Apr. 18, 2023


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Court Backs California Restaurants in Suit Against Berkeley’s Ban on New Natural Gas Hookups

The Ninth Circuit Court has determined that the City of Berkeley’s ban on natural gas pipelines in buildings violates federal law. The CRA filed a lawsuit against Berkeley in November of 2019 after the city approved the ban.

“Natural gas appliances are crucial for restaurants to operate effectively and efficiently, as they allow for a wide variety of cuisines and innovations in the restaurant industry,” said CRA President and CEO, Jot Condie. “Cities and states cannot ignore federal law in an effort to constrain consumer choice, and it is encouraging that the Ninth Circuit upheld this standard.”

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RELATED: Read the CRA’s full statement and full court opinion


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In case you missed it: The CRA launched dedicated social media sites for local chapters

Thanks to our active and engaged members, the CRA’s social media sites have grown and reached more and more followers over the years. By popular demand, we’re now expanding our social presence to sites dedicated to the many activities of our local chapters, where members can connect, network, and help come up with solutions to local challenges. If you’re a restaurateur in one of these regions, be sure to follow us and drop a like!

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