California’s up and down budget, + LA aims for reasonable outdoor dining rules

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Tue, Jun. 13, 2023


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LA Council OKs music, alcohol sales under al fresco dining plan

A city ordinance that will set new, post-pandemic rules for outdoor dining on restaurants’ private property has improved significantly over the last few months. The proposal won’t be final until it’s approved by the full City Council, but a council committee last week approved the latest version, which does not limit outdoor dining in the unreasonable ways the proposal did when it was first written. The revamped proposal is thanks to CRA members who vocally spoke up for their restaurants and their guests.

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Help us tackle sky-high credit card swipe fees costing restaurants billions a year

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Restaurants Care

180+ Independent Restaurants Receive $5,000 Grant From California Restaurant Foundation’s Resilience Fund

The California Restaurant Foundation awarded 184 grants to independent restaurants in the third year of its Restaurants Care Resilience Fund. With the incredible backing of SoCalGas, the PG&E Corporation Foundation, and San Diego Gas and Electric, it is their largest initiative to date in terms of overall funding, individual grant sizes, and grant categories.

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RELATED: Smokin J’s BBQ in Poway among restaurants awarded $5,000 grants for upgrades

CRA member Artifact at Mingei, a globally inspired restaurant, nestled within the iconic Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park, has just earned its well-deserved spot in the prestigious California Michelin Guide!

Updated Industry Insight: Employment of minors

For employers in the hospitality industry, it’s crucial to know the laws around hiring and employing minors. We’ll outline these regulations to assist with informed decision-making.

CRA members get exclusive access to these resources. Please log in to view the Industry Insight by CRA Legal partner Jackson Lewis.

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Reminder: CRA Members receive 15 minutes of free legal advice per month. To schedule a call with one of our legal partners, please call 800.765.4842 ext. 2743 or email

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9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

CRA Legal Center Webinar
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JUN 26

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

So. San Francisco:
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JUN 26

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

LA Restaurants
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