Natural gas ban putting famed restaurateur’s plans at risk

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Tue, May 16, 2023


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José Andrés’ restaurant plan at risk as Stanford Shopping Center owner threatens suit over gas ban

The city of Palo Alto had already approved a new project at the Stanford Shopping Center and allowed a natural gas line to be connected. Now, it says it won’t allow the line to be used. That’s where the Simon Property Group comes in. SPG, which owns the shopping center, says Chef José Andrés won’t be able to open a planned restaurant at the site without the ability to use natural gas. The CRA sued the city of Berkeley over the same type of restriction and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that Berkeley’s ban violates federal law.

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OPINION: Los Angeles should allow restaurants to offer outdoor dining without crippling fees

“For the restaurants on main street, my street, and the ones that make up so many of our communities, we encourage the L.A. City Council to think about the businesses and communities they harm by imposing these higher fees. While the pandemic has turned a corner toward recovery, let’s continue to help, not harm, our local restaurants.” – President and CEO of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Maria S. Salinas and Senior Manager of Government Relations for DoorDash, Laura Curtis.

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Court upholds California animal welfare law

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against pork producers who sued to stop Proposition 12, a law passed by California voters to improve animal welfare. The CRA had supported the pork producers’ lawsuit because of the higher costs expected to result from implementing the new law.

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Best of the Valley awards recognizes notable Central Valley restaurants and a lifetime of contributions by the LaRocca family

The CRA’s Fresno chapter is getting ready for an exciting night, the annual Best of the Valley Restaurant Awards, to be held next week. This year, the chapter is recognizing local restaurant luminaries including the LaRocca family, and preparing for a first: inducting its first Hall of Fame honorees.

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Don’t miss out on this exciting evening. Grab your tickets today.

RELATED: Fresno restaurants nominated among the best. Is your favorite on the list?

Updated Industry Insight: HIV and other infectious or communicable diseases

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CRA members get exclusive access to these resources. Please log in to view the Industry Insight by CRA Legal partner Zaller Law Group.

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