Nurserymen’s Exchange, one of Half Moon Bay’s largest employers, has filed for bankruptcy.The wholesaler of edible, blooming and specialty plants including blueberries, roses and ivy owes creditors nearly $25 million and is selling its land and operations.Over the next three to four months, Nurserymen intends to auction off its operations, including eco-friendly greenhouses and a long-standing workforce. Business will carry on unaffected during the Chapter 11 proceedings, said spokeswoman Rivian Bell. Read More
Pillar Point Bluffs, a 140-acre preserve north of Half Moon Bay overlooking Mavericks surf break, will soon belong to San Mateo County.The County’s Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the transfer of $3 million to the Peninsula Open Space Trust on Tuesday for the purchase of the wind-whipped lookout.The purchase comes at a time when the county’s $82 million budget deficit has led officials to consider the closure of the much-loved Flood Park in Menlo Park, which gets 75,000 visitors a year, according to the Parks Department. Read More
Anti-abortion activists plan to challenge a zoning permit allowing a new Planned Parenthood clinic in Redwood City. Ross Foti, a Belmont resident, said he will submit an appeal of the permit, which was issued Friday, along with San Mateo lawyer Cyrus Johnson and other activists. “That permit was issued without even caring about the consequences of the neighborhood itself,” Foti said. “If they open up, I will be their worst nightmare.” Read More
Lacrouts-Lyonnaise French Laundry, located in the Mission district, has violated San Francisco’s minimum-wage ordinance four times — a city record — and had to pay workers $177,346 in settlements, according to the Office of Labor Standards and Enforcement.
But owner Kevin Lacrouts said he’s struggled to pay The City’s minimum hourly wage — now $9.92 — because most of his competitors are located in Marin, Oakland and South San Francisco and only have to offer employees $8 an hour — the state’s wage limit. Read More
In December 2007, several employees of the Mission district’s Mi Tierra Market filed a claim for unpaid wages with the San Francisco Office of Labor Standards and Enforcement. They alleged that the market was paying workers $250 to $400 a week to work 12-hour days, six days a week.
Such practices would violate California labor laws and San Francisco’s minimum-wage statute, which mandates workers in The City must be paid at least $9.92 an hour. Read More