Several years ago, I was on a panel for a community event at which the topic was Healthy San Francisco, our local mandate that forces employers to provide health care or pay The City to do it on the employer’s behalf. When it was time for questions from the audience, one person asked, “Who makes sure those restaurant surcharges are actually going to pay for employee health care?”
I had to answer with the sad truth: “No one.” Read More
Even as negotiations with business leaders are ongoing, Mayor Ed Lee will introduce a proposed November ballot measure today that would replace San Francisco’s payroll tax with a tax on businesses’ gross receipts. Read More
The best restaurants of 2011 may not be trend setters, but they give San Franciscans more of what they love — gentle innovation, skillful cooking, local ingredients and moderate prices. There was, however, geographic groundbreaking with major openings in North Beach, San Mateo and a cornucopia of eateries in Oakland, which more and more resembles a new Brooklyn. BART makes them all accessible. Here’s my list of 10 to try in 2012.
Tens of thousands of tourists and Christian pilgrims packed the West Bank town of Bethlehem for Christmas Eve celebrations Saturday, bringing warm holiday cheer to the traditional birthplace of Jesus on a raw, breezy and rainy night.
With turnout at its highest in more than a decade, proud Palestinian officials said they were praying the celebrations would bring them closer to their dream of independence. Read More
Blame it on the penny-pinching tourists. Or the cheapskates who won’t tip on a post-tax tab. Or the bright young things with no more money than the bills in their pockets.
San Franciscans can point the finger at whomever they want — Zagat co-founder Tim Zagat stands by the restaurant bible’s ranking of Bay Area diners as the worst tippers in the country’s 45 Zagat-rated areas. Read More
It’s no secret The City is a foodie capital where diners worship the people and places that produce their meals — which makes a recent rating in Zagat’s latest edition all the more perplexing. The venerable dining guide said San Franciscans are the nation’s worst tippers, at a rate of 18.6 percent. Local blogs immediately speculated the health care law surcharges are the culprit. Read More
San Francisco’s live music scene could get a whole lot richer. The Board of Supervisors -- in a second and final vote Tuesday -- unanimously approved a new kind of permit that will make it more inviting for restaurants and cafes to offer live music. Read More
Amid a tense political fight, a proposal to close a loophole in San Francisco’s groundbreaking universal health care ordinance was killed Tuesday. Read More
More than 80 percent of the money that companies set aside in special funds created by The City’s landmark Healthy San Francisco health care program apparently goes back into the bosses’ pockets without benefiting workers.
During a discussion Thursday about a proposal to prohibit this practice in the future, The City’s Office of Labor Standards Enforcement released data indicating that 705 employers repurposed $50.1 million supposedly earmarked last year for worker health care. Read More
WHAT: Recent investigations by researchers in North America and Europe using new DNA bar coding tools consistently found that 20 to 25 percent of the seafood they check in supermarkets and restaurants is fraudulently labeled.
HOW: Yellowtail gets labeled as mahi-mahi. Nile perch is substituted for shark and tilapia is capable of faking almost any other fish. Grouper could really be catfish, or gulf shrimp might actually come from a farm in Thailand. Read More