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Restaurant Service Fees Will Soon Be Illegal in California

The price you see on the menu is what you’ll pay for your meal (plus taxes) under a state law that has the restaurant industry fuming.

From automatic service charges to vague “living wage” fees, California restaurants have increasingly been tacking on extra costs to diners’ bills in recent years, much to customers’ chagrin. But starting later this year, that practice will become illegal — the menu price (plus tax) is all you’ll have to pay.

Signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom in October and set to take effect July 1, SB 478 will prohibit hidden fees, defined by state officials as fees in which a seller uses an artificially low advertised price to attract a customer, disclosing additional required fees in fine print or tacking on unavoidable charges later in the buying process.

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City of LA’s Single-Use Plastics Reduction Efforts

LA Sanitation & Environment (LASAN) and the City of Los Angeles are committed to reducing plastic pollution in our communities. Source reduction or preventing waste from being generated in the first place is the most effective waste management strategy.

Visit to find out more about our plastics reduction programs and initiatives. Below is an overview of these programs.

The Reusable Foodware Microgrant Program provides financial and technical support to City of Los Angeles food service establishments to assist with the purchase of durable, washable, and reusable foodware for dine-in use. Funding is still available but is first come, first served. This program helps businesses save money and benefits the community and the environment.

Click here to apply!

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Small Business Solar Workshop – Thursday, August 17 at 10 AM

Calling all property owners!

As a building owner in the area, you have been selected to participate in a solar energy program that would turn your unused rooftop/parking space into long-term revenue.

Join LA City Councilmember Tim McOsker, LADWP, the Los Angeles Business Council, Valta Energy, Catalyze, GreenQuest, PCS Energy, Wells Fargo, Property Owners, Solar Developers, and Financiers to discuss the opportunities available to you. Come join us at Brouwerij West, near the Port of Los Angeles, to learn about LADWP’s solar programs and enjoy lunch and beer tasting after the workshop!

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s solar Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) program pairs property owners with qualified solar developers. In exchange for space on your rooftop/parking lot, building owners receive regular lease payments from the solar developer. The FiT program solar canopy and carport adder now allows property owners to install solar on their parking lots while also incentivizing the installation of electric vehicle chargers on their property.

This opportunity means you can turn your roof/parking lot into an asset, without incurring the costs that solar installation would otherwise require. Rooftop and parking lot solar paired with EV chargers also increase your property value while cutting down on HVAC costs. Plus, annual roof repair costs are often covered under warranty.

Come join us to learn about the programs available to you to make money while helping to clean air, create cool, shade, and empower equitable opportunity to make Los Angeles healthier and resilient.

Thursday, August 17, 2023
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Brouwerij West
110 E 22nd St
San Pedro, CA 90731


Legal Help for Small Business Owners

Are you a small business owner in Los Angeles? Could you benefit from FREE legal help? Los Angeles Economic Workforce Development Department has teamed up with its various partners for the LA Regional Small Business Legal Aid program, which offers free legal help, from basic legal information and guides to representation by an attorney to help address immediate/long-term issues. Visit to connect with a legal expert now!

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Restaurants Care Resilience Fund

A new cycle for grant funding is available for independent restaurants. Restaurants Care is partnering with SoCalGas, PG&E, and SDG&E to provide restaurants with grants that can go towards kitchen equipment, technology upgrades, and any difficult or unforeseen circumstance. Applications are now open through May 7 and restaurants with less than $3 million in annual revenue are encouraged to apply. Follow this link to learn more and apply.

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