Remember what it was like to walk the streets of San Francisco and hear tourists gawking in at least five different languages along every block? Not this year. And they won't be back for a while. With quarantines, bans and other impediments to travel firmly in place, the city will welcome just 969,000 international visitors this year, a decrease of 67 percent over 2019. San Francisco Travel expects that number to increase to 1.6 million in 2021, but that will still be down by almost half compared to 2019. International visitors are usually big spenders, too, but this year, they'll only spend $1.4 billion, down from the $5.1 billion spent in 2019. … [Read more...] about San Francisco’s hospitality industry: Devastated
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Alice Kim, who worked as a Lazy Bear pastry chef for about a year in 2019, remembers getting her first paycheck and feeling blown away. “A lot of restaurants say they’re going to pay their employees fair wages and that’s not the case at all,” said Kim, who previously worked at Bay Area fine dining destinations the Restaurant at Meadowood and Coi. She said Lazy Bear “is probably the only fine dining restaurant in America that pays their back of house staff a fair wage.” … [Read more...] about San Francisco’s Lazy Bear rose out of a recession. Can it survive coronavirus?
— Will Tran (@KRON4WTran) May 1, 2019 Breaking-water main break in San Francisco at Claremont and Kensington. Water coming from pipe under the street so crews will need to excavate. Told it will take all day. No loss of water tho to homes @kron4news pic.twitter.com/HgMXR2A97e … [Read more...] about Streets turn into rivers after water main breaks in San Francisco
Union leaders say they won’t agree to additional delays and that the city ought to compensate them for keeping the city running — sometimes at personal risk to their health — during the pandemic. They have also called on Breed to dip further into the city’s reserves. … [Read more...] about San Francisco police, fire unions strike tentative deal to postpone raises to help city budget
Delivery and ride-hailing companies like Uber, Lyft and DoorDash have faced several lawsuits since Assembly Bill 5 took effect in January. The law requires companies apply specific criteria to determine whether their workers are employees or independent contractors. If the workers meet the criteria for employees, the company must pay minimum wage and overtime, provide paid sick leave as required by law, pay for unemployment insurance, and meet other requirements. … [Read more...] about San Francisco DA Seeks Injuction Against DoorDash To Immediately Classify Workers As Employees