Doordash and Grubhub still fiercely push back against regulations imposed by lawmakers.
They recently filed a lawsuit against the city and county of San Francisco, the first jurisdiction to impose a 15% cap on the fees charged to restaurants for their delivery services. San Francisco wasn’t the only city to do so – San Diego and other cities in the region like La Mesa have since followed suit.
The companies argue that the San Francisco ordinance is a punishment for their support for Proposition 22, passed in November, which exempts companies from state labor laws. They argue that the law is an unconstitutional intrusion into private contracts and will hurt restaurants more than it helps.
Both La Mesa and San Diego implemented their own 15% fee caps earlier this year.
“The per-order fee cap will ease the financial burden on struggling businesses in our community, keep food delivery options accessible to consumers and is an important step in protecting the livelihoods of our neighbors,” said Mayor Todd. Gloria when he signed the executive action, reported the City News Service.
This begs the question: will these cities soon be targeted for legal action?
Jen LeBron, spokesperson for Gloria, did not comment on the prospect of a lawsuit, but said Gloria’s intention in enacting the cap was to help struggling local restaurants “because some of the third-party companies were imposing commissions, fees and service charges. by 30% or more, ”she wrote in an email.
Meanwhile, AB 286, a bill drafted by San Diego MP Lorena Gonzalez, made headlines when it was first introduced precisely because it allegedly pushed the 15% fee cap a step further. and would have imposed it statewide.
But this provision of the bill has since been deleted. Now, the bill prohibits apps from increasing the purchase price of items beyond what the restaurant has designated and from keeping tips for drivers.
Not a good week for Kevin Faulconer’s candidacy for governor
Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer has just emerged from a good few weeks of media coverage in which reporters trumpeted his plan for homelessness uncritically and portrayed him as a quiet political freak.
This week, however, Faulconer suffered a few setbacks, most notable being that a Sacramento judge denied his campaign the right to use his preferred voting title, “Retired Mayor of San Diego.” Election code rules prevent candidates from using “old” to introduce a previously held role, so “retired mayor of San Diego” was Faulconer’s attempt to sidestep that restriction. The fact that Faulconer wasn’t retired, however – not from being mayor of San Diego or whatever – meant he had lost that effort.
Meanwhile, prominent Conservative Larry Elder was allowed to vote after a judge ruled that a law requiring candidates to submit their tax returns did not apply in the case. That means there is at least one more Faulconer Republican to stand out against.
Faulconer’s San Diego record is also in the spotlight. A new audit released Thursday evening found that “Faulconer and his staff withheld information from city council and distorted facts about several properties acquired by the city in public reports or presentations,” the Union-Tribune reported.
And while the California Republican Party is still in the process of determining whether it will support the race (that hasn’t stopped businessman John Cox from declaring the process baked for Faulconer), a notable Republican has come forward. beaten for Faulconer this week.
Representative Darrell Issa wrote in a letter to the Republicans that he supports Faulconer on Cox. In the letter, he called Faulconer a “proven winner” and Cox “incompetent”.
Atkins raises funds for Lieutenant Governor’s run in 2026
Pro Senate Speaker Tem Toni Atkins opened a fundraising committee for a lieutenant governor’s candidacy in 2026 and raised thousands of dollars from local groups and across the state and nation.
Over the past month, groups including the Thoroughbred Owners of California, the California Pawnbrokers Association PAC, the California Professional Firefighters and the Barona Band of Mission Indians have donated thousands of dollars each.
Atkins was first elected in 2012 and will be expelled from the Legislative Assembly in 2024. Current Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis will have a limited term in 2026, assuming she is re-elected next year.
Meanwhile, Sen. Ben Hueso, who is nearing his own term limits and in 2020 lost an offer for the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, has a campaign account open to run for the Equalization Board of the ‘State in 2022.
Billions of broadband aids are coming
Governor Gavin Newsom signed a $ 6 billion broadband infrastructure budget bill, SB 156, to help provide a long-term approach to closing broadband infrastructure gaps that still plague rural communities and low income county and state.
“California has fallen behind in ensuring universal broadband connectivity, leaving those who need it most – families and small businesses as well as some rural, urban and tribal communities without reliable internet.” , Arnold Sowell Jr., Executive Director of California. NextGen nonprofit policy, wrote in a press release.
The bill allows the state to invest money in expanding access to high-quality Internet connectivity throughout the state: it will allocate more than $ 3 billion for construction, to the operation and maintenance of high capacity fiber optic lines that carry large amounts of data at speeds over distances between local networks, $ 2 billion to establish last mile broadband connections that will link homes and businesses, a $ 750 million loan loss reserve to build the capacity of local governments and nonprofits to secure funding for broader infrastructure. (He also creates a broadband advisory committee with state government officials and others, as well as a broadband czar position in the California Department of Technology.)
During the pandemic, people have needed the Internet to access public health advisories, financial and employment assistance, video conference calls for school and work, and delivery services. Connectivity and costs have left populations underserved and exacerbated disparities in economic and educational opportunities.
According to the San Diego Association of Governments, a regional planning agency, 42% of people who live in unincorporated parts of San Diego County have a fixed broadband connection, compared to 97% of people living in urban areas. Fifteen months after the start of the pandemic, 22,000 students still did not have access to high-speed internet despite the transition to e-learning.
Local community activists have long emphasized the impacts of gaps in access to high-speed, reliable internet for non-white and poorer communities. They also criticized officials for not taking quicker action to close the gap. External assistance has been particularly crucial in connecting families and students living in rural and tribal communities for the long term.
Terry Loftus, deputy superintendent and chief information officer for the San Diego County Office of Education, previously told VOSD that state and federal governments need to make serious financial investments in infrastructure and broadband in the county’s backcountry to bring reliable high-speed internet to the 22,000 children without it.
– Kayla jimenez