LA is Better Than San Francisco

by baldilocks

And Santa Barbara

If there’s one thing we Los Angeles natives and residents can take comfort in, it’s this: we aren’t San Francisco.

Two restaurant supervisors in San Francisco introduced new legislation Tuesday to prohibit new office buildings from offering free lunch.

Ryan Corridor, a local restaurant owner, told KPIX that they can’t compete against big tech campuses and workplaces that offer employee-provided lunch.

“We see it in our business,” Corridor said. “We see thousands of employees in a block radius that don’t go out to lunch and don’t go out in support of restaurants every day — it’s because they don’t have to.”

London Breed

I keep reading that the city is covered in poop and used needles. Is that an exaggeration? Not according to San Francisco Mayor London Breed:

“There’s more feces on the sidewalks than I’ve ever seen.”

With all that human by-product lying around and being replenished constantly, one wonders when the feces-borne illnesses will start to mutate. But I digress.

(I’m going to take it at face value that food from existing SF corporate “cafeterias” is free, though the only free cafeteria I’ve ever seen was also called a military dining facility.)

One assumes that SF employers who can afford to feed their employees do so in order to keep the latter from having to navigate through the city’s homeless population during lunch. Make’s sense to me; employee morale, and all that.

Advocates of the proposal told KRON that banning free workplace cafeterias would help “support small business” and “add to the cultural vibrancy of the city.”

The proposed law will be for new construction only. Mighty Google, Twitter and Facebook will not be forced to stop feeding their employees.

It’s telling that even nominal capitalists like this Corridor guy can’t resist the urge toward force. He wants mandatory support for his business.

And you just know that this law will pass. After that? Criminalization of sack lunches. Some dude will have to be bailed out of jail for eating a homemade PB&J in his cubicle.

“You will support us while stepping on poop, dirty needles and human being and you will like it!”

No, LA  isn’t San Francisco yet, but don’t tell our city council about this, because they are very competitive when it comes to speeds at which a city can be ruined.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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