In San Francisco You Might See A Health Surcharge At The Bottom Of Your Restaurant Check. Here’s What It’s For.
All businesses in San Francisco with more than 20 employees are required to set aside money for their workers’ health care to help pay for the city's program that provides coverage for low-income residents.
San Francisco Chronicle:
Explainer: What Is This “SF Mandates” Healthcare Surcharge On My Restaurant Bill?
San Franciscans may have grown accustomed — in a grumbling, resentful kind of way — to spotting an “S.F. Mandates” surcharge on the bottom of the check they receive from a restaurant. But it still comes as a surprise to visitors from other parts of the country. (Kauffman, 9/24)
In other news from across the state —
Los Angeles Times:
West Nile Virus Kills At Least 4 In California, Health Officials Say
At least four people in California have died of West Nile virus this year, state health officials said. The first deaths were reported earlier this month in Glenn and Yuba counties, the officials said. Two other deaths occurred in Placer and Yolo counties. On Monday, Butte County reported a West Nile virus death. The patient who died reported symptoms in August and was between 50 to 70 years old. (Parvini, 9/24)
Santa Rosa Press Democrat:
Oakmont Senior Living Drops Plan To Build Santa Rosa Elder Care Home
Oakmont Senior Living has withdrawn its plan for the company’s fifth senior care center in Fountaingrove, as City Council was considering final approval of the project, a Santa Rosa city planner said. Emerald Isle, which would have housed up to 70 seniors in a 49-unit project, was awaiting council action on an appeal of the Design Review Board’s March approval. The Emerald Isle appeal will no longer go before the council and no other action will be taken until Oakmont either renews its application or submits a revised plan, said Patrick Streeter, a senior planner. Two daughters of an 85-year-old woman who resided at another Oakmont care home that burned to the ground during the October 2017 wildfires had lodged the appeal, alleging the design board’s approval of Emerald Isle was “fatally flawed” and incorrectly concluded it would not adversely affect the health, safety and welfare of the community. (Kovner, 9/24)
The San Diego Union-Tribune:
'Deplorable' Conditions In Two Elder-Care Homes Lead To Charges
The owners and managers of two San Diego elder-care facilities face a host of misdemeanor charges after inspectors found the residents living in “deplorable" conditions, including scabies and mice infestations in one of the homes and mold in the other, city prosecutors announced Monday. The residents — the charges list 11 victims — ranged in age from 57 to 84 years old. At one home, one victim was found living in a garage without ventilation, while another lived in a tent on the side of the house. All seven residents of that home were suffering from heat exposure when they were found, according to a news release issued by the City Attorney’s Office. (Figueroa, 9/24)