[UPDATE: What you might consider the absence of expensive fact-checking, others might consider the presence of a half-assed attitude. It certainly makes sense for a "luxury" mag to be the house organ for the GGRA, to be the collector of ridiculous quotes from Yelp, so that's fine. How daring the little people are to contradict the experts from SanFranMag, how daring the little people are to think that any member restaurant of the GGRA is less than average. IMO, "fact-checking" would be digging up the filed 1040 of the bartender who makes a supposed $180k per year - and boy, I'd like to see that as I don't believe such a return exists. In any event, the way to handle these types of issues is to be all, "the passenger said she smelled diesel from the burning plane," or "the GGRA spokesmodel said tip pooling in illegal in CA," you know that kind of thing. No fact-checking is needed and we'll just have to trust you on the words betwixt the quotes. But a reader seeing things s/he knows to be wrong might affect his/her opinion of the whole magillah, right?]
A few observations…
“In fact, at $10.74, San Francisco already has the nation’s highest minimum wage, though Seattle’s is set to surpass it in April.”
1. Well, in fact, the oddly-named city of Seatac, Washington has the nation’s highest minimum wage currently. Of course, it’s not much of a city and its minimum wage doesn’t cover all workers, but still, it covers thousands and thousands of people.
“The Labor Code forbids mandatory tip-pooling—that is, sharing tips between the front and the back of the house, ostensibly to prevent back-of-the-house managers from taking advantage of employees. It also mandates that tips are the property of the worker—meaning that tips can’t count toward wages and, by extension, that paying tipped employees less than minimum wage is illegal.”
2. I think I’m going to dispute every part of the first sentence above. In any event, “the Labor Code” DOES NOT forbid mandatory tip-pooling in CA, and I’ll note our Labor Code specifically forbids front-of-the-house managers from taking any part of of any money left as a tip.
3. Hey, speaking of the CA Department of Industrial Relations, it has a biiiiig problem with unpaid internships performed by non-students. Mmmm, now why did I mention this just now, mmmm? I’ll note that some larger operators in this town, such as the Hearst Corporation and the San Francisco Newspaper Company LLC, appear to have observed the new rules…
4. Speaking of employment:
“San Francisco Magazine Is Hiring! Wanted: Photo editor to join the Bay Area’s finest editorial team.”
Let’s hope that’s not an unpaid internship.
5. Speaking of making money off of SanFranMag, I’ve sold some photos to them over the years, except they were photos of things shown the way they look, instead of photos of composed studio arrangements ala Annie Leibovitz or Austin Powers. Let’s see here, they used to have a feature in the front called “Click!” I think and they used to pay hundreds and hundreds of dollars for a double-truck image and they usually printed three photos in a row over six pages. Then the payments were set at $400 I think and then the payments were lowered to $300 AFAIK and then instead of having three shots in each issue, they only had two shots and these days I don’t think they have any Click! shots at all. Oh well. A sign of the times.
6. And let’s see here, I don’t know a soul in the world who thinks that the big jets we see at airports SFO use diesel fuel except for the people at SanFranMag. Oh well.
OTOH, this was an impressive piece.
351. No employer or agent shall collect, take, or receive any gratuity or a part thereof that is paid, given to, or left for an employee by a patron, or deduct any amount from wages due an employee on account of a gratuity, or require an employee to credit the amount, or any part thereof, of a gratuity against and as a part of the wages due the employee from the employer. Every gratuity is hereby declared to be the sole property of the employee or employees to whom it was paid, given, or left for.