720 N Broadway
Escondido, CA 92025

May 1 , 2019
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Ribbon Cutting @ 
Russell Cellular
Russell Cellular
322 W. El Norte Parkway
Friday, May 3rd
2:30pm - 3:00pm

May Government Affairs Committee Meeting
"Opportunity Zones" 
w/ Neki Cox of the IRS and Michelle Geller from the City of Escondido

Escondido Chamber of Commerce
720 N. Broadway
Tuesday, May 7th
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Get ready for the May Grand Avenue Festival

Dog Contests, 
Creative Kids Corner,
Art in the Garden...and SO much more!

Sunday, May 19th
9:00am - 5:00pm

M ake plans now, and let us know if you need a booth!

North County Employers Internship Workshop
Wednesday, May 8th

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22nd Annual Mother's 
Day Home Tour
Sunday, May 12th

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Escondido Youth 
Media Festival
Thursday, May 16th

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The Longest Day to Benefit Alzheimer's Association
Friday, June 21st

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Hometown Hero Charity Challenge Competition
Saturday, June 22nd

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Employee or Independent
Contractor Seminar
Tuesday, June 25th

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The unintended outcome of minimum wage hikes and who really gets the shaft. 

While pursuing his degree, my husband worked part time as a server at a resort in Tucson. He earned ΒΌ of the federal minimum wage plus tips. It was a great gig! Even a slow night meant $200 in his back pocket. Hence our surprise when we moved here in 2005 and discovered that servers were earning full tips on top of the state minimum wage. We honestly discussed picking up a part time job at a classy restaurant.
Fair, livable wages has been a hot topic for many years. Minimum wage for the state of California will reach $12.00 by 2020 and increase every year to reach the minimum of $15.00 by 2022. California minimum wage is currently 1.65 times higher than the federal rate of $7.25. California is not alone. There are 28 other states whose minimum wage is higher than the federal rate.

However, there are only six other states with a minimum wage that does not distinguish between tipped and non-tipped employees. Thus, the restaurant owners cannot count tips as wages yet they must pay payroll taxes on tips.

Is there a solution?

Unlike Europe, tipping is engrained in our culture. Changing this model would require the collaboration of restaurateurs across the nation. It would also result in higher prices on the menu, which may not go over well with the consumer. But it could lead to more equitable pay for the entire restaurant staff.

There is a pay disparity from the front of house staff to the behind the scenes kitchen staff. Yes, everyone is making at least minimum wage. However, with the mandatory minimum wage increases through 2022, restaurateurs are forced to give a raise to servers, who are already making two to three times more than the support staff. Most owners agree that they would rather have the flexibility to raise the pay of the non-tipped staff vs tipped staff. And until last year, it was illegal for tips to be shared with the entire staff.

Thus far, California legislatures are not interested in addressing this issue. However, if you want to continue enjoying the food and service at your favorite eatery, it is necessary to understand this issue and support our local restaurateurs.


Rorie Johnston

        Chris Cochran, Marketing & Development Director

        Tina Inscoe, Membership Executive

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