December 19, 1987 |
A state commission voted narrowly Friday to raise California's minimum wage to $4.25 an hour, the highest in the nation, in an action that drew loud cheers from laborers who took an all-night bus ride from Los Angeles to be here for the decision. The 27% increase, approved by a 3-2 vote of the Industrial Welfare Commission, will take effect July 1. The rise will make the state's minimum wage higher than the federal minimum, which has been $3.35 an hour since 1981.
August 19, 2002 |
If you didn't know any better, you might think the trouble began when a beloved, bespectacled waiter named Gilberto got fired. But in truth, the storm over this antique French eatery had been gathering for years. Maybe the fracas was inevitable. How could Galatoire's, a last bastion of French Quarter gentility, expect to slip gracefully into another century? When machine cubes took the place of hand-chipped ice, the clientele griped. When the dress code weakened, they groused.
August 12, 2010 |
This is Beverly Hills?, I wondered, oh so many years ago when a friend took me to lunch in a sweet little house with a fireplace on South Beverly Drive. Chez Mimi later moved to Santa Monica, and Urth Caffé now dispenses soy lattes and iced green tea from that rose-covered cottage. Back then (and now), South Beverly Drive didn't seem fancy at all, more like a small-town Main Street where you'd find shops selling nightgowns and one-piece swimming suits, baseball cards and birthday gifts.
October 19, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Lizzy Caplan was a senior in high school when she first experienced the crushing disappointment that comes with life as an actress. "We did 'Much Ado About Nothing' and 'Romeo & Juliet.' And of course I wanted to be Juliet, but I got cast as Beatrice," which made her angry, she recalls over late-afternoon coffee in SoHo at the tail end of a week promoting her new Showtime series, "Masters of Sex. " With the benefit of hindsight, however,...
March 3, 1989 |
What's the protocol when the people occupying the table that you've reserved for 7:30 arrive 45 minutes late for their 6 o'clock reservation? Should the management ask them to leave--or keep you standing around while the latecomers finish their meal? What if one of the people in your party really wants to go up to the table and tell these people that her baby sitter has to leave early and that if they are so rude as to eat dessert she won't have time to do the same?
December 6, 1990 |
Does anybody remember the 12.5 million tomato seeds that were carried on the space shuttle Columbia in order to study the effects of long-term space exposure on living tissue? We just heard that school children in West Lafayette, Ind., were given some space-exposed seeds and raised tomatoes that were served in the school cafeteria. So what are they like? (And what about the remaining 12,499,900 space tomato seeds?
May 19, 1990 |
A waiter fired from a restaurant was awarded $60,000 in back wages by a jury that found he was the victim of AIDS discrimination. A judge must still approve the Thursday verdict.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 1993 |
A 30-year-old restaurant customer is facing a murder charge after he allegedly stabbed a waiter to death in an argument over cigarette smoking. Sacramento police spokesman Michael Heenan said Toby Titus Wade of Sacramento surrendered to police Tuesday about seven hours after the 3 a.m. incident at Lil Joe's restaurant in north Sacramento. Wade was booked for investigation of murder and was being held at the Sacramento County Jail, Heenan said.