December 11, 2023

In an effort to maintain the al fresco momentum going, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a brand new regulation this week that may enable a lot of the outside and patio eating launched throughout the pandemic to proceed throughout the state.

Meeting Invoice 1217, which was authored by Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel (D-Encino) and is a predecessor of Gabriel’s AB 61, supersedes metropolis and county ordinances which may prohibit outside eating or impose extra charges. It would additionally enable for continued flexibility in relation to outside eating approvals, together with streamlining utility processes and waiving some charges.

In 2020, applications like LA Al Fresco and San Francisco’s Shared Areas allowed eating places to serve diners with out having to wade by means of the standard byzantine processes required. Most notably, Laguna Seaside’s pedestrian-only promenade on Forest Avenue, which was created in June 2020 to assist native companies affected by COVID-19 restrictions, has since become a nearly-permanent fixture.

As life returned to a semblance of normalcy, among the state’s cities and counties moved to return to their previous expectations of difficult allowing processes and quite a few charges. AB 1217 would change that, whereas serving to enable for the continued conversion of parklets, alleys and sidewalks to new eating areas.