Sometimes it seems the politicians in Sacramento are indifferent to the problems in the rest of California. Governor Jerry Brown touts the benefits of green energy for the environment while his fellow Democrats ignore the burdens of state regulation on businesses. The state’s unemployment rate is the second highest in the nation. Storefronts across Southern California sit vacant, their business having dried up.
Expect more such enterprises to close their doors as struggling actors in Hollywood ight find it harder to make money. Increasing prices to keep pace with the rising cost of food, restaurants will have fewer customers and won’t be able to generate the revenue to keep these aspiring thespians employed:
The cost of beef has gone through the roof, coffee prices are at a 13-year high, and even produce grown right here in California is more expensive than usual.
Grocery prices rose by more than 1 1/2 times the overall rate of inflation in 2010, according to government statistics, and economists predict that it will be even worse this year. For months consumers have grappled with higher prices at the supermarket, while restaurateurs pulled out every kitchen trick they could to absorb food inflation costs.
Well, the party is over. Experts say restaurant-goers can expect to see as much as an 8 percent increase in their checks.
Like many Californians, I too have seen my grocery bill go up in the past year. One wonders if prices won’t have increased so rapidly if the federal government hadn’t ordered pumping reduced in the San Joaquin Valley in order to protect the delta smelt. Without the water flowing to farmers in that most fertile of regions, as many as “a half-million acres of the most productive farmland” now lie fallow.
Let us hope California politicians are working day and night to get the water flowing again — not just to increase our agricultural output, but also to bring jobs back to the the state’s Central Valley.
The Lonely Conservative offers a slightly different view, contending the hike in restaurant prices is just more evidence “we’re paying the price for central economic planning.“