Though our advocacy efforts paid off, there is still work to be done. In order to go into effect, AB 626 requires buy-in from counties and cities. So far, Riverside County is the only county that has opted in and started issuing permits in June. As written, the law creates confusion over who is in charge of oversight and responsible for handling permits and inspections. That is why an amendment was introduced this year, AB 377, to create more clarity around public health requirements and how counties (and 4 cities) can opt in to this opportunity.
Currently, AB 377 is making its way through Committee, and you can contact your Senators to ask them to support the bill. In the meantime, CAMEO member COOK Alliance – who is leading the charge on behalf of home cooks – is providing training to home kitchen entrepreneurs and small business organizations to cover everything from rules and requirements to the limitations of this new food permit.
For home cooks:
Join the COOK Alliance and the Northern California Small Business Development Centers for the Micro Enterprise Home Kitchen (MEHKO) 101 webinar to learn all of the basics about the MEHKO permits and the new opportunities this permit presents.
- MEHKO rules, requirements, & limitations
- How to get a MEHKO permit
- Tools and next steps for planning your MEHKO
- & plenty of time for questions!
For micro business organizations:
“Train the Trainer” webinar
August 28th, 3-5 PM
COOK Alliance will be giving organizations the context, resources, and tools they need to replicate their popular MEHKO 101 webinar, including customizable versions of presentation slides, marketing flyers, registration links, and infographics (in both English and Spanish!).