Peet’s Coffee Unionizing | Winter Storms Becoming More Powerful | Black Owned Restaurants
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An uprooted tree in a yard on American River Drive near Watt Avenue in Sacramento after the Jan. 26, 2021 winter storm.
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Peet’s Coffee in Davis becomes the first in the country to unionize. New research is suggesting winter storms are becoming larger and dropping more rain due in part to climate change. A taste of some of the Black owned restaurants in Sacramento.
Peet's Coffee unionizing
Something is brewing at Peet’s Coffee in North Davis and it’s not just the beverages. It’s unionization. We’ve seen more workers take an interest in labor organizing over the past few years, from Amazon to Starbucks, fighting for better pay and conditions. Peet’s Coffee was originally founded in Berkeley and has grown to become the second-largest coffee chain in California, second only to Starbucks. And now like some Starbucks locations, its stores have begun to unionize. The Peet’s location in Davis, the first store to do so, with others interested in following. CapRadio’s Sacramento Communities reporter Janelle Salanga to tell us more about Peet’s Workers United.
More powerful winter storms
32 trillion gallons. That’s the estimated amount of rain and snow that came down on California in a three-week span from a series of nine atmospheric rivers in December and January. To put that in perspective, that amount is just shy of Lake Tahoe, one of the deepest lakes in North America which has on average about 37 trillion gallons of water. But these storms were also destructive and deadly, claiming the lives of at least 20 people, and the estimated cost is likely to end up being in the billions of dollars. And new research is revealing these storms will likely become larger and drop even more rain than what we experienced so far this winter. Dr. Ruby Leung, an atmospheric scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Washington state, joined Insight to discuss what this means for Californians and how we can prepare for these more intense storms.
Black owned restaurants
Black History Month begins this week and as we reflect on the contributions by Black and African-Americans, we're reminded we still have much progress to make. The recent deadly police beating of Tyre Nichols is once again putting calls for racial and social justice at the front of a conversation. Martin Luther King Jr. worked diligently to encourage black economic empowerment and promoted investment in black-owned businesses as a measure of change. Benjy Egel, Food and Beverage Reporter for The Sacramento Bee, joined Insight for a conversation about Black-owned restaurants in Sacramento well-deserving of recognition and what food options he recommends trying.