New Businesses Open in Orange County, Defying the Pandemic

ORANGE, Calif.—At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, businessman John Reed was faced with a dilemma: shut down the scheduled construction of his new restaurant in Orange County, California, or…

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Costa Mesa Becomes Latest City to Explore Pay Raise for Grocery Workers

Costa Mesa is considering boosting the hourly wages of grocery workers during the pandemic, joining a shopping list of other Orange County cities exploring the initiative. Its city council will…

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Irvine’s ‘Hero Pay’ for Grocery Workers Begins in March 

A pay boost for eligible Irvine grocery workers will go into effect next month after city council on Feb. 26 finalized its hero pay ordinance. Beginning March 25, grocery store…

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Third Orange County City Mulls Hero Pay for Grocery Workers

Buena Park has become the latest Orange County city to consider boosting the paychecks of grocery workers during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. City council will discuss during its Feb. 23…

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