Help us come to a kitchen near you!
In September 2018, the California Homemade Food Operations Act (AB 626) unanimously passed the state Legislature and was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown!
however, counties must OPt-In to offer the permits.
Here’s what needs to happen
how you can get your county onboard:
Reach out to the Lead for your County. Leads have the latest information on whether your County is opting-in!
Sign up to be a Press Contact. With more news likely to come soon, we're looking for cooks (in CA and beyond) who are willing to speak with interested journalists. Please fill out this form if you are willing to be a Press Contact.
Support the effort on Social Media. Make sure you’re signed up for our emails and following us on Facebook for the latest updates and then share our page with friends. Asking just a few friends to get involved goes a really long way!
You can also join our Q&A forum or email email@example.com if you have specific questions.
County implementation leads
Local leads are responsible for leading conversations with elected officials and organizing support within each county. Please email the lead(s) in your County, and copy our California Implementation Coordinator, Peter Ruddock (firstname.lastname@example.org), with how you’d like to be involved:
County Lead(s): Take leadership on a local advocacy campaign
Core Organizing Group: Attend bi-weekly organizer meetings, help with outreach efforts, and meet in-person with elected officials
Advocates: Make calls and send emails to elected officials
contacts by County
Achala Koushik (email@example.com) // Primary Co-Lead
Ian Caliendo (firstname.lastname@example.org) // Primary Co-Lead
Lee Thomas (email@example.com) // Primary Co-Lead
Susie Wyshak (firstname.lastname@example.org) // Core Organizing Group
Lynda Reynolds (email@example.com) // Primary Lead
Karen Bailon (firstname.lastname@example.org) // Primary Lead
Carolyn Wilson (email@example.com) // Primary Co-Lead
Tony Damico (firstname.lastname@example.org) // Primary Lead
Michael Siminoff (email@example.com) // Core Organizing Group
Brianna Buffington (firstname.lastname@example.org) // Primary Lead
Keith Schildt (email@example.com) // Primary Co-Lead
Roke Ghodsi (firstname.lastname@example.org) // Primary Co-Lead
Keith Brooking (email@example.com) // Core Organizing Group
Ashwin Thirunahari (firstname.lastname@example.org) // Primary Co-Lead
Tina Cates (email@example.com) // Primary Co-Lead
Christopher Lopez (firstname.lastname@example.org) // Core Organizing Group
Ann Case (email@example.com) // Primary Co-Lead
Elly Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org) // Primary Co-Lead
Scott Newcomer (email@example.com) // Core Organizing Group
Stepheni Norton (firstname.lastname@example.org) // Core Organizing Group
Matthew Dumas (email@example.com) // Primary Lead
Dave Yen (firstname.lastname@example.org) // Core Organizing Group
San Joaquin County
Mariza Ruelas (email@example.com) // Primary Lead
San Mateo County
Nikunj Bajaj (firstname.lastname@example.org) // Primary Co-Lead
Santa Barbara County
Bobbi Thompson (email@example.com) // Primary Lead
Santa Clara County
Diego Ortiz (firstname.lastname@example.org) // Primary Co-Lead
Hemanth Tammareddi (email@example.com) // Primary Co-Lead
Sindhu Vairavel (firstname.lastname@example.org) // Primary Co-Lead
LaDonna Williams (email@example.com) // Primary Lead
Wayne Morgenthaler (firstname.lastname@example.org) // Core Organizing Group
Django Mangalam (email@example.com) // Primary Lead