Solano County legalized home food pop-ups. But 6 months later, chefs still can’t sell

When Solano County approved a new California law that would legalize home-based kitchen operations in April, it seemed like Cheska Kistner’s plans to open a restaurant in her Benicia home would finally come to fruition. The measure, California’s AB626, allows for what are known as microenterprise food businesses, which Alameda County also made inroads toward legalizing Monday. But no Bay Area county has yet fully implemented the 2018 law, leaving entrepreneurs like Kistner in limbo.

Under AB626, cooks can legally sell up to 30 meals a day or 60 per week from their homes when their counties opt in and they have received a permit; their annual gross sales are capped at $50,000. The law has been implemented in only one county so far, Riverside. In Alameda County, many home kitchen operations have proliferated during the pandemic without the option to get proper permitting, leading to the health department cracking

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Abel Mutua narrates how his company lost Sh5 million in months

Abel Mutua said that the company ended up with a deficit of Sh5 million with unfinished projects and they had to ask friends and family for help.

Renowned actor and scriptwriter Abel Mutua has revealed how Phil-It productions, a company he co-founded with Philip Karanja lost millions. According to the father of one, in 2017, the company earned millions after it was contracted to produce two shows, Hullabaloo and Sue and Johnny. However, bad decisions by the directors led the company to run out of money all the episodes were produced.

“We made a decision to ensure that our employees were given generous salaries. At the time, we did not have an accountant and we thought the money was in excess,” he narrated.

According to the bubbly storyteller, he was smiling all the way to the bank and even referred to himself as a millionaire after signing the contract

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