A new year is upon us, and 2022 means not only the arrival of Year 3 of the coronavirus pandemic (yikes), but also the implementation of hundreds of new laws in California.
There are far too many to list, so today I’m highlighting six important changes that went into effect on Jan. 1. Later in the week, I’ll share some more new laws worth knowing about.
This new law prohibits food-delivery apps, such as DoorDash and Uber Eats, from keeping any portion of gratuity meant for restaurant workers. The rule also requires that the companies itemize customers’ bills and disclose all added fees.
The measure is an effort to increase billing transparency and regulate the growing app-based food-delivery industry.
Californians are now required to toss excess food waste into green waste bins, rather than the trash, as the state embarks on the largest mandatory composting effort in the nation.
The law requires that local governments provide organic recycling collection to all residents and businesses. The effort is intended to keep landfills clear of food scraps, which contribute significantly to greenhouse gas emissions.
Law enforcement agencies are now prohibited from posting on social media the mug shots of most people arrested and accused of nonviolent crimes.
Supporters of the new rules say that publishing such photos on Twitter and Facebook can irreparably harm the lives of people who have not yet been proven guilty.
This law eliminated the section on spousal rape in the California penal code to ensure that people convicted of raping their spouses face the same punishments as other rapists.
Groups that advocated for the change said that state law had previously allowed more lenient treatment of people who raped their spouses, and that many such perpetrators had not been not required to register as sex offenders.
Where we’re traveling
Today’s travel tip comes from Paul Spitzmueller, a reader who lives in and recommends Oakland:
“The culture and food are thriving amidst the pandemic with diversity in choices as varied as the people walking the streets and paths around downtown’s Lake Merritt. I love to spend a Saturday with my wife and our dog, walking in one of the many regional parks and our favorite is the French Trail in Redwood Regional. Following that, we might visit the Grand Lake Farmers Market or visit any of our favorite dim sum spots in Chinatown, before window shopping in the Temescal, or strolling through Rockridge, Piedmont, or the upcoming Laurel. An evening is easily capped off with drinks at one of the many breweries, or standby cocktails and fare in Uptown.”
Tell us about your favorite places to visit in California. Email your suggestions to CAtoday@nytimes.com. We’ll be sharing more in upcoming editions of the newsletter.
What’s the best part of winter in California? Email us at CAtoday@nytimes.com with your traditions, recommendations and opinions.
And before you go, some good news
On Dec. 22, Darrick Lo and Adrienne Lei married at San Francisco City Hall in front of their family, friends and cat, Nina.
Years earlier, in 2015, the two met at an art museum in New York City. Lo approached Lei and said hello, but left without giving her his phone number. The two had no way to contact one another.
So how did they end up together?
Thanks for reading. I’ll be back tomorrow. — Soumya
P.S. Here’s today’s Mini Crossword, and a clue: Library stock (5 letters).
Jordan Allen and Jonah Candelario contributed to California Today. You can reach the team at CAtoday@nytimes.com.