On Thursday, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation that will make your $14 chicken piccata that much better, because you can enjoy it next to your dog. The law overturns a ban on pets at restaurants and will take effect Jan. 1, according to SF Gate. Each individual restaurant still has the discretion to allow dogs or not, but if they do, then your pal is welcome in outside areas and porches.
You can thank Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, D-Davis, for the change. She knew many restaurants were flouting the law and allowed dogs in outside areas and wanted to “clear up confusion.” The bill got only one “no” vote during the process, and it breezed past Brown, who is a dog lover who routinely walked his dog around town when he was mayor of Oakland.
Looks like nasty stares from dog haters will become a thing of the past, and we might even see restaurants courting the doggie diners. If any restaurateurs want to stop screwing around and get real about it, here’s our suggestions:
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