by Yasmeen Hassan

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Changes could be coming to your favorite restaurant thanks to a statewide initiative just being announced Wednesday, called Restore California Renewable Restaurants.

Restaurant owners have the option of charging customers an additional 1% on their bills that would go to help stop climate change. Payments will be gathered by the California Air Resources Board and spent on implementing carbon plans on farms and ranches across California, boosting healthy soil, according to the Perrenial Farming Initiative.

“There’s always going to be the people who say, why is this on the bill? I don’t want to pay it. I don’t care what it’s for. I don’t want to pay it,” Christopher Barnum-Dann, the owner of Localis, said.

Talking to people in Sacramento Tuesay, they are split on the idea.

“I wouldn’t be interested in doing that. Leave the climate alone,” one resident said.

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“We’re not asking our fixed-income people to pay that on their property tax. We’re asking that of someone who had made a choice to go out and spend money,” another resident, John Peters, said.

If the restaurant you’re eating at is a part of the program, you don’t have to pay the 1% if you don’t want to. You can just ask your server to take it off your bill.

“Well I live in California and I don’t know if you know this or not it’s pretty freaking expensive here. One percent to somebody who doesn’t make that much money ain’t a lot but it’s a lot more than they have,” resident Mike Mattingly said.

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Organizers say 1% might not sound like a lot, but if enough restaurants sign-up, it would add up quickly.

“There’s 78,000 restaurants in California, so if half of them join on that’s almost 40,000, so that’s a decent chunk of money,” Barnum-Dann said.

Organizers hope to start the program by the fall and have 200 restaurants sign-up by the end of the year.

You can learn more about the initiative on the Perennial Farming Initiative website. 

Comments (48)
  1. Read this on Drudge. Clicked on for more independent California news coverage.

    1. Judy Wilson says:

      How goofy – Drudge has a link, PressCalifornia has the same link.

      1. sammie515 says:

        That’s because Drudge is a site with links to news stories.

  2. Greg says:

    California is always looking for new ways to separate Californians from their money, this one should be called the “Gullible Tax” because that is who will be paying it.

  3. Yeah right, that 1% will line the owner’s pockets.

  4. Tom Burch says:

    Try using the new revenue to reduce the frequency or severity of the CA fires that spew MASSIVE amounts of carbon into the atmosphere. California needs to manage its forests far, far, far better. Tring to combat climate change while letting fires rage every summer is pure incompetance.

  5. Kurt Smith says:

    is there anything – Anything?! – good happening in California at all?

  6. Big Mama says:

    Enough is enough,,SHOVE IT

  7. Jim Harr says:

    The servers in these establishments will pay the price. Most people will see “1%” and not care. Those who do will take it off the time, since that is the only effective means of letting one’s displeasure be known.

  8. Devak Ananda Das says:

    CA is TAX hell.

  9. Walt Horning says:

    Stop climate change? Good luck changing the sun, volcanic activity and plant growth (more means less CO2, less means more CO2).

    BTW, electric vehicles, because of the amount energy needed to make the special batteries, actually results in more CO2 if spread out over the 10 year life of the batteries, when compared to a diesal engine car over 10 years, per a recent German study.

  10. Gary Gillespie says:

    Do you want the government using our weather for social experiments?

  11. Greg Thumm says:

    STOP the big government greed!

    1. Mustafa Sensayuma says:

      Please! This is California; call it what it is: Democrat greed.

      Democrats are to good government what Theranos was to medical testing.

  12. Eileen Kephart says:

    The farming and agriculture interests are obviously the people responsible for this ludicrous initiative. They don’t give a rat’s butt about climate change. They are using the initiative to con yet more money out of underpaid, hard-working people. And for a ‘resident’ to say “We’re asking that of someone who had made a choice to go out and spend money”…Who is this “we” this anonymous coward of a resident refers to?? (s)He is obviously a tool of the agricultural interests propagandizing for the passage of this initiative. And to frame this 1% surcharge as a sin tax by saying that people charged the 1% “made a choice to go out and spend money”…This ‘resident’ blames the one charged for having the audacity to merely eat out after a hard day’s work. How Dare (s)He?!! CA’s already too flippin’ expensive a place to live. STOP THE CALIFORNIA NANNY-STATE MADNESS!

  13. Mustafa Sensayuma says:

    “Payments will be gathered by the California Air Resources Board and spent on implementing carbon plans on farms and ranches across California, boosting healthy soil…”

    California can’t supply enough WATER to its farmers, and some Democrat thinks this makes up for it? What a scam, just like high-speed rail.

  14. Bruce Cunha says:

    Perhaps the wait staff might get involved when I don’t leave a tip. I know its not their fault, but that would put pressure in the store.

  15. John Steele says:

    I dropped eating out in San Fran a few years back as they added a healthcare tax to the bill. I would routinely ask them to take it off as it’s an illegal tax. Some would some wouldn’t.. So I started telling them, they either get the tip,or the tax.. I’m NOT paying both..
    If you think this is going to be voluntary, guess again.. Within 2 years it will be a permanent tax

  16. Kirk Wayland says:

    It will the servers that pay for this. I for one will simply take that 1% away from the tip

  17. Frank Dilliard says:

    I think we can best save the planet and not contribute to climate change by simply not getting in our cars and driving to and from a restaurant. Given the obscene price of gas in California this makes the most sense to us not-so-rich folks.

  18. Michael McConnell says:

    Oh enough is enough. The taxes are bad enough but there are sur-charges on a lot of things like TV’s in CA. They are also going to tax drinking water. They would tax the air if they could. And all these taxes, fee’s and licenses NEVER make anything better. It stays in the system because one way of getting rich without winning the lottery is to get a government job in CA. All these taxes goes to their pension fund. Police making 100K is NORMAL.

  19. Werner Hoermann says:

    Let’s face it, it is just another scheme to fatten the pensions of overpaid government bureaucrats.
    But as long as the restaurants display it prominently when you enter the establishment it is fine with me. I will then frequent the places that put a surcharge on broccoli.

  20. Wayne H French says:

    1% for homeless, 1% for illegals, 1% for politicians retirement, 1% to build wall around California. Hamburger and Beer now 75$

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