Gov. Gavin Newsom had a big challenge when he stopped in Oakland on Thursday to highlight, as his office put it, “small businesses roaring back as California fully reopens”: Many small businesses aren’t roaring back yet because they’re having trouble hiring employees.
That includes Graffiti Pizza, an Oakland restaurant where Newsom spun pies for the cameras capturing the photo-op. Owner Davina Dickens said it’s been really difficult to find people for the four open positions she has that pay $17 an hour. Until she can, she will continue to do everything at the restaurant from answering the phone to cleaning to managing the payroll.