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October 15, 2013 > Restaurant grading workshops

Restaurant grading workshops

Submitted By Santa Clara County Public Affairs

The County of Santa Clara Department of Environmental Health is seeking public input on a Restaurant Grading/Placarding System. Workshops for restaurant owners are currently being held across the county; public meetings for consumers will be hosted later this month. The workshops and public meetings will provide an opportunity for members of the public to learn about the system and give their input.

ÒThe goals of the Restaurant Grading/Placarding System are to help consumers make informed choices about where to dine, and provide incentives to the restaurants to do better meeting environmental health standards,Ó said Supervisor Joe Simitian, District 5. ÒIt is very important that the information is accessible to the public and easy to read and understand.Ó

At its meeting on Oct. 8, the County Board of Supervisors expressed its preference for a Restaurant Grading/Placarding System which includes putting colored placards at restaurants and posting detailed inspection results with numerical scores online.

The Department of Environmental Health and core stakeholders are holding workshops and public meetings to discuss the proposal before forwarding a final recommendation to the County Board of Supervisors for consideration.

ÒWe need to make sure that this new system incorporates input from both consumers and restaurant owners,Ó said Jim Blamey, Director of Department of Environmental Health. ÒI encourage restaurant owners to attend one of the scheduled workshops. We will also hold meetings with the general public to help us determine how to make the system user-friendly.Ó

Restaurant owners are encouraged to attend one of the workshops that are currently being provided in five languages including English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean.

Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2-4 p.m. (English)
Mountain View Public Library
585 Franklin St., Mountain View

Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2-4 p.m. (Spanish)
Gilroy Public Library
350 W. 6th St., Gilroy

Thursday, Oct. 17, 2-4 p.m.
Milpitas Public Library (Chinese)
160 N. Main St., Milpitas
San Jose Public Library-Tully Branch (Vietnamese)
880 Tully Rd., San Jose

Monday, Oct. 21
Cupertino Community Hall 2-4 p.m. (Chinese)
10350 Torre Ave., Cupertino
Mexican Lindo Restaurant 1:30-3:30 p.m. (Spanish)
1595 Monterey Rd., San Jose

Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2:30-4:30 p.m. (Korean)
Cherry Sushi
2910 El Camino Real, Santa Clara

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2-4 p.m. (English)
GiorgioÕs Italian Food & Pizzeria
643 E. Calaveras Blvd., Milpitas

Thursday, Oct. 24, 2-4 p.m.
San Jose Public Library-Tully Branch (Vietnamese)
880 Tully Rd., San Jose
San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce
101 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose (English)

Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2-4 p.m. (English)
Stanford-Arrillaga Family Dining Commons
489 Arguello, Stanford

Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Cherry Sushi (Korean)
2910 El Camino Real, Santa Clara
San Jose Public Library-Bascom Branch (Spanish)
1000 S. Bascom Ave., San Jose

Public meetings for consumers:

Monday, Oct. 28, 6 p.m.
Los Altos Library
13 S. San Antonio Rd., Los Altos

Tuesday, Oct. 29, 6 p.m.
Morgan Hill Lion's Club
12415 Murphy Ave., San Martin

Wednesday, Oct. 30, 6 p.m.
Santa Clara County Vector Control District
1580 Berger Dr., San Jose

For more information, go to:, click on ÒProposed Placarding Program Information.Ó

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