Seton Hall vs. Ohio State, Fort Myers Tip-Off: How to watch, odds

The Seton Hall University Pirates travel to play in the Fort Myers Tip-Off Classic versus the Ohio State Buckeyes. This battle of Big East and Big Ten powerhouses comes on the heels of the Gavitt Games. Seton Hall comes into the game 3-0 after surprising the Michigan Wolverines in Crisler Arena last Tuesday. The Buckeyes check into this game at 3-1 and hope to bounce back following a loss at Xavier. This early-season test gives both teams an opportunity to add a quality win to their resume.

How to watch Seton Hall vs. Ohio State

Time: 6:00 ET
Watch Online: Fox Sports Live

Betting Odds

(via DraftKings Sportsbook)

Spread: Seton Hall -2.5 | Ohio State +2.5
Total: 137.5
Moneyline: Seton Hall -135 | Ohio State +115

Seton Hall will look to build on their hot start to the season. Coach Kevin Willard has utilized his team’s deep roster of experienced players to make a splash on the national scene.”We’re going to be one of the best teams in the country and we are one of the best teams in the country because we can play 10 guys,” Willard said.

The Pirates team defense has been relentless as they have held their opponents to 31.4% from the field and 13.3% from three-point range. Seton Hall’s offense has been balanced, led by Jared Rhoden, Myles Cale, and Bryce Aiken. Transfers Jamir Harris, Alexis Yetna, and Kadary Richmond also have transitioned into the Pirates rotation as Kevin Willard tinkers with the lineup to maximize his deep talent.

Ohio State returns from a 21-10 season last year that ended with disappointment in their NCAA Tournament Loss to Oral Roberts. Their loss at Xavier was their first true road game since March 8, 2020. The Buckeyes are led by EJ Liddell and Kyle Young that will look to impose their will on the Seton Hall frontcourt.

Additional Facts– Ohio State leads the all-time series 3-2. Ohio State assistant coach Tony Skinn is a former Seton Hall Coach. The other side of the bracket in the Fort Myer Tip-Off is the University of Florida vs California out of the Pac-12. Winners will match up on Wednesday evening.

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New Santa Barbara Restaurants, Hotels & More Worth Visiting

With a new crop of hotels, restaurants, and outdoor adventures, this sunshiny, food-loving city—nicknamed the American Riviera—has grown even headier.

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The last time I visited Santa Barbara was in those halcyonic Before Times. The oceanside city—a little less than two hours north of L.A. and five hours south of my home in the Bay Area—has always been a haven for folks who crave a mix of adventure and culture with a side of Spanish Colonial style architecture, beach time, (and now, Meghan and Harry). But its mix of moderate climate (the temperature rarely dips below 50°F) and outdoor living meant that Santa Barbara was, let’s say, uniquely suited to offer the things we’ve all sought during the pandemic: nature and the ability to gather in the fresh air.  

In fact, in May 2021, the city—after years of discussion—transformed 10 blocks of its main drag, State Street, into a pedestrian promenade that could rival Europe’s best. Beginning four blocks from the waterfront, travelers and locals alike can stroll or cycle block after block, now packed with parklets and outdoor patios. 

I spent a weekend exploring all that’s new and pleasurable—here’s how you can, too.

New hotels to check into

Palihouse felt like a home away from home—well, the posh, impeccably decorated home of my dreams. Opened in March 2021, the 24-room boutique hotel is located on a quiet stretch of Garden Street, three blocks from State Street. Rooms are spacious and outfitted with colorful vintage and new furniture, quirky art, Smeg fridges, and an awfully tempting selection of mini-bar snacks. There’s a pool for day-time lounging, an intimate pink-chandeliered bar for nighttime boozing, and a plant-filled courtyard where you can order breakfast and lunch. Bonus: You’re right around the corner from the head-spinningly beautiful Alessia Patisserie, opened in July 2021 by pastry chef, and Santa Barabra native, Alessia Guehr. (You can’t go wrong, but my partner and I gobbled up a rum-accented monkey bread and a flaky ham-filled croissant—and vowed to return for the chocolate bombé, filled with liquid chocolate.)

For those looking for an ocean view, book a room at Mar Monte. The 90-year-old hotel, a local icon, is fresh off a remodel that maintained the Spanish revival bones (check out the painted beams in the lobby) but modernized all 200 of its rooms with poppy new furniture and diving-inspired art, as well the main gathering spaces. Don’t miss a meal at the new on-site restaurant Costa Kitchen & Bar, where you can linger over cocktails at the patio bar while watching the sun sink beyond the Pacific. Then enjoy Mediterranean-inflected dishes (branzino with olive salsa verde, lamb with charred feta) on the restaurant’s patio, also overlooking the beach. 

Restaurants to plan a trip around

Run, don’t walk, to Bibi Ji for butter chicken and perfectly charred naan.

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There’s a clutch of new—or newsy—places to eat well in this food-loving city, starting with the three latest additions to the California Michelin guide: Loquita (a Spanish restaurant with stellar tapas, which got a Bib Gourmand designation), Caruso’s (California-style dining at the Rosewood in Montecito, just north of the city), and Bibi Ji. At the outdoor patio at Bibi Ji, I had the best Indian food—paired with glasses of natural wine—I’ve had in years, including a butter chicken I still think about, fiery fried cauliflower, and a dreamy, paneer-stuffed kulcha, a type of flatbread. Don’t skip the sauce section of the menu—the okra raita was out of this world (and I never like okra). 

Beyond the Michelin guide, there’s plenty to eat. La Paloma, which opened in November 2020, honors the restaurant of the same name that ran in the same place for 37 years. At the spacious outdoor patio, spoon up homey pozole verde and a Santa Maria Wagyu tri-tip that’s criminally good: sliced thin with a mouth-watering char on the outside and paired with a ranchero salsa.  

For lunch—or dinner—you can’t go wrong with Secret Bao, a casual restaurant that opened in March 2021 and traffics in seriously good bao buns: spicy Korean Fried Chicken, tender octopus, or even PB&J folded, taco-style, into pillowy bao. (Cap things off with the donut bao, a fried concoction topped with vanilla ice cream.) Korean fried chicken is also on the menu at Bossie’s Kitchen—named for the sculpted cow that once sat atop the Art Deco building, formerly a dairy—this time sandwiched between a bun and topped with sesame slaw and gochujang sauce. The hearty dishes, homemade brioche donuts, and quiet outdoor patio draw people from all corners of the city. 

Round out your day 

When the program is complete, BCycle will have 250 electric bikes—and 500 docking stations—throughout the city.

You’ve got to find some way to pass the hours between meals, right? In January 2021, Trek Bikes—whose CEO, John Burke, lives locally part of the year—rolled out BCycle, an e-bike sharing program in downtown Santa Barbara. Just download the app and off you go. The 4.5-mile beachfront trail is a given, but I liked pedaling up into the hills, toward the Old Mission—and with the e-bike, you won’t even break a sweat. 

Or you can stroll up the State Street Promenade and pop into the newly renovated Santa Barbara Museum of Art. The six-year, $50 million remodel—completed in August 2021—added a contemporary art gallery and one devoted to photography, among many other changes. Sundays are free to the public. In 2022, watch for the exhibit “Through Vincent’s Eyes: Van Gogh and His Sources,” which will feature 20 works from the artist and Van Gogh–inspired partnerships with the opera, symphony, and other institutions. 

Drink up, morning, noon, and night

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Greet the day at Dart Coffee in the Funk Zone, a food-and-art filled district near the waterfront. Yes, there may be a line but that’s OK because a) you’ll be outside where you can admire the hot pink market lights and two expansive seating areas (one a plant-filled garden space across the street) and b) expertly made coffees and quite possibly the city’s best empanadas await. I’m a fan of the sweet corn-and-onion with a churro latte on the side. Too impatient? Try Golden Line Coffee on Anacapa Street. We stumbled on this pop-up one morning while wandering around, post-farmers’ market. It occupies the Villa Wine Bar on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, serving specialty teas and coffees, like flavored cacao chai lattes and single-origin pour-overs.

You can’t throw a cork without hitting a tasting room or wine bar in Santa Barbara, including newcomers Sevtap and Venus in Furs, which has a vegan pop-up. But right off the main drag there’s a little light-strung place called La Arcada Plaza, where you’ll find spots to eat, shop, and wine-taste, including at Barbieri & Kempe Wines. The European-feeling tasting room (check out the cheese case!), opened in late 2020, shares wines under two labels from husband-and-wife duo Paolo Barbieri and Erin Kempe. We couldn’t help but bring home a bottle of a Rhône-style grenache from the Barbieri label and the full-bodied Kempe Bianco, a viognier blend. 

The Accident in Paradise at Pearl Social, a mix of tequila, pineapple, cilantro, and cucumber that you can convince yourself counts as a health tonic.

After a day of eating well and playing in the sun, there’s nothing like settling down with a well-mixed drink. Located in the Funk Zone and run by the same group that owns the neighboring Lucky Penny, Lark, and Helena Avenue Bakery (all delicious), Pearl Social has a swanky interior and a small patio—and cocktails so good we returned the next night. Ask Chris to mix you a Martin & Gina, a concoction made with gin and amaro. Just blocks from the beach, at  Santo Mezcal, you’ll find the city’s most extensive list of tequila and the restaurant’s namesake spirit. Order an Oaxacan Daiquiri (a world away from its overly sweet, resort-drink cousin) and savor the sounds of people living the good life. 

Watch before you come 

Julia, the just-released HBO documentary about the life of Julia Child, who retired to Montecito in 2002. While Santa Barbara isn’t the focus of the doc, it’s still fun to watch and then take a Julia-inspired whirl around the city, stopping at favorites like the Saturday farmers’ market, the Sicilian Olio e Limone, and of course, La Super-Rica Taqueria for bistec tacos. 

Coming in 2022

Take the kiddos down under: In January 2022, the Santa Barbara Zoo will unveil the Australian Walkabout, an immersive exhibit that will allow explorers to wander among resident wallabies, emus, and more. In spring 2022, watch for the new Drift Santa Barbara, a tech-focused hotel on State Street, and the renovated Waterman, a Moxy hotel in the Funk Zone. 

COVID changes

As of November 2021, Santa Barbara has no travel advisories in effect. Travelers age 2 and older are still required to wear masks in indoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status. Roughly 72 percent of eligible Santa Barbara residents are vaccinated. For more information, see this dashboard.

>>Next: The Santa Barbara Travel Guide

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Forty Acres Insider: Nov. 2

Longhorn Nation,

Last week was another busy one for our Longhorns and it all wrapped up with a special Sunday. In addition to it being Halloween and an opportunity for our student-athletes to share their favorite costumes and celebrate as a team, it also was a successful day of sports action. The bats were cracking, gloves thumping and all of the kids trick or treating during the day at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. That night, Soccer treated us to a thrilling and dominant 5-2 Red River Showdown postseason victory over our rival Sooners in the Big 12 Tournament in Round Rock. It was such a joy seeing all of you at the park and the pitch, and we’re so grateful for your never-ending support, passion and pride for your Longhorns.

However, Sunday did come on the heels of another heartbreaking football game, this one a 31-24 loss at Baylor. It’s been three straight games where we played so well at times against top 25-ranked teams, built good leads, but just couldn’t hold on in the end. The team played extremely hard, made a lot of big plays in all of those games, and Coach Sark has been really pleased with how they’ve prepared each and every week. It’s just come down to missed opportunities in the end, and I know we are all disappointed, but nobody more so than our coaches and student-athletes. They’re pouring all of their energy into learning from their mistakes, getting better and finding every possible edge to get back on track. They need our support more than ever, so I hope y’all can help us rally behind them and charge into the weekend and their game at Iowa State (6:30 p.m. CT/FS1) with our best Texas Fight. There’s a lot of football to be played, we still have high expectations and we’re looking forward to Saturday.

In the meantime, our teams are right back at it already again this week, and it started Monday night with Men’s Basketball tipping things off with a 96-33 exhibition game victory over Texas Lutheran at the Erwin Center. Thank you to everyone who came out for the sneak peek at our 2021-22 Longhorns. It’s the final year at our longtime hoops home and what a special time it was as Coach Beard continued his Unite the Family efforts by squaring off against a team coached by a Longhorn great in Mike Wacker.

Coach Schaefer and Women’s Basketball are up next this week as they’ll host an exhibition game, this one at Gregory Gym on Thursday night at 7 p.m. CT. Admission is free, along with free parking in the Brazos Garage, so stay tuned to and all of our social media channels for all the details on that one. For those of you who can’t be here in person, our friends at Longhorn Network will be carrying the game live, so clear you calendars and plan on cheering on your Horns!

Speaking of right back at it, how about Coach Kelly and our Soccer squad!? It was total domination on Sunday night versus OU, and now we’re riding into the Big 12 Tournament semis on a program record-tying 13-match unbeaten streak. It started late last week as our Horns secured the No. 2 seed in the tournament with a convincing 2-0 victory in the regular-season finale at Kansas. Our dynamic freshman duo of forward Trinity Byars and midfielder Lexi Missimo both scored goals in that one as our Horns took care of business on the road. And we came so darn close to adding a Big 12 regular-season title, falling just one point short of TCU, but a huge Hook ‘Em is in order for our squad that managed our first unbeaten Big 12 campaign in program history at 6-0-3. Then it was on to the postseason on Sunday in the Big 12 Championship quarterfinals right up the road on I-35 in Round Rock where we cranked up the offense against those Sooners by scoring five times in a convincing, 5-2 win. Byars provided the Halloween trick, as our rookie superstar was at it again, scoring her first career hat trick. Forward Mackenzie McFarland managed her second brace (two goals) in the last three matches, as well. Up next for your Burnt Orange and White is a huge Big 12 Championship semifinal against West Virginia on Thursday at 7 p.m. CT. Be there or be square my friends! Like I said, our Longhorns are playing just up the road at the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex, so head on out and support them on to the Big 12 Championship as tickets are available for $5 each day.

But wait, there’s more! Spring will be in the air at UFCU Disch-Falk Field this week as Coach Pierce and Baseball host the annual three-game Fall World Series starting on Wednesday at 4 p.m. CT. Game two is slated for Friday at 6 p.m. with the series finale set for a 2 p.m. first pitch on Saturday. You can get that Burnt Orange and White garb ready, don that Longhorn hat and come on out to the ballpark. Admission to each of the games is free, parking is available in the East Campus Garage next to the stadium and gates will open one hour before first pitch.

Along with the Football game in Ames, there will be plenty of action on the road, as well. After a bye week, No. 1 Volleyball travels to Waco for a critical pair of Top 10 matches with Baylor on Friday (8 p.m. CT/ESPNU) and Saturday (6 p.m. CT/ESPN+). Coach Elliott and our Horns are 17-0 and have won all eight of their Big 12 matches so they’ll be looking to remain perfect in a raucous road environment. They have a great history of stepping up in those situations, having won 18-straight on the road, so they’ll be looking to build on that.

Two of the nation’s top programs will square off this week as our No. 1 Men’s and No. 5 Women’s Swimming & Diving teams travel to Virginia for a big-time Big-12-ACC dual meet clash on Friday and Saturday in Charlottesville. The Cavalier women are the defending NCAA Champions while the UVA men currently rank No. 9 so expect some great performances across the board in this early season Top 10 matchup! Men’s and Women’s Tennis will be hitting the courts to compete in fall action, as well. You can follow along in all of our sports on and across all of our social media platforms. Hook ‘Em Horns!

Still time to get those Men’s and Women’s Basketball season tickets

Coach Beard and Coach Schaefer are putting on the final touches of their preparation for what promises to be highly entertaining seasons that are right around the corner with next week’s doubleheader tip off. With that in mind, now is the time to get on board and make those season ticket purchases because only 2021-22 season ticket holders will have priority to purchase season tickets at the Moody Center for the 2022-23 Texas Basketball season. We can’t wait to see the Erwin Center charged up and rockin’ out for one more season, and absolutely want you along for the glorious ride into a breathtaking new basketball experience in the Moody Center. So don’t miss out, get your tickets and bring that Texas passion and pride to the Drum for one more year! Men’s and Women’s season tickets are on sale now and start at $99 apiece. Come out all year and help us celebrate the final season at the Frank Erwin Center in what’s shaping up to be one of the most anticipated campaigns in Texas Basketball history!

Mark your calendars for November 9

We’ve got an old school doubleheader planned to tip off the farewell season at the Erwin Center on Tuesday, Nov. 9, as Coach Schaefer and the Women get things going at 5:30 p.m. CT against New Orleans, followed by Coach Beard and the Men at 8 p.m. CT against Houston Baptist. Tickets are $10 to catch both of these games and all seats will be general admission that night. We’ve got plenty of giveaways and activities set for what will be an incredible evening of basketball.

Football single-game tickets available

There are two games remaining at DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium and you can still get your single-game tickets for those games vs. Kansas (11/13) and Kansas State (11/26). Home is Where the Horns Are, and let’s keep those wonderful gameday gigantic family reunions going strong!

Props to our Football standouts Bijan Robinson and DeMarvion Overshown on earning a spot on a pair of prestigious national college football awards semifinalist lists. Bijan was tabbed as one of 15 semifinalists for the Maxwell award that annually goes to the Collegiate Player of the Year. He is already closing in on 1,000 rushing yards this season and leads the Big 12 in total TDs with 14. And as you all know, his highlight reel runs and catches are off the charts! Meanwhile, DeMarvion is one of 16 semifinalist for the Butkus Award that is given each year to the nation’s top linebacker. He’s been a stat sheet stuffer, leading our Horns in tackles (61), while posting 4.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks to go with two fumble recoveries and a blocked punt. Needless to say, he’s been all over the field. In addition, we’ve nominated our walk-on turned starting linebacker Luke Brockermeyer for the Burlsworth Trophy, which goes to a standout player that began his career as a walk-on. Luke’s a third generation Longhorn and just an awesome story. He’s worked so hard to earn a scholarship then a starting position and now ranks second on the team with 59 tackles, shares the team lead with five tackles for loss and has two interceptions this year. Way to go men, we’re proud of all you’ve accomplished so far and excited to watch you for the stretch run of the season.

Finally, congratulations are in order for a pair of our Men’s Cross Country runners, Cruz Gomez and Haftu Knight. They both earned All-Big 12 honors at last week’s conference meet in Stillwater. Cruz was 11th and Haftu 13th as the men finished in a solid third place as a team while the women took fourth. It’s on to NCAA competition with a spot in the NCAA Championships on the line when our Horns travel to Waco on Friday, Nov. 12. That’s the site of the NCAA South Central Regionals at the Cottonwood Creek Golf Course.

It’s another week of Texas Fight with plenty of chances to cheer on your Horns right here on the Forty, in nearby Round Rock and on the road. Whether you’re with us in person or cheering from afar, let’s keep those Horns Up and bring that patented pride, passion and spirit that the best fans in America are known for!

Hook ‘Em Horns,

Chris Del Conte 

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P.S. — Fun time with Coach Vic making a visit on the LHN broadcast of Texas Volleyball. One big, happy family we are here!

P.S. — Always a joy seeing what our teams have for us on Halloween, and Men’s Basketball sure did have some fun with it!

P.S. II – And then there’s this Halloween treat from Texas Softball.

P.S. III – If you haven’t seen it, this is so cool! Our creative team is the absolute best!!

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From Facebook friend to romance scammer: Older Americans increasingly targeted amid COVID pandemic – USA TODAY

From Facebook friend to romance scammer: Older Americans increasingly targeted amid COVID pandemic  USA TODAY

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Lose Yourself In These Portland-Area Corn Mazes

The air is getting colder, the leaves are turning, and the sun is setting sooner—telltale signs that it’s fall. Celebrate by navigating your way through the dead ends, endless circles, and random pathways of Portland’s hyper-designed corn mazes, then treat yourself to seasonal favorites like apple cider donuts or caramel apples. (Pro tip: If you’re headed to Sauvie Island, beat the crowds and the traffic by getting an early start.) 

The Maize at The Pumpkin Patch

16511 NW Gillihan Road, Portland
Price: kids and seniors are $6, and adults are $8

The 2021 theme of the 8-acre “Maize” is Bridgetown, celebrating the bridges that connect Portlanders to one another. Fuel up for the maze at the Pumpkin Patch’s café with burgers and German sausages, and make sure to grab some of their caramel apples.

Bella Organic Farm

16205 NW Gillihan Road
Price: kids, seniors, and adults on weekdays are $8; on weekends adults are $10. Fast passes are available to skip the lines for $45.

This 7-acre maze features the timely theme “United Against Hate.” On Fridays and Saturday nights throughout October, the maze is transformed into a haunted attraction for the bravest groups. Important note: vendors and ticket booths only accept cash.

Topaz Farm

17100 NW Sauvie Island Road
Price: ages 6-12 are $5, and $10 for ages 13 and up.

A special end of season haunted maze and family friendly hoe-down/bonfire on Friday, October 29 is $15 for kids, $35 for adults. Tickets need to be bought in advance for this event.

Topaz Farm made two mazes to better serve all age groups: one short path for the younger ones, and a larger and more challenging maze for the rest that becomes haunted on Halloween weekend. The farm worked with six local artists, including Jack Kent from Sketchy People, Stephanie Choi, and Jason Walton, to showcase their art within the 7-acre maze. Guests can also visit some of the farm’s animals, including mini donkeys, goats, and a dwarf cow, or load up on seasonal foods like house-made ice cream and pies.

Fazio Farms

9028 NE 13th Ave
Price: $5

Fazio Farms is making their maze as COVID-friendly as possible by reducing corn stalk height and making the paths 6 feet wide. Although the stalks are shorter for COVID safety and increased ventilation, they promise that the height of the maze doesn’t change the level of difficulty. Young ones can also check out the hay maze and a large slide while parents grab popcorn and pickles to fuel up.

Liepold Farms

14050 SE Richey Rd, Boring
Price: ages 2-13 are $15, ages 14 and up are $20.

Established in 1952, Liepold Farms works all year round to provide fresh and local produce such as berries, sunflowers, and pumpkins. Their corn maze takes up six acres, and this year’s theme is “Pollination Party” (Look for decorative Easter eggs that echo this theme throughout the farm). While working through the maze, try and find all the dead ends to win a prize, or stay until night to work through the maze in the dark. Reward yourself for making it through with some of their specialty donuts, including apple cider mini-donuts served on weekends only.

French Prairie Gardens

17673 French Prairie Road, St. Paul
Price: admission $12 on weekdays, $20 on weekends.

French Prairie Gardens goes above and beyond the average corn maze by adding three other kinds of mazes. Besides the four-acre corn maze, guests can also find an in-bloom sunflower maze, a hay maze for the kids, and finally a challenging rope maze. They just opened their newest attraction, the 150-foot-long Super Mega Ride ‘n’ Slide, (must be at least 42 inches tall to ride) so slide over to check that out as well.

Hoffman Farms

22242 SW Scholls Ferry Road, Beaverton
Entrance to farms is free; corn maze is $6

The largest maze on our list belongs to Hoffman Farms, spreading across 10 acres. On weekends, you can also fuel up at their BBQ truck, and relax after you make it through the maze by listening to live music.

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FT readers: your favourite restaurants in Singapore

The Coconut Club is a cheap, cheerful and colourful restaurant with a spotlight on the classic street-food nasi lemak. Several versions are on offer but the best is the original ayam goreng, or spiced fried chicken, which comes with coconut rice, fried egg, crispy anchovies, peanuts, cucumber and sambal. Fill your spoon with little bit of each and take a big bite. There are cocktails and mocktails, but I would go for a bottled beer from Singapore or an iced calamansi (lime) with sour plum to take away some of the spice. Afterwards, take a walk around one of Singapore’s prettiest preserved neighbourhoods and its original shophouses. (Website; Directions)

— Roselyn Helbling, gourmet traveller, Dubai

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NYC Passes Landmark Laws to Protect Delivery Workers

Members of the grassroots organization Los Deliveristas Unidos

Today’s vote is an expected victory for delivery workers.
Photo: Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images

The City Council has passed a historic slate of bills meant to improve working conditions for New York City’s delivery workers. It’s a big deal: The package — a direct response to the activism of Los Deliveristas Unidos, a group of mostly immigrant delivery workers — ensures delivery drivers bathroom access and minimum pay per trip, among other long-overdue protections.

“We’ve seen them face everything from COVID-19 exposure to waist-deep flood waters to violent attacks, all in a day’s work,” Councilmember Carlina Rivera, who’s worked closely with Los Deliveristas, told Grub via email before the vote. “The package of bills passing today marks a critical first step toward securing rights, protections, and justice for our delivery workers.”

The measures even had support from at least one major delivery platform: a spokesperson for GrubHub told The City that the company “supports the proposals … that would provide a number of new protections.”

So what are those proposals, exactly, and how do they affect delivery workers? Here’s a breakdown of the basics:

Delivery workers will (finally) be allowed to use the bathroom
During the pandemic, the right to pee became a hot-button issue. Most other bathroom options had evaporated, and yet many restaurants wouldn’t let delivery workers use their bathrooms (even though, one might note, those same delivery workers were a lifeline for restaurants, which for months were prohibited from serving on the premises at all). New York City still won’t have an actual public-bathroom infrastructure, but a bill from Councilmember Rivera requires restaurants to allow delivery workers to use their restrooms as long as they’re picking up an order. Restaurants caught denying workers access will face fines — $50 for the first offense and $100 for every violation after.

There will be minimum per-trip payments
On average, delivery workers earn $7.87 an hour before tips, or about half of the city’s minimum wage, according to a recent report from the Workers’ Justice Project and the Worker Institute at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell. With tips, that goes up to $12.21 — still well below the minimum. This bill changes that by establishing minimum per-trip payments independent of tips.

Apps will have to tell customers where their tips go
Any app that solicits tips will now be required to disclose to customers exactly where that money goes. That means laying out how much of each tip goes to the delivery worker, in what form it gets to the delivery worker (is it cash?), and whether the tip is paid out immediately.

The apps will also be required to extend that kind of transparency to delivery workers, who will be immediately notified if they’d been tipped, how much they’d been tipped, whether a customer had made changes to an existing tip, and, if a reason was provided, why. Every day, the platforms will now be required to alert workers of their total earnings — in both compensation and gratuities — from the day before.

Payment — and payment schedule — will be more regulated
This one is relatively straightforward: Delivery platforms will no longer be allowed to charge workers any fees to receive wages and tips, will be required to pay workers at least once a week, and are required to offer at least one payment option that doesn’t require a bank account.

Delivery companies will have to provide workers with insulated bags
Those ubiquitous thermal delivery bags? They’re an unofficial job requirement, workers say, and could run them up to $60 out of pocket. Now, though, food-delivery apps will be required to make the insulated bags available to any courier who has completed at least six deliveries for the company, and are prohibited from charging any money for the bags.

Workers can limit their personal delivery zones
The most controversial of the bunch, delivery workers will now be able to set limits on how far they’re willing to travel for a delivery. The’ll also be able specify whether or not they’ll accept trips over bridges and tunnels — known danger zones for e-bike couriers — without penalty.

For Sergio Ajche, a Guatemalan food-delivery worker and organizer with Los Deliveristas, this is only the beginning. “These six bills will help workers, but they’re not enough,” he told The City yesterday. “Only time, each passing day will inform us what else we should change and demand. Every day more delivery workers are getting together and the movement grows. We’re making progress.”

The package now goes to de Blasio — a supporter of the measures — to sign.

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'Circumstances are odd' police say, after boyfriend of missing woman returns home, hires attorney – Wink News

‘Circumstances are odd’ police say, after boyfriend of missing woman returns home, hires attorney  Wink News

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Why Newsom Is Telling California Voters to Leave Half the Ballot Blank

Unlike the sprawling forms Californians usually contend with in the voting booths, the ballots for the recall election of Gov. Gavin Newsom ask only two questions:

Should Newsom be recalled? And who should replace him?

But, if my inbox is any indication, the short ballot is far from simple.

I’ve gotten questions from opponents of the recall who want to know whether answering the second question will invalidate their “no” vote on the first (it won’t). Some Democrats are looking for guidance on choosing the least conservative Republican replacement, in case the recall succeeds. And many voters are befuddled as to why Newsom has been telling people to ignore the second question all together.

“The single greatest confusion of this election is what your rights are in participating in the replacement election,” Raphael Sonenshein, the executive director of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at California State University, Los Angeles, told me. “Voting should be simple, and this is not so simple.”

California’s peculiar recall laws dating back to 1911 shoulder most of the blame for this mess.

Recalls here are a two-step process: Voters decide whether to remove a candidate from office, and also who should be the replacement. (There are some states where the lieutenant governor automatically takes over for a recalled governor, but most states have voters select the replacement.)

What’s unusual about California’s law is that it requires both elections to happen on the same day, on the same ballot. And the incumbent, in this case Newsom, is barred from running in the replacement election.

So that leaves Democrats to negotiate a tricky political calculus: How do you endorse a replacement candidate when you don’t want the governor to be replaced at all?

Well, there’s Option A: Support a politically aligned Democrat in the replacement race and hope the candidate isn’t so popular that people vote to recall Newsom because they’d prefer the backup. Or, Option B: Ignore the second question and focus on the first.

The latter seems to be Newsom’s strategy. “One question. One answer. No on the recall. Move on. Send in the ballot,” the governor said recently.

In the 2003 recall election of another Democratic governor, Gray Davis, the party went the other route. Cruz Bustamante, the popular Democratic lieutenant governor, ran as a replacement candidate. Yet when Davis was ousted, he was replaced by Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican candidate.

Joshua Spivak, a senior fellow at Wagner College’s Hugh L. Carey Institute for Government Reform, said there’s no evidence that having a prominent candidate from your party on the replacement ballot increases your odds of staying in office. In other words, Newsom’s strategy may be the best way for him to win the recall.

“When you’re in the majority, it makes a lot of sense to have a stark choice, and having two different people to vote for is not a stark choice,” Spivak said. “The optics of saying ‘Ignore the second question,’ I think that’s particularly bad, but not necessarily the logic behind it, which makes a lot of sense.”

Bustamante himself, who now runs a consulting firm, told The Los Angeles Times last month that he supported the party’s decision not to endorse a replacement. On his own ballot, he said, he left the second question blank.

Still, confusion reigns.

In a poll released Wednesday, 49 percent of likely voters said they either wouldn’t fill out the second question or didn’t know who to vote for. Some California newspapers that have endorsed voting against the recall have recommended leaving the second question blank, while others have urged the opposite.

I’ve gotten a handful of emails from people who said they wrote in Newsom’s name for the second question, even though they knew it wouldn’t count. They just didn’t know what else to do.

Jessica Levinson, who teaches election law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, said it was a “disaster” that members of the Democratic Party, who are supposed to be champions of voting rights, are advising people to leave parts of their ballots blank.

“Why would you say don’t even exercise your right to weigh in for who the next governor could be?” she said.

Levinson added that it was strategic for the Democratic Party not to endorse an alternative to Newsom. He will most likely run for governor again in 2022, she said, and it would be easier to win against a Republican, especially one who secured only a small fraction of votes in the recall election.

For more:

  • The New York Times has answers to your frequently asked questions about the recall election. Scroll to the bottom of the page for links to endorsements by California newspapers.

  • Democrats are hoping the new Texas law banning most abortions will motivate voters to support their party. Newsom warned on Twitter this week that the Texas ban “could be the future of CA” if the recall were successful. Read more from my colleague Reid J. Epstein on the political ripples of the Texas legislation.

  • In case you missed it, a poll released on Wednesday shows strong support for Newsom, with 58 percent of likely voters saying they would reject the recall. Read more from Politico.

  • In 1911, California voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure that made the state the third to allow recalls. I wrote about the history of recalls this week.

  • More than five million ballots have already been turned in. Keep track here.

In her latest newsletter, The Times’s California restaurant critic, Tejal Rao, shares panzanella recipes, which give a second life to stale bread.

Today’s travel tip comes from Mackenzie Skye, a reader who recommends visiting Mendocino, which she calls “truly one of the most beautiful places.”

Tell us about the best spots to visit in California. Email your suggestions to [email protected]. We’ll be sharing more in upcoming editions of the newsletter.

This week I finished reading “Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art” by the journalist James Nestor. It’s no easy feat to write about biology and medicine in a breezy, even funny way, but Nestor pulls it off.

The Dapper Dans, the pinstripe-suit-clad, straw-hat-wearing, a cappella singing group, is returning to Disneyland on Friday.

The barbershop quartet is set to return to Main Street U.S.A. as part of the next phase of the park’s reopening, reports The Orange County Register.

The group had its first rehearsal last week after the pandemic kept it apart for 17 months. The Dans are prepping Halloween dance numbers and songs, plus a bonus.

“We’re working on one little extra thing,” John Glaudini, a Disney Live Entertainment music producer, told the newspaper. “A little gift.”

Thanks for reading. I’ll be back on Tuesday. Enjoy your long weekend. — Soumya

P.S. Here’s today’s Mini Crossword, and a clue: Beach house support (5 letters).

Steven Moity and Miles McKinley contributed to California Today. You can reach the team at [email protected].

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