California Homemade Food Act SIGNED by Governor Brown!

Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) introduces SELC's The California Homemade Food Act (AB 1616) to create a pathway for the legal sale of safe homemade food products -- helping micro food businesses throughout the state prosper, and ultimately foster the healthy/local food movement.

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A New Era of Crowdfunding?

An update on the JOBS Act which was signed into law in April of 2012 and has since been winding its way from general legislation to specific regulation. When finally implemented, the law should make it much easier and cheaper for small ventures to get funding-for-equity from the crowd.

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‘Proudly made at home’

A new state law eases the way for culinary entrepreneurs to legally create and operate food-related businesses in their kitchens, producing homemade edibles for sale to businesses and to the public.

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SELC Launches the Resilient Communitie Legal Cafe!

SELC is launching a six-month pilot project called the Resilient Communities Legal Cafe in winter 2013!

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The Resilient Communities Legal Cafe provides direct legal support to individuals and groups who are working to create new solutions for resilient local economies in Oakland, Berkeley, and the greater East Bay community. We're currently running the Legal Cafe as a 6-month pilot program between February and August 2013 as a joint effort of SELC and the Green-Collar Communities Clinic (a project of the East Bay Community Law Center).

Why The Resilient Communities Legal Cafe?

SELC believes that because our current economic systems prioritize corporate profits over community resilience, they destroy opportunities for satisfying and sustainable work, damage the environment that sustains us, and unravel our sense of connection to one another. That's why SELC is committed to providing reliable, affordable, and accessible legal information and advice to the people who are creating alternative economic systems. Through this work, we can help form the enterprises and entrepreneurs that will ring in the new economy.

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A Step-By-Step Guide To Creating Your Own Sharing Economy

Sharing doesn’t have to mean just cars and apartments. There are lots of small ways you can bring the ideas behind the sharing economy into your life, and a new guidebook shows you how.

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California Homegrown Food Act – seeking a California legislator to author a bill in 2013

The Sustainable Economies Law Center cooks up a bill to allow individuals to supplement their incomes through sale of produce grown at home or on other urban or suburban land.

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New California law kickstarts home-based food businesses

The California Homemade Food Act clears the way for home cooks to make and sell a wide range of products, such as jams and jellies, without the need to invest in commercial kitchen space or comply with zoning and other regulations.

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