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Critical issues can arise at any time with little notice - especially in the foodservice industry. Whether it’s a labor law issue that needs to be addressed quickly and accurately or a tricky industry-related question, our well-versed representatives are here to put all of the guidance and information you need right at your fingertips.


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Select the Login tab at the top of the homepage to create a web account and to shop online and register for events. Remember, creating a profile doesn’t automatically mean you’re a CRA member quite yet, but you’re well on your way.

In the resulting pop-up, enter your information and select Find my company to link your profile with your company, which will allow you to take advantage of discounts and benefits only available to companies. Continue through the three-step process to receive your username and password, which will provide access to certain areas of Calrest.org. Your membership isn’t complete until your dues are received and processed.

Find the event you’d like to attend on the Calendar to view details including time and date, cost and organizer contact information. You must ensure that pop-ups are enabled before beginning the registration process. Select Register now, and then make selections based on whether you intend to register only yourself, or others within your company. For security, only the primary contacts are authorized to add others to a roster. First name, last name and e-mail are required to add an individual to a company.

Nonmembers registering for an event must select Create an account and enter profile information and a username and password to complete the registration.

Continue through the three-step process to add the event to your shopping cart where you will enter payment information if there’s a cost associated with the event. If the event is free, be sure to select Proceed to checkout so you’re fully registered. A confirmation message and receipt from cra_online@calrest.org should arrive in your inbox immediately.

Select Member login at the top of the home page, and select Forgot password? You must allow pop-ups to retrieve your password. Enter the e-mail address associated with your CRA membership in the resulting window. Select Send my password. You should receive a confirmation message. Click OK and check your e-mail inbox to access the message from cra_online@calrest.org containing your username and password. If the e-mail doesn’t arrive in a timely manner check junk mail and spam filters. Upon receipt, you can immediately login to calrest.org.

Login to the Action Center on calrest.org to view your representatives at the federal, state and local levels, as well as media in your region. From there, you can easily select lawmakers that you’re interested in contacting. For more information or assistance with lawmaker outreach, e-mail governmentaffairs@calrest.org.

There are a variety of ways to get more involved with the CRA, including becoming active with your local chapter, attending events, joining a board or committee, or donating time or money to the CRA’s Foundation. Also, watch your inbox for periodic Action Alerts, which include critical information about political happenings in your area and statewide. Often, these include details for contacting lawmakers about legislation that could drastically affect restaurants. Alerts also include details for hearings and community meetings, at which testimony from restaurateurs is very important.

For more information, contact your membership representative.

The CRA's Legal Center is equipped to answer restaurant operators' most common legal questions, including day-to-day employment issues such as meal and rest breaks, split shifts and terminating problem employees, as well as questions related to Americans with Disabilities Act compliance, regulatory concerns and more. CRA members are entitled to 15 minutes of free legal advice each month from our team of top-notch Legal Center attorneys. Simply contact the CRA Helpline for a referral.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the CRA all about?

Founded in 1906, the California Restaurants Association has become one of the strongest advocates for the restaurant industry in the country. The CRA exists to help restaurateurs navigate the sometimes treacherous waters that are the hospitality industry. Serving a broad and diverse membership, the CRA works to maintain its status as the most inclusive and powerful voice of restaurant operators in the state.

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How do I join the CRA?

Complete the membership application process online now, or print out and mail a restaurant member application or service provider application to the California Restaurant Association, 621 Capitol Mall, Suite 2000, Sacramento, CA 95814. If you need support, simply give us a call at 800.765.4842 and we’ll be happy to help.

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What are the benefits of CRA membership?

CRA members have access to a host of valuable benefits, services and products to enhance their businesses and careers, as well as discounts to many services restaurants need most. In addition, joining the CRA is akin to hiring a staff of powerful and well-trained advocates working every day to protect restaurants in California. Becoming a member ensures you’ll be informed of the new and potential laws and regulations facing the industry first.

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How do I connect with my local chapter?

After you’ve joined the CRA, your membership representative and chapter will be displayed on your personal account page in the Member Area. Learn more about your chapter on its webpage.

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How are my CRA dues spent?

The first 1 percent of member dues is allocated to the CRA Educational Foundation – with nearly 11.5 percent of CRA’s total annual operating budget dedicated to the cause. In 2010, more than 55 percent of dues went directly to legislative advocacy efforts at the local and state levels. Approximately 9.13 percent of dues are dedicated to communications and outreach, as the CRA works to keep the industry informed. And 3.67 percent  of dues is dedicated to chapter initiatives at the community level. A minimal amount of member dues is spent on administration costs, with the CRA tapping into supplementary revenue opportunities through partnerships and advertising.

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How are policy decisions made at the CRA?

The CRA takes its role as an industry advocate very seriously. Our Government Affairs and Public Policy team tracks thousands of state bills and local efforts each year to stop harmful legislation and promote laws that will have positive implications for the industry. Before taking action, the CRA talks to members about the issues facing them and ways potential laws could affect operations, and hosts annual Lobby Day events and Public Policy Forums to garner meaningful member input. The CRA's Board of Directors meets four times a year and sets most of the policy priorities for the organization. Recently, the CRA launched FoodVoice, a smartphone polling app, specifically to gather more input from operators – both members and nonmembers – across the state, supporting more comprehensive board discussions.

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Where can I find information about the CRA’s position on legislative issues?

The CRA takes official positions on a variety of issues after a lot of analysis and gathering input from members across the state. Explore the Issues + Policies section to learn more about the CRA’s positions on the issues facing the industry.

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Where can I find information about the restaurant industry?

One of the CRA’s top priorities is to ensure our members are informed. Check your e-mail inbox each Thursday when The Source newsletter is delivered. The Source is packed with the week’s top industry, business and political headlines, along with important information about CRA, CRAEF and chapter events. Also, be sure to follow the CRA's news portal, The Restaurant Standard, and social media channels on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for regular updates and breaking news. Have a suggestion for ways we can improve our communication? Let us know what's on your mind at marketing@calrest.org.

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What are the CRA's advertising rates and policies?

With an average 40,000 page views per month, Calrest.org is visited daily by restaurant operators and other industry professionals, vendors and service providers, students, teachers and California legislators, as well as the general public. The CRA also distributes a weekly e-newsletter and a variety of locally focused publications and materials. With the relaunch of The Restaurant Standard magazine as an online portal within calrest.org, we are developing new opportunities for restaurant-centric companies to reach our audience, as well as new rates and policies. For more information, review the CRA media kit or contact advertising@calrest.org.

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