San Diego moves to legalize home-based eateries

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors has directed staff to develop an ordinance to allow Microenterprise Home Kitchen Operations or MEHKOs, which are akin to small eateries that operate out of a person’s home.

The proposal was introduced by supervisors Nora Vargas and Joel Anderson. It received support from three supervisors last week. Anderson and Chairman Nathan Fletcher were not present for the vote.

Women and people of color make up a large share of MEHKO owners. Some workers who were laid off during the pandemic also started thier own home-based food businesses.

San Diego would become the eighth county to authorize MEHKOs since the California Legislature created the framework with AB 626 three years ago.

Read more at NBC San Diego.