Businesses across the Monterey Bay are suffering a critical shortage of workers in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. The hospitality industry normally employs 26,000 people on the peninsula. But now, many restaurants, hotels and retail shops are struggling to operate, often lacking over a third of their pre-pandemic workforce.
Inside Taylor Farms' massive, 120,000-square-foot warehouse in Salinas, millions of pounds of lettuce, cabbage and spinach are processed each day. It's…