Restaurant Owners Protest Outside LA County Official’s Home
Restaurant owners gathered outside of Los Angeles Supervisor Sheila Kuehl’s home on Dec. 5 to protest against the county’s recent modifications that restrict all dining services. Kuehl was among the supervisors who voted 3-2 against a resolution that would have allowed restaurants to continue operating outdoors at 50% capacity.
The ban went into effect on Nov. 25 and is set to last a minimum of three weeks in an effort to lower surging #COVID19 cases. The daily number of cases in LA surpassed 10,000 on Dec. 6.
Kuehl dined at Il Forno in Santa Monica a day before the ban went into effect, which protesters took issue with and called hypocritical.
Angela Marsden, Pineapple Hill Saloon Owner, organized the nonpartisan protest after her outdoor patio was shut down by the county, but they gave a movie production a permit to operate next door to her restaurant.
It’s estimated that over 1,000 employees were laid off among the five restaurant owners that showed up to the protest.
The California Restaurant Association will continue their legal efforts against the county this week as LA County Superior Court Judge James Chalfant ordered county officials to provide evidence that outdoor dining contributed to the rise in hospitalizations.
Featured interviews in order: Angela Marsden/Pineapple Hill Saloon, Allen Adams/Paragon Bar & Grill, Jaylen/counter-protester, Paul Scrivano/Blue Dog Beer Tavern, William O’Sullivan/O’Briens Irish Pub.