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California businesses ignore COVID-restrictions in desperate move to survive

California businesses ignore COVID-restrictions in desperate move to survive

Governor Gavin Newsom’s team increasingly worries about recall efforts the wake of his French Laundry debacle.

In the wake of this week’s newly imposed stay-at-home order, many California businesses say they won’t comply with this most recent spate of draconian restrictions.

In my neck of the woods, Carlsbad restaurants plan to keep their outside dining options available, especially as they were built to adhere to previous COVID requirements.

“We have to stand up for ourselves. We have to open or else we lose the risk of losing our business entirely,” said Annie Rammel, the owner of Oak + Elixir restaurant in Carlsbad.

Rammel said she spent $7,000 to have a deck built outside of Oak + Elixir on State Street to provide a safe dining option for patrons.

It was going well until she had to shut things down once again this week as COVID-19 cases surged and the state put restrictions on in-person dining were put back in place.

“Closed, open, closed, open,” she said. “A lot of us are not doing well; we’re not doing well, the take out and to-go we’re losing money on that.”

Rammel and a group of small business owners in Carlsbad and Oceanside decided to reopen for in-person dining Friday and take their chances, including several restaurants in the Carlsbad Village.

She said if she stayed closed, her 15 employees would be laid off during an already rough year.

In the state’s capitol of Sacramento, Mandarin Restaurant owner Michael Helmrich said he can’t afford to follow the state’s orders this time around. He plans to keep both indoor and outdoor dining options available.

“We can’t survive. I’m down 70%,” Helmrich said.

He said he will keep his restaurant open with indoor dining and continue with all the safety guidelines of wearing masks and maintaining 6 feet of separation.

“We all need to do what we need to do to survive. We’re gonna be open, too,” said Roger Saini, the owner of 500F Pizza x Tap House. “But we’re only takeouts and deliveries. And hopefully, we can weather this storm again, like we weathered in the past.”

…Helmrich said they are “doing everything we can,” including spending money on his outdoor dining setup to make it safe and comfortable.

One Los Angeles coffee shop owner kept her place open during Los Angeles County restrictive orders by declaring a “peaceful protest,” only now to face state orders.

“It looks like I’m going to have to stop my peaceful protest and bring my tables and chairs in,” Patricia Neale Vuagniaux, Swork Coffee owner told “Fox & Friends First” Wednesday.

“I’m just heartbroken. I’m heartbroken,” the business owner said.

Vuagniaux says she got the idea from health department officials to peacefully protest but the new COVID-19 stay-at-home orders affect the area where her shop is located.

“I was basically only peacefully protesting for outdoor tables and chairs, so it’s not as if it was a ton, so this was really disappointing because we’re not actually dining, we’re actually just sitting outside having a cup of coffee,” she explained. “It’s a gray area for coffee shops … and we’re stuck in the middle.”

Meanwhile, Governor Gavin Newsom’s team is becoming increasingly worried about recall efforts that have heated up in the wake of his French Laundry debacle.

Near the bottom of a Politico report on Newsom’s chief of staff Ann O’Leary preparing to depart Sacramento for a potential job in the Biden administration rests this spicy nugget: “As Newsom begins his third full year in office, the governor’s team is increasingly concerned with a long-shot conservative recall that could mushroom into a major threat in 2021 if it attracts significant financial support.”

The report also states, “Sources close to Newsom said the governor’s office has been disorganized over the past month and has not responded effectively to damaging headlines” including his French Laundry trip, controversial new stay-at-home order and delay in naming Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ replacement in the United States Senate. In addition, most of the state’s public schools remain closed while they are open in other deep blue states such as New York and Massachusetts, and small business owners were particularly irate over the lack of evidence presented to support certain business closures.


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notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | December 13, 2020 at 4:08 pm

No Newsom is a good Newsom.

When do the CA citizens’ class action lawsuits against him begin?

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | December 13, 2020 at 4:12 pm

Sources say Kamala has not resigned, so Gruesome can not appoint anyone legally.

Tells us Kamala knows she will not be VP nor Pres.

Subotai Bahadur | December 13, 2020 at 4:35 pm

Seriously. Given recent events where vote fraud has been sanctified by the US Supreme Court, how can you have any confidence in the validity of any recall election? Keeping especially in mind that California has no requirement that a voter be properly registered, a US citizen, or even real.

Newsom’s is safe until and unless someone higher in the Party Nomenklatura decides that his going is to the higher up’s benefit . . . or amusement.

Subotai Bahadur

Recall this guy. He’s a hypocrite and not genuine. Stop being duped by the prima donna Democrats that don’t care, and beware when a news story lauds them.

I have a friend who’s family business is the Golfland miniature golf franchises. There are several in the SF Bay Area, I think also some in SoCal, as well as in Florida. They are staying open here in defiance of county orders because if they close it will be permanent. These are law-abiding people driven to desperate measures, just to survive.

Also, please note that our county, Santa Clara County, hasn’t reached the level of cases that meet state requirements for closure of amusement/rec areas (and indoor dining, hair/nail salons, gyms, etc.) Our county Health Commandant has decreed the more stringent lockdown just out of an abundance of caution. So there’s that.

Oh, also, just gotta say, I can’t TELL you how many people I know are moving out of California. And it’s weird – they aren’t telling anyone. It’s like an embarrassing secret. It’s not just people I know either. The church I belong to is collapsing, consolidating congregations, all since the lockdown. It’s becoming The Great Exodus. The solid, wage-earning families are leaving.

freespeechfanatic | December 13, 2020 at 5:31 pm

I don’t know why he’s worried. If he’s recalled by petition, he’ll just ignore it. Who’s going to enforce it? The democrats can do anything they want. No court, no law enforcement body, no legislative body will do a thing to stop them.

While it’ll never happen, if all the restaurants in lock down states just shut down, no take out or deliveries, the rebellion would swift. You think Popeye’s running out of chicken causes big problems? Watch the panic if restaurants shut down in an entire state.
Do you know how few people cook regularly? And in those big cities, how close are they to supermarkets? Imagine those people having to spend time shopping for food in a store that takes them a half hour or more to get to.
Close them down, let the people feel like they’re starving because Door Dash and other delivery services no longer have access to prepared food.

    jimincalif in reply to 4fun. | December 14, 2020 at 12:13 am

    Basically you’re suggesting restaurants go on strike, 100%. Might work if it nearly 100% participated. Similarly if nearly 100% choose to ignore the shutdown order, the state couldn’t enforce it. But pretty much impossible to get all restaurants on the same page either way.

For argument’s sake, let’s say Newsom IS NOT trying to destroy the middle class because he’s an elitist leftist who knows he’ll profit like any banana republic bastard in the ruling class.

If the above is true, Newsom is a moron.

But we know it is true, and Newsom is as bit a whore as Kamala Harris. He probably has sex with Willie Brown, too.

small business owners were particularly irate over the lack of evidence presented to support certain business closures

My county justifies its mask mandates and business restrictions with vague allusions to “CDC guidelines”. No actual data to back it, and they will not answer questions about what their trigger is to lift these restrictions.

With the biggest tech companies like HP, Oracle, Tesla and others high-tailing it out of CA as fast as they can and our government relentlessly shutting down all service industries, the fastest growing industry now is the underground economy. Restaurants, bars, nail salons and others are quietly opening up shop on the sly. No permits, no taxes… but most importantly, SALES!

LA has always had a robust underground economy (as has the US). Now it is becoming the standard again. Just like the old days.