‘If politicians don’t help out small firms, they will destroy their communities’

December 15, 2020

TAKE RESPONSIBILITY: “They have not given us money and shut us down. We cannot survive – my staff cannot survive. Mayor Garcetti and Gavin Newsom are responsible for every single person that doesn’t have unemployment; that does not have a job and all the businesses that are going under and we need your help and we need somebody to do something about this.” – This was part of restaurant owner Angela Marsden’s message directed to the authorities in Los Angeles in her viral video.

A RESTAURANT owner’s heartfelt livestreaming video showing how Covid restrictions are destroying small business went viral and the never-ending greed of corporate commerce.

Angela Marsden, the owner of the Pineapple Hill Saloon and Grill in Tustin, Los Angeles, California, followed the Covid Instructions given by mayor Eric Garcetti to restaurants and bars to place tables seven feet apart but wouldn’t allow her operate on a recent lockdown except for an outdoor patio.

Whilst this site is drawing attention to Angela’s story in view of the viral video, the same issues she raises apply to the hospitality sector here in Dorset and Somerset, England, and there have been cases across the country of council enforcement teams visiting “non-essential” small businesses who have defied the lockdown restrictions and opened their doors quoting Common Law in order to try and survive.

‘Councils could prevent tragic consequences of lockdowns’

To our local MPs and Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch council leaders like Cllr Vicki Slade every small business shut down in a lockdown has human collateral damage to those caught up in it and some of the examples Ms Marsden brings up will resonate with any local business owners reading this. Maybe they need to be reminded what will happen to bars and restaurants if they panic with increased cases to push the region into Tier 3 restrictions.

To add insult to injury the Democratic mayor Eric Garcetti, who some have argued is on some sort of power trip, decided to allow a movie catering company to operate an al fresco dining area opposite Ms Marsden’s cafe not far from a nearby movie set. In both the livestreaming and the interview with Neil Cavuto of Fox Business, she refers to both Mr Garcetti and Gavin Newsom, the Governor of California and nephew of House of Representatives speaker Nancy Pelosi.

‘They have not given us money and shut us down’

She said in the viral video: “I’m losing everything. Everything I own is being taken away from me and they set up a movie company right next to my outdoor patio and people wonder why I’m protesting and why I’ve had enough.

“They have not given us money and shut us down. We cannot survive – my staff cannot survive. How is it that this can be dangerous but right next to me is a slap in my face and this is safe – 50 feet away.

“This is dangerous. Mayor Garcetti and Gavin Newsom are responsible for every single person that doesn’t have unemployment; that does not have a job and all the businesses that are going under and we need your help and we need somebody to do something about this.”

‘Mayor has no empathy for those caught up in restrictions’

Speaking to Neil Cavuto of Fox Business, Ms Marsden couldn’t understand why the mayor and Governor Newsom had no empathy for the consequences their restrictions and lockdowns were causing to small business and weren’t prepared to talk to her or other small business owners in the hospitality sector about how to accommodate them.

‘Two months of lockdown will destroy us as a community’

“As small business owners, we care so much about our community and our people. We are willing to do whatever it takes to keep them safe but if we’re not here when you come out of your door of your house in two months, the community is going to be destroyed from unemployment to suicide rates to businesses shuttering to homelessness doubling or tripling.

‘Telling people to stay at home is La La Land’

“We can’t close our businesses – we need to stay open to survive this. I know bar owners who have shut down for nine months who are losing everything. I know one small business who has a spa who has lost almost all her clients – she has got three eviction notices and she is a single mom with a 12-year-old.

“Whatever are they going to do when people don’t pay the rents and the evictions come out in February? You can’t expect people to just stay at home because that is ‘la la land’.

‘Employees have lost loved ones due to suicide’

“I have two employees who have lost people close to them to suicide in the last two months and I have a bartender sleeping on a couch.

“I have one with a three-year-old who can’t pay the rent and can’t get a job and I just hired her because we got busy in October.

“She had two weeks of training and then was laid off again. To Mr Garcetti and Mr Newsom, do you want to be remembered like Martin Luther King or John F Kennedy or do you want people to look back and be remembered we were in this time of trouble and these people came in from outside with compromise to make us all safe.

“We cannot live without connection. We cannot live without food. We cannot live without rent and I don’t understand how they can be so out of touch that they can’t see this.”

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