Supervisor Hahn Releases Statement Opposing Shutting Down Outdoor Dining

Supervisor Hahn Releases Statement Opposing Shutting Down Outdoor Dining

San Pedro, CA — Today, Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn released a statement opposing the decision to shut down outdoor dining for three weeks in response to a growing number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Hahn coauthored a motion with Supervisor Kathryn Barger to allow outdoor dining to continue at 50% capacity. The motion failed with a 2-3 vote.

"I don't support the decision to shut down outdoor dining right now. It would be one thing if we had a new stimulus from the Federal government so that we could help the restaurants and the people losing their paychecks—but we don’t. I don't think we have the data to prove that outdoor dining is driving the recent surge in cases, nor do we have the data to assure us that this action will turn our case numbers around. I am also very worried that it will drive more people to indoor gathering.

But I do not want to give people the idea that we are not facing a crisis that demands action. We need you to stop gathering with friends and family, especially indoors. Please cancel your plans: I know I did. This situation is serious. Our healthcare employees, our workers, and businesses are depending on us turning this around."

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  • Richard Jensen
    commented 2020-12-03 16:01:45 -0800
    Your vote to oppose the dining ban is a step in the right direction, but for far too long this board of Supervisors has been overbearing and over reaching. Use the rational not to close down restaurants in the other issues facing the board. STOP this over bearing governing.
  • Tanner Gish
    commented 2020-11-28 19:33:10 -0800
    Dear Supervisor Hahn,

    I am writing to give endorsement and appreciative support for your statement to oppose the LA County ban on all restaurant outdoor dining.

    As a business owner (not of a restaurant, but another high-staffing service business that provides important employment to nearly 50 employees in the city of Whittier, CA) I can attest to the difficulties and pressures that doing our best to safely manage commerce in this time of COVID has brought. We are glad to follow all reasonable and important guidance on PPE, distancing, education, and the not often talked about evaluation and correction of employees and clients when these guidelines are not followed. However, it is unreasonable and unjustly punitive to ask the restaurant owners, operators, and employees, who have labored to abide by all guidance for safe outdoor dining, to be forced to close their restaurant operations. While the health threat of COVID-19 needs to be approached carefully, it needs to be handled judiciously and practically.

    I cannot imagine the pressures you may be under, balancing public safety with public employment and economic progress. Thank you, Supervisor Hahn, for taking the step of moral courage to advocate for your constituents liberties to be able to lawfully and carefully provide goods and services, such as food service, to provide for their living, and to meet the needs of Angelenos across the county.

    I hope that you and Supervisor Kathyrn Barger continue to advocate for a reasonable and equitable treatment of our citizens. May this letter provide assistance in your ongoing dialogue with the other supervisors to end this ban, or at the least prevent future closings of outdoor dining throughout the months ahead.

    May you be safe and healthy as you continue to serve our district.
  • Tanner Gish
    commented 2020-11-28 19:33:06 -0800
    Dear Supervisor Hahn,

    I am writing to give endorsement and appreciative support for your statement to oppose the LA County ban on all restaurant outdoor dining.

    As a business owner (not of a restaurant, but another high-staffing service business that provides important employment to nearly 50 employees in the city of Whittier, CA) I can attest to the difficulties and pressures that doing our best to safely manage commerce in this time of COVID has brought. We are glad to follow all reasonable and important guidance on PPE, distancing, education, and the not often talked about evaluation and correction of employees and clients when these guidelines are not followed. However, it is unreasonable and unjustly punitive to ask the restaurant owners, operators, and employees, who have labored to abide by all guidance for safe outdoor dining, to be forced to close their restaurant operations. While the health threat of COVID-19 needs to be approached carefully, it needs to be handled judiciously and practically.

    I cannot imagine the pressures you may be under, balancing public safety with public employment and economic progress. Thank you, Supervisor Hahn, for taking the step of moral courage to advocate for your constituents liberties to be able to lawfully and carefully provide goods and services, such as food service, to provide for their living, and to meet the needs of Angelenos across the county.

    I hope that you and Supervisor Kathyrn Barger continue to advocate for a reasonable and equitable treatment of our citizens. May this letter provide assistance in your ongoing dialogue with the other supervisors to end this ban, or at the least prevent future closings of outdoor dining throughout the months ahead.

    May you be safe and healthy as you continue to serve our district.
  • Michael Fitts
    commented 2020-11-25 18:06:59 -0800
    Dear Supervisor Hahn. I support your vote to refuse to shut down outdoor dining. Thousands of restaurants invested many millions of dollars to create safe outdoor dining spaces with the creative help of local city governments. And this is the reward they get?
    To be put out of business? Proves the truth of the old adage that no good deed goes unpunished.

    There is no evidence that public outdoor dining, as opposed to indoor private socializing, is the source of the surge. I take the virus seriously, but this is a travesty. Please continue trying to change your colleagues’ minds.
  • Emily Lintner
    published this page in Latest News 2020-11-24 21:28:00 -0800