Jose Mier Applauds her Take on Sun Valley Restaurants
As a Sun Valley resident, let me just say that I, Jose Mier, am heartened to read of Supervisor Kathryn Barger’s statement that she does not agree with shutting down in-person dining in Los Angeles County. In her own words:
The data shows the surge in positive COVID-19 cases isn’t coming from dining out, but from large social gatherings. Businesses have already made incredible sacrifices to align with safety protocols to remain open in order to pay their bills and feed their families. Read more about my opposition to unnecessary restrictions:
This was posted on her Facebook page as well as her Supervisor website. It’s refreshing to hear at least one of our elected officials cite some actual statistics instead of going alonog with the herd and agreeing to across-the-board shutdowns of restaurants. Our Sun Valley restaurants have taken great pains to keep things safe and gone to great lengths (with tents and other things) to remain in business and afloat. Now we have someone who is actually quoting facts.
What are the consequences of closing down in-person dining? What happens when restaurant owners are forced to close permanently because they aren’t open for business (except takeout)? The owners are out of a job as are every person who works in that restaurant. The owners can no longer pay rent on buildings and so the landlords lose money. Another restaurant can’t take the place of the one that just went out of business, either, so the building remains dormant. How do all these people survive? Has any politician asked these questions instead of just saying “hey, we have to shut down out of an overabundance of caution.”?
Barger’s voice is only one and it remains to be seen if any other Supervisor will follow suit. Until and unless they do, we can look forward to more hard times in Sun Valley, CA.