A restaurant based in Sherman Oaks, California, i suing Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom and other California officials over the state’s latest decision to close restaurants.
The Pineapple Hill Saloon & Grill filed its lawsuit against the governor on Sunday, alleging the coronavirus policies pursued by the state are detached from the science and overly broad. The lawsuit also claims Newsom has abused his authority by allowing unelected public health officials to dictate policy regarding without input from the state legislature, according to Fox News.
“Defendants, in a gross abuse of their power, have seized the Coronavirus pandemic to expand their authority by unprecedented lengths, depriving Plaintiff and all other similarly situated small business owners in California of fundamental rights protected by the U.S. and California Constitutions,” the Pineapple Hill Saloon & Grill’s complaint claims, as reported by Fox News.
From The Daily Caller:
Newsom’s new coronavirus lockdown criterion based on the number of ICU beds available in designated regions of the state shut down indoor and outdoor dining, according to covid19.ca.gov. Pineapple Hill Saloon & Grill, located in the Southern California region, has been unable to serve customers since the lockdowns kicked in Dec. 6.
Pineapple Hill Saloon & Grill became prominent after its owner, Angela Marsden, appeared in a viral video that showed her restaurant would be closed for outdoor dining, but that large tables and tents were set up for the production of a television show in the same parking lot as her outdoor dining patio. This gave Marsden the impetus to contest public health officials’ orders that she finds arbitrary and hypocritical.
“This is dangerous. Mayor Garcetti and Gavin Newsom is responsible for every single person that doesn’t have unemployment,” Marsden said in the widely-shared video. “All the businesses that are going under, we need your help, we need something to do something about this,” she added.
“In her video, Ms. Marsden displays the hypocrisy, lunacy and total disparity between her own socially distanced outdoor set-up at her establishment juxtaposed by a similarly situated set-up containing outdoor tents and chairs associated with the NBC Universal production set for the series ‘Good Girls,’ which was allowed to proceed as essential work,” Pineapple Hill Saloon & Grill’s lawsuit argues, according to Fox News.
The lawsuit claims that California’s coronavirus restrictions have “nothing to do with science and data,” and that politicians like Newsom are “supporting their campaign donors at the expense of small businesses,” according to Fox News.
The lawsuit also claims that Marsden has had to spend thousands of dollars to ensure her dining services have remained compliant with California coronavirus policies, funds the restaurant won’t be able to recover if outdoor dining remains forbidden, Fox News reported.