An incredible video of a Los Angeles bar and restaurant owner emotionally brings to life the human ramifications of the heavy-handed lockdowns put in place by L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and California Gov. Gavin Newsom. The video is putting a name and a face to the tens of thousands of business owners suffering financially due to California’s COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions.
Angela Marsden, the owner of Pineapple Hill Saloon & Grill in Sherman Oaks, breaks down in tears as she shows how she has been forced to shut down her outdoor patio space that she invested almost $80,000 on, yet directly across from it is a huge tented space set up for a movie production company to feed the crew as their shoot takes place.
“So this is my place, the Pineapple Hill Saloon & Grill. If you go to my page, you can see all the work I did for outdoor dining for tables being 7 feet apart, and I come in today because I am organizing a protest and I came in to get stuff for that. And I walk into my parking lot and, obviously, [Los Angeles] Mayor Garcetti has approved this,” Marsden said, pointing to the adjacent movie craft services tent.
Newsom and Garcetti have shut down the entire restaurant business in L.A. County, with only takeout orders being allowed. A judge has ordered the state to provide data on Wednesday that shows that safe, socially distanced outdoor dining is actually a COVID-19 spreader.
The anguish and pain on Marsden’s face are so evident in the heartbreaking 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 have had enough. They have not given us money and they have shut us down. We cannot survive. My staff cannot survive.”
Bar owner in Los Angeles CA is livid to see that mayor Garcetti has approved an outdoor dining area for a movie company directly across from her outdoor dining area (which was shut down) pic.twitter.com/jkUP2CWg35
— Jake Coco 💙🇺🇸🎶🐻 (@jakecoco) December 4, 2020