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LA bar owner tearfully unloads on Garcetti, Newsom over dining ban that exempts film industry

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Fighting back tears, a Los Angeles bar owner made a viral video slamming Mayor Eric Garcetti and CA Governor Gavin Newsom for their hypocrisy in selectively shutting down outdoor dining. Her business has had to shut down their outdoor patio while right next to them Garcetti has allowed a Hollywood movie crew to set up an outdoor dining area.

The Pineapple Hill Grill & Saloon in the city’s Sherman Oaks neighborhood was shut down as a result of a county-ordered ban on outdoor dining, a mayor-issued stay-at-home order, and California state-level plans for business shutdowns if coronavirus hospitalizations hit required levels.

The establishment is owned by Angela Marsden who made the video. She explains exactly what is going on and hits home that businesses are shutting down and lives are being destroyed because of these pandemic mandates.

She walked directly over to the movie crew’s setup of tents, tables, and chairs to illustrate just how close it is to her business. Marsden asked “this is safe?” in comparison to her outdoor patio setup.

“So this is my place, the Pineapple Hill Grill & Saloon. If you go to my [Facebook] page you can see all the work I did for outdoor dining, for tables being seven feet apart,” Marsden states.

“And I come in today because I’m organizing a protest and I came in to get stuff for that. And I walk into my parking lot — and obviously, Mayor Garcetti has approved … this,” she narrates, pointing to the tent setup. “Has approved this being set up for … this being set up for … for a movie company.

“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, which is right over here,” she continues, her voice trembling with emotion, holding back the tears. “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,” she emphasizes.

“Look at this. Tell me that this is dangerous,” she says, pointing to her own patio, “but right next to me, as a slap in my face, that’s safe. This is safe? Fifteen 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.”

“We need your help,” she concludes. “We need somebody to do something about this.”

Wednesday, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ruled that county officials must produce scientific evidence to justify their ban, which was scheduled to be in effect for three weeks. Relief for these businesses, however, may not come fast enough to keep them from going under.

“We were successful in Los Angeles Superior Court today, where the judge agreed that LA County must show cause for its order to ban outdoor dining,” the California Restaurant Association tweeted on Wednesday.

Garcetti’s stay-at-home order went into effect the same day and will keep customers away regardless.

Governor Newsom announced on Thursday that four out of five regions in the state will have fewer than 15% of beds available in the intensive care units of their regional hospital networks within a day or two, which will trigger new coronavirus restrictions in those areas. The San Francisco Bay Area was the only region that did not meet the criteria.

When that happens, all bars, hair salons, barbershops, casinos, and indoor and outdoor playgrounds will be mandated to shut down.

The Pineapple Hill Grill & Saloon’s Facebook page has already raised nearly $20,000 as of Friday night to help them get through this.

“We are humbled and grateful for this outpouring of generosity!” the page states. “Thank you to our community!”

The Facebook page also includes an advertisement for a protest planned for Saturday outside the Santa Monica home of Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, scheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. local time.

Kuehl was seen earlier this week dining outdoors at a restaurant near her home just hours after voting to ban outdoor dining in the county.

The viral video was seen and commented on by conservatives, including Donald Trump Jr.

“It’s like these politicians are trying to destroy all small businesses,” he tweeted. “Ridiculous!!!”

“Watch this video of an LA bar owner that perfectly crystallizes the absurdity of California’s absurd and ridiculous shutdown rules,” Outkick’s Clay Travis stated.

“Hey @ericgarcetti you evil f—,” podcaster Dave Rubin tweeted. “Get out of our way and let decent people live you piece of sh*t dirtbag.”

In an interview, Marsden said that help is needed in California while explaining the grievances she’s heard of. She said, “I have someone who works with me who has a baby and can’t pay rent. They are blackballing people in the industry. No celebrities have reached out. No one is stepping up. This is their hometown. How could they just abandon us?”

Gov. Newsom has placed the “Hollywood production industry” on the list of “essential” work.

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