Kevin Faulconer unveils ‘California Restaurant Backup Plan’

HUNTINGTON BEACH – Former Mayor of San Diego Kevin Fauconer – leading candidate to be recalled Gavin Newsom – joined Chef André Gruel to his slapfish restaurant in Huntington Beach to unveil the Save California Restaurants plan for California dining establishments impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

At the start of the pandemic, our state led the nation in the number of restaurants closed. Unfortunately, tens of thousands have closed permanently“, said Faulconer. “Jobs have disappeared, dreams have been shattered, and our communities, where many of these restaurants have been institutions, have consequently found themselves emptier. Those who survived had to contend with confusing, conflicting – and often unscientific – regulations. As governor, I will implement the Save California Restaurants plan to help our restaurants recover — and support the hundreds of thousands of people they employ..”

California restaurants have been decimated by the COVID-19 crisis. People are losing their jobs, their businesses, their life’s work because of unscientific regulations“, says Chef GruelIt’s time to reopen restaurants now and make this industry the envy of the world again. We’ve worked to come up with a plan that offers real-world solutions, not just empty platitudes, so we can help restaurants across California.

While these policies benefit California restaurants, their employees, and their customers, many aspects of the plan would also benefit small businesses across the spectrum in California. The details of the plan are as follows

  1. Allow restaurants to fully reopen now without COVID capacity limits by eliminating state emergency orders on business capacity limits.
  2. Establishing a Small Restaurant Relief Fund for any restaurant whose 2020 sales were lower than 2019 sales may be eligible for a grant of up to $20,000 in addition to existing state relief grants.
  3. Ensure tax deductions for COVID-related purchases such as (but not limited to): PPE, plexiglass, outdoor heaters, outdoor patio construction, COVID testing, credit applied to future sales and the use of tax invoices.
  4. Protect small businesses from COVID-related lawsuits with a liability shield for small businesses that have made good faith efforts to comply with COVID restrictions. Small restaurants and family restaurants are vulnerable to COVID-related lawsuits that could put them out of business. Without the resources to defend themselves, legal liability could be the deathblow for many restaurants.
  5. Create a universal paid sick leave tax credit that employers can access to cover the wages of sick employees for up to 5 days. If an employee tests positive for coronavirus, the company can receive a payroll tax credit from the state to pay the employee for up to 5 days to not come to work sick.
  6. Establish a local coronavirus task force within health departments, led by business owners and backed by data. Under this model, the task force will act as a resource to help ensure restaurants get high marks for COVID safety.
  7. Prohibit state and county agencies from revoking small business owners’ licenses for good faith violations of COVID-19 orders. Requires legislation if it applies to counties.
  8. Allow take-out alcohol for licensed restaurants. Requires legislation to make permanent (currently under emergency regulation).
  9. Support lower-cost delivery services for restaurants by calling on delivery service operators to charge lower fees to small businesses. This allows businesses to avoid the exorbitant 30% fee demanded by almost all delivery platforms.

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