Kevin Faulconer unveils “Save California Restaurants Plan” –
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and recall candidate Gavin Newsom joined Chef Andrew Gruel at his Slapfish restaurant in Huntington Beach on Friday to unveil the Save California Restaurants plan for affected California dining establishments by the COVID-19 crisis.
âAt the start of the pandemic, our state dominated the country in the number of restaurants closed. Unfortunately, tens of thousands of people have closed for good, âFaulconer said. âJobs have disappeared, dreams have been shattered and our communities, where many of these restaurants have been institutions, are emptying as a result. Those who survived have faced confusing, contradictory – and often unsecured – 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. “
Faulconer shared the details the plan:
1. Allow restaurants to fully reopen now with no COVID capacity limits by eliminating state emergency orders over commercial 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 purchases related to COVID such as (but not limited to): PPE, plexiglass, outdoor heaters, construction of outdoor terraces, COVID tests, credit applied to future sales and tax invoices. ‘use.
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 bankrupt them. Without the resources to defend themselves, legal liability could be the final blow for many restaurants.
5. Create a universal paid sick leave tax credit that employers can access to cover the salaries of sick employees for up to 5 days. If an employee tests positive for coronavirus, the company can receive a state payroll tax credit to pay the employee for up to 5 days so they don’t come to work when they are sick.
6. Establish a local coronavirus task force within healthcare, led by business owners and supported by data. Under this model, the task force will act as a resource to help ensure restaurants achieve high marks for COVID security.
7. Prohibit state and county agencies from revoking the licenses of small business owners for good faith violation of COVID-19 orders. Requires legislation if it applies to counties.
8. Allow take-out alcohol to continue 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% fees charged by almost all delivery platforms.