Business Owners File Lawsuit Against SoCal Counties and Governor Over Closures

Jacquie Cadorette
April 26, 2020 - 12:59 pm

    Business owners of shuttered shops are losing patience with Governor-ordered coronavirus closures. Seven business owners have sued Los Angeles, Orange, and Riverside counties along with Governor Newsom, saying the closure of their shops violates their civil rights.

    The lawsuit seeks a judge's order to stop enforcing these closures in accordance with public health guidelines. The suit claims the state "hastily instituted" these measures and have "come at a steep price with respect to the complete and utter restraint on Californians' civil rights and liberties," NBC Los Angeles reports.

    Defendants include Riverside County officials Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser, Sheriff Chad Bianco, and Supervisors Kevin Jeffries, Karen Spiegel, Chuck Washington, V. Manual Perez, and Jeff Hewitt.

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, state Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer, LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva and the LA County Board of Supervisors are all among other defendants.

    Plaintiffs include Yreka Food Enterprises, Gondola Adventures in Newport Beach, Hernandez Productions in South El Monte, King's Pet Grooming/King's Mobile Pet Spa of Burbank, Sol De Mexico/Cielito Lindo restaurant, Wildfire/Wildfire Lighting in LA, and Ybanz Gonzalez/La Sirenita of LA and Ventura counties. 

    The suit claims that small businesses have "already been financially crippled, forced to shut their doors for business and to conduct mass layoffs."