The following is a transcript of my radar from Tuesday’s edition of “Rising” on Hill TV.
Gavin Newsom’s attempt to dodge a recall bid is shaping up to be a nice glimpse at how power protects power.
About a month after the Democratic governor was caught breaking his own COVID restrictions to dine with lobbyists at a Michelin-star restaurant, the pained pleadings of a small business owner went viral. Remember this video?
VIDEO – Angela Marsden owner of The Pineapple Hill Saloon Bar & Grill in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California is angry and sad to see that mayor Garcetti has approved an outdoor dining setup for a movie company opposite to her outdoor dining area (which was shut down) @phsaloon pic.twitter.com/UvlB9Lh5OQ
— Insider Paper (@TheInsiderPaper) December 5, 2020
That’s Angela Marsden, owner of the Pineapple Hill Saloon in Sherman Oaks. The regulations Newsom flouted in private were the source of her misery, which was not merely on her own behalf, but also on behalf of her suffering employees. Meanwhile, an NBC series was shooting next door.
She was not alone. As the New York Times reported in April, “Nearly 40,000 small businesses had closed in the state by September — more than in any other state since the pandemic began, according to a report compiled by Yelp. Half had shut permanently, according to the report, far more than the 6,400 that had closed permanently in New York.”
The post-pandemic lockdown autopsy gets worse for Newsom.
Just two months ago, The Federalist reported that “despite suffering some of the harshest COVID restrictions in the country, California remains only two spots below Florida, a state with a far higher proportion of senior residents, in its COVID-fatality rate. California simultaneously ranks 48th in unemployment at a rate of 8.5 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, fueling Newsom’s unpopularity.”
“A new poll out last month shows more than 58 percent of California voters believe it’s ‘time for someone new’ in the 2022 election,” that report continued. “Only 42 percent said they would vote to
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