Seven California small businesses — ranging from a gondola cruise company to a pet groomer — have sued Gov. Gavin Newsom, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and other officials over forced coronavirus closures, according to a new report.
The suit, obtained by ABC News, alleges that the shutdowns violate civil liberties and will create a ripple effect of economic troubles.
“Defendants’ orders have proximately and legally caused tremendous financial harm not just to Plaintiffs businesses, but to the entire California economy,” the suit says. “As well-intentioned as these Orders are with respect to the general public’s health, safety and welfare, they have come at a steep price with respect to the complete and utter restraint on Californians’ civil rights and liberties.”
The businesses that filed suit are Gondola Adventures, Inc.; Hernandez Productions, Inc.; King’s Pet Grooming, Inc.; Sol De Mexico, Inc.; Wildfire, Inc.; Ybanz Gonzalez, Inc.; and Yreka Food Enterprises, LLC, according to ABC.
“We’ve got small businesses that have been effectively put out of business or forced to close literally without rhyme or reason,” said lead attorney Mark Geragos, a famed LA attorney who has represented clients such as Michael Jackson and Jussie Smollett. “Our country was built on the premise of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and today in 2020 those freedoms are being stripped away from law-abiding citizens and businesses, without rational thought or a rational basis.”
Besides the two pols, the suit was also filed against Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura and Riverside counties, the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and others, the outlet reported.
Closed stores on the Boardwalk in Venice, CaliforniaAPU GOMES/AFP via Getty Images
By Tuesday, California tallied 45,218 confirmed coronavirus cases and 1,793 deaths, according to a Los Angeles Times count.
Over the weekend, Newsom blasted beachgoers who sought refuge at the shore as the weather warmed up, emphasizing that “this virus doesn’t take the weekends off.”