California CV19 Salon Certification

California CV19 Salon Certification

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Charlene Stratton started this petition to Governor Gavin Newsom

Dear Governor Newsom-

Our California Salon industry needs your help.

I know it is a challenging demographic as the salon industry is fragmented. 90% of the Ca. market is rental, independent contractors, 1099 and it's hard to track what they do or how they do it. They don't claim most of their income on taxes and dodge the system as much as possible. The average claimed income for stylists is around $22-25k per year. This is false! They are making much, much more but operate outside the system. These are now the same people who are outraged that the government isn't helping them more.

I would like to ask you to consider a site by site certification for opening safe salons during Covid-19. There are many of us who have employees who have health insurance and retirement plans offered through our companies. We are a group of salon owners who have gone above and beyond to make our salons safe. I personally have spent $20k+ on retrofitting my salon and buying PPE only to not have been able to open since March 17.

There are may of us who have run legitimate companies and take pride in helping our staff meet their life goals of building families, buying cars, houses and going on vacations. We are the 10% of salon owners in California who need your help because we have always followed the rules, cared about our employees and take pride in running a real companies in California. Please consider launching site inspections with CV19 certification prior to letting salons re-open. This will allow our customers to come for salon services again and feel confident they are safe in our salons.

I am inviting all other salon owners and staff to join me in this plea. We need site certification to open safely.

I appreciate your time and energy during this trying time.

Charlene Stratton

AYA Salon, Berkeley CA

 

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