Investigate Speaker Pelosi for House Ethics Violations Regarding her Hair Salon visit

Investigate Speaker Pelosi for House Ethics Violations Regarding her Hair Salon visit

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Karolyn Smith started this petition to House Committee On Ethics

I write to request the House Committee on Ethics open an investigation into Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s flagrant violation of both Governor Newsome’s  Executive Order N-33-20, the Department of Public Health San Francisco Health Officer Directive and the House ethics law, regulations, rules and standards.

On March 19, 2020, Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-33-20 which reads in part …”all residents are directed to immediately heed the current State public health directives, which I ordered the Department of Public Health to develop for the current statewide status of COVID-19.”

On September 1, 2020, Department of Public Health San Francisco Health Officer, in cooperation with Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-33-20  amended Appendix C‐ Directive No. 2020 (DIRECTIVE OF THE HEALTH OFFICER No. 2020-23 ) to authorize Outdoor Personal Services. While Salons were allowed to reopen in California on September 1, salons are only authorized to operate outdoor styling services. Those services, in accordance with 2020-23 exclude hair washing and require the customer (as well as the salon employees) to wear face masks. In addition to the above, the Speaker may be in violation of Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) which stipulates that workers are no longer allowed to be Independent Contractors/ Freelancers and must be classified as workers.  

On August 31, 2020 , During the Speakers trip to ESalon, (located at 2288 Union Street, San Francisco, CA) there is substantial reason to believe that Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi not only  used congressional staff to perform unofficial work and personal errands, Pelosi is also in violation of The San Francisco Public Health Directive 2020-23 as well as Governor Newsome’s Executive Order N-33-20 .

Violations:

1)       Department of Public Health San Francisco Health Officer Directive (September 1, 2020)

2)      Section 1.10. Customers must wear a Face Covering at all times except when they are otherwise exempt from doing so under the Face Covering Order. Covered Personal Service Providers must not provide services that require the customer to remove their Face Covering at any time during the service

3)      Section 3 – Additional Requirements Specific to Barbering and Cosmetology Establishments: 3.1. Customers receiving barbering or other hair care services must wear Face Coverings that attach with ear-loops to avoid interfering with services.

4)      Section 3.3. Establishments providing outdoor services must cease the following services: all chemical hair services, including, but not limited to, permanent waving, relaxing, bleaching, tinting, coloring, dyeing and straightening; shampooing; and electrolysis.

5)      VIOLATION: The Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi  may have used her congressional staff to perform unofficial work and personal errands such as texting the salon to set up an appointment to wash Mrs. Pelosi’s hair. If the Speaker used congressional staff to perform unofficial work and personal errands, then she may have violated House rules and standards of conduct.

Lastly, Jonathan DeNardo, the Speakers stylist may be in violation of AB5, thus if the Speaker knew he was Independent Contractor and paid him for the services rendered on August 31, the Speaker should also be investigated for an AB5 violation.There is no question that the Speaker of the House was found on Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) to have clearly violated Directive 2020-23, E.O. N-33-20 and AB5.

It is hard to overlook the symbolism of the Speakers actions, creating two classes of American’s: The elite class, and the every day American. Speaker Pelosi’s actions have enraged California business owners who have been shuttered by both AB5 and Covid 19. By Speaker Pelosi's action, she has effectively shown herself to be both above the law, and indifferent to those Californians who are unable to enjoy salon services, and the California hair salons who are legally unable to provide indoor services. 

Accordingly, we ask the House Committee on Ethics to thoroughly investigate this above matter and we look forward to Speaker Pelosi’s Censure and any further legal action.

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