SAVE City of Long Beach Full-service Restaurants

SAVE City of Long Beach Full-service Restaurants

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Christy Caldwell
Christy Caldwell signed this petition

The City Council meeting of August 4th is your opportunity to voice your concerns about the impact of the stay at home order have on small business full-service restaurants.

Full-service restaurants provide jobs for working families, massive revenue for the city for sales tax that pays for city services. Full-service restaurants are a gathering point for communities and are amenities for neighborhoods. If nothing changes, many small businesses are going out of business by the end of the year. It is predicted that out of the 1294 full-service restaurants, only 50% will make it out of this crisis.
 
We need local government to act swiftly to curb the tide of going out of business. The City Council must work now to support small business full-service restaurants.
 
Despite sustained efforts, COVID-19 remains a threat, and many local restaurants have experienced sudden income loss resulting from COVID-19. The impact is not just on the owners but affects a wide range of individuals in the industry, from managers to employees and vendors. Given this loss in income for restaurants, City Council consideration is needed to approve local efforts to pause annual fees and charges payable to the City of Long Beach. (Agenda #25)
 
Cares Act monies for small businesses is at $4.1M, that is not enough for restaurants, retail, salons, etc. This petition asks the city to set up the parameters of dollar amounts for funding for full-service restaurants. We ask for 100% support of item 25 and a $25K grant per full-service restaurant with over 15 employees. (Agenda #29)Substantial dollars need to be allocated to these restaurants so that their employees continue to have a job and so they can continue to provide significant sales tax revenue to the city. It's a win/win.