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Fox Business

Jan. 25, 2021

California business owner: Lifted restrictions means ‘pressure’ on Newsom worked

The Wine Country Coalition spokesperson Carl Dene comments on California lifting regional stay-at-home orders.


THE NORTH BAY BUSINESS JOURNAL

Jan. 25, 2021 

Wine Country restaurants suing California leave lawsuit on table after outdoor dining ban lifts

California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s latest backpedal that opens up outdoor dining for North Bay restaurants was met with cautious optimism that the overturn of the ban doesn’t come without a hitch.

The lawsuit was filed Jan. 19 in Napa County Superior Court. The plaintiffs are 50 Wine Country eateries and wineries seeking judicial intervention to reopen restaurants for outdoor dining. It’s unclear whether the coalition will move forward at this point.


Southern California Record

Jan. 25, 2021 

After COVID dining ban, wine country coalition sues Gov. Newsom who vows to fight instead of settle

Restaurant owner Carl Dene has lost a lot of money since COVID-19 emerged nearly a year ago. He is now down to only two restaurants after having to close Chianina Steakhouse on East 2nd Street in Long Beach due to the coronavirus and its resulting restrictions.

“It was a fine dining steakhouse establishment,” Dene told the Southern California Record. “We actually were the only ones in the United States that had this breed of cattle and you can’t just pause that type of a business when you are the only restaurant with the Chianina breed of cow. Takeout for a steakhouse doesn’t work and rent is not going away.”


Fox Business

Jan. 25, 2021

California restaurant owner: Newsom lifting stay-at-home orders a ‘sigh of relief’

Pizzeria Tra Vigne managing partner Cynthia Ariosta weighs in on California Gov. Newsom lifting the stay-at-home orders and discusses the state of the restaurant industry amid the coronavirus pandemic.


KPIX CBS SF Bay Area

Jan. 24, 2021

North Bay Restaurants Challenge State to Show Data Supporting COVID Closure

ST. HELENA (KPIX) — As California’s stay-at-home order continues, businesses and health experts alike are demanding to see the data that justifies it. So far, state officials are keeping it to themselves.


Fox News – Fox and Friends Weekend

Jan. 23, 2021



KQED – Newsroom

Jan. 22, 2021

Restaurants vs. Newsom

Guest:

Carl Dene, Brannan Cottage Inn and Sam’s General Store owner

More than 50 Northern California restaurants and wineries filed a lawsuit this week against Gov. Gavin Newsom for restricting dining while allowing other businesses, such as indoor retail, to continue. One of the lead plaintiffs tells us why he feels the ban is unfair.



KQED – Fourm

Jan. 22, 2021

Bay Area Restaurants Sue State Over Outdoor Dining Ban

Guests:

Dr. Peter Chin-Hong, infectious disease specialist, UCSF Medical Center

Cynthia Ariosta, owner, Pizzeria Tra Vigne, member, The Wine Country Coalition for Safe Reopening

The ban on outdoor dining is “arbitrary, irrational, and unfair” according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday by a coalition of Bay Area restaurants and wineries.  The suit says that there is no scientific evidence to support the spread of COVID-19 in outdoor settings, and it warns that businesses will continue to close unless the ban is reversed.  The state says the ban is necessary to save lives and prevent hospitals from reaching capacity.  We’ll hear from the coalition, and check in on the latest science on outdoor transmission of the virus.


Fox News – America Reports

Jan. 22, 2021

California restaurants, wineries sue Gov. Newsom over dining ban

Carl Dene of Sam’s General Store joins ‘America Reports’ to explain the impact of COVID shutdowns on small businesses


Los Angeles Times

Jan. 21, 2021 

Irfan Khan/AP

More than 50 Bay Area restaurants, wineries sue Newsom over dining ban

A group of more than 50 wineries and restaurants across Napa and Sonoma counties are suing to overturn a state ban on in-person dining, saying their constitutional rights are being trampled as they slip into financial ruin.

It’s the latest litigation brought over the restrictions that have blanketed much of the state since early December, when coronavirus cases began skyrocketing.



The Larry O’Connor Show

Jan. 22, 2021

Carl Dene Speaks with The Lerry O’Connor Show


Fox News – Fox and Friends

Jan. 21, 2021

California Gov. Gavin Newsom facing lawsuits over outdoor dining ban

Restaurant owners Carl Dene and Cynthia Ariosta are among more than 50 in the San Francisco Bay Area who say the Democrat’s restrictions have hurt their businesses.


KRON News

Jan. 21, 2021

Wine Country restaurants file lawsuit against Newsom, CA health officer

NAPA COUNTY, Calif. (KRON) — Governor Gavin Newsom is being sued over California’s outdoor dining ban.At least 50 restaurants and wineries in Napa and Sonoma counties are in on the lawsuit, claiming the state’s decision to stop outdoor dining is irrational.

California’s top health officer Tomás J. Aragón is also named as a defendant.


Jan. 20, 2021 

Wine Country Restaurants Sue Newsom


Jan. 21, 2021 

Carl Dene, Co-Leader of Wine Country Coalition for Safe Reopening, talks their efforts.



Napa Valley Register

Jan. 19, 2021 

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Coalition of Napa Valley businesses sues Gov. Newsom over outdoor dining ban

“The latest shutdowns have forced us to layoff 95 valuable staff members, and it is devastating to consider what this has meant for them and their families,” Nash Cognetti, executive chef at Tre Posti, one of the coalition’s members, said in a press release. “If we make it through the dining ban, we fear there will not be enough local industry left to rebuild our staff.”

“Us as small businesses — we need a voice. People tend to think of the Napa Valley as made up of a bunch of rich winery owners, but it’s not.”


San Francisco Chronicle

Jan. 19, 2021 

50 Bay Area restaurants, wineries sue Gavin Newsom over outdoor dining ban

The lawsuit filed in Napa County Superior Court calls the outdoor dining ban “arbitrary, irrational and unfair,” and argues that there isn’t scientific data supporting the restrictions. It’s similar to a legal challenge the California Restaurant Association filed against Los Angeles County in November, which has its next hearing in February. 

“The latest shutdowns have forced us to layoff 95 valuable staff members, and it is devastating to consider what this has meant for them and their families,”


KPIX CBS SF Bay Area

Jan. 19, 2021 

COVID: Wine Country Business Coalition Sues Gov. Newsom Demanding To Reopen

Terry Letson, the Chef and Owner Fume Bistro says, “We’re getting desperate for more business.”

Letson’s Bistro in Napa is struggling as the latest stay at home order has forced him to shut down all outdoor dining.“We close the outside and we’re just not making it,” says Letson.


SFGATE

Jan. 19, 2021 

Irfan Khan/AP

‘We need to have a voice’: Restaurateurs sue Gov. Newsom over outdoor dining closures

Pointing to the lack of scientific evidence stating that outdoor dining furthers the spread of COVID-19 — among other issues with the ban — the lawsuit says December’s shutdown order constitutes a violation under the California Constitution’s equal protection and due process.


The Press Democrat

Jan. 19, 2021 

Group of North Bay restaurants, wineries and hotels sue state over shutdown limits

The 22-page lawsuit seeks a loosening of the six-week stay-home order that now indefinitely prohibits restaurants, pubs and tasting rooms in the two counties from offering anything beyond takeout and delivery service — limits the group assailed as “draconian.”

Newsom and Tomás J. Aragón, the state’s health officer, are named as the defendants in the case, the latest in a long line to take aim at California’s pandemic-era restrictions on business activity and civic life.


KPIX CBS SF Bay Area

Jan. 19, 2021 

COVID: Wine Country Business Coalition Sues Gov. Newsom Demanding To Reopen

Terry Letson, the Chef and Owner Fume Bistro says, “We’re getting desperate for more business.”

Letson’s Bistro in Napa is struggling as the latest stay at home order has forced him to shut down all outdoor dining.“We close the outside and we’re just not making it,” says Letson.


Staten Island Advance

Jan. 21, 2021 

Staten Island Advance

Jan. 21, 2021 

Gov. Cuomo, you’re not alone. Staten Islanders in California wine country sue their governor for ‘arbitrary’ dining ban.

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Former Todt Hill resident Cynthia Ariosta is among 50 Napa Valley restaurant owners suing California Gov. Gavin Newsom and State Public Health Officer Tomás J. Aragón.


KRSO SANTA ROSA, CA

Jan. 20, 2021 

KRSO SANTA ROSA, CA

Jan. 20, 2021 

Wine Country Coalition Files Lawsuit Against Governor Newsom And The State’s Public Health Officer

A group of Bay Area businesses have filed a lawsuit over part of the state’s Stay-At-Home Order. Jeff Woodworth has the details:


KRSO SANTA ROSA, CA

Jan. 20, 2021 

KRSO SANTA ROSA, CA

Jan. 20, 2021 

Wine Country- Napa!-Coalition Sues Newsom’s California

(Napa, CA) — More than 50 restaurants, hotels and vineyards in California’s wine country are pushing back against the state’s coronavirus restrictions. The so-called Wine Country Coalition for Safe Opening filed a 22-page lawsuit in Napa County.


San Francisco Business Times

Jan. 19, 2021 

More than 50 Bay Area restaurants, wineries sue Newsom to overturn outdoor dining ban

In the latest pushback by frustrated businesses, more than 50 Bay Area restaurants, wineries and other businesses sued Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday, arguing that the stay-at-home restrictions he imposed on their businesses violate the state constitution and are “arbitrary, irrational and unfair.”


KTVU FOX 2

Jan. 19, 2021 

Bay Area restaurants, wineries file lawsuit over outdoor dining ban

NAPA, Calif. – A coalition of Bay Area restaurants and wineries filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against California’s ban on outdoor dining, calling the restriction “arbitrary, capricious, and untethered to evidence.”


Jan. 19, 2021 

Coalition Of Bay Area Restaurants And Wineries Files Lawsuit Against Governor Newsom For Harmful “Arbitrary And Irrational” Outdoor Dining Ban

CALISTOGA, Calif., Jan. 19, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The Wine Country Coalition for Safe Reopening (the “Coalition”) announced today its filing of a lawsuit against Governor Gavin Newsom and California State Public Health Officer Tomás J. Aragón alleging that the state’s ban on outdoor dining and wine tasting is arbitrary, irrational, and unfair. The impact of the ban has brought “ravaging” effects not just on local businesses but thousands of workers who have lost their jobs, the Coalition contends. The Coalition comprises more than 50 restaurants, wineries, tasting rooms, and suppliers across Napa and Sonoma Counties and other parts of the Bay Area.


Jan. 20, 2021 

Bay Area Restaurants, Wineries File Lawsuit Over Outdoor Dining Ban

NAPA, Calif. – A coalition of Bay Area restaurants and wineries filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against California’s ban on outdoor dining, calling the restriction “arbitrary, capricious, and untethered to evidence.”The lawsuit, filed in Napa County Superior Court, named Governor Gavin Newsom and California State Public Health Officer Tomás J. Aragón in the complaint, alleging the state’s latest restriction on outdoor dining violates equal protection and due process under California’s constitution. And it called on the court to stop the ban’s enforcement.