August 20, 2020

Senator Toni Atkins
1350 Front Street, Suite 4061
San Diego, CA 92101

Senator Richard Roth
State Capitol, Room 4034
Sacramento, CA 95814

Senator Anna Caballero
State Capitol, Room 5052
Sacramento, CA 95814

Senator Steve Bradford
State Capitol, Room 2059
Sacramento, CA 95814

Senator Anthony Portantino
State Capitol, Room 3086
Sacramento, CA 95814

Senator Holly Mitchell
State Capitol, Room 5050
Sacramento, CA 95814

RE: VOTE YES AB 1552 / Make Insurance Companies Pay Out Business Interruption for Mandatory Government Shut down / Save our Small Businesses and Jobs

 

Dear Senators’,

Our small businesses invest yearly in extremely costly insurance coverage that includes Business Interruption Coverage. A coverage that our small businesses thought they could count on from their insurance companies, that, they have paid billions to over the years of doing business in the state of California.

As the claims poured into insurance companies back in March, April and May, a nationwide boiler plate letter was sent out to every claimant – claim DENIED due to a ‘Virus’ Infection clause.

However, no one in the restaurant and bar industry was closed due to their business being infected by a virus. Restaurants and bars were closed by Government Order – a Business Interruption Coverage that our insurance companies do provide to many. Our restaurants and bars became unfit for use or unusable by this Government order to shutter all restaurants and bars causing tremendous physical loss and damage to over 90 thousand operations in California.

The health and safety of our industry’s employees and clientele are of most importance to our industry. Upon re-opening the business sector, the restaurant and bar industry was handed a 10page mandated protocols by the City of Los Angeles, costly, ambiguous and instilling tremendous anxiety and stress upon operators, employees and clientele. Our restaurants and bars have invested billions into this state, we are the heart of every thriving community and the ‘go to’ when a community need revitalizing.

Our industry is fighting for their lives and that of their millions of employees.

Senators’, The Greater Los Angeles Hospitality Association represents thousands of Los Angeles Restaurant and Bar owners who are counting on you to support AB 1552.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Tricia La Belle & Cedd Moses
President             Vice President

PO Box 27718
Los Angeles, California 90027
818 . 642 . 7391

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