ICYMI – So. CA News Group OPPOSES Public Health Councils

Posted October 6th, 2020 | Status:

ICYMI – on Sunday (10/4) the Southern California News Group’s editorial board released their OPPOSITION to the LA County Board of Supervisors plan to develop “public health councils” composed of employees at their places of work. 

The Southern CA News Group oversees eleven newspapers, seven of which are in Los Angeles County.

The editorial board stated:

Employers in California have been devastated by the effects of the lockdown policy and the restrictions on their operations.

Given the chaotic and everchanging rules set by public health orders from the cities, counties and state, it is unwise in the extreme to impose yet another layer of regulatory enforcement on businesses.

We urge the discarding of this idea and encourage lawmakers and policymakers to spend less time entertaining half-baked ideas and more time figuring out how to safely reopen the economy.

“Public health councils” would require businesses allow employees to organize and permit them to report potential health officer order violations to an outside “third party organization” contracted by the County. Businesses would have no say in the process and despite the County’s own data showing businesses are overwhelmingly in compliance, the County still feels the need to layer an extra level of bureaucracy with no proof that it actually works.

BizFed along with our members the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, the CA Retailers Association, and California Strategies, met with the Southern CA News Groups editorial board to express our deep concerns and outlined the potential problems with the implementation of this strategy. We are glad the editorial board feels the same way.

The LA County Board of Supervisors is expected to vote on an ordinance NEXT Tuesday, October 13.

BizFed will be in attendance opposing the motion and will follow up on additional outreach strategies with our membership prior to the meeting.

If you have any questions regarding this issue, or would like to join our COVID-19 Economic Recovery Task Force which is spearheading this issue – please contact sarah.wiltfong@bizfed.org.

Keeping you informed,

Tracy Hernandez
Founding CEO, BizFed


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