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Supervisor Kathryn Barger recommended that the board back the bipartisan bill by Assembly members Sharon Quirk-Silva and Suzette Martinez Valladares. The bill would amend the state's industry guidance to allow amusement and theme parks to open once a region is in the moderate or orange risk tier rather than the lower minimal or yellow tier.
“In the past week alone, I’ve heard from over 600 constituents about how PSPS events have had very serious effects on their lives,” said Assemblywoman Suzette Valladares, R-Santa Clarita, during the public comment section of the meeting. “Not the past 50 days, but in the past five days.”
Assemblywoman Suzette Valladares, R-Santa Clarita, agreed, adding, “Small businesses, restaurants, nail salons and barbershops are all desperate to open their doors, earn a living and serve our community, so today is a good day, and I encourage each and every one of us to support our local businesses.
“These are difficult times for all of us,” Valladares said. “I’m going to work hard and do everything I can to help make 2021 a better year for everyone.”
“The Governor’s budget fails to address the most critical & urgent matters facing Californians—the failure of EDD, the failure to return children to school, the failure of meaningful support & reform for small business & the failure to adequately address wildfire and energy crisis,” said Valladares in a tweet.
“We cannot continue to fail our future, our kids,” she wrote in a Twitter post. “Europe has kept in-person learning open for the majority of the pandemic. Which now provides us with evidence that schools are not major spreading centers. The social and emotional development during the foundational years of preschool to second grade cannot be replicated through distance learning. Returning young students to schools is vital and long overdue. Most states had plans in place months ago.”
“The COVID shut-downs have devastated our local small businesses that we can’t afford to lose,” said Suzette Martinez Valladares (R-Santa Clarita). “They employ our family members, our neighbors, and keep the economic engine of California running strong. I’m signing on to The Keep California Working Act which will invest $2.6 billion in grants so we can keep small businesses alive and running.”
“Knowing that those in our restaurant industry will be unemployed, I’m really eager to get phone lines open and emails open to help our community,” she said, adding that among her priorities include looking at ways to safely reopen businesses and schools and “(asking) the tough questions, looking at long-term consequences” of what a full closure could do to communities.