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By Sarah Storkin
Observer Staff Writer 

Hours After Voting to End Outdoor Dining, LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl Dines Out in Santa Monica

Supervisor was one of three on the board who voted to shut down indoor dining Los Angeles Countywide

 

December 4, 2020

Protestors at Sheila Kuehl's house Tuesday afternoon.

With 2 other Supervisors, Sheila Kuehl voted to close all of LA County's 31,000 restaurants on Monday, November 23. Then she went out to eat at Il Forno on Ocean Park Blvd on Tuesday night, November 24.

"This is why people get pissed and have no respect for politicians. They can't even follow THEIR OWN protocol. Embarrassing." tweeted Anthony Steele.

Kuehl's explanation was she goes to eat there every night, and was catching a final meal at her favorite eatery near her Santa Monica home, before it closed. She felt no apology was necessary.

Protestors at Sheila Kuehl's house Tuesday afternoon.

"She did dine al fresco at Il Forno on the very last day it was permissible. She loves Il Forno, has been saddened to see it, like so many restaurants, suffer from a decline in revenue. She ate there, taking appropriate precautions, and sadly will not dine there again until our Public Health Orders permit," said a Kuehl spokesman.

A member of the five member board of Supervisors since 2008, Kuehl, 79 years old, served in the State Senate from 1994 to 2008. She is a former child actress, and currently the member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for the 3rd District. In 1994, she became the first openly gay California legislator.

There have been other Democrat politicians caught dining outside or otherwise violating pandemic. Gavin Newsom famously was eating at the French Laundry, an ultra expensive Napa Valley Eatery. House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi got her haircut at a salon that opened just for her. The Governor of New Jersey was caught dining at a restaurant in the Garden State, and so forth.

 

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