“This is a serious emergency medical service and we must take it seriously,” she said, voting in one of three voices that will again ban the practice in the county of more than 10 million people.
Hours later, according to KTTV, she was spotted eating outdoors at an Italian restaurant in Santa Monica, California.
Kuehl is one of at least four high-ranking California Democrats who have landed in hot water in recent days for failing to follow their own public health recommendations.
Despite requests from residents to stay home to slow the spread of the coronavirus ̵
Their transgressions come when infections pick up and hospital beds fill up quickly in California, according to data tracked by The Washington Post. More than 81,000 new cases were reported across the country last week, and about 9,000 patients are currently hospitalized, an increase of 36 percent from last week.
Barbara Osborne, a spokeswoman for Kuehl, confirmed to The Washington Post that the warden had dinner at Il Forno in Santa Monica on November 24, the last day of which was allowed outdoors in Los Angeles County.
“She loves Il Forno, she’s sad to see him, as many restaurants suffer from a drop in revenue,” Osborne said in a statement. “She ate there, taking proper precautions, and will not dine there again until our public health permits allow.”
At four hundred miles and three Michelin stars, the enticing table lure has also created public relations headaches for two of California’s most prominent politicians.
Gov. Gavin Newsum (D) and San Francisco Mayor London Braid (D) traveled to the Napa Valley for birthday dinners last month at a French laundromat, a decent dining room where reservations are hard to earn, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
The parties took place on November 6th and 7th, respectively, when Napa County allowed indoor dining with no limit on the number of households that could gather at one table. But state guidelines discouraged such dinners and limited them to three households – a limit that Newsom’s group of a dozen people appears to have violated.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the governor has repeatedly called on Californians to “do your job,” urging them to practice social distancing and avoid mixing with other households.
Newsom apologized after news surfaced last month about his dinner in French laundry and again when photos surfaced of him and his wife sitting next to each other without masks. He said more guests than he expected were at the 50th birthday party for a longtime political adviser.
“I made a bad mistake,” Newsum told a news conference. “Instead of sitting down, I had to get up and go back to my car.”
The breed, whose dinner was first announced Tuesday, also asked residents to limit contact with others. Earlier in the day, she said that “as a person living alone, it was a difficult year for me personally.”
It was not clear how many households participated in the mayor’s eight-member party, which a spokesman described to the Chronicle as “a small family birthday dinner” in a partially enclosed room. Breed did not immediately respond to an email from The Post asking for more details about the collection.
But the return of expensive French dishes from the laundry of politicians is fierce, with at least one restaurant specifically mocking the Newsom meal there. Eat at Joe’s, a greasy spoon in Redondo Beach, California, continued to serve customers outside – in violation of Los Angeles County’s ban on eating outdoors – while disguising your banner sign with the French laundry logo.
“If that’s good enough for Gavin Newsom, it’s good enough for all my customers,” owner Alex Jordan told KNTV.
As dinner tries to comply with local and state regulations, Los Angeles County officials continue to “move the door line back and forth,” Jordan said.
In San Jose, meanwhile, Mayor Sam Licardo (D) made a similar oversight of a trip home to his parents’ Thanksgiving dinner outdoors, though he urged others not to do the same.
Before the holiday, Licardo warned that people were releasing their guards with family members and friends, causing an increase in infections. “Let’s cancel the big rallies this year and focus on keeping ourselves safe,” he wrote on Twitter on November 25.
The next day, he attended a socially distant Thanksgiving table with eight people from five households – three more than the ceiling allowed by health regulations in California.
“I apologize for my decision to gather in violation of state rules by attending this Thanksgiving meal with my family,” Licardo said in a statement Tuesday. “I understand my obligation as a civil servant to ensure exemplary compliance with public health orders and certainly not to ignore them. I commit to doing better. “
Race Thebes contributed to this report.