Supervisor Jim Desmond unveils OpenCalNow petition

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Many businesses have been closed for more than six months because of the COVID-19 restrictions. Others are barely holding on like Draft Republic. 

The struggle now has a group of business and county leaders on a mission to send a message to the governor.

That message is pretty straight forward. “Southern California has had enough,” said Jim Desmond, San Diego County Supervisor.

At a news conference Tuesday morning, Desmond along with Supervisor Donald Wagner from Orange County unveiled a new online petition called “OpenCalNow.”

“Our message to the governor is: We can open safely.,” stayed Wagner.

Behind the two-county leaders, stood the owners of some of the most iconic restaurants in the region.

“Unfortunately as of today, everything we’ve built for 38 years is in jeopardy.. Now that we are only allowed 25% capacity inside it’s not sustainable. We know that COVID-19 isn’t going away anytime soon but other states have put together plans to better balance the health of their communities with the health of the economy,” said Lesley Cohn, with Cohn Restaurant Group. 

One of the first things you see when you go to is the message to Governor Newsom. It reads in part:

“Trust the people and local elected officials to do it right.”


And that is the hope of this petition. “We want to encourage all businesses to sign on. We will pass it onto the governor, what we in San Diego and Orange County, we’re trying to expand this to Riverside County as well, what we’re thinking, what we’re willing to do to open up safely,” said Desmond.

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