French Laundry, an upscale restaurant in Napa, California, where Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom was caught violating his own coronavirus lockdown rules, got more than $2.4 million in loans from the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program.
The loans were reportedly used to retain the restaurant’s 160 employees.
The SFist website reported on SBA’s release of data on the program, created when Congress passed the Cares Act in the Spring:
ABC 7 reports that Thomas Keller’s flagship restaurant in Yountville had two loan approved on April 30, one for $2.2 million to retain 163 employees, and another for around $200,000 to retain five other employees. That amounts to about 17 times more federal money that the average Bay Are restaurant received — and it’s another example of a larger, wealthier business reaping stimulus benefits that many smaller businesses didn’t have access to.
The lack of equity in how these federal stimulus funds were distributed is becoming more and more glaring as we close out a year in which thousands of independent restaurants across the country have gone under. Last week we learned that companies tied to Governor Gavin Newsom and his family received $2.9 million in PPP funds, and two weeks ago we first learned that big chain restaurants like P.F. Chang’s and TGI Friday’s received the maximum-sized loans available, which were $10 million.
According to data received by ABC 7, 5,450 full-service restaurants in the Bay Area received PPP loans this year, which are forgivable if they are primarily used to pay employee salaries. As we learned via the New York Times, 87 percent of the loans made in the program were for $150,000 or less, and large companies including prominent law firms and restaurant chains consumed about one quarter of the total money available. Six hundred of those companies got loans of $10 million apiece.
. @GavinNewsom has closed outdoor dining – but allows full airplanes to fly in and out of California every day. And Target and Walmart have always been open.
His attack on small business owners should not be forgotten.
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) December 16, 2020
And recently, in an NBC Exclusive interview, Kamala Harris fails to call out hypocrisy from Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom on lockdowns. Doesn’t sound like “strong leadership” to me!
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) December 16, 2020
As previously reported by 100% Fed Up:
Small business owners reacted to the local news investigation revealing nine companies that are part of a group founded by Governor Gavin Newsom received millions in funding through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
Steve Mayer, an accountant and financial consultant of SD Mayer & Associates, who has helped small business owners with the local applications had this to say about the loan program: “The little guy, mom and pop people were completely passed over.”
While they were “passed over” it looks like Newsom was cashing in on the coronavirus relief.
An analysis from ABC 7 found that larger restaurants got on average much more than restaurants with 100 or fewer employees — 91 percent to 52 percent, respectively.
The campaign to recall Governor Gavin Newsom has more than half the signatures it needs. More than 840,000 signatures have been collected; it needs 1,495,709 for the recall to qualify.
The recall effort was started because of Gov. Newsom’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic with ongoing health orders that have shuttered businesses and schools as well as a massive unemployment fraud scandal.