LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl takes heat for dining outdoors after voting on ban


Just hours after voting to uphold the ban on outdoor dining, Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl is taking heat.

She was spotted dining outside at a Santa Monica restaurant last Tuesday.

Earlier this week, the county’s new Safer-at-Home order went into effect for the next three weeks prohibiting public and private gatherings with those not in your household.

"Last month county Supervisors Kathryn Barger and Janice Hahn introduced a motion seeking to maintain the status quo of allowing outdoor dining, arguing the ban will be too onerous on restaurants that are already struggling during the pandemic. But Supervisors Sheila Kuehl, Mark Ridley- Thomas and Hilda Solis stood behind the ban," according to a CNS story.

Also last month, the County’s health order was modified so that take-out, delivery and drive-thru are allowed at restaurants, bars and wineries and breweries.

Supervisor Janice Hahn, who voted against the ban, tells Fox 11 it's not a good look.

“We all need to make sure that the public knows that we believe the votes we take and we are certainly going to abide by the decisions that we are imposing on everybody else,” she says.

A spokesperson confirms Supervisor Kuehl did enjoy a meal at Il Forno on the very last day it was allowed adding she is saddened by the restaurant's financial troubles.

Meanwhile, LA County Supervisor Kathryn Barger slammed public health officials' decision to suspend outdoor dining amid the surge in coronavirus cases.