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Salons & Restaurants Sue Governor Newsom

Posted January 22, 2021, under Advocacy, Hot Topics

Since 1999, the Professional Beauty Federation of California has striven to give voice to California’s 620,000 hair/skin/nails licensed professionals and 53,000 licensed barbering/beauty establishments. In recent months, we have been very active in trying to keep our so-called “non-essential” but safe businesses in operation, including a concerted #OpenSalonsNow campaign and peaceful demonstrations up and down this diverse state.

Yesterday, the beauty industry joined with restaurants in suing Governor Newsom to compel the immediate and permanent reopening of our quintessential small and proven-safe businesses.

The vast majority of this industry is made-up of women-owned and operated establishments, including a huge percentage of first generation immigrants and those from the LGBT community.  10 months into these lockdowns, the State has failed to produce any “data and science” justifying the criminalization of the services of these state licensed professionals.

“Our small businesses, less financed and politically connected than multinational corporations, Hollywood and other so-called ‘essential businesses’, have become the go-to sacrificial lambs to the Covid gods”, stated PBFC Counsel and Advocate Fred Jones.  “This has been ruinous for thousands of our establishments and the livelihood of tens of thousands, without any justifiable basis,” he further stated.

Lead counsel and high-profile Los Angeles attorney Mark Geragos commented: “What has become obvious is that the Governor and so called health officials never followed ‘science or data’ on closing down outdoor dining or capricious lockdowns of safe barbershops and beauty salons. Instead of following the science they followed the Lobbyists and allowed film companies to utilize hairstylists and makeup artists, while preventing the same services to be done in salons by the very same trained professionals. By definition this is ‘unequal treatment under the law’.”

“Cutting hair is a criminal act in only one State in the Union,” reminded PBFC President, Ted Nelson.  “Governor Newsom is arbitrarily and needlessly destroying the livelihoods of state licensed professionals who have the formal education and training to keep their clientele safe from infections, as the CDC has acknowledged.  Shame on him!”, concluded Mr. Nelson. 

You can read the lawsuit here:

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BREAKING: Financial Relief Announced by PBFC!

Posted December 22, 2020, under Advocacy, Hot Topics

PBFC Announces PPP Opportunity … Placing Our Industry In The Front of the Line! Congress recently passed and President Trump signed a COVID-19 relief package, which includes $284B in additional funding for another round of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to assist struggling businesses.  Unlike the prior round that went mostly …

Nail Salons Statewide Reopening Announcement

Posted September 22, 2020, under Advocacy, Hot Topics, Licensure

Since 1999, the Professional Beauty Federation of California has striven to give voice to California’s 620,000 hair/skin/nails licensed professionals and 52,000 licensed barbering/beauty establishments.  In recent months, we have been very active in trying to get our so-called “non-essential” but safe businesses back in operation, including a federal lawsuit filed …

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Disrespect Leads to Delicensure!

Posted September 10, 2020, under Deregulation, Licensure

Which industry sectors were the last to reopen during the recent nationwide lockdowns?  Hint: It wasn’t the multinational retail corporations, the grocers and alcohol outlets, the automobile sales/repair facilities, the home improvement stores or the dental offices.  It was the personal service sectors — hair/skin/nail shops, gyms, tattoo and massage …

Governor Capitulates … again … sort of!

Posted August 28, 2020, under Advocacy, Hot Topics, Licensure

Here is the PBFC’s Public Statement in response to Governor Newsom’s convoluted tiered schema he just rolled out, placing 87% of our nail/skin establishments OUTSIDE, while reopening INDOOR hair/barbershops statewide (evidently without capacity limits):      Since 1999, the Professional Beauty Federation of California has striven to give voice to …

San Francisco Targets OpenSafe Leader!

Posted August 21, 2020, under Advocacy, Hot Topics

The City and County of San Francisco is targeting the leader of the OpenSafeCalifornia movement! They aren’t going after anyone else, which means if we can fight them back, here, we can protect everyone’s establishments in the City By The Bay. This is what is happening to Shay in real …

Salons/Shops/Spas Teetering on Insolvency

Posted August 10, 2020, under Advocacy, Hot Topics

Another month, another column focusing on the invisible enemy that at least here in California continues to lay waste to our economy, our industry and our livelihoods.  Well, to be more precise, COVID is wreaking havoc in terms of contagion spread here in the Golden State, but our state and …

Meet The Man Behind The Curtain

Posted July 28, 2020, under Advocacy, Hot Topics

Since we brought Governor Newsom to court and kicked off the #OpenSalonsNow campaign, the PBFC has broken through the noise, received unparalleled media coverage, and reached the collective consciousness of our half-million active, licensed professionals … in a way we have never been able to penetrate in our association’s 20 …

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PBFC Statement Re: Outside Services

Posted July 22, 2020, under Advocacy, Hot Topics, Licensure

The Professional Beauty Federation of California is a 501 (c)(6) nonprofit trade association that seeks to give voice to California’s 621,000 hair/skin/nails licensed professionals, as well the over 53,000 licensed barbering/beauty establishments.  We have been very active in trying to get our so-called “non-essential” businesses back in operation since May, …

Who’s Speaking Up For You?

Posted July 8, 2020, under Advocacy, Hot Topics

In the early days of the COVID threat, our licensed professionals embraced federal and state calls for lockdowns to “flatten the contagion curve” so as to “not overwhelm our hospitals” and to keep our clients and co-workers safe. But as the days, weeks and months progressed, and as not a …

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