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Pleasanton hair salon protests to reopen

Original post made on Jul 31, 2020

Workers from a Pleasanton hair salon were among a small group of hair stylists and salon owners who protested to reopen their businesses at the Alameda County Public Health Department in Oakland last week.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, July 30, 2020, 5:07 PM

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48 people like this
Posted by Willy
a resident of Old Towne
on Jul 31, 2020 at 9:37 am

It's time to allow Barbers, Hair Salons and Nail Shops to open! These people are hurting!


42 people like this
Posted by Henry Bechtel
a resident of Mission Park
on Jul 31, 2020 at 12:17 pm

Absolutely ridiculous to keep hair saloons & barber shops closed. They can address sanitation to minimize danger, at least as well as grocery stores do now.


32 people like this
Posted by Leza Shaw
a resident of Pleasanton Village
on Jul 31, 2020 at 1:43 pm

As an ex hairdresser myself this rule for hairdressers & barbers not to open is crippling these families & businesses. Many other countries have still had them open with limited numbers & extra safety measures. It’s worked for them so why not here! Covid is killing people in more ways than one! Causing money worries, stress, leading to heart attacks, stomach ulcers & more. Let them open up. As she says..there’s people doing it behind closed doors anyway..which is less safe!


34 people like this
Posted by Barbara Costello
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Jul 31, 2020 at 2:39 pm

This is just petty stuff from the County. I guarantee you people are driving to other counties to get haircuts and treatments. You are just depriving Alameda County workers from working. The state and county government has done such a poor job responding to this pandemic. Closing all the beaches and parks when the medical experts advise that we are safer outside. Allowing some businesses to stay open but making others close. If we can shop for groceries wearing masks, we can get haircuts wearing masks. The problem is, the County workers get a full paycheck no matter how long this shutdown lasts and they want to show us how powerful they are. They aren't elected officials, so they feel very safe.


47 people like this
Posted by James Michael
a resident of Val Vista
on Jul 31, 2020 at 2:47 pm

Everything needs to re-open, schools included, and before the November elections. We all know what this is all about...deny Trump a second term. Europe doesn't seem to have a problem but then they aren't in an election cycle.


24 people like this
Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 31, 2020 at 3:06 pm

Good for them, government needs to listen to the people.

Not fighting for handouts, fighting for the right to earn a living......never thought I’d see the day


27 people like this
Posted by Susan Ulatoski
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Jul 31, 2020 at 3:11 pm

This is a letter I wrote to Alameda County of Public Health Department.

Dear ACPHD,
I am a hairstylist in Alameda County. I have been off work since March 17 2020. On behalf of myself and 5000+ stylists and owners. I implore you to allow us to open our doors. Haircuts and color etc. outside is not sanitary. If there is the least bit of wind outside there would be flying hair everywhere, especially if located near a restaurant. I’m not sure the patrons would appreciate hair in their fettuccine!!!
Seriously, we have taken every measure to provide a sanitized, safe environment for our guests and fellow stylists. In fact 75% of our board testing and licensing is in sanitation and client protection. We are also overseen by the State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology. We are ESSENTIAL. JUST AS MUCH AS BOTOX AND FILLER FROM MED SPAS THAT ARE OPENED! Open up our Salons/ Barbershops PLEASE.

Thank you for listening, I look forward to your thoughts and suggestions.

Sincerely,
Susan Ulatoski


31 people like this
Posted by Ron R.
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 31, 2020 at 5:41 pm

If dentists, who literally do all their work inside one's mouth, can be open, certainly, hair salons should be open. Alameda County Public Health, LET HAIR SALONS OPEN UP!


12 people like this
Posted by Jake Waters
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 4, 2020 at 11:28 am

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At some point in time, we conservatives (silent majority) must ‘wake up’ or suffer the consequences of a stolen nation. The Democratic playbook is not some hidden agenda, philosophy, or practice that has just oozed up from the pavement. No, it’s organized, financed, and supported by the mainstream media, Hollywood, elitists, and Academia.

They have implemented their techniques from their Bible, ‘Rules For Radicles,’ by their disciple-Saul D. Alinsky, and we must hold them to one of his 12 rules: that is, mandate that they adhere to the same standards they demand of us. Essentially reverse their techniques and direct it at them. Further to the point, a strategy designed by two socialist professors back in the 60’s, was designed to ‘overload and overwhelm’ the U.S. government in order to achieve the desired goal, has also been implemented to exacerbate the situation. They used this strategy upon the welfare system during that time. Look around, what do you see? Chaos everywhere.

But a gift the Democrats received and hoped to achieve is the overwhelming cooperation of Americans to attack, ridicule, and shame their fellow citizens. We see it here in Pleasanton. Who are we forced to listen to? Gavin Newsom, Dr. Fauci, and a string of people who are not doctors, scientists or experts- which includes us, as commentators. Their is a wave of medical personnel in this country that are being remove from Google, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, because it doesn’t support the Democratic narrative. And that narrative is solely directed to remove Trump from office. Everything is about that one cause under the disguise of a virus. They could not imagine a more subdued nation. Last March seems like a dream, and we have been falling off the cliff in slow motion ever since. Gavin Newsom imbedded his intention in his first address if you were paying attention.

And now we are attempting to control each other by ‘mask shaming’ and ‘SIP’ directives. We have been fixated on percentages, numbers, graphs, and most of all- manipulated fear. Many of you spin your numbers without looking at our history of illnesses, or the reporting requirements of these cases and deaths. Did you know the hospitals receive more money if they have positive cases and deaths identified as an alleged link to Covid19?

You imagine little molecules of this virus as if it has the ability to discern problems and issues: The virus apparently knows how to transmit itself into a beauty salon, but not into Safeway, an abortion client, liquor store, weed dispensary, or Lowe’s. The virus apparently has difficulty determining distances- first it is 6 feet, now 30 feet, when will we be at 100 feet? Masks are being made by every walk of life without FDA approval, but people are buying up these pieces of ‘magic cotton’ as if there is no tomorrow. When do we start dawning goggles Dr. Fauci?

This is ‘the maddening of the crowds,’ and a lot of very smart people know it. We need to start waking up (perhaps it due to an over abundance of inhaled CO2), and start asking more questions. I applaud and support the salon owners and respect their civil disobedience. So many of the commenters here must have guaranteed incomes and pensions, and are oblivious to the destruction of our economy. Those are real people out their losing their businesses, jobs, and livelihoods. This ‘maddening’ needs to stop.


6 people like this
Posted by Scott
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 4, 2020 at 1:51 pm

Scott is a registered user.

Even aside from encouraging mass gathering of people for nonessential reasons, Police and politicians from New Jersey to Beverly Hills are allowing huge packed indoor parties with zero social distancing to go on and only respond when people get shot, see all the news stories last two days on the parties that saw zero police enforcement of draconian bans on social gathering. My understanding is these parties happen in alameda county all the time too.

To keep honest small businesses locked down while allowing irresponsible parties to go on is just not right.


18 people like this
Posted by Rob
a resident of Grey Eagle Estates
on Aug 4, 2020 at 2:37 pm

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First, to the point of the article I also agree we need to try to open up some business where the process can be managed by minimizing any risk. People are going to the next city over to get things done. But I'm dumbfounded that people think this Covid stuff is here only to impact someone's presidency term or is political. When you work the front line, and see and care for people that have Covid. It is REAL. It doesn't care if you're white, black, or tan. It doesn't care if you're a blue or red supporter. It doesn't care if you're young or old, or rich or poor. And it especially doesn't care who's on the election ballot. Covid does not discriminate, and for sure someone will die from it. If you don't think it's real come to my office with your family to the hospital, without a mask, and we'll show you how real it is. We're in this mess because we don't have any leadership in our country's administration telling us what needs to be done. Instead he's punting the responsibility to governors, counties, sheriffs, and they all want to do something different. It's a mess. You can't tell me we're better off today than we were years ago. I don't care what happened 2 or 8 years ago or what my stock portfolio "was", this is where we are Today. All I know is I can't wake up from this nightmare.


37 people like this
Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 5, 2020 at 8:39 am

BobB is a registered user.

These articles always bring out the crazies like Jake Waters and James Michael who want us to defy all the public health officials and go to large indoor gatherings without masks during the coronavirus outbreak, and not take flu shots or any vaccines.

Wear a mask. Get a flu shot. Vaccinate your children. Avoid large gatherings.

The sooner we can get our numbers down, the sooner these businesses can open.

And PP, regarding your question as to whether I would take a vaccine is for covid-19 as soon as it is available, I have already signed up for a trial. I may get a placebo, or I may get a vaccine. I hope it provides good data for the researchers.


9 people like this
Posted by Jake Waters
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 5, 2020 at 9:00 am

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@BobB

You always make it personal BobB. You always attack those that look at this differently. You always project onto others that of which you are guilty of. You never show compassion toward the working women and men, small business owners, and this governmental control we find ourselves under. No, you keep mumbling the same mantra over and over and over again, which makes me suspicious of your stability.

Wear a mask or don’t wear a mask, which ever makes you feel good, but hard working Americans want to get back to work and earn a living, my God I admire them. You BobB must have a guaranteed income because you could care less about this economy. The hoax (again) is up on this virus, and you are long overdue to be ignored. I will start by doing just that.


28 people like this
Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 5, 2020 at 10:04 am

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@Jake Waters,

Anti-vaccine people like yourself who also refuse to wear a mask and won't vaccinate your children are a danger to the rest of us. It is people like you who lack compassion for small business owners because it is people like you who are spreading the virus and forcing theses shutdowns to continue.

Stay away from the fringe conspiracy theory web sites. Wear a mask. Get your flu shot. Vaccinate your children. Avoid large gatherings.


7 people like this
Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 5, 2020 at 11:54 am

Pleasanton Parent is a registered user.

BobB,
Start footing the total cost for what you're asking then you have a position to stand on. Until then.

Take personal accountability for your own health as you see necessary. Wear sunscreen. Don't fear hugs. Avoid fear mongering.


24 people like this
Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 5, 2020 at 8:02 pm

BobB is a registered user.

@PP,

We are all responsible for not endangering the health of others people in our community. We don't let factories and power stations to operate without pollution control systems because we need to protect our entire community from health hazards. We wear masks, socially distance and so on to protect others, not just ourselves.


5 people like this
Posted by Jake Waters
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 5, 2020 at 11:06 pm

Jake Waters is a registered user.

@ DKHSK

Well said Dan, but I have learned BobB isn’t going to shut up. BobB is a Blogging Bully, and if you read his comments on all articles you find the same rambling incoherent gibberish. He has nothing to offer substantially to the conversation, so this is what we are left with. My advice is just ignore him. It’s what they did to Alex Jones- BobB followed him.


19 people like this
Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 6, 2020 at 7:55 am

BobB is a registered user.

@Dan,

I call Jake Waters an anti-vaxxer because he didn't vaccinate his children and shares links to other anti-vaxxers and weird conspiratorial web sites. He is an anti-vaxxer.

You people are spreading dangerous garbage and misinformation. It is the anti-vaxxers who need to shut up. Real lives are at stake.


23 people like this
Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 6, 2020 at 8:34 am

BobB is a registered user.

This is a very serious disease. We need to listen to what the experts say.

Socially distance, wear masks, get a flu shot, avoid large gatherings. When we get the numbers down, we can open up businesses and schools.

People trying to downplay the seriousness of this disease are causing real harm. They have no idea what they are talking about. They need to shut up.


9 people like this
Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Aug 6, 2020 at 9:05 am

Kathleen Ruegsegger is a registered user.

We are nearly 5 months into this (more if you count from the first death). Things are not getting better. Drop the name calling; wear a mask where asked to. It’s easy enough to do, help’s others, and helps you.


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Posted by John
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 6, 2020 at 9:32 am

John is a registered user.

Everyone just repeats the same crap on both sides. If you have nothing new to say shut up. Please shut up, you are not going to change any minds.


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Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 6, 2020 at 9:32 am

BobB is a registered user.

Kathleen,

Anti-vaxxers and frauds like Judy Mikovits or RFK junior need to be called out by name and the people promoting that garbage are a menace to all of us. This is serious business. Twitter, YouTube, and finally even Facebook are finally showing the courage to pull this nonsense down. Pleasanton Weekly should follow their example. This is a very serious illness. We need to wear masks, socially distance, avoid large crowds, get flu shots, and follow all the public health guidelines.


6 people like this
Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 6, 2020 at 4:59 pm

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Show me the science that supports casinos being open and schools be closed.
Show me the science that says liquor stores can be open but hair salons can't.
Show me the science that says measures in Pleasanton need to follow measures in Oakland.
Show me the science that says peoples livelihoods won't be erased by sitting in the corner doing nothing and hoping this goes away.

You can't do it BobB. This isn't science, this is mass blanketing of preventative measures that probably help decrease the probability of getting COVID that probably won't kill you, but could make you really really sick.

Is the disease real - absolutely.
Are there real consequences for at risk individuals - absolutely
Should we take precautionary measures - yes

But perhaps we should be locking down hospitals, and elderly centers, anywhere were the risk of death is severe more so than elementary schools.

Maybe we should ask Oakland why they can't get their ish together. How about we stop telling people to flatten the curve, then stop the curve, and say increases are the sky falling when we haven't provided target metrics for communities to strive to achieve?

Stop saying its "science" when you're not supporting it with studies, data, or metrics. Science is a process. There isn't necessarily an answer. Thats why businesses often ask, "is this a science project or an engineering problem". One is unknown, a process of discovery, the other is definitive.




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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Aug 6, 2020 at 6:37 pm

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PP, I am concerned about what is open and what isn’t. But schools, even P’town, are a no. Here’s why: Web Link

It just is not time.


5 people like this
Posted by John
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 6, 2020 at 7:17 pm

John is a registered user.

DCD say open. Fauci says open. Pediatrics Association says open. You have cases because they are being tested. Was any one tested before the shool opened. You argue for science, but when it does not fit you opinion you ignore it. Testing positive is not a death sentence or even a sickness sentence.


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Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 6, 2020 at 8:02 pm

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@PP,

I don't disagree with a lot of what you said.


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Posted by Nicki
a resident of Jensen Tract
on Aug 7, 2020 at 9:36 am

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Can't speak for all hospitals, but one that I am familiar with: Doctors say their hospital get $9 for each reported NON-covid death and $43 for each covid death. So they are ENCOURAGED to type in Covid , regardless oF the cause of death or just present at some time in patients history, even if NOT the cause of death. So much for any truth in data reporting on that!


5 people like this
Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 7, 2020 at 10:20 am

BobB is a registered user.

@Nicki,

The consensus among scientists and epidemiologists is that COVID-19 deaths are under counted, not over counted.

Web Link

Please stop spreading conspiracy theories. This is a very serious and dangerous disease. It is not a hoax. It is not fake. Doctors aren't lying.

Web Link

Web Link


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Posted by DKHSK
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Aug 7, 2020 at 10:35 am

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BobB,

"We need to listen to what the experts say."

Which experts? Youmean the government health experts who's recommendations have consistently shifted?

This "experts".

All you have to do is look at Sweden for a look at how this should have been handled.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: the handling of this virus is due to one thing and one thing only - the2020 election.

Prediction: COVID will die down not from any public policy, but it will be by death of media indifference after the election.

Take that to the bank.

So go ahead BobB. Continue to hide and spout your complete nonsense to the other worrywarts on this and other threads.

I, for one, am not swayed by your fear-mongering.

Dan


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Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 7, 2020 at 12:42 pm

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@Dan,

Maybe sign up for one of the vaccine trials? Give blood? If you have a lot of courage and are otherwise healthy, several trials are looking for human challenge volunteers -- You'll get both a vaccine dose (or 2), and exposure to live virus. Could save a lot of lives and prevent a lot of illness.


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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 7, 2020 at 2:43 pm

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Kathleen,
I respect your involvement in the educational community, and we disagree - I could understand not opening high schools. Grade schools, no way. Infection, hospitalization, and death rate don't support keeping grade schools closed.

BTW, your link isn't working (at least for me). I'm assuming its linking a report of a school that had kids test positive? Yup, it will happen. Thats why I think the hybrid option for those that are willing to go is fair, along with cleaning/ppe/screening/etc protocols. Mange below the 5% infection rate in a school and everyone wins.


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Posted by Rose Marino
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 8, 2020 at 1:35 pm

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Let me start by saying I believe in science and Dr. Fauci, and I wear a mask when I’m out. That said, it seems crazy to me that I can read a story on pages 5 and 7 of the Weekly about hair salons that CANNOT open, even when they’ve taken the steps of getting trained properly, setting their shop up with plexiglass dividers, etc., and then on page 8 read that the state’s epidemiologist is outlining a way that K-6 schools can ask for a waiver for IN-PERSON teaching, even if they’re on the state’s list of counties being watched. Excuse me? I can’t get my hair cut but you want to do inside, in person teaching for several hours a day??? How is that safe?! Come on, State Cosmetology Board and ALCO Health Dept! Let these people work!!


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Posted by Jake Waters
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 9, 2020 at 9:27 am

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I’m not a Doctor and I don’t play one in the comment section, that said, the Democrats In control of this state are behaving as the CCP. They have created ‘snitch lines’ for citizens to report other citizens to the police for what they see as COVID violations- the switch board is apparently lighting up. Can you imagine, people walk by real crimes all the time and don’t call the police. But, the only ones that are not going to be cited or arrested are those protestors up and down the state demonstrating for BLM and Illegal Aliens who want the removal of ICE. Isn’t that rich.

We keep hearing the word ‘science’ to justified the fascist orders held against us. They use ‘science’ to determine what businesses are allowed to remain open: liquor stores, weed dispensaries, abortion clinics are ‘essential’ and the virus knows it is not allowed to enter, along with grocery stores, ‘Bed, Bath, and Beyond,’ and more. Insane. But hey, that is ‘science.’ They will be teaching that in the schools after the election is over and everything opens up.

On to your God, ‘Flip-Flop Fauci,’ who now is declaring the vaccine will probably only work for 50% of those that take it. Hmmm, kind of like the flu vaccine I’ve been talking about. I’m sure a lot of you can’t wait to put something more in your body that you have no idea what is in it. Remember, the presence of the virus is going up because more people (when the lab doesn’t screw up the findings) are getting tested, but the deaths are going down.

And for all you ‘Mask Nazi’s’ that can’t wait to turn us in: Based on your science, if you are wearing your ‘Magic Cotton Mask’ then you are protected as your thinking goes. Me not wearing a basement made mask isn’t going to affect you.

If you have read, or haven’t read as of late, pick up ‘1984’ and go through it slowly.


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Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 9, 2020 at 12:43 pm

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@Jake Waters,

Seriously? You're here to discourage people from getting flu shots or wearing masks? You are discouraging people from getting covid-19 vaccinations?


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Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 9, 2020 at 12:45 pm

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We are all in this together. We need to wear masks, get our flu shots, socially distance, and avoid large gatherings.


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