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CRA President and CEO Rachel Michelin Op-ed in CalMatters: It’s time to safely reopen California and reject policies that will slow recovery

By Rachel Michelin and Robert Rivinius

Rachel Michelin is the president of the California Retailers Association and chair of Californians for a Safe and Rapid Recovery,

Robert Rivinius is the executive director of the Family Business Association of California,


Supporting laws for premium pay pushed by special interests will force store closures, job losses and a higher cost of living for everyone.

The last year has been difficult for every Californian. There is no doubt that 2020 will go down in the history books as one of the most trying years for our state, nation and the world.

But now, just 14 months after Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, California has the lowest coronavirus case rate in the nation and nearly half of all Californians have received at least one vaccine dose.

It is an incredible feat that wouldn’t be possible without science, technology and the willingness of businesses to step up to the plate, supply personal protective equipment, follow the governor’s guidelines and keep our community safe.

Finally, there is light at the end of the tunnel, showing that the sacrifices we have all made are paying off.

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