The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

August 19, 2009
A silver lining in furlough days?

While last week's look at the impact of furloughs on downtown Sacramento businesses created a stir because it raised questions about how many days gubernatorial staff are furloughed, a Folsom business owner had a different angle on the story.

Here's the e-mail restaurant owner Richard Righton sent to Bee reporter (and Home Front co-blogger), Jim Wasserman, presented here with Righton's permission:

From: richard righton
Sent: Wednesday, August 19, 2009 8:57 AM
To: Wasserman, Jim - Sacramento
Subject: Bidwell Street Bistro

Just wanted to drop you an e mail to put a positive spin on your "furlough Friday downtown" article.

The last couple of furlough Fridays have been incredibly busy here at the bistro in Folsom -- I think due to more people staying and eating in Folsom rather than going to work in downtown.


Richard Righton
Bidwell Street Bistro
1004 East Bidwell Street
Ca 95630
916 984 7500

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