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Businesses fight government board decisions

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by Nick Delgado

Guam - Several health professionals have recently lost their jobs as a result of decisions made by a handful of government boards. And island businesses are coming together speaking out in hopes island leaders can stop what they believe are illegal actions by these boards.

"All these business owners coming together - it actually gives me hope for this island and hopefully for this senator election as well," said Wise Owl Animal Clinic acting manager Benjamin Schiff. He's among a group of businessmen and women who are tired of recent actions and decisions made by several government boards. The group specifically calls out the Cosmetology, Nursing, Guam Medical and Guam Board of Allied Health Examiners, who the group alleges continue to disobey the law.

"Need to follow the law and when they don't there should be proper due process to go about it," he said.

Schiff says some of these businesses speaking out were recently shut down leaving dozens unemployed., saying, "Many local business owners that have been affected with multiple different boards, the cosmetology board, which has affected Studio 211 and Hollywood Nails."

He continued, "When the board shuts a place down with no due process without having an open hearing that brings concern to me because I believe any business that is going be shut down needs to have due process, find out why, legality of it and be served properly. These are outlined in the laws already. It's scary to me when board members take it upon themselves to shut down businesses that are hiring local citizens who have local employees and they put them out of a job."

The group also feels their rights are being violated, as they are not given fair opportunity to argue the board's decision. Schiff also alleges some of the members on these government boards are making decisions for personal gain, saying, "Board members have private businesses themselves to say that doesn't come into play wouldn't be true. Everyone wants to protect their own interests however there are laws to protect the other business owners that are not on the board."

While Schiff alleges one of the illegalities is that the GBAHE is allowing a veterinarian to practice on Guam without a license, the group is hoping their voices will catch the attention of island leaders before more people are put out of a job.

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