Ventura County businesses that defied lockdown orders and formed a group to fight local governments now want to set up a branch of that group in Los Angeles County.  
The Businesses Representing American Values and Enterprises, or BRAVE Coalition, formed by the owner of Mrs. Olson’s Coffee Shop in Oxnard, Matt Brimigion, is a collective of concerned citizens and business owners in the Ventura County area, including Cronies Sports Grill in Agoura Hills and the Thousand Oaks Pizza Cookery.
The group began gathering in January after the Ventura County Board of Supervisors brought lawsuits against 18 businesses — four restaurants and 14 gyms — in the area for refusing to close their doors or abide by masking requirements. The suits have since been dropped, but the group continues.
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