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Gov. Gavin Newsom. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for California Globe)

After Locking Down CA Biz Again, Gov. Newsom Issues Proclamation Declaring July ‘Small Business Month’

Newsom’s ‘strike team’ of enforcement officers to go after people ‘who are thumbing their noses, being aggressive, being reticent’

By Katy Grimes, July 8, 2020 1:06 pm

California Governor Gavin Newsom just issued a proclamation declaring July 2020, as “California for All Small Business Month.” Yet just last week, ahead of weekend Independence Day celebrations, he ordered beaches closed, ordered the closures of restaurants, wineries, tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos, museums, cardrooms and bars in 19 counties. Newsom also issued an order declaring there would be “no singing or chanting in churches” in the state, and no 4th of July parties or fireworks, and he promised enforcement in the form of his appointed “strike teams,” California Globe reported.

“Enforcement is a difficult one, and I am not naive about that … not Pollyannish about it,” Newsom said. “We have I think a responsibility … to go after people who are thumbing their noses, being aggressive, being reticent.”

How do you celebrate small businesses while at the same time locking them down and sending enforcement officers to cite and fine them?

The Governor’s Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery, co-chaired by Ann O’Leary, Newsom’s Chief of Staff, and Tom Steyer, Chief Advisor to the Governor on Business & Jobs Recovery, is apparently launching a new campaign encouraging Californians to help small businesses in their communities operate safely during the pandemic. But the irony is rich as most restaurants and small businesses cannot function, much less function cost effectively, under the governor’s on-again-off-again, lockdown restrictions and mask-wearing mandates.

“The state’s new campaign, Calling All Californians: #ShopSafeShopLocal, partners with industry-leading companies, such as Nextdoor, Google, and UPS, to connect California’s small business owners with critical tools and resources to help them adapt to new consumer and market demands and create safer shopping experiences by improving their online presence,” Newsom’s press statement said.

Is this Gov. Newsom’s “new normal,” where businesses must “adapt” to the random shut down orders and loss of business revenue?

Many restaurants throughout the state have announced their closures are permanent because of Newsom’s shutdown orders.

The text of the Governor’s proclamation includes this bizarre message, with no acknowledgment of the latest business closure order, or his enforcement “strike team:”

“During California for All Small Business Month, we are proud to launch the Calling All Californians: Shop Safe Shop Local campaign to lift up our small businesses, their employees and the neighborhoods they serve. Together, we can help our local small businesses succeed in this new marketplace – rallying Californians to safely spend locally and online, while amplifying resources to support small businesses and help all of our diverse neighborhoods thrive.”

The “Shop Safe Shop Local campaign” does not explain how Californians can shop locally when only big box stores, and those businesses which Newsom deemed “essential,” like pot shops, liquor stores and dog groomers, have been open throughout the governor’s statewide lockdowns, while the majority of small business owners have been prohibited from operating, or operating with severe restrictions.

Is this a proclamation to make it appear as if Gov. Newsom cares about small businesses, while he actually encourages county officials to threaten businesses with hefty fines if they don’t willingly comply?

Yesterday, Yolo County passed an urgency ordinance authorizing county code officers fine businesses up to $10,000 for refusing to comply with Newsom’s “safety measures,” including not requiring patrons to wear masks and allowing indoor dining.

Newsom’s ‘Strike Team’ Strikes Fear in Businesses

Over the July 4th weekend, Newsom’s “strike team” of plain clothes enforcement officers “contacted” 483,000 businesses, but issued only 52 citations. Did they visit the businesses in person

Newsom’s “strike team” is made up of agencies that license hair stylists, barbers and bars, the California Highway Patrol, CalOSHA and the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency, Business Oversight, Consumer Affairs, Food and Agriculture, the Labor Commissioner’s Office, and the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development.

In his daily briefings, Newsom is relying only on the increasing number of positive test results for coronavirus as justification for his lockdown orders. However, what the governor is not admitting is the state is doing over twice as much testing, which means more people are testing positive, but a lot more people are testing negative, and deaths continue to go down significantly, even with the increased testing.

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21 thoughts on “After Locking Down CA Biz Again, Gov. Newsom Issues Proclamation Declaring July ‘Small Business Month’

  1. You have to mentally sick to do it.
    What he want us to celebrate. Pretty soon we gonna dance on our own funeral.
    It’s not funny any more at all.

  2. “nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity”

    – Martin Luther King, Jr.

  3. This whole absurd clown show hair-gel is the ring-master for is really starting to resemble a bad game of simon says. Except when you do not obey simon ( aka hair-gel ) he has you punished by one of his nazi henchmen, and even worse if someone else does not obey simon then he punishes YOU for what THEY did.

    The entire state is falling apart due to him and the democrat destruction machine as this clown is even starting to act as though he demands worship in the form of compliance. The constant rebellion must be getting to him and I’d bet the fireworks middle-finger from north to south on July 4th might have put him over the edge.

    1. ????, I agree, we had beautiful fireworks displayed all over my neighborhood. I sat with a family doing safe fireworks but we got to see them all. Newsom has let his power to GOVERN go to his crazy head. We will take him down this time. Personally I think if ppl don’t have any symptoms at all they should stop getting tested. The more ppl that get tested the more the curve goes up,the more the curve goes up Newsom is going to close places down . Why are ppl getting tested? There’s nothing you can do if you are positive but wait it out. I’m praying for this China virus to just go away. I’m praying for ppl to stop being so cruel to each other. We all have a right to our own choices. Let’s bring the amount of the positives down. Stay home n don’t get tested. Vote RED OR AMERICA IS DEAD. AMEN ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

      1. Lol, the same logic Trump used…”If we slowed down the testing, there’d be very few cases of any at all” just like if a pregnant woman never took a pregnancy test that means she’s not pregnant right? What kind of logic operates through your brain? Ignorance isn’t bliss.

  4. Gavin & Co. and those like them have always operated this way it seems, but this is like the old trick on steroids. For one thing, it’s a sign of their contempt for the people they are supposed to be working for. They think we’re stupid and thus glossing something over or dedicating a month to it instead of taking meaningful action will placate us. It’s like the local school district, once sensible parents start pulling their kids out in droves, hiring a public relations firm to improve their reputation instead of working to actually improve ruined, non-performing schools. Or changing the name of a city because the old name is associated with out-of-control crime and deterioration and the new name will fix everything. This time around it looks completely phony if not delusional because (fortunately) most Californians are fully aware of how the governor and his cronies have destroyed small businesses in this state.

  5. Brick and mortar and so called “prime locations” are dead….future adaptability mandates minimal fix costs, reduced employees, high security, minimal public profile……for obvious reasons in a fascist enviro.

  6. I think it’s time to get rid of Gavin and bring in someone 100 times better. Mandatory to wear masks please. Fucking stupid and unnecessary. Trump will be telling us in the next 5 6 months that there is no virus and it was all for nothing. Masks do NOT do shit. If anything it makes you feel worse, I know plenty of people who would agree with me. STOP wearing these stupid, fucking, sickening MASKS. World had gone MAD.

  7. Gavin Newsom declaring a “small business month” is like Al Capone declaring a “sobriety month.”

    Or, it’s like Dracula declaring a “small persons month,” i.e., they’re on the menu this month.

    Or, it’s like #BlackLivesMatter and the #DemParty declaring “racial harmony month.”

  8. Please add Parler to your share options. Your current options won’t allow for posts to survive very long.

  9. I am sure that the irony escapes him, just as it did nancy regarding the statue of Christopher Columbus.

  10. As a small business owner, I didn’t know GV Newsom past-history. A quick search made me realized that since his childhood, this man was groomed, financed by the Getti family. A very different style of corruption (Trump is a joke compare to that). Since, for me is nickname is “The Departed” (reference to Matt Damon character in the movie) . Newsom’s fame and glory are: the sink story, and SF parking commissioner. Congrats!!! First it is very easy to open businesses when you are getting funding from a billionaire. Second nobody smart wants to be in charge of “parking ticket”.
    Stop closing CA, let us wear mask and live-work.
    The results of his action: small businesses destruction and kids with 2 years of no education and socialization.

  11. This man’s “I am not going to rule with an iron fist, but work with the businesses, to convince them to educate them”. Yeah, two of us small-town businesses received a notice from our County Counsel. We have a license to use our back parking lot for service. the other guy is a restaurant with a back yard that is bigger than mine. It’s all outdoor. Newsom shut down our indoor service. No problem. We have not had indoor service since June 3rd when we could re-open. I had ambient music performing out back. 20 feet from the first row of tables. All of the tables were 2, 3 and 4 top tables. Spaced 10 feet apart in an outdoor setting. No dancing. Not singing. Just enjoying our winery wines. I was threatened with $1,000 a day, injunctive relief, lawyers fees, revocation of my permit and suspension of my ABC license. We had seating for 97 in a 4,000 sq ft outdoor area. Come on.

    Temecula valley which is 1-1/4 hours away and in my same district remained permitted to have outdoor music. Something about choosing winners and choosing losers.

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