Barely more than 40 days have passed since June 15, 2021 in California when most COVID restrictions were lifted. Californians were almost back to normal, enjoying summer, vacations, beaches and mountains, but it was too good to be true.
Some of us warned that as long as Gov. Gavin Newsom retained his emergency powers, which he has had for 488 days (since March 4, 2020), he could pull the rug out from under all 40 millions residents of the state on a whim if he was feeling cruel… or if polling didn’t look good for his future… or he needed a big diversion for a brewing scandal…
Following the July 28, 2021 State of California Department of Public Health Mandatory Mask Order, which adds a “recommendation” for universal masking indoors statewide, it also adds Adult and Senior Care Facilities where all individuals must wear masks indoors, and references new requirements for unvaccinated workers in the State Health Officer July 26 Order, Sacramento County couldn’t have joined the mask mandate any faster.
The July 30, 2021 Sacramento County Health Order directs that face coverings are to be worn, regardless of vaccination status, indoors in all of Sacramento County public settings.
Almost immediately, coffee houses, restaurants, grocery stores, and big box stores complied by dragging out their ill-tempered signs ordering customers that they would not be served unless they wear a face mask… although, you don’t have to wear the mask in the same place if you are eating. Go figure.
One would assume that business owners might have learned a hard lesson or two during the last 17 months of lockdowns, partial re-openings, more lockdowns, mask mandates, vaccine shaming and coercion, statewide business lockdowns, school lockdowns, church lockdowns, permanent business closures, bankruptcies, and increased suicides and drug overdoses.
This is the Sacramento County COVID dashboard showing hospitalizations, “cases,” and emergency room visits. Where is the emergency in Sacramento’s 10 big hospitals? There is no basis, no data or science justifying this insane mandate and underlying threat of more lockdowns.
On July 30 2020, there were 90 in the ICU in Sacramento County. Today there are 38. On July 30, 2020, there were 281 hospitalized “cases.” Today there are 197. And remember, many of these then and now are people already in the hospital for another reason, but they also tested positive for COVID.
This is the Sacramento County COVID dashboard showing demographics of “cases” and deaths, by sex, ethnicity and age. Note that of the “cases,” or those tested and found positive, the 20-29 age group is the highest. But when it escalates to hospitalization and then death, that age group all but drops from the chart and the 80+ age group dominates:
Sacramento County has a population of 1,578,680. This is the vaccination status (below) of the county with 838,374 individuals vaccinated, and of those, 369,575 age 65+ are vaccinated:
Some leadership, please?
For an example of leadership, SEIU President Richard Louis Brown, the newly elected head of California’s largest labor union SEIU Local 1000, which represents 100,000 of California’s 246,000 government employees, doesn’t support vaccine passports or masks in the workplace. SacBee.com reported:
The head of the largest union in California state government signaled on Wednesday that he intends to fight Gov. Gavin Newsom’s mandate that all state employees either provide proof of vaccination or else wear masks and submit to regular COVID-19 testing.
“Local 1000 Listens to You! Cease & Desist against GAVIN! Finally a REAL LABOR UNION fighting for ALL of its represented employees!” SEIU Local 1000 President Richard Louis Brown wrote on Twitter Wednesday morning.
Brown’s tweet included a copy of a letter his union sent to the California Department of Human Resources, and it’s a doozy.
@sacbee_news @SacBeeEditBoard @amychance @TheStateWorker @GavinNewsom
Local 1000 Listens to You!Cease & Desist against GAVIN!
Finally a REAL LABOR UNION fighting for ALL of its represented employees! pic.twitter.com/exTTD5LJTD
— Richard the Real 7437 (@RichardReal7437) July 28, 2021
Most business owners are terrified of being shut down again. However, if they don’t even put up a fight, they will almost guarantee they will be shut down in the future at any time the state and local government tyrants feel like it.
Where does it stop? Not any time soon if Gov. Gavin Newsom has his way. Newsom issued a press statement Friday bragging about his vaccine and mask coercion successes: “Throughout the past week, some of California’s largest employers – both private businesses and local governments – have followed Governor Newsom’s lead in implementing vaccine and testing measures for employees,” Gov. Newsom said. “After California implemented new vaccine verification and testing requirements for state and health care workers on Monday, and with President Biden following suit this past Thursday, employers have implemented similar measures for thousands of employees throughout the state.”
Sacramento’s non-Strong-Mayor Darrell Steinberg complied instantly Tweeting, “I support Gov. @GavinNewsom in requiring #Covid vaccination or regular testing of employees. I believe we should do the same in @TheCityofSac for the sake of our employees and customers.” (Steinberg lost his election attempting to convince Sacramento voters he should be made a “strong Mayor.”)
San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher raced Mayor Steinberg to be first in the compliance line: “SD county will follow the lead of @GavinNewsom and the state of California in requiring vaccine confirmation for our workers.”
One-foot-out-the-door Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Council President Nury Martinez “announced today that they would push for mandatory COVID-19 vaccines for City employees, beginning with a requirement that workers either submit proof of vaccination or a weekly negative test.”
“The Delta variant is up to 60% more contagious. Now is the time to get vaccinated. It’s safe. It’s effective. And it can save your life,” Tweeted Dr. Gavin Newsom.
California Assemblyman Kevin Kiley, who is running for Governor in the recall election, summed all of this up in a Tweet Friday: “The stakes in the Recall are higher than ever.”
The stakes in the Recall are higher than ever.https://t.co/AZkK2GzOdC
— Kevin Kiley (@KevinKileyCA) July 30, 2021
As your Globe editor Tweeted Monday, “@GavinNewsom went from promoting herd immunity in CA to ‘We are now dealing with a pandemic of the unvaccinated,’ today. He said last week 76.6% of Californians have had the vaccine, ‘but that’s not good enough!’ How is 23.4% “a pandemic of unvaccinated?”
@GavinNewsom went from promoting herd immunity in CA to “We are now dealing with a pandemic of the unvaccinated," today. He said last week 76.6% of Californians have had the vaccine, "but that's not good enough!"
How is 23.4% "a pandemic of unvaccinated?"https://t.co/3J6bVIiX2I
— Katy Grimes (@KATYSaccitizen) July 26, 2021
We’ve never before tested healthy Americans for a flu virus. During any given flu season, only 25%-27% of the population gets the flu shot. And many of those vaccinated still get the flu, as is happening with COVID. That makes 73% – 75% of the population unvaccinated during regular flu season.
We are only 23.4% unvaccinated in California for COVID. That’s pretty amazing… “but not good enough!” for Dr. Gavin Newsom.
This article has been updated to San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher. We incorrectly identified him as Mayor.