‘Governor Newsom, it’s not your beach, and we are not your serfs! Time to take this state back through massive civil disobedience of unconstitutionally overbroad orders!’
In a leaked memo late Wednesday Californians found out Gov. Gavin Newsom plans to order all beaches and state parks closed starting Friday May 1st, after scolding beachgoers who flocked to Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Doheny State Beach and San Clemente beaches amid a summer-like heatwave last weekend.
The governor threatened at his daily briefing Monday he would beef up enforcement of Coronavirus lockdown restrictions. According to a memo sent Wednesday evening to police chiefs around the state, Gov. Gavin Newsom will order all beaches and state parks closed Friday, the Orange County register reported.
This order comes despite that Lifeguards at Southern California beaches reported that social distancing was observed.
The governor’s unconstitutional order makes it clear this isn’t about flattening the curve any more.
San Diego sources are reporting that San Diego County is sending county officials door-to-door to check that people are in their homes.
Attorney Mark Meuser responded to the governor’s latest decree: “Newsom believes it is unsafe for you to go to the beach but perfectly safe for a stranger to come to your door and ballot Harvest.”
Reactions on social media show that California residents are appalled buy the governor’s authoritarian order:
Former California Congressman Doug Ose:
How is it that #California elected leaders can suspend the #BillofRights but can’t suspend a biological opinion that requires reduced #water releases from #ShastaDam? More #water releases = more #agriculture #jobs = more #food for citizens. Leadership matters. Time for a change.
— Doug Ose (@DougOse) April 30, 2020
California Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez:
This is not going to end well.
Californians are not children you can ground when they don’t “behave” the way you want.
— Melissa Melendez (@asmMelendez) April 30, 2020
California Assemblyman Kevin Kiley:
I was among the first to support @GavinNewsom's strong response to the pandemic. Now, he should follow his own advice and be guided by data & reason. It's time that command-and-control orders give way to a distributed, coordinated, balanced strategy.
— Kevin Kiley (@KevinKileyCA) April 30, 2020
California Attorney Harmeet Dhillon:
Californians are not stupid. See you all at the beach! https://t.co/WuDG8fFZFA
— Harmeet K. Dhillon (@pnjaban) April 30, 2020
This order is unconstitutional — Governor Newsom, it’s not your beach, and we are not your serfs! Time to take this state back through massive civil disobedience of unconstitutionally overbroad orders! No more! Memo says California governor will order all beaches closed https://t.co/sIe1UTxTK8
— Harmeet K. Dhillon (@pnjaban) April 30, 2020
Former California media consultant Jennifer Kerns:
Gives new meaning to “Serf City!”
— Jennifer Kerns (@JenKernsUSA) April 30, 2020
California talk Radio hosts John and Ken:
#GavinNewsom, now you’re planning to shut down all #beaches? Is this about safety or control? We want to hear from you. Report from Fox 11 Los Angeles #BillMelugin. @KFIAM640 pic.twitter.com/MM5b4tZ6BW
— John and Ken (@johnandkenshow) April 30, 2020
Fox Nation host Tomi Lahren:
Hey @GavinNewsom I think you overplayed your hand. You got away with a lot but now you’re pushing even the Libs too far with your infringements. I know you fancy yourself a God-like leader but you forgot this is still a free country. People are waking up!
— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) April 30, 2020
Tony Krvaric, Chairman of the Republican Party of San Diego County, “issued a statement in response to Governor Newsom’s seemingly indefinite statewide lockdown and petulant closure of our treasured beaches:”
“The lockdown is having disastrous effects on the mental and financial health of millions of Californians, including increased suicides, domestic abuse, and substance abuse. We seek a balanced approach recognizing our Fifth Amendment right to life, liberty, and property.”
“Californians have substantially complied with unprecedented restrictions in order to ‘bend the curve’. With that objective achieved it’s time for Californians to get back to work, following common sense protocols. We demand Governor Newsom end the lockdown immediately.”
Sen. John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) also responsed to Governor Newsom’s order to close Orange County beaches:
“Governor Newsom just doesn’t seem to get it.
“Orange County residents have been responsible. They’ve followed healthcare officials’ prudent recommendations and respected the science. The County hasn’t seen the ‘surge’ in its hospitals, and six weeks into this shelter-in-place order, the beach may be the best medicine.
“We need to trust people. If our citizens exercise proper social distancing, then we should allow access to the beaches. If you’re part of a vulnerable group, shame on you for going to the beach.
“Indeed, we allow shoppers to go to the grocery store with proper social distancing. Why not the beaches?
“Let’s continue to allow the science and facts be our guide. With proper social distancing, the beaches can offer an important relief from the stresses of this pandemic. Let people have access to these facilities.”
This unconstitutional order is not about flattening the curve any more. The protests this weekend will be telling.