“In a brilliant move showing their intelligence and street smarts, both of which were definitely not acquired in the public school system, L.A.U.S.D. students dressed up as celebrities attending the Super Bowl this morning so they wouldn’t have to wear a mask to school,” the Babylon Bee spoofed on Monday. “Students donned attire making them appear to be miniature versions of Martha Stewart, Ryan Reynolds, Will Ferrell, and more big-name celebrities, hundreds of whom attended the packed football game yesterday without a mask in sight.”
While this spoof is hilarious, and just a little ironic, the absurdity rings true. One day after the Super Bowl in Los Angeles in which prominent California celebrities and lawmakers were seen without masks once again, breaking both state and local laws, kids are still masked in California schools.
Gov. Newsom dropped the outdoor mask mandate but the indoor mask mandate, including children attending LA schools, will remain indefinitely.
Gov. Newsom trotted out his HHS Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly to deliver the bad news Monday.
The Globe reported Monday: California Health and Human Services (CHHS) Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly announced Monday that the school mask mandate would stay in place for the rest of February despite drastically falling COVID-19 cases in the state and other states ending similar mandates in the next few months.
That means children went school in Los Angeles in a mask on Monday morning, while 80,000 Sports fans got to have unmasked fun only the day before.
“‘Sorry, teach — you can’t make me wear that,’ said one girl who now resembled Miley Cyrus,” the Babylon Bee continued. “‘I’m rich and famous and I’m above your rules.’ One smart student dressed up as Gavin Newsom himself, so he was allowed to wear no mask, dine indoors, and even given a private lunch party at an exclusive lunch table just for him, while everyone else had to wear masks and sit six feet apart.”
One kid should have dressed up as scary LA County Public Health Officer Barbara Ferrer who apparently was one of only two Super Bowl fans masked-up.
— L.A. Daily News (@ladailynews) February 13, 2022
While the Babylon Bee presented a really creative idea, it would not work in Los Angeles because the United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) is running the show. And they have a captive audience in County Public Health Officer Barbara Ferrer, Los Angeles resident Dr. Mark Ghaly, and apparently the County Supervisors.
Where are the members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors? Why are they letting the UTLA and County Public Health Officer Barbara Ferrer make decisions about school kids?
Los Angeles resident and reluctant County Supervisor candidate Roxanne Hoge has some answers.
Los Angeles county parents are understandably aghast at the tone-deaf @CAPublicHealth presser after the @SoFiStadium @NFL FaceAPalooza yesterday. It seems our kids will never get their childhoods back. Whose fault is it? @LACountyBOS. What can we do to make them listen? pic.twitter.com/JQv94xjbka
— Roxanne Hoge (@RoxanneForAD46) February 15, 2022
The Globe talked with Hoge Tuesday morning, who describes herself: “Mom of 4, Wife of 1. Believer in Common Sense. I want CA to be livable & make sense, I belong to http://legacyrepublicans.org & @CWLAUS. Be happy!”
“We are behind San Francisco!” Hoge said. “Yes, San Francisco! But this is Los Angeles.”
Hoge says the real epidemic is among public officials lacking a spine. “They can’t say ‘I was wrong.'”
“I don’t want to run, but the calculus is this – it’s a Merry-Go-Round of the same elected representatives,” Hoge said. “I’m taking the temperature – we all want to know who is the best common sense candidate.”
The is the current LA County Board of Supervisors and what Hoge is talking about:
- Hilda Solis, served as the 25th United States Secretary of Labor from 2009 to 2013, as part of the administration of President Barack Obama, US House of Representatives, Ca State Assembly and Senate;
- Janice Hahn, served in the US House of Representatives, LA City Council;
- Sheila Kuehl, who served eight years in the State Senate and six years in the State Assembly;
- Holly Mitchell, served three years as an Assembly member and seven years as State Senator;
- Kathryn Barger, worked as chief deputy for Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich from 2001, until her election to the Board of Supervisors in November 2016.
So much for term limits in California.
Hoge said the LA Board of Supervisors is like television talk show “The View” – “Supervisor Kathryn Barger is on the View with four Democrats,” Hoge said.
Hoge explained that current Supervisor Sheila Kuehl isn’t running again in District 3. Sen. Bob Hertzberg, Sen. Henry Stern are running, and both voted to continue the indefinite state of emergency, she said. Also running is Lindsey Horvath, who Hoge says is endorsed by “defund the police” supporter Sheila Kuehl.
“So if there is no one to run who can take the fight to Hertzberg, Stern and Horvath, I will.”
“We just need someone with a functional brain and a functional spine, and if that is me, so be it,” Hoge said. “They [other candidates] won’t even speak up on the recall of DA George Gascon.”
However, Hoge said the Democrat candidates are getting “big bucks” from special interests to run, and “then once elected, dole it back out to those special interests.”
“Why are they paying $1 million for a job that pays $225,000?” Hoge asked, referring to the campaign funds for the Supervisor race. “They are the mafia without consideration for family and children. My heart breaks for people who have been willfully misled.”
Hoge is talking about masking, and other ostensible county “health” orders regarding COVID, two years in. “Dr. Ghaly just said ‘there’s no way we are going to unmask our kids,'” following the “FaceAPalooza” at Sunday’s Super Bowl.
“I’m not mad. I’m really happy I saw LA as it should be: clean, full of bright, shiny, happy faces. That’s the LA our Board of Supervisors should be supporting,” Hoge said.
“Instead, they’re not showing up for work, and haven’t met in person since the start of the pandemic.”
“If you’re a Democrat, the Party is dedicated to one group only – teachers unions,” said Hoge. “They don’t care about parents or about kids.”
Hoge recommends Democrats change their Party registration to a “Decline to State” voter, and pay close attention to local races. “Those are the people keeping the boot on our necks,” she said.
“Our Board of Supervisors are five women more powerful than the governors of 41 states, because Los Angeles is that big,” Hoge added.
“What do you want your LA to look like?” Hoge asked. “I’d like it to look like the LA I saw on TV Sunday – Happy shiny faces, clean streets, beautiful weather… and not a mask in sight – unless you want to wear one.”
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