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Mayor Steinberg, Sacramento City Council's first live meeting in over two years. (Photo: http://sacramento.granicus.com/viewpublisher.php?view_id=22)

Sacramento Mayor and City Council Finally Hold Public Meeting – 866 Days After Lockdown Order

‘Two years of silencing opposition only to conclude they were right’

By Katy Grimes, August 18, 2022 8:03 am

Mayor Darrell Steinberg and the City Council finally returned to in-person meetings, after two-years of “virtual” council meetings.

But there was nothing normal about this meeting. Everyone was required to wear a mask, and the council still required social distancing in the audience seating.

And what was on the agenda of their first in-person meeting? “Accelerating carbon neutrality.” Because the Sacramento’s skyrocketing crime and having more homeless living on the streets than San Francisco just isn’t a priority.

Sacramento City Council’s first live meeting in over two years. (Photo: http://sacramento.granicus.com/viewpublisher.php?view_id=22)

The Mayor and Council are even requiring masking and distancing rules for media. Media guidelines say: “Masks will be required in the media room, which, similar to Council Chambers, will be operating at 50% capacity. In total, 12 people will be allowed in the media room at one time. (This number will include a representative from the City’s media and communications team as well as a representative from the Mayor’s office.)”

While the rest of the city has been back to work, and restaurants, bars, clubs, large entertainment and sporting venues have been fully open without restrictions, the City Council has been living in a self-imposed bubble. The Zoo, Funderland and Fairytale Town have been open. Malls and grocery stores have been open without restrictions.

The last live meeting of the City Council was held Friday, March 13, 2020 – more than two years and 866 days ago.

The council on Tuesday looked like it was May 2020 – everyone is masked and the audience members are spread out. Why the political theater?

Sacramento City Council’s first live meeting in over two years. (Photo: http://sacramento.granicus.com/viewpublisher.php?view_id=22)
Sacramento City Council’s first live meeting in over two years. (Photo: http://sacramento.granicus.com/viewpublisher.php?view_id=22)

“After two years of virtual meetings because of the coronavirus pandemic, members of the public were allowed to enter the City Council chambers Tuesday night,” the Sacramento Bee reported. “The council itself returned to the chambers on Aug. 9, but the city prohibited the media and public from attending that meeting in person. Masks were required Tuesday for all attendees, and attendance in the chamber was held to 50% capacity. Much of the meeting and public comment focused on the city’s climate goals.”

As the Globe has reported, the California Legislature was also loathe to return to in-person hearings and floor sessions, and then finally did return but still have distancing restrictions in committee hearing rooms, even as lawmakers sit shoulder-to-shoulder on the dais. Some lawmakers’ offices still have “Do Not Enter” signs on the doors and discourage the public from engaging in person. We’ve observed that despite restrictions being lifted by county public health officials, lawmakers really didn’t want to return to public meetings – that is, meetings in which the public has access to their elected officials.

The mask requirement at Tuesday’s meeting was another oddity. We know the Council members go out in public sans masks, and they attend community meetings around the city sans masks. We have seen council members out and about.

As the Globe reported Wednesday, according to a recently released Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, 71% of all children in California have had COVID-19 since the outbreak of the virus in March 2020, a higher rate than expected. Masking and distancing only delayed herd immunity in California, which is finally catching up to other states.

Nowhere masks have been required is there zero Covid. This seems to be a requirement primarily in Democrat-run cities and blue states.

One Globe reader commented: “Two years of silencing opposition only to conclude they were right, thus showing that this was about controlling the people, while aggressively seizing power.”

Another Globe reader managed to sum up many people’s feelings: “Much ado about the common cold. It’s the sniffles. Get over it.”

We are glad the Sacramento City Council is back to work in person. Other states learned to live with Covid; Sacramento and California can also.

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6 thoughts on “Sacramento Mayor and City Council Finally Hold Public Meeting – 866 Days After Lockdown Order

  1. Have you noticed that no sensible person (that I know of, anyway) is asking “How do the CDC, Mayor Darrell Steinberg, Gov Gavin Newsom, and all of them —– all of their Lockdown Army, including the “public health officer” bureaucrats such as Fake Doctor Barbara Ferrer —- intend to restore to wholeness, or life, or sobriety, or sanity, all of the people and institutions they have harmed during their unnecessary two-and-a-half years of jackboots on our necks? They’ve been let off the hook, it seems, by sensible people who only want to move on and live their lives. And yet they STILL won’t let go.

    1. Why would they be concerned about restoring anyone “to wholeness”? Their actions, no matter how egregious or damaging, is protected by “qualified immunity.” This is why I like Marilyn’s bonding idea. Require officials to be bonded.

  2. I am stunned that this insanity continues. Have these people been buried under rocks all this time without internet, cable, or brain food??

  3. Hi Katy, you asked “Why the political theater?”

    “One step forward, two steps back.” Vladimir Lenin.

    From what I gather on Alt Media, these minions are following a Marxist-Leninist script. They have no intention of letting go of the Mask Charade. According to military attorney Todd Callender, the feds are preparing for another pandemic, probably Marburg. https://rumble.com/user/Vaxxchoice

  4. Remember, we can always vote those who have done us harm out of office. Too many voters feel obligated to return these harmful politicians to office. Vote for the candidate who will help is, not one who has hurt us.

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