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Gov. Gavin Newsom. (Photo: Twitter press conference)

Which Will Kill Off California’s Remaining Businesses First: Riots or Governor’s Latest Reopening Rules Change?

California’s growing ‘speakeasy’ economy

By Katy Grimes, August 31, 2020 7:29 am

“We need to live differently,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday after moving the state re-opening goalposts once again. Governor Gavin Newsom announced yet another new set of guidelines for re-opening counties in California, replacing the state COVID-19 watchlist system, and thoroughly confusing most everyone in the state.

Thousands of restaurants around the state have already closed, and many more are on the verge of closing if they can’t get back to business as usual. Following three more nights of rioting over the weekend, more restaurant owners boarded up their businesses to prevent more vandalism and destruction.

If anyone is still unclear about the governor’s actual goals: a county can average one “case” per 100,000 for three weeks and still not be fully open.

The California Restaurant Association said in a statement Friday that restaurants will continue to close permanently around the state because Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan will continue to keep most indoor dining rooms closed, while others will have strict limits on capacity.

The group called on Newsom to hold a special session of the Legislature to work on an aid package. Restaurant Association President Jot Condie said as many as 1 million restaurant workers have been furloughed or laid off during the pandemic, the Daily Mail reported.

But restaurants are not alone. The fitness industry has been very hard hit – and they don’t even serve food. Gyms have shown they can easily accommodate clients on equipment well-spaced out and cleaned after each use. But the governor and his advisors refuse to allow gyms to reopen.

The governor’s latest scheme is a new four-tier system which includes four color-coded tiers:

Purple (widespread), Red (substantial), Orange (moderate), and Yellow (minimal). Instead of varying metrics and factors between counties, only two metrics will be used to move states up or down tier levels: daily new COVID-19 case rates and positivity rates.

In his press statement, the governor says, “Blueprint recognizes that COVID-19 will be with us for a long time and that we all need to adapt and live differently to get through this.”“This Blueprint is statewide, stringent and slow,” said Governor Newsom. “We have made notable progress over recent weeks, but the disease is still too widespread across the state. COVID-19 will be with us for a long time and we all need to adapt. We need to live differently. And we need to minimize exposure for our health, for our families and for our communities.”

“The Blueprint builds on lessons learned from the first six months of the disease – and the new scientific understanding that has been collected – to create a new system for regulating movement and COVID-19 transmissions.” It includes:

  1. At least 21 days to expand activities beyond the initial tier to ensure California better limits the spread of the virus;
  2. Mandatory metrics – case rates and test positivity – to measure how widespread COVID-19 is in each county and guide what is allowed;
  3. A uniform state framework, with four categories instead of 58 different sets of rules;
  4. A more nuanced way of allowing activity: Instead of open vs. closed, sectors can be partially opened and progressively add to their operations as disease transmission decreases; and
  5. A new process for tightening back up again quickly when conditions worsen.

“Separating hair from nails-skin services is arbitrarily discriminatory, dividing our barbering-beauty industry along gender, racial and industry-sector lines,” said a statement from the Professional Beauty Federation of California, the Daily Mail reported.

With the governor’s newest arbitrary guidelines, counties are now recognizing they have no authority to re-open.

Modoc and Alpine county have zero positive cases, and a positive rate of zero, yet under Newsom’s new rules these counties must keep restaurants at 50%.

There will be no ability to watch live professional sports in this state until a county has zero new positive tests for five straight weeks.

California’s Growing ‘Speakeasy’ Economy

In order to survive and put food on the table, many businesses have had to go underground. Some bars have become speakeasies; gyms are operating in parks outdoors or from the backdoor via secret knock; hair stylists and manicurists are quietly making house calls; restaurants have moved outdoors if possible and deliveries and “to-go” orders are booming;

“Counties must remain in every tier but purple for a minimum of 21 days before being eligible to move into the next tier,” the governor’s new plan states. “Each Tuesday, California will update each county’s data for the previous week and make corresponding changes to tiers. In order to move into a less restrictive tier, a county must meet that tier’s criteria for two straight weeks.”

CDC: Deaths involving coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), pneumonia, and influenza reported to NCHS by sex and age group. United States. Week ending 2/1/2020 to 8/22/2020. (Photo: CDC)

However, Newsom’s third set of re-opening plans was overshadowed by the Center for Disease Control which quietly updated COVID-19 numbers last week, now reporting only 9,210 Americans actually died from COVID-19 alone.

Does this mean Gov. Newsom is lying? Is the Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Dr. Mark Ghaly lying? Was the CDC lying? How much more can Californians tolerate?

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82 thoughts on “Which Will Kill Off California’s Remaining Businesses First: Riots or Governor’s Latest Reopening Rules Change?

    1. He reminds me of Saddam Hussein i say this because he is messing everything up for the majority one man making decisions for the masses now he is destroying the state i love he thinks this is a dictatorship and he runs all the citizens of California’s life we need to abolish him take him out of office before it’s too late

      1. you are right joseph and look out for this very dangerous being for with it’s viperous tongue and poisonous luring many are enticed to believe that there is no danger. please let Californians know, some vipers sway their prey before striking. Look toward the future when this viper shows it’s true colors and make a stealth move toward the White House to slither to become president in the latter 2020’s . My hope is that a mongoose will be on watch!

    2. That says it. He must be taken out. He is Pelosi’s puppet, and the Pelosi family is benefiting hugely by the school lock-down, since Janine Pelosi is one of the CEOs of ZOOM. Absolutely criminal what Mr. Newsom is doing in our state.

    3. What are we waiting for? How close are we to recalling him? I read that each person needs to obtain
      10 more signatures each week and they would have the quota. Is that true. Help. He’s a horrible man
      and speaks very robotic. What’s with his jump after each paragraph? Got to go.

    4. Let me know when and where. He is drunk on power. With his plan businesses will never open.
      DeBlasio and Newsom are trying to set up socialized cities/states ..

  1. Welcome to the new state of Dystopia. The old saying was “when the last person leaves Kalifornia, turn off the lights”. We don’t have to worry about that because Newsom and his greens are turning the lights off before everyone has left.

    1. Once each and every Californian that delivers a paycheck or receives a paycheck, or pays property taxes looks at their tax bill and asks themselves “WTF am I paying all this for?! What am I getting for my money?!”
      Newsome will be able to balance the budget with an EXIT toll on the Interstates.

  2. Gov Gruesome is not only lying to us he is torturing us and he is doing it on purpose. This is how he operates; we have seen it many times before and we are seeing it again. He “gives” and then “takes away,” pulling the rug out from under Californians randomly, arbitrarily, as if he has the right to do this, which he doesn’t.

    There is simply no way ANY county can meet these new guidelines, especially given the documented fudging of “case” numbers that has been done and will continue to be done as long as the phony “state of emergency” lockdown continues to benefit our politicians and bureaucrats. And it HAS benefited them greatly: They have been very busy and productive in the past several months checking off the items on their left-wing, money-grubbing, punitive, civil-rights-removing political agenda. Anyone who cares to look can see that, and many have seen it, because (DUH) it is right there in front of everyone’s eyes.

    In any event, “cases,” also known as “positive tests,” should NOT be the standard by which public health policy is made. The politicians and bureaucrats use “cases” because they know it evokes in the public’s mind mental imagery of people very sick with COVID, when this is simply NOT TRUE; the vast majority who test positive and thus are referred to as “cases” have NO or MINOR symptoms. The correct standard we should be looking at, used historically by epidemiologists, is rate of decreasing hospitalizations and death, a number that has been plummeting since late April.

    And, by the way, as Katy Grimes has pointed out, we see from the latest CDC “adjustment” of death-by-COVID numbers that the ones previously touted, some 150K (or more!) were WAY, WAY, WAY off. A number of under 10K deaths from COVID19 for the entire country is a significantly different number, isn’t it?
    The liars and their lies are unraveling now.

    1. the true number of deaths “from” covid19 is 9700 across a country of 331M people. the fix was in from the get go. how my people in cali actually believe the media. they have lied repeatedly since day one. who is standing up against newsom. the courts? the AG? the people who are set to lose everything? how about local media? anyone with a brain that has the bully pulpit to gain attention? sadly no one. auntie nan even had her hair done at a CLOSED salon and no ones standing. you cali people get what you deserve.

      1. This isn’t true…we are on our 2nd attempt to recall Gavin Newsom, but he keeps using his “emergency powers” to bypass the legislation process and instead override any and everyone to make more and more obstacles in the way to be able to recall him. And our state representatives have even filed lawsuits against him and he gets them thrown out. When they were finally able to get a lawsuit to be heard in court by a judge, Gavin Newsom resigned that judge from the case because he didn’t have Newsom’s interests in mind. A judge who has been honorably serving the California Supreme Court for 30 years! And recently last week, he suspended all republican representatives because 1 tested positive for covid. So now it’s a one sided representative vote going on with the left being the only ones allowed…it’s complete tyranny! We Californians are literally doing everything in our power within legal means to stop him, but he is doing everything in his power, illegally, to stop any progress we do have to recall him or take him to court and hold him accountable!!! It’s not all of Californians faults and we do want him out and we the people and our state representatives are trying everything we can, with no avail…

      2. Don’t you know about the recall? http://www.recallgavin2020.com. Many people are standing up against Newsom and signing the petition…and if you live in CA, you could too. I am distributing the petition among my friends. You can print the petition off the recallGavin website, sign and distribute it or go to one of the many sites around the state who have the petition in their stores for the public to sign. All the info is on the website http://www.recallgavin2020.com

      3. I’m glad that I got the report from the CDC report about the REAL NUMBER OF COVID19 DEATHS 9,700. SO WHY ARE YOU POLITICIANS PLAYING IT OFF LIKE WE THE PEOPLE CANNOT GO BACK TO WORK, SCHOOL AND CHURCH? Just resume our Normal Activities? Stop the mask wearing BS & let We the People go get our hair and nails done like your Aunt Nancy Pelosi did without a mask on!!! That’s why she won’t sign the bill to get money to Americans who’ve been out of work, and you can’t pay the extra $600./week because you’ve misappropriated funds and the money for unemployment insurance benefits are depleted Thanks to you screwing with the money that’s been paid in or paid by the Federal Government???????
        You can guarantee that you will be a one-time Governor especially now that the House Republicans have been excluded from what’s going on in this State! If you did that on the Advice from Auntie Nancy Pelosi, you’ve been taking bad advice from her. She too will lose her seat and Speaker of the House will be in that shithole she calls home SF!
        You made a huge Mistake about the State Bill and not making Pedophiles register as Sex Offenders, You Know The One!
        You’ve done a lot of Damage in this State & You’re Well Known By Voter’s Across the Country. So I Hope You Found Another Career, Because Afterwards All The Damage You’ve Done Here You Won’t Win a Seat In The Senate Or As POTUS!!!!!

      4. Not all of us califronia’s voted for these worthless thieving liberal slugs. There are a lot of conservative Californian’s who can’t stand the sight, sound or image of newsom, feinstein, pigliosi and all of the other liberals running this place into the ground and in fact most of us wouldn’t spit or piss on any of the aforementioned if they were in fire.

  3. There’s a lab at the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine that can’t get its data published.

    In a nutshell, SARS-coV2 is not an exogenous infectious particle, it is a HERV (“Human Endogenous Retrovirus”). Basic mistakes in epidemiology were made and continue to be made. HERVS are part of the 8% natural human genome transmitted from mother to child and they represent ancient infections that have been “disarmed.” Their role in cellular communication is unclear, but what happens is when a body is under stress or cells are undergoing division or apoptosis, HERVS recombine with the genes gag, pol, and env to become exosomes. This triggers an antibody response. These particles are indistinguishable from exogenous “viruses” under a scanning electron microscope, and because not one paper has satisfied Koch’s posulates, nobody has ruled out the possiblity they are testing for an endogenous phenomenon.

    In other words, due to nonspecific pneumonias, researchers are “testing” for antibodies to a particle that was expressed as a natural phenomenon of the body due to that pneumonia and then mistakenly assuming that the particle caused the pneumonia and came from an external source. The “deaths” are simply reclassification of normal pneumonia deaths that would have happened anyway. It’s improper to say “comorbidities” because they’re just simply morbidities.

    Newsom is using a the thoroughly discredited Royal College of London model. This isn’t science. If the math doesn’t match what you see in the real world, you have to discard your hypothesis.

    1. Best info ever! I heard at the beginning of this that some viruses have some kind of evolutionary origin and you have explained it perfectly. Thank you!

  4. Long story short some retired relatives opened a gym in LA..2 months before COVID-19.
    They are really hurting financially and cannot even sell the equipment because all the gyms are closed.

  5. Went to the CDC webpage and couldn’t locate any revised numbers of deaths. Still posting 182K. Can anyone provide a link to that correction?

  6. And what about the AB5 bill and crack down on the gig economy? Freelancers out of work and closed businesses who used them are still unaware that they can’t go back to the way they operated before, even if they reopen. If lockdowns and riots don’t kill you, AB5 will.

  7. I told my wife two months that Slick and the legislator would kill the economy,because they had to have the last say on Covid19. Hence the economy is tanking.

  8. Comrades

    Eastern Bloc countries had phone book size rules for most life needs creating massive dysfunction, contraction of supply, demoralized everyone………while Commissars lived a life worthy with ample life needs.

  9. Michael shows how everyone from Soros, to Gates, to Schwab, to Al Gore and the Secretary-General of the United Nations are only too eager to admit that Covid offers them a rare opportunity to reset the world economy, population control, global commerce, climate change regulation, education and the UN Sustainable Development Goals in order to ‘reorder,’ ‘reimagine’ and fundamentally transform every aspect of life as we know it.”

    Check out this video, exposes why our Governor does what he does!!

  10. It’s even worse. According to this confusing chart, when there is LESS than 1 case per 100,000 (an impossible threshold right there), MOST businesses will be allowed to reopen. I’m not aware of cases coming in fractions, so 0 is the only number less than one and California will never fully reopen again. I think it would be fair for businesses to ask which ones will never be allowed to reopen again in California. What a joke!

  11. So upon what “science” is this latest draconian and arbitrary threshold based???
    Don’t you had wised up and voted for John Cox or Travis Allen when you had the chance???

    Just think how different your lives would be now…
    I think all that hair gel has seeped into what little gray matter Gruesome has, and rendered it completely dysfunctional.

    He’s like a Machiavellian madman, constantly changing the goals towards normalcy, always moving it out of reach to break the spirits of those he controls.

    Time to sue him out of office as the recall process takes too long…

    Wake up people, we’re being played by a madman…

    1. Don’t you know about the recall? http://www.recallgavin2020.com. Many people are standing up against Newsom and signing the petition…and if you live in CA, you could too. I am distributing the petition among my friends. You can print the petition off the recallGavin website, sign and distribute it or go to one of the many sites around the state who have the petition in their stores for the public to sign. All the info is on the website http://www.recallgavin2020.com

  12. Nicely done, Katy. Newsom said he is just following the science but he didn’t way which kind. My guess is that its political science. It would explain why the timeline for moving through the categories is a minimum of 13 weeks which be mid November.

  13. Covid19 is a fake pandemic. Watch the movie that tells the truth – InDoctorNation – go to ise.media – for honest reporting.

  14. All the businesses in California need to come together and tell Newsom to “fuck off!” These businesses need to open and open fully back to normal. The public would stand with them and help support them. Start gyms back up. Start inside dining back up. Start hair salons back up! Just Do It! Start schools back up! Give Newsom the middle finger and just open. He can’t stop everyone and then these business owners can file thousands of law suits against his sorry ass for violating your civil rights. He’s doing this only in an attempt to stop his recall. Businesses in California need to push for signatures and remove his sorry pathetic self from office. It’s time for the average citizens to riot and raise hell!

  15. When is California going to wake up to the reality that the Democratic Party is slowly killing your state? Year after year we have to list about your fires and mudslides and now your stupid elected officials and their Covid rules. Wake up for God sake and kick the incompetent politicians out.

    1. What if you knew about anything regarding the 100 million Plus registered voters in LA county alone would come to the conclusion that it’s voter fraud .it would explain why they walk around so arrogant, passing laws and nobody wants and that nobody asks for. It is because they have no fear of repercussions .they know that the agenda will continue with the next person and that there will be no consequences don’t blame the people cuz it could possibly be stinking voter fraud I mean look at that what Pelosi wants to do with the scamdemic universal mail in ballots. I mean they had this thing in a nutshell they already know what to do I mean they’ve been doing it for years in California think about it and there’s now there’s to spread across the country all these Democratic people that are in these positions of office that nobody wants and nobody really votes for and they blame it on you know the illegal immigrants and they blame it on the minorities but fact of the matter is they vote themselves in.

    2. Tom Horn, you are appear to be caught in the illusion that the system still works as it is supposed to. The reality is that Donald Trump got his first term only because it’s almost impossible to rig the Electoral College, and the fact that he won most states by a landslide. He may have actually won California, but the fraud here has become so endemic that we’ll never know.

      Conservatives and patriots vote, campaign, debate, advocate, donate, everything we can legally and morally do. While we’ve been doing that, the Left has engaged in a campaign of fabrication, intimidation, character assassination, election fraud, arson, vandalism, aiding illegal immigration on a massive scale, and the occasional murder. It doesn’t take a genius to see how that contest will end. It’s like being in a cage match where the referee has been bribed and the other guy is using brass knuckles.

      Nor is this confined to California. These tactics have been exported from the Left’s coastal strongholds with great success. They start their takeover in the big cities. I was considering a move to Idaho, but found that Idaho, like the rest of the country, is currently at war with itself. When I looked at the Boise website, I had to double check that I hadn’t been redirected to Seattle’s site. Texas (Texas!) has been projected to go blue in less than five years. Leftists have managed to gain control of local governments all over the country.

      Rather than telling us to wake up, you need to open your eyes and take a good, long look around you. They’re already in your backyard, and they’re coming for you.

  16. If this guy gets re-elected it be because of %100 unequivocal voter fraud . I have not met one person that approves of this giy . nor have I met one person who voted for him . which considering the over 1million person invalid voter registration rolls should make his election ALONG with ANY unconstitutional law that has been put on the books since this state out of nowhere all the sudden went from being a conservative majority to a libersl Democrat rats nest. Overnight . it would explain the way they do what they want with the arrogance of no repercussions . because they know the liberal agenda is guaranteed to carry on with every election. And that goes for Pelosi too . NO BODY HAS LIKED HER . but somehow she is still there . THERE NEEDS TO BE STRICT OVER SIGHT OF ALL ELECTIONS . ONLY LEGAL CITIZENS ALLOWED TO VOTE . EVERY VOTE NEEDS TO BE COUNTED AND RECOUNTED THEN VERIFIED . the massive amount of opprutunitty for these worms to cheat has to be fixed . they pass laws that the people dont ask for . voter fraud is thre logical explination.

  17. The reason these draconian policies and egregious violations of our individual rights continue to work is because much of the population earnestly believes that a killer virus exists and they need to do what they’re told by authoritarian sources to “stay safe”. This mass Marxist conditioning didn’t happen overnight; it’s a result of decades of planning, and further all electronic communication is heavily monitored and censored to prevent any grass roots-level uprisings. We’re going to need some specialized help to get out of this mess.

  18. Special needs kids denied equal opportunities to a education under Newsom. Kids can’t learn in a distance learning environment. Please go and sign the recall petition for the kids sake:)!!!!

  19. HAS EVERYONE HERE SIGNED THE RECALL NEWSOM PETITION!!!!!??? Please get involved, we can change the idiots running/ ruining this once great state

  20. This won’t be corrected until there is a U.S. Constitutional Amendment that prohibits any violations of, reductions in, or ‘balancing’ of individual rights in the name of State police powers to fight health emergencies. The problem is that the courts have incorrectly allowed these perversions of liberty. The Supreme Court has already allowed mandatory vaccinations: Jacobson v. Massachusetts (1905.) So, instead of depending on judges or legislatures to restrain the Health Tyrants, the people must restrain them by unequivocal words added to the Constitution.

    1. An excellent point, Steve Defranco! I wish it would be a simple thing to add your proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

  21. Gov Asshole Newsom is enjoying the hell out of being a dictator. Just like his Aunt Nancy. If enough Californians don’t pull their head out of their ass then maybe they deserve the gas chamber, like what happened in Germany. I’m serious, if I had a restaurant, I would open and not listen to this delusional politician. You know he instructed the police to stand down and not get involved in the riots? It’s a fact.
    How much longer are Californians going to take it in the butt without vaseline?

  22. This One World Order pig needs to go. He is doing everything he can to keep us from opening up and for people to make a living. He needs to be recalled now before the state crumbles. I for one am going to move out of here and I’m an 8th generation Californian. FU Newsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. Anyone happen to keep daily tabs on the number of coronavirus cases, the deaths, and recoveries over the months since the pandemic started? To see how those numbers changed in the period before phase 3, going through phase 3, then reverting back into phase 2? The numbers alone should prove his guilt, aside from *any other* reasons he should be recalled.

  24. Newsom is a nazi dictator!!! Trump needs to do something to get rid of him and his basket case aunt peloski!!. Californians defy these SOBs and take back california. They work for us the tax payers!!!!!! Remember that. WE pay there salary so FU** the gov. and mayor garshiitti. We need to feed our families. We have rights dammit!!! The plandemic is a hoax!!!!

  25. Newsome is lockstep with the Democrats move to crush our democracy as we know it today. He deserves to be recalled to end his desire for a trip to the White House.

  26. Turn your energy and frustration into action. We are the majority. Gray Davis was recalled for doing less. We have to end this Pelosi/Brown/Newsom/Getty corrupt power structure. These folks come from crime families and have no problem breaking the law!

    1. Rebecca, so true. Davis was much better than Newsom and CA recalled him. And then Arnold S. (Terminator) became the governor. So yes we can recall Newsom!

  27. Best info ever! I heard at the beginning of this that some viruses have some kind of evolutionary origin and you have explained it perfectly. Thank you!

  28. We need to involve our Sheriff’s in getting this criminal out of the Capitol. They work for us not the Governor. They have a lot of power when it comes to dealing with our constitutional rights. Their oath of office holds them accountable for protecting the citizens. The taking of the Oath of Office creates a Sacred duty, to Serve, Protect and Defend the Citizens against all threats, and criminal acts from whatever source they present themselves foreign and domestic.

  29. Hello Katy, Is there an update to the information in this article of yours done in August?
    I’m wondering where you got the number of deaths as stated. I didn’t see a link to follow so I can find an updated number of deaths from Covid only:
    “However, Newsom’s third set of re-opening plans was overshadowed by the Center for Disease Control which quietly updated COVID-19 numbers last week, now reporting only 9,210 Americans actually died from COVID-19 alone.” Thank you.

  30. My 90yr old Mother has to sit outside on a child’s bench to attend mass. It’s been windy and quite cold. The church can accommodate close to 800. Normal services only bring 150 max. These liberal puppets Hate,Hate,Hate what they don’t understand, but how can they, their Hate has closed the door for them. We’re suffering now, Eternity awaits their fate. Just so you know, Addiction and Alcohol recovery meetings were also shut down. People are dying, probably being labeled as COVID deaths as well to keep their numbers up.

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