Gov. Gavin Newsom issued his big, overarching statewide coronavirus lockdown order March 19, 2020 – eight months ago, ordering all Californians to say at home for two weeks to “flatten the curve” of the coronavirus so hospitals would not be overwhelmed. “Non-essential” businesses were ordered closed.
Not long after it was schools, colleges and universities that were ordered closed.
Have Californians been subjected to a “long con” by Gov. Gavin Newsom, perhaps in coordination with Democrats in Washington D.C.?
Since the early lockdowns, California businesses have been whipsawed between opening, closing, partially opening, limited to 25% occupancy, performing services outside, mask mandates, and other arbitrary restrictions.
Tuesday, just in time for chilly fall weather, Gov. Gavin Newsom and Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly ordered restaurants in 11 California counties to move dining outdoors again. He is basing his decision on an increase in “positive cases.” The governor has dramatically ramped up testing throughout the state, so naturally, “positive cases” will also be increasing. But there is a difference between positive cases and people sick with COVID-19.
“Today Gov. Newsom forced more businesses to close and stopped schools from opening, even though yesterday he didn’t say either was responsible for new cases,” Assemblyman Kevin Kiley commented. “This erratic leadership is why California is struggling as much as any state.”
“But what about the most damaging order, the arbitrary and unscientific lockdown scheme, which Newsom is using again today to impose restrictions on several counties? The good news is it’s newly vulnerable.”
Once Gov. Newsom moves a county back a tier, his absurd "equity" metric can keep it there based on things like low voter turnout or insufficient tree canopies. This is without question the most anti-scientific lockdown policy in the country.
— Kevin Kiley (@KevinKileyCA) November 10, 2020
Remember, Assemblymen Kiley and James Gallagher sued to stop California Governor Gavin Newsom’s “one man rule,” as California Globe has reported over several months. They were in Sutter County Superior Court October 21st, arguing that Gov. Gavin Newsom has exceeded his emergency powers in issuing Executive Orders having nothing to do with the coronavirus pandemic crisis.
State Superior Court Judge Sarah Heckman ruled in favor of Gallagher (R-Yuba City) and Kiley (R-Rocklin) in their abuse of power lawsuit against Governor Newsom, and declared the Governor’s recent Executive Order N-67-20 unconstitutional. More importantly, Judge Heckman’s ruling places a permanent injunction against the Governor which prevents him from unilaterally making or changing state law moving forward.
Is that why Gov. Newsom doubled down Tuesday on the state’s businesses, restaurants, schools and residents, ordering 11 counties back down a notch or two in lockdown restrictions?
Yellow (Minimal) to Orange (Moderate)
- Modoc County
- Siskiyou County
- Trinity County
Orange (Moderate) to Red (Substantial)
- Amador County
- Contra Costa County
- El Dorado County
- Placer County
- Santa Cruz County
Red (Substantial) to Purple (Widespread)
- Sacramento County
- San Diego County
- Stanislaus County
In my county, Sacramento County, the state says this: “Many non-essential indoor business operations are closed.”
Unsure? Here it is:
It’s all about the “cases.” But as we explain ad nauseum, “cases” do not mean sick people in hospital beds. “Cases” to Gov. Newsom and Dr. Ghaly are those who test positive for coronavirus, most of who are asymptomatic. And rather than allow people to go about their business, and school, and achieve herd immunity as we do every year with the seasonal flu, Democrat governors have locked down and quarantined healthy people, in lieu of focusing all available resources on those most vulnerable to the coronavirus.
Here are current COVID-19 statistics for California:
- 19,918,479 tests given to California residents for COVID-19
- 971,851 “cases” = people who tested positive for COVID-19
- 18,946,628 Californians tested negative for COVID-19 (California COVID dashboard does not include this number)
- 17,977 deaths in California attributed to COVID-19
California is a state of 40 million residents. What about the other 39,982,023 residents who are restricted in one way or another because of Gov. Newsom’s lockdown, mandatory mask wearing order, or the businesses with limited re-openings and restrictions?
California Globe spoke with a restaurant owner Tuesday after news of the governor’s latest restrictions were issued. The restaurant owner said he can’t survive this latest shutdown, and is already barely holding on at 25% capacity allowed inside his restaurant. He added that during Newsom’s business restrictions orders and 25% capacity limits, even as he was stretched financially, his suppliers prices increased dramatically. One example he provided was a case of latex gloves was $40.00 before the state lockdown. Today a case of latex gloves is $130.00, and restaurants go through these daily.
His comment about the increase in latex glove cost is particularly interesting given Gov. Newsom’s Executive Order #19 – N-44-20 “Prohibition of Price Increases of More than 10% on Consumer Goods, Food and Medical Items, dated April 3, 2020.
The restaurant owner said his friend nearby who also owns a restaurant, just called it quits, ahead of the governor’s latest lockdown restrictions on business.