LOS ANGELES, CA – The Sheriff for Los Angeles County has come out on the record stating that his deputies will not enforce Newsom’s stay at home orders. Instead, his deputies will be focusing on events in which large number of people congregate.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva spoke about the democratic Governor’s latest round of lockdowns supposedly due to the COVID-19 virus on December 3rd. Villanueva said that his office, which oversees 10 million residents, will focus on education and voluntary compliance with the orders from Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom. Villanueva tweeted:
“Since March we have continued to focus on education and voluntary compliance regarding health orders. Moving forward, we will additionally be conducting targeted enforcement on super-spreader events.”
Since March we have continued to focus on education and voluntary compliance regarding health orders. Moving forward, we will additionally be conducting targeted enforcement on super-spreader events.
— Alex Villanueva (@LACoSheriff) December 4, 2020
To spite the strong stance on those events that he views as being super-spreaders, Villanueva does not have the same desire to tackle businesses that are operating in defiance of Newsom’s lockdown restrictions.
He said that he will not send deputies to businesses to ensure that they are operating to Newsom’s liking. Villanueva told KTTV:
“I want to stay away from businesses that are trying to comply the best they can. They bent over backwards to modify their entire operation to conform to these current health orders, and then they have the rug yanked out from under them – that’s a disservice. I don’t want to make their lives any more miserable.”
Villanueva’s decision comes after Newsom claimed that the State of California was facing its most “challenging moment” since the onset of the pandemic in March of this year.
Newsom’s order is going into effect which limits all ‘non-essential’ services to be shut down for at least three weeks.
Really bad. California has had the strictest regulations throughout the lockdown, often keeping schools and outdoor stuff closed in a way that hasn't been particularly science-driven, and they've been undermined by Newsom and now Breed in a public, ostentatious way. https://t.co/4wdcqpPXZk
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) December 2, 2020
This means that those businesses that cater to personal hygiene, such as hair salons, nail salons, and others, are forced to close. That also means that those who profit from those types of businesses through either owning them or working for them, will be without a paycheck for at least three weeks.
Newsom will allow retail business stores to remain open, although they can only do so if they can prevent more than 20% of the stores capacity to enter. Restaurants can only remain open if they can provide take out service since indoor and outdoor dining has been banned by Newsom.
Gavin Newsom's lockdown won't apply until hospital bed capacity falls below 15% in a given region. I never imagined in a million years the availability of hospital beds would impact a college football game, but here we are. https://t.co/h0dmTBl9ZG
— Theo Lawson (@TheoLawson_SR) December 3, 2020
The order, which specifies five regions of the state being the most effected, are ordered into lockdown until the ICU bed threshold reaches below 15%. Currently, those areas that are highlighted by Newsom are Northern California, the Bay area, San Joaquin Valley, Sacramento region, and Southern California. Newsom states that those areas must show less than 15% capacity in their ICU units before the new lockdown restrictions are lifted.
Newsom, in defense of his decision to lockdown the areas, said:
“The bottom line is, if we don’t act now our hospital system will be overwhelmed.”
Newsom’s office announced the closure and restrictions by saying:
“Residents are required to stay at home as much as possible and minimize missing to reduce unnecessary exposure, while still being able to do important things like go to the doctor, buy groceries, pick up take out, go on a hike, or worship outdoors.
“K-12 schools that are already open can remain open and retailers can operate indoors at no more than 20 percent capacity to reduce exposure risk. The public health order takes effect at 12:59 p.m. on December 5. Thereafter, if a region falls below the 15 percent ICU threshold, it will have 24 hours to implement the Stay at Home Order.
“Regions will remain in the Regional Stay at Home Order status for at least three weeks once triggered. Counties are eligible to come off the Regional Stay at Home Order after three weeks if their hospital ICU capacity projected four weeks out reaches 15 percent.”
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Supreme smackdown: Supreme Court strikes down California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s ban on indoor worship services
December 4, 2020
SACRAMENTO, CA- Let’s call it another one for the good guys and one for freedom and liberty. The United States Supreme Court struck down overmatched California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s ban on indoor worship services, following a similar decision last week where New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo also got smacked down and had a similar ban on religious services struck down, according to LifeNews.com.
The decision, which was unsigned by the justices with no dissents took the side of a California church which challenged Newsom’s order. The high court threw out an order from the federal district judge for the Central District of California, which had upheld Newsom’s power trip.
The decision vacated the ruling and remanded the case back down to the lower court for further consideration. This case follows the ruling last week in its ruling in Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn which eviscerated Cuomo’s mandate.
In the California case, the Supreme Court granted certiorari and vacated the lower court orders involving the emergency petition of Harvest Rock Church and Harvest International Ministry. In the order, the Court stated:
“The application for injunctive relief, presented to Justice Kagan and by her referred to the Court, is treated as a petition for a writ of certiorari before judgment, and the petition is granted. The September 2 order of the United States District Court for the Central District of California is vacated, and the case is remanded to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit with instructions to remand to the District Court for further consideration in light of Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn v. Cuomo, 592 U.S. ____ (2020).”
The Federalist Papers, citing a Newsmax report said:
“The justices, with no noted dissents, set aside a lower court ruling that rejected a challenge to Newsom’s policy by Harvest Rock Church Inc., which has several campuses in the state, and Harvest International Ministries Inc., an association of churches. Both are based in Pasadena, a city in Los Angeles County.”
Harvest Rock Church argued that Newsom’s limits on how many people are permitted to gather for indoor church services violated the basic, guaranteed rights set forth in the First Amendment, which guarantee the right to exercise religion as seen fit. Harvest Rock Church has multiple campuses throughout the state of California.
According to a SCOTUS Blog report:
“The church argues that it is treated less favorably than businesses like grocery stores, malls, swap meets and card rooms, which can remain open with less stringent attendance limits—or, in the case of essential retail in the state’s least restrictive zones, with no attendance limits at all.”
It is anticipated that a growing number of churches in other states are considering taking similar action against governors in their states.
The restrictions Newsom imposed in California are more severe than those in any other state, including New York. Newsom’s order bans ALL in-person worship for over 99% of California residents.
For example, in Pasadena, the Code Enforcement Division of that city, along with the Criminal Prosecutor have threatened to levy criminal charges, fines, and closure for being open for worship against the governor’s orders and local health orders. The letters threaten up to one year in prison, daily criminal charges and $1,000 fines against the pastors, staff and parishioners.
On August 28, 2020, Newsom issued a new “Blueprint” which basically established four different tiers. In every tier, the “Blueprint” discriminates against religious meetings in churches and houses of worship.
This chart shows clearly the discrimination against churches and houses of worship. For example, in the so-called “color-coded executive edict,” in the “purple” area, worship services would be prohibited for 99.1 percent of California residents, which would include most of Harvest Rock and HIM churches.
Conversely, warehouses, big box stores, shopping malls, liquor stores, family entertainment centers, and a number of other businesses receive preferential treatment with either no capacity limitations or numerical limits.
In response to the Supreme Court’s ruling, Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver said:
“Today’s ruling by the Supreme Court provides great relief for churches and places of worship. The handwriting is now on the wall. The final days of Governor Gavin Newsom’s ‘color-coded executive edicts’ banning worship are numbered and coming to an end. It is past time to end these unconstitutional restrictions on places of worship.”
Adding to the maddening restrictions placed on churches, along with some businesses is the fact that the dictatorial “leaders” who are implementing the restrictions appear to believe that they don’t apply to them.
Several high-profile politicians have been caught ever since the beginning of the pandemic busting either their own restrictions or other government official’s restrictions.
For example, as Newsom announced harsh restrictions in numerous areas, he was at the French Laundry in Napa for a $350 a plate birthday dinner. Fortunately, he was spotted there and the photo of him went viral.
The very next night, San Francisco Mayor London Breed ate at the very same restaurant, also for a birthday celebration. Other politicians including the mayors of Denver and Austin, Texas were caught traveling out of state after demanding residents of their respective cities stay home.
In the case of Austin Mayor Steve Adler, he admonished residents not to travel in a video which he recorded from his timeshare in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, where he traveled to on a private jet.
We previously reported on Multnomah County, Oregon officials traveling out of state to Hawaii and Mexico after that state’s governor, Kate Brown, had issued a “freeze” travel advisory.
How do these political hacks expect the American people to take their gloom and doom scenarios about the coronavirus seriously when they don’t? And when they are snagged, it is always an excuse, or they give some half-assed mea culpa.
The act is getting old. It is gratifying to see the Supreme Court finally growing a set and putting these tyrants in their place. Hopefully this is only the beginning and we can return to just a little bit of normalcy. Time will tell.
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