LOS ANGELES, CA – In a recent audio obtained by KFI News Radio reporter Steve Gregory, Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer pointed to the November election as a critical time for the reopening of schools in Los Angeles County.
Dr Ferrer: Schools Won't Open Until After Election https://t.co/ucG2XdQYKD
— onlyrationalthought (@onlyrationalth1) September 10, 2020
The audio, presented on a recent episode of the John & Ken Show, was reportedly of a conference call between Ferrer and “school nurses, school administrators, other education and medical professionals.”
Dr. Ferrer’s words can be heard at approximately the 02:23 mark.
“So we don’t realistically anticipate that we would be moving to either Tier 2 or to reopening K-12 schools at least during – at least until after the election, after, you know, in early November.
“When we look at the timing of everything, it seems to us a more realistic approach to this would be to think that we’re going to be where we are now until we get after – until we are done with the election.”
Steve Gregory added on the program that he followed up with an email to the health department to ask when Dr. Ferrer said the schools plan to reopen.
“I got a response back that is basically this word salad. It’s one big long paragraph of a word salad.
“It’s not even worth reading because all that it said was, ‘we’re reassessing all of the time, and as soon as we do the in-person learning with the high risk, high needs students, basically the special needs, we will reassess for everyone else.’
“That was their official answer as to when the schools were going to reopen.”
Gregory went on to say:
“So the health department official statement does not jive with the health director. And that’s what I was trying to establish.
“Now, if they had said something like, we’re targeting early November, then the story would have been, schools are opening in early November. Then everyone’s on the same track.”
“What caught my attention on this was that she said election not just once, but she says it twice.”
Gregory also noted a discrepancy in the approach to school opening versus the opening of LA County in general.
“When you start looking at the timing of the breweries, the tasting rooms, the card rooms, the entertainment rooms, the restaurants, everything else is being evaluated in LA County in three weeks.”
Gregory also pointed to the recent positive news regarding COVID, noting that positive cases are the lowest reported in Los Angeles County and that hospitalizations are under 1,000 for the first time, and he stated there has only been one death under 17.
Published statistics from the Los Angeles County Public Health bear out Gregory’s assertion, showing new positive cases as of September 9 at 671, representing a large drop from the highest new positive cases in August, which was 12,614. Hospitalizations as of September 9 are down to 936.
Other data from the CA.gov COVID Dashboard indicate that persons aged 0-17 comprised 10 percent of total infections in Los Angeles County, and a statistical zero percent of deaths.
1/2 COVID-19 stats at the lowest since lockdown began for Los Angeles County. But secret recording given to KFI-AM radio says schools won't open "until after the election". "Election" must be some scientific term because decisions are all based on science. https://t.co/cttZF6NUNf
— Tim Schumacher (@tjschu) September 10, 2020
Attempting to dissect Ferrer’s correlation of school opening with the November elections, Gregory and John & Ken Show co-host John Kobylt, pointed to Ferrer’s “agenda” throughout the COVID pandemic.
“She seems to have gone out of the mainstream … in the totality of what’s going on in the county, and she’s starting to get very specific on agendas, like political agendas….”
He went on to say:
“You can tell when she talks – It took her, what, a week or so before she would admit that protestors were part of the spread of the virus….
“We had to pressure her to say it.”
“She’s definitely got a way left bent.
“She’s spent a lot of time huffing and puffing over the minority breakouts on the cases and everything.”
“I mean, every day, she goes through a laundry list and bemoans it. Way, way out of proportion.”
If it seems, as it evidently does to the Newsradio reporters, that there is more politics than science behind waiting until after the election to open schools, it should also be remembered that Dr. Ferrer is not a medical doctor.
According to Frontpagemag, Ferrer earned a PhD in “Social Welfare,” at Brandeis. Prior to that, she earned a BA in “Community Studies” at UC Santa Cruz studying social justice, and an MPH in “Social Welfare.”
Such a background appears tailor-made for public health decisions founded not on the basis of science and statistics, but political expediency in the name of social justice.
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Here is our recent report on other ways LA County is approaching its residents during the time of COVID:
LOS ANGELES, CA– Mayor Eric Garcetti’s latest order to keep the coronavirus pandemic from spreading, is allowing authorities to shut off water and power from homes and business that keep hosting egregiously large gatherings.
#NEW: Beginning Friday, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is allowing the city to shut off power/water to properties that host unauthorized large gatherings/parties.
— Chloe Salsameda (@ChloeSalsameda) August 6, 2020
On Wednesday, August 5th, Garcetti made his announcement, and said that the order targets repeat offenders that have hosted large gatherings several times during the pandemic. The order is meant to deter those individuals from hosting parties or events in the future.
California continues to lead the country in coronavirus cases, with over 530,000 people diagnosed, and over 9,800 deaths from the virus. Nearly 40% of those cases have been reported either in or around Los Angeles County.
Mayor Eric Garcetti is threatening to turn off power and water from homes that host large gatherings.
How do city mayors come to the conclusion that large gatherings in someone’s home are the problem and not these rioters gathering in large crowds?#VoteRedToSaveFreedom #MAGA2020
— Amanda (@amandainflorida) August 6, 2020
According to reports, beginning August 31st, if the Los Angeles Police Department responds, and confirms that a large gathering is taking place at a property, they’ll give notice and request that the city’s Department of Water and Power shuts off service to that property within the following two days.
Garcetti said in a statement:
“This enforcement is not focused on small and ordinary gatherings in people’s homes. These are focused on the people determined to break the rules, posing significant public dangers and a threat to us all.”
Garcetti called the parties “super-spreader events” that are attended by “super-spreader people.”
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) August 6, 2020
Garcetti’s order comes after reports of large parties in the hills earlier this week, including one where people reportedly threw money from balconies, and where a gang-related shooting later happened, that killed one and wounded four people at the party. The mansion party had over 100 guests.
If you don’t do what LA Mayor Eric Garcetti says… he’ll shut off the power & water at your home.
But if you wanna protest in the streets with thousands of people? He’s cool with that.https://t.co/XE16MtbHTf
— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) August 6, 2020
According to Breitbart, it was reported that there was little social distancing, and even fewer masks at the party. One partygoer said that the party was staged to shoot a music video. Police said they paid a visit to the party after neighbors complained about the noise, but their warnings were ignored and hours later the shooting happened.
As part of the restrictions to stop the spread of the coronavirus, large parties or gatherings are banned in Los Angeles County. Garcetti has warned in the past and again recently that the house parties and other such events ripple through their entire community because the virus can quickly and easily spread.
Just hours after L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti warned that water and power could be shut off to homes that throw large parties, police were called to a large wedding at a mansion in the affluent Holmby Hills neighborhood late Wednesday night. https://t.co/w9xKdyeSKO pic.twitter.com/gRJ9AX5Nkf
— CBS Los Angeles (@CBSLA) August 6, 2020
Garcetti’s announcement came only hours after City Councilman David Ryu introduced a motion to increase penalties for property owners who hold large house parties in violation of public health orders.
In this motion, Ryu said that property owners, who skirt building and safety rules or city laws, such as the Los Angeles party house ordinance are in violation of COVID-19 public health orders and the city’s party house ordinance, which became law in 2018.
Under this proposal, penalties for large gatherings could include water and power shutoff, permit prohibitions and having a certificate of occupancy held or revoked for any large, close-contact, largely mask-less gatherings in direct violation of City Emergency Orders and County Health Orders.
It is unclear if Garcetti’s order is related to Ryu’s motion.
Ryu said in a statement:
“Despite a pandemic that has killed thousands in Los Angeles, some homeowners are choosing to put everyone at risk by renting out their homes to massive house parties. This is irresponsible bordering on deadly and it must be stopped.”
“Whether it takes shutting off utilities or revoking their permits, we must do what it takes to shut these party houses down.”
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will have the authority to shut off utilities to homes and businesses that host “egregious'' gatherings amid the COVID-19 pandemic, says Mayor Eric Garcetti.https://t.co/jA6QC65kSL
— The Patriot (@PatriotAM1150) August 6, 2020
Any large and unruly gatherings that threaten or interfere with public health, safety, or welfare is prohibited under the city’s party house ordinance. This law includes increasing fines on both the party host and the homeowner, as well as possible misdemeanor charges for repeat offenders.
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