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Los Angeles school board authorizes district to sue Gavin Newsom over his plan to reopen schools

Teachers’ unions in California have been remarkably successful thus far at using public pressure to keep the government from forcing them to return to their classrooms on even a part-time basis, as workers in virtually every other field in America have done, and as teachers across most of the rest of the country have done.

However, the patience of California parents with the travails of distance-learning has reached such a critical point that even Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), one of the nation’s foremost proponents of COVID-19-inspired lockdowns, has begun to apply pressure on schools to reopen under a “California’s Safe Schools for All” framework.

Still, although Newsom has insisted that his plan will allow schools to reopen safely, he has been so effectively cowed by the teachers’ unions that he has already publicly declared that if the unions won’t allow their teachers to go back to the classroom, he won’t attempt to force them. Instead, his plan will merely provide additional funding that will provide for hiring additional teachers and purchasing additional safety equipment for schools that do choose to reopen.

Even this milquetoast and completely inoffensive plan was egregious enough, however, to cause the Los Angeles Unified school board to vote on Tuesday to authorize the district to sue Newsom over the plan. To re-emphasize, the plan the district plans to file a lawsuit over does not require Los Angeles schools to reopen for in-person learning, it merely provides extra money and resources to the district in case they voluntarily decide to.

Apparently, the Los Angeles Unified School District wants the money the governor has touted in his plan, regardless of whether classrooms are reopened or not. Additionally, Los Angeles school superintendent Austin Beutner has criticized the plan for allegedly not doing enough to address the pandemic’s disproportionate impact on low-income communities.

According to Beutner, “The Governor’s plan does not address the disproportionate impact the virus is having on low-income communities of color,. “It leaves the definition of a ‘safe school environment’ and the ‘standard for reopening classrooms’ up to the individual discretion of 1,037 school districts across the state, creating a patchwork of safety standards in the face of a statewide health crisis. And it reverses a statewide commitment to equity-based funding of schools.”

Politico notes that the district has not yet filed suit because there is not an official law or program yet to sue over, and further notes that the district hopes to avoid litigation on the matter.

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LA county health experts urge extreme precautions amid unprecedented COVID-19 spread: ‘Assume that this deadly invisible virus is everywhere’

Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said this week that Los Angeles County residents should follow new, even more strict guidelines amid the COVID-19 pandemic in order to tamp down the community spread of the deadly virus.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) recently announced a new stay-at-home order affecting all individuals living in California due to the spike in coronavirus cases.

What are the details?

In a Tuesday report from the
Los Angeles Times, Ferrer said that people run the risk of contracting COVID-19 by just leaving their homes.

“Everyone should keep in mind that community transmission rates are so high that you run the risk of an exposure whenever you leave your home,” she explained. “Assume that this deadly, invisible virus is everywhere, looking for a willing host.”

The Times reported that “the risk of getting coronavirus in Los Angeles County has never been greater” with approximately 1 in every 5 residents testing positive for the virus.

“The anticipated surge from the winter holiday gatherings is done,” Ferrer added. “And tens upon tens of thousands of people are paying the price with new COVID-19 infections. The increases in cases are likely to continue for weeks to come, as a result of holiday and New Year’s Eve parties and returning travelers.”

Ferrer isn’t the only one urging residents to hunker down for the time being.

“We are in the midst of an unprecedented and dangerous surge,” Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis said. “Despite what protesters claim, this is not a hoax.”

What else?

New suggestions to prevent the spread include not ever removing face masks while working or shopping for groceries, to avoid gatherings with people not in your household, to wash and sanitize your hands on the hour, to take a break from in-person shopping, and more.

“It’s better to be lonely than to be sick. It’s better to care for others by following all the rules than to end up passing along the virus to someone who gets hospitalized or even dies,” Ferrer added.

The Times reported that the county is now averaging 184 deaths per day over the preceding week, which equates to a COVID-19-related death every eight minutes. As of last week, the county was also averaging about 13,500 newly confirmed cases per day.

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Kirk Cameron leads large protest of stay-at-home order. Nary a Molotov cocktail in sight, these revolutionaries sang Christmas carols instead.

Actor Kirk Cameron led a large Tuesday night protest of far-left California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home order — and it took place in a mall parking lot with not one Molotov cocktail, baseball bat, or metal baton in sight.

In fact, the group marked the truly peaceful protest by singing Christmas carols.

Image source: KCBS-TV video screenshot

What are the details?

More than 150 people met in the parking lot of the Oaks Mall in Thousand Oaks around 5:30 p.m., KCBS-TV reported. The station made sure to emphasize that “many were not wearing masks or adhering to social distancing guidelines.”

Image source: KCBS-TV video screenshot

Image source: KCBS-TV video screenshot

In a social media video posted prior to the event, Cameron said, “I personally think that a virus will go right through and will not stop at a piece of paper on your face with rubber bands around your ears.”

Image source: KCBS-TV video screenshot

KCBS added that it wasn’t the first such protest from the “Growing Pains” actor, who held a similar caroling event Dec. 13 that also drew hundreds of people.

One local health official told the station Tuesday’s demonstration could cost lives.

“Some super-spreading events end up in people dying,” Dr. Suman Radnakrishna of Dignity Health California Medical Center in Los Angeles told KCBS, adding that she prefers folks wait a little while longer before gathering normally again. She added that “this is just for the season. The vaccines are coming, if we can just wait it out. Easter will hopefully be a different story.”

The Oaks Mall told the station in an online statement that it wasn’t supporting the event: “We do not condone this irresponsible — yet constitutionally protected — peaceful protest event planned. We share your concern and have notified the sheriff’s office. As well, we have reached out to the event planner to ask that they do not use The Oaks as their venue.”

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The demonstration comes after Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday the regional stay-at-home order imposed for the entire 11-county Southern California region will almost assuredly be extended beyond the Dec. 28 expiration date. The order initially took effect on Dec. 7.

“We are likely, I think it’s pretty self-evident, going to need to extend those regional dates,” Newsom said, according to the station. “Based upon all the data and based upon all these trend lines, it is very likely based on those current trends that we’ll need to extend that stay at home order, [which] you recall was a three-week order when we announced it.”

KCBS said gatherings similar to Tuesday’s have been taking place across the country since Dec. 6, adding that traction was gained in California when Cameron encouraged peacefully protesting with song.

The station noted at the end of its segment that there were a few arguments and heckling from people driving by at Tuesday’s event.

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Michelin-star restaurant where Gavin Newsom dined received $2.4M in PPP funding, 17 times more than the average: report

French Laundry, the swanky restaurant California Gov. Gavin Newsom was caught dining at in November, received $2.4 million in Paycheck Protection Program loans from the Small Business Administration, according to a new report by KABC-TV.

French Laundry is a 3-Michelin-star restaurant in Napa Valley that was plastered in national headlines after California’s Democratic governor was busted in photos dining at the posh establishment with a maskless group for a birthday party. Newsom, who was caught flouting his own stringent coronavirus guidance, responded to the controversy by saying, “We should have modeled better behavior and not joined the dinner.”

Chef Thomas Keller’s luxurious restaurant is back in the news because of the amount of federal financial assistance it received. The world-renowned restaurant was granted a $2.2 million PPP loan by the SBA on April 30 to retain 163 employees. The eatery was provided a second PPP loan worth $194,656 to retain five employees on the same day.

Analysis by KABC-TV found that French Laundry’s loans were 17 times more federal money than what the average Bay Area restaurant received.

French Laundry boasts an opulent chef’s tasting menu that will run you about $350, which includes extravagant dishes such as “Stonington Maine Sea Scallop Poelee” and “Celery Root Manicotti.”

“The I-Team analyzed thousands of California loans released by the SBA that show wealthier, big businesses are often getting access to loans before small mom and pop owners,” KABC-TV stated. “Out of all the approved loans in California, 91 percent of larger restaurants with 300 or more employees got their loan approved in April versus only 52 percent of smaller restaurants with 100 or fewer employees.”

Dennis Berkowitz, the former owner of the Vault 164 restaurant, told KABC-TV, that he struggled to secure $318,000 from the government to retain approximately 50 employees. The loan wasn’t enough and Berkowitz was forced to sell his restaurant in July.

“I’ve had a 40-year run in the restaurant business, so I consider myself fortunate,” Berkowitz said. “I really feel bad for the next generation of restaurateurs because they’re screwed.”

A report from earlier this month found that eight companies partially owned by Newsom received nearly $3 million in PPP loans from the federal government to deal with financial difficulties brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Newsom founded PlumpJack Management Group LLC, which includes five restaurants and bars, four Napa Valley wineries, a ski resort, and retail establishments.

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Petition to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom has more than half the signatures needed with several months still to go

A petition to recall embattled California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom is picking up serious steam as the governor faces backlash over stringent coronavirus lockdown orders, a hypocritical dinner visit to the French Laundry, and an emerging unemployment scam.

What are the details?

As of Thursday afternoon, the petition had been signed more than 820,000 times, Rescue California representatives told Fox News. That’s more than half the 1.5 million signatures needed to force a recall vote, and the group still has several more months to go to reach the requirement. The deadline for gathering signatures has been set for March 10, 2021.

Rescue California’s campaign manager, Anne Dunsmore, told the news outlet that there are at least 2,000 to 3,000 active volunteers on the ground propelling the initiative forward.

“The citizen movement on this [effort] is really something to see, and you have to see it to believe it,” she said of the sixth attempt to oust the governor in just under two years.

If the recall qualifies for the March ballot, California residents would simply vote yes or no as to whether Newsom should remain in office. Further down the ballot, they would cast votes for a host of ambitious Republican challengers — and perhaps even some Democrats — who either garner 65 nomination signatures and pay a roughly $4,000 filing fee, or just garner 7,000 signatures.

What else?

Reporting on the news, Politico’s Carla Marinucci acknowledged that the “long shot” effort is getting “serious” and even has Newsom’s team “increasingly concerned.”

She pointed to several factors making the recall effort a realistic threat, one of which is that it has received backing from both local and national Republican Party figures.

Recently re-elected Rep. David Valadao reportedly confirmed the move, saying, “We all support it. Our campaign offices all had the petitions there. A lot of our events had folks there gathering signatures.”

Other prominent conservative figures such as former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich are also backing the effort, promoting it on national TV and through fundraising efforts.

Another strategic advantage for the effort is the abnormally low bar that the state has set for recall petitions.

“California’s governor faces one of the easiest recall requirements in the country,” Joshua Spivak, a senior fellow at Wagner College’s Hugh L. Carey Institute for Government Reform, told Politico. “Voters only need to gather the signatures of 12 percent of voter turnout in the 2018 election — in this case, 1,495,709 signatures. California also grants 160 days to gather them. In other states, the signature percentage requirement is more than double and the time to gather is less than half.”

Anything else?

Despite all of the outside help, Rescue California senior adviser Randy Economy argued that the greatest driver of the recall efforts is Newsom himself.

“This governor is his own worst enemy, and every day he does something more that puts him deeper and deeper into controversy, and he’s become a problem here in California,” he said. “He shut down the fifth-largest economy in the world the last nine months, and every single person out there in California should be outraged by that.”

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California judge rules San Diego strip clubs can stay open during lockdown, delivering blow to Newsom

A judge ruled Wednesday that two San Diego strip clubs can remain open during California’s coronavirus lockdown, which could potentially lead to restaurants reopening their doors.

Gov. Gavin Newsom was dealt a loss by a San Diego Superior Court judge, who ruled against the California governor’s executive order that shuttered strip clubs.

Newsom issued a regional stay-at-home order on Dec. 3, which would “require bars, wineries, hair salons and other nonessential businesses across five areas to close for three weeks once a region’s intensive care capacity falls below 15 percent,” according to NBC News. Restaurants could continue to offer takeout and delivery, but live adult entertainment was ordered to shut down.

The owners of Pacers Showgirls International and Cheetahs Gentlemen’s Club in San Diego rebelled against Newson’s executive order and stayed open.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued a cease-and-desist letter to both businesses on Friday that they were violating the Democratic governor’s lockdown order. Becerra, also a Democrat, threatened legal action if the establishments did not comply.

San Diego Superior Court Judge Joel Wohlfeil issued a nine-page preliminary injunction that permitted the strip clubs to continue operating.

Wohlfeil ruled that San Diego County had not provided sufficient evidence to prove that the strip clubs were increasing the spread of coronavirus.

“Accordingly, the court finds that Plaintiffs have been devoid of Covid, have done nothing to contribute to the spread of COVID, and have honored their representations to [Executive Director of the City of San Diego’s Human Relations Commission and International Affairs Board] Dr. Joel Day and the County,” Wohfeil wrote.

The judge ascertained that both clubs operated for five weeks during the pandemic, and instituted safety measures to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. The establishments maintained a distance of 15 feet between strippers and tables, required employees to wear face masks, and did not permit more than one stripper per stage at a time.

Judge Wohlfeil added that the ruling for strip clubs also applied to “San Diego County businesses with restaurant services,” making them exempt from shutdowns.

The judge stated, “Any governmental entity or law enforcement officer are hereby enjoined from enforcing the provisions of the cease and desist order, or any related orders including the State’s Regional Stay Home Order, that prevent 1) plaintiffs from providing live adult entertainment; and 2) San Diego County businesses with restaurant service, such as plaintiffs’ establishments, from continuing to operate their respective businesses, subject to protocols that are no greater than is essential to further defendants’ response to control the spread of COVID.”

On Wednesday, San Diego County Supervisor Jim Desmond said, “A judge just ruled that he could not find a connection between restaurant services and the spread of COVID. He has directed the county to allow businesses with restaurant services to operate their business safely and responsibly.”

Steve Hoffman, an attorney for Cheetahs, said, “Cheetahs and Pacers will continue to operate in a manner that takes all appropriate and essential measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while at the same time providing a means for their staff to earn a livelihood.”

Newsom’s office reacted to the judge’s ruling by telling Newsweek, “While we are disappointed in the court’s decision today, we remain steadfast in our commitment to protecting the health and safety of all Californians. Our legal team is reviewing options to determine next steps.”

The judge’s ruling could provide a way to open restaurants in California.

As of Dec. 15, all but three counties in California were labeled as experiencing “widespread” COVID-19 outbreaks. In California’s tier system, counties that are labeled as having widespread coronavirus outbreaks must close bars and breweries that don’t serve food and restaurants are permitted to be open with outside dining only with modifications.

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Adam Carolla calls for California Gov. Gavin Newsom to be recalled, shreds state lockdown

Outspoken comedian and radio show host Adam Carolla said that California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) should be recalled over his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He also said that Californians should stand up for their rights and blasted the notion of continual coronavirus-related lockdowns.

What are the details?

In video footage captured by TMZ, Carolla indicated that Newsom is akin to some sort of self-appointed king and that Californians should balk at his never-ending COVID-19 restrictions.

“We talked to the comedian Tuesday in Burbank, CA, where he was about to head into a restaurant his friend owns for a little sit-down mean … almost out of protest, it seems,” TMZ reported. “It’s pretty clear … Adam thinks the new shutdown orders are ridiculous, and he explains why.”

In his remarks, Carolla said, “F*** Newsom. F** that idiot.”

“I don’t know who Newsom thinks he is. He’s not a monarch. You can’t shut down society. You gotta offer some proof why it’s dangerous,” he said. “And by the way, sheep: Wake up, sheep. It’s not Newsom, it’s all the sheep who listen to Newsom.”

Carolla also said that he thinks a recall movement against Newsom is gaining momentum.

“It’d be nice. … I think it is gaining some ground because he’s an imbecile and he’s incompetent and he’s running this state into the ground,” he proclaimed. “Listen. We should recall him and just replace him with one of those plastic owls that they put on top of restaurants so seagulls don’t s**t on the roof. And we would be much better off … with no replacement than with Gavin Newsom.”

Los Angeles-based TMZ reported, “Might sound crazy, but the petition already has more than half the necessary signatures needed to get the issue on a ballot soon — and word is Newsom’s camp is nervous.”

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California HHS secretary admits bans on outdoor dining aren’t based on evidence of danger

As business anxiety mounts over renewed coronavirus lockdowns in several states, California’s secretary of Health and Human Services made a stunning admission this week that will do little to assuage the concerns of those who say the restrictions go too far.

Delivering an update on COVID-19 in California Tuesday, state HHS Secretary Mark Ghaly admitted that policies banning restaurants from hosting outdoor dining are not based on evidence that suggests dining outdoors is unsafe. The policy, Reason reported, is actually about incentivizing people to stay home and is “not a comment on the relative safety of outdoor dining,” Ghaly said.

“The decision to include, among other sectors, outdoor dining and limiting that, turning to restaurants to deliver and provide takeout options instead, really has to do with the goal of trying to keep people at home,” he explained.

Previously, Ghaly said, “We have worked hard with that industry to create safer ways for outdoor dining to happen.”

The state encouraged restaurants to adopt precautions such as “keeping tables farther apart,” or “ensuring masking happens as much as possible” to limit the risk of viral transmission.

“All of those factors make sectors like outdoor dining lower risk,” Ghaly continued. “But right now, with the levels of transmission that we’re seeing, we advise against anything that you can do in another way, in a lower-risk way, that avoids you either leaving your home or…leaving your home in a way that…cause[s] you to mix with others.”

Last week, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a new regional stay-at-home order that separates the state into five regions and goes into effect in a given region when remaining hospital ICU capacity there drops below 15%. In addition to mandating that people stay home and limiting the size of private and public gatherings, the state ordered some “nonessential” businesses to close and mandated that restaurants only serve takeout or delivery. Indoor and outdoor dining is banned in the state, ostensibly to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

But lockdown policies have real consequences for business owners and their employees who are told by the state they are not allowed to provide their services. A recent survey conducted by the National Restaurant Association found that since the COVID-19 pandemic began, one in six restaurants nationwide has been forced to close permanently.

Unemployment, obviously, has skyrocketed since the pandemic began. Some 1.3 million Americans will owe a collective $7.2 billion in unpaid rent by the end of this year. Millions of Americans face economic hardship this season, and business owners in California and other states imposing lockdowns are speaking out because it’s not fair.

One woman who owns a restaurant in Los Angeles posted a video that went viral in early December in which she tearfully expressed her outrage that the state told her she could not serve customers outdoors but local officials permitted a TV production to ignore the restrictions and serve outdoor catering. Another California business owner recently complained to Fox News that California’s restrictions have a “trickle-down effect” — if some businesses are forced to close because the state says they cannot serve customers, other service providers who rely on those businesses as clients also suffer and may be forced close too.

Some fed-up restauranteurs have begun challenging the state in court, with initial success. A judge on Tuesday ruled that Los Angeles County had acted “arbitrarily” in imposing a ban on outdoor dining without conducting a proper “risk-benefit” analysis beforehand. However, these local restrictions were superseded by Newsom’s statewide order, which has not yet been successfully challenged in court.

Elsewhere in the country there are those who have chosen to outright defy government mandates that order them to close. The owners of Atilis Gym in Bellmawr, New Jersey, have kept their facility open despite the government fining them $15,497.76 for every day they do so. Gym co-owner Frank Trumbetti argues that he shouldn’t have to close his business if he adopts safety protocols that enforce proper social distancing to keep his customers safe. He says that after 83,000 visits to his facility, not one case of COVID-19 has been traced back to Atilis Gym. His complaint is that the government is not providing sufficient evidence to show why ordering businesses to close will be effective at reducing the spread of the virus.

It’s a complaint echoed by Barstool Sports president Dave Portnoy who blasted New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for ordering New York City restaurants to cease indoor dining in a viral video posted Friday.

“In this country, politicians are taking away to the right to earn a living. It’s that simple and it’s insanity,” Portnoy asserted.

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California judge blocks Gov. Newsom’s COVID-19 restrictions on worship services

A California judge on Thursday temporarily blocked Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom’s coronavirus restrictions on worship services, which critics say unconstitutionally discriminate against people of faith.

Judge Gregory Pulskamp’s ruling imposed an injunction against enforcement of California’s planned COVID-19 restrictions on houses of worship, citing the recent Supreme Court decision that struck down New York’s COVID-19 rules for churches as unconstitutionally discriminatory.

Newsom’s new stay-at-home order separates California into five regions and activates when a particular region’s remaining ICU capacity falls below 15%. When in effect, the order bans indoor worship services while permitting retail businesses to operate indoors at 20% capacity.

In September, attorneys with the Thomas More Society filed a lawsuit on behalf of Father Trevor Burfitt, a California priest, challenging Newsom’s authority to issue his emergency lockdown orders.

Judge Pulskamp said that Newsom’s lockdown failed to treat houses of worship as “equal to the favored class of entities,” those being “entities permitted to engage in indoor activities — also known as ‘essential businesses’ or ‘critical infrastructure’ — includ[ing] big-box retail stores, grocery stores, home improvement stores, hotels, airports, train stations, bus stations, movie production houses, warehouses, factories, schools, and a lengthy list of additional businesses.”

The judge found that California’s argument for permitting some secular activity while outright banning indoor religious activity was not persuasive.

However, Defendants’ efforts to distinguish the permitted secular activity from the prohibited religious activity are not persuasive. For example, Defendants contend that the congregations of shoppers in big-box stores, grocery stores, etc., are not comparable to religious services in terms of crowd size, proximity, and length of stay. To the contrary, based on the evidence presented (or lack thereof) and common knowledge, it appears that shoppers at a Costco, Walmart, Home Depot, etc. may – and frequently do – congregate in numbers, proximity, and duration that is very comparable to worshippers in houses of worship. Defendants have not convincingly established that the health risks associated with houses of worship would be any different than “essential businesses” or “critical infrastructure,” assuming the same requirements of social distancing and the wearing of masks were applied across the board. …

In addition, the restrictions at issue in this case are not “narrowly tailored” because the occupancy limits imposed on places of worship by the Purple Tier of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy and the Regional Stay at Home Order are zero – a total and complete ban of indoor religious services. These restrictions are arguably harsher than any other set of restrictions considered by the courts in all of the cases cited by the parties in this action. In Roman Catholic Diocese, the court considered New York’s religious services occupancy limits of 10 persons in “Red Zones” and 25 persons in “orange zones” to be “very severe restrictions” and “far more restrictive than any Covid-related regulations that have previously come before the Court [footnote omitted], much tighter than those adopted by many other jurisdictions hard-hit by the pandemic, and far more severe than has been shown to be required to prevent the spread of the virus at the applicants’ services.” (Roman Catholic Diocese, supra, at p. 1, 2.) What then should the courts think of California’s total ban on indoor services? “Narrowly tailored” regulations mean “the least restrictive means available” and may potentially include a variety of less draconian measures such as “social distancing, wearing masks, leaving doors and windows open, forgoing singing, and disinfecting spaces between services.” (Roman Catholic Diocese, supra, at p. 4 (conc. opn. of Gorsuch, J.).) Therefore, it seems highly probable that Plaintiffs will prevail in this case should the matter proceed to trial.

Quoting Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh from his dissent in South Bay United, Pulskamp slammed restrictions on churches as absurd.

“Assuming all of the same precautions are taken, why can someone safely walk down a grocery store aisle but not a pew? And why can someone safely interact with a brave deliverywoman but not with a stoic minister? … The State cannot ‘assume the worst when people go to worship but assume the best when people go to work or go about the rest of their daily lives in permitted social settings.'”

The judge’s ruling will temporarily block California from enforcing its restrictions on indoor worship until a full trial can be conducted.

Reacting to the decision, attorneys from the Thomas More Society praised the outcome and the Supreme Court’s decision in Brooklyn Diocese v. Cuomo for defending religious liberty.

“After more than nine months of tyranny in the name of ‘containing the spread’ of a virus they have failed to contain, the gubernatorial dictators presiding over draconian lockdowns are running out of runway on their claim that churches are somehow more dangerous viral vectors than any of the litany of ‘essential businesses’ crowded with customers that they allow to operate at 100% capacity,” Thomas More Society special counsel Christopher Ferrara said.

“The Supreme Court’s decision in Brooklyn Diocese v. Cuomo has opened the way to the liberation of churches from the absurd and bigoted superstition that they are veritable death chambers threatening the entire population. Not even hair salons, which by the services offered necessitate close personal contact, have been subjected to the onerous and barefaced biases heaped upon houses of worship,” Ferrara stated.

“We are deeply grateful to Judge Pulskamp for his recognition that, as his decision states (quoting Brooklyn Diocese): ‘But even in a pandemic, the Constitution cannot be put away and forgotten,” Ferrara continued. “The restrictions at issue here, by effectively barring many from attending religious services, strike at the very heart of the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious liberty. Before allowing this to occur, we have a duty to conduct a serious examination of the need for such a drastic measure.'”

(H/T: Hot Air)

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Companies connected to Gov. Gavin Newsom received nearly $3 million in federal PPP loans: report

At least eight companies partially owned by California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) received millions of dollars through the Paycheck Protection Program, according to a new report.

PlumpJack, a wine business Newsom started in 1992, received nearly $3 million in PPP loans, according to a report from KGO-TV. The Small Business Administration’s loan program “helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.”

PlumpJack Management Group LLC includes five restaurants and bars, four Napa Valley wineries, a ski resort, and retail establishments, according to the company. At least nine companies affiliated with the PlumpJack Group received PPP loans, the report states.

One of the companies featured in the report is Villa Encinal Partners Limited Partnership, which has 14 employees and received a loan for $918,720 on April 14, 2020, just 11 days after the lending program launched, according to SBA data. Villa Encinal Partners Limited Partnership is linked to the PlumpJack winery in Napa, according to state records.

The Small Business Administration requires companies to spend 60% of PPP loans on wages.

“Hypothetically, if divided equally, each of them would’ve received around $40,000 to cover their payroll over a period of three months — that would amount to an annual salary of around $160,000 per employee,” KGO-TV stated.

California wineries that received more than $900,000 in PPP funding had an average of 148 employees, according to the report.

Analysis from the report found that small businesses in California with 14 employees received an average PPP loan amount of $128,000; Villa Encinal Partners LP received seven times that amount.

“It’s unexpected for a 14 employee organization to get nearly $1 million,” said Sean Moulton, a senior policy analyst with the nonpartisan Project on Government Oversight. “The purpose behind this program was to save entry-level jobs, people going in and working on that paycheck. That was what we put this out there for, to stop unemployment.

“It seems to be a small business but it got a lot of money,” Moulton added. “I’m not sure how the company justifies taking that much money when there were a lot of companies looking to get assistance. You hope they’re using it wisely because there’s an opportunity cost there — that money didn’t get used for another small business that may be out of business now.”

Moulton, who specializes in tracking PPP funds, said the companies could have been given preferential treatment “not because the governor asked for it, but because of all the connections that exist.”

In 2018, Newsom placed his ownership interests in the PlumpJack Group into a blind trust. The Democratic governor of California is listed on the PlumpJack Group website as the founder, and his sister Hilary Newsom is listed as the company’s president and partner.

The PlumpJack Management Group released a statement:

Like many other companies facing extreme financial duress during the pandemic, we used loan monies to protect our workers and keep them employed. Our staff members and their loved ones have depended on these programs for their livelihoods. Gavin Newsom is not affiliated with the operation of the companies in any way. Any suggestion otherwise is unequivocally false.

Jesse Melgar, Newsom’s communications director, responded by saying, “Before taking office, the Governor transferred title and control of the businesses he founded to a blind trust, a step that goes beyond anything required by law.”

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California sheriff has blunt message for Gov. Gavin Newsom over new coronavirus lockdown

Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes announced Saturday that his agency would not enforce the new coronavirus-related lockdown enacted in California.

According to the Associated Press, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced a plan last week for the most restrictive lockdown since the beginning of the pandemic if the state’s COVID-19 metrics met certain thresholds, which has now happened.

From the AP:

The vast region of Southern California, much of the San Francisco Bay area and a large swath of the Central Valley are about to be placed under a sweeping new lockdown in an urgent attempt to slow the rapid rise of coronavirus cases.

The California Department of Public Health said Saturday the intensive care unit capacity in Southern California and Central Valley hospitals had fallen below a 15% threshold that triggers the new measures, which include strict closures for businesses and a ban on gathering with anyone outside of your own household. The new measures will take effect Sunday evening and remain in place for at least three weeks, meaning the lockdown will cover the Christmas holiday.

What did the sheriff say?

Barnes did not mince words: He said that compliance with the new order is a matter of “personal responsibility,” so his agency would not be enforcing the “ever-changing” nature of Democrat-imposed restrictions.

“The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will remain consistent in our approach,” Barnes explained. “Orange County Sheriff’s deputies will not be dispatched to, or respond to, calls for service to enforce compliance with face coverings, social gatherings, or stay-at-home orders only. Deputies will respond to calls for potential criminal behavior and for the protection of life and property. Our actions remain consistent with the protections of constitutional rights.”

The sheriff also criticized the restrictions because they hurt Americans who are “already struggling through difficult circumstances.”

“To put the onus on law enforcement to enforce these orders against law abiding citizens who are already struggling through difficult circumstances, while at the same time criticizing law enforcement and taking away tools to do our job, is both contradictory and disingenuous,” Barnes said.

When Newsom enacted a less restrictive stay-at-home order last month, Barnes also bucked the Democratic governor.

“At this time, due to the need to have deputies available for emergency calls for service, deputies will not be responding to requests for face-coverings or social gatherings-only enforcement,” Barnes said.

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Restaurant owner reduced to tears over Dem hypocrisy: Her business is shut down, but Hollywood gets pass

A Los Angeles-area restaurant owner is going viral after she exposed the cruel hypocrisy of coronavirus-related restrictions imposed by Democratic leaders.

The viral rant comes as California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti enact new restrictions as COVID cases continue to surge in the Golden State.

What did the restaurant owner say?

Los Angeles County officials banned outdoor dining last month, one of the few lifelines afforded to restaurants, which have been particularly hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

But according to Angela Marsden, owner of Pineapple Hill Saloon & Grill in Sherman Oaks, local officials permitted a TV production to skirt the rules. Shockingly, the Hollywood crew had set up outdoor eating areas just feet from Marsden’s restaurant.

In her blistering rant, Marsden blasted Garcetti and Newsom for prioritizing Hollywood over small businesses like hers.

“So this is my place, the Pineapple Hill Grill & Saloon. If you go to my page you can see all the work I did for outdoor dining, for tables being seven feet apart,” Marsden said. “And I come in today because I’m organizing a protest and I came in to get stuff for that.”

“And I walk into my parking lot — and obviously Mayor Garcetti has approved … this,” she continued, pointing to the production setup, including tables for outdoor dining to be used by the production crew, “has approved this being set up for…this being set up for…for a movie company.”

Marsden continued:

I’m losing everything. Everything I own is being taken away from me and they set up a movie company right next to my outdoor patio, which is right over here. And people wonder why I’m protesting and why I have had enough.

They have not given us money and they have shut us down. We cannot survive, my staff cannot survive. Look at this. Tell me that this is dangerous, but right next to me, as a slap in my face, that’s safe. This is safe? Fifteen feet away?

This is dangerous. Mayor Garcetti and Gavin Newsom is [sic] responsible for every single person that doesn’t have unemployment, that does not have a job, and all the businesses that are going under.

We need your help. We need somebody to do something about this.

According to KCAL-TV, Marsden spent about $80,000 to make her restaurant safe and compliant with the new COVID-related regulations. Yet, she remains shut down.

Unfortunately, Marsden told KCAL that the restaurant — which has existed for more than 40 years — will be shut permanently if leaders do not allow her to reopen by February.

“If I’m not open by February, I will no longer be here,” Marsden said. “My restaurant can’t open for to-go, what little money we have I have to try to hold on to for the hopes that we’ll get to go to outdoor dining again, which is why I’m fighting so hard to get it open again.”

Is there some good news?

L.A. County Superior Court Judge James Chalfant ordered Los Angeles County public health officials this week to present him with scientific evidence proving why a ban on outdoor dining is necessary.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Chalfant is skeptical that such extreme measures are necessary to slow the spread of COVID.

“You have to do a risk-benefit analysis for public health. You don’t just talk about the risk of spreading disease. You have to talk about the benefit of keeping restaurants open,” Chalfant said.

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‘I’m not an a**hole, the governor is’: Celebrity chef torches Gavin Newsom for ban on outdoor dining

Celebrity Chef Andrew Gruel is making headlines after going viral for posting a video on social media blasting California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s lockdown order banning outdoor dining.

In his message, Gruel — a former Food Network judge who owns seafood franchise Slapfish — vowed to keep his restaurants open for outdoor business despite the governor’s order, arguing that there is no scientific basis for the ban and that Newsom is the “a**hole.”

What are the details?

On Thursday, Gov. Newsom announced renewed coronavirus lockdowns across several regions in the state, forcing bars, salons, and other businesses to close up and go without income in an effort to stave off the spread of COVID-19. Restaurants in the affected areas would also have to shut down both indoor and outdoor dining, after many owners made steep investments to provide outdoor dining areas in reaction to previous orders.

In reaction to Newsom’s new lockdown order, Gruel tweeted, “What did I say yesterday? I will not comply.” He also noted that he had “just spent thousands” on outdoor heat lamps, joking that he would “be dropping these off at my local gov office for a full refund plus 10% interest.”

Some of the chef’s followers gave him heat over his defiance of the order, so he followed up with a video message to all the “haters” he says were calling him “a grandmother killer” and accusing him of not taking the coronavirus seriously.

“Here’s the situation,” Gruel said. “Do we take the pandemic seriously? Of course we do. Am I saying that we shouldn’t close outdoor dining? Yes I am.”

He explained, “At every single juncture along the way here, from the beginning shutdown to today, we’ve listened to all of the advice from government officials, only to be shut down over and over and over again and then not compensated for the elements that we put in place in our businesses in order to protect our customers.”

Gruel argued, “There is zero scientific evidence that proves that outdoor dining is contributing to a rise in cases related to this, alright—I’m only saying we’re going to continue dining outdoors.” He noted that people can still fly on airplanes and go to stores like Walmart.

In closing, the chef told his critics, “Outdoor dining does not lead to any of that. Therefore, screw that, we’re staying opened outdoors. It’s that simple. I’m not an a**hole. The governor is.”

Newsom already faced heavy criticism leading up to his most recent crackdown, after he was busted weeks ago defying his own guidelines dining with several people at a swanky restaurant to celebrate the birthday of a lobbyist. The governor apologize after his actions were exposed.

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‘Daily Show’ host Trevor Noah sounds off on Democratic leaders like Gov. ‘hair gel’ Gavin Newsom over COVID hypocrisy

“Daily Show” host Trevor Noah, usually a friend to progressives, blasted “hypocrite” Democratic leaders Thursday for not “practicing what they preach” as it pertains to abiding by coronavirus restrictions.

A slew of Democratic officials from the Golden State and Texas have been caught redhanded of late urging constituents to stay home and avoid large gatherings while flaunting such restrictions themselves.

Among the recent offenders are Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who was caught dining maskless with a group of 12 at The French Laundry in Napa last month; Democratic San Francisco Mayor London Breed, who ironically was also caught dining maskless with a large group at the same fancy restaurant; Democratic San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, who told constituents to “cancel” Thanksgiving gatherings precisely one day before he attended one; and of course, Democratic Austin, Texas, Mayor Steve Adler, who urged constituents to “stay inside” in a video he recorded while vacationing in Mexico with his family and others.

“Oh man, come on! What is it with these Democrats?” Noah exclaimed.

The comedian went on to mimic Adler’s video message: “This is your mayor here, telling you to stay home, and stay safe. Do the right thing … All my boys in the pool know what I’m talking about! Say what’s up, everybody!”

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“I’m sorry, man. Everyone has given up their lives and then you’ve got these politicians who are just hypocrites out here,” he continued.

“What, you guys think, corona respects your office too much to come after you? Because don’t forget: It got the president of the United States, it’s not going to be star-struck by Governor ‘hair gel,'” he joked, in reference to Newsom.

Noah even went so far to say he’s more disappointed with these Democrats than he is with some Republicans in regard to mask-wearing and social distancing.

“In a way, these Democrats are even worse than the anti-maskers, because of their hypocrisy,” he said. “At least when those dudes break the rules they’re open about it.”

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Longtime adviser to Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom accused of trying to suffocate 4-year-old with pillow, shoving woman into glass doors

A longtime adviser and friend to Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom was arrested and jailed after he was accused of trying to suffocate a 4-year-old with a pillow and shoving a woman into glass doors, Politico reported.

What are the details?

Nathan Ballard, 51 — a prominent California Democratic strategist — was booked Oct. 18 on two felony charges of domestic violence and willful cruelty to a child with possible injury and death, the outlet said, citing Napa County Sheriff’s Office documents.

Napa County authorities filed the charges Thursday, KGO-TV reported.

Ballard served as Newsom’s spokesperson when he was San Francisco’s mayor, Politico said, adding that Ballard also was a spokesperson for the Democratic National Committee, the California Democratic Party, the Getty family, the Golden State Warriors, the Super Bowl, and for the presidential campaigns of former Sen. John Kerry and Gen. Wesley Clark. Ballard also is a former San Francisco deputy city attorney, KGO said.

And until Oct. 19 — the day after the alleged incident — Ballard sat on the board of The Representation Project, a nonprofit founded by Newsom’s wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, to advance women’s rights, Politico said.

“I’ve spent my career in crisis communications fighting on behalf the wrongfully accused, and now for the first time I really know what it feels like to be in their shoes,” Ballard told the outlet in a text message. “I will be exonerated. I love my children more than anything on earth, and we will be reunited.”

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Sources say the events occurred at the swanky Carneros Resort and Spa where, according to victim statements, Ballard reportedly “had consumed a large amount of alcohol and some marijuana.”

The adult victim told authorities that Ballard “charged her and pushed her with both hands into the glass doors,” causing her to fall and hit the back of her head on the door. Ballard also stumbled and fell onto the ground, bleeding, according to documents on file with the Napa County Sheriff’s Department.

Then Ballard “attempted to suffocate the child victim with the pillow,” the adult victim told the police. “Ballard grabbed the pillow from the bed, placed it onto the child victim and laid on top of the pillow, placing his weight on the child victim who was under the pillow,” according to the report.

The adult victim said “she was able to remove the child victim from the room,” and locked herself and another child in a separate room away from Ballard.

She reported the alleged attack to police the next morning, and when officers arrived, Ballard had gone, according to the report. The Napa County Sheriff’s Office issued a warrant for Ballard’s arrest and, on Oct. 20, he was arrested and transported to the county jail, authorities said.

Ballard paid his set bail of $75,000 and was released later on Oct. 20, KGO reported, citing sheriff’s department documents.

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What did Ballard’s lawyer say?

Anthony Brass, Ballard’s lawyer, said in a statement to the station that he’s “confident” that his client “will be fully acquitted of these charges after the District Attorney’s Office has a chance to review the facts and learn all sides of the story. Nate is a well-respected professional and a member of the bar with a spotless ethical record. He has no criminal history.”

Brass told KGO that “after nearly eight years of continuous sobriety, Nate resumed drinking in April, after his father died. He is now clean and sober again, and he is currently in a residential recovery program to deal with his drinking problem in a responsible, comprehensive manner. He is a good father, he has his children’s best interests at heart, and he wants to resolve this matter privately, quickly, and fairly for their sake.”

Politico reported that Brass on Thursday said Ballard’s former wife “would testify under oath that he has never been violent toward her, their minor son, nor their minor daughter” — but the outlet added that hours later Brass said he had to retract that statement.

Newsom’s spokespeople have not responded to questions about Ballard’s arrest, the outlet reported.

Politico also said Ballard — a father of four young children — was profiled in a
November 2019 story in Better magazine as one of “the Bay Area’s most successful dads” and that he called his home in Kentfield “a special place for my wife Mara and me.”

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California is about to lock down again as COVID-19 hospitalizations rise

California is about to lock down again.

Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a new regional stay-at-home order Thursday, calling for an “emergency break” to slow the spread of COVID-19 — again.

KABC-TV reported the order separates California into five regions: Northern California, Greater Sacramento, Bay Area, San Joaquin Valley, and Southern California. If any region’s hospital ICU capacity drops below 15%, the stay-at-home lockdown will go into effect for that region.

Current projections estimate that all regions in California save for the Bay Area are expected to hit that threshold in the coming days. Southern California is currently at 20.6% ICU capacity, according to KABC-TV.

The lockdown will once again force bars, wineries, nail salons, hair salons, barbershops, and other personal care businesses to close. Private gatherings of any size will be restricted. Restaurants will need to shut down indoor and outdoor dining and will be permitted to stay open only for takeout and delivery. Retail stores will be allowed to operate at only 20% capacity. Finally, travel deemed “nonessential” will be “temporarily restricted statewide.”

“This is the most challenging moment since the beginning of this pandemic,” Newsom said. “If there was ever any time to put aside your doubt, to put aside your skepticism, to put aside your cynicism to put aside your ideology, to put aside any consideration except this: Lives are in the balance. Lives will be lost unless we do more than we’ve ever done.”

Enforcement of these new coronavirus restrictions will be left to local governments, but Newsom threatened to deprive counties that refuse to comply of state funding.

“If you’re unwilling to adopt the protocols to support the mitigation and the reduction of the spread of this disease, we’re happy to redirect those dollars to counties that feel differently,” he said.

The new round of lockdowns for Californians come as confirmed coronavirus cases are surging across the nation. There are now more than 14 million confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and on Wednesday, Johns Hopkins University reported more than 2,800 deaths, the highest death toll on a single day yet.

However, the actual number of cases in the U.S. may be far greater than officially reported.

In a report released last week, the CDC estimated that for every confirmed case of COVID-19, there are eight cases that go undetected. The report said that by the end of September there were 53 million Americans infected with the coronavirus, a number eight times greater than the confirmed cases reported at the time.

Of those 53 million estimated cases, the CDC says about 45 million developed symptoms at some point and about 2.4 million were hospitalized.

If that is true, supposing that the actual number of coronavirus cases is eight times greater than the officially reported 14 million, as many as 112 million Americans may already have contracted the virus — nearly one third of the U.S. population.

The efficacy of lockdowns in slowing the spread of coronavirus is disputed. Proponents of lockdown policies point to studies that show lockdowns are effective at limiting person-to-person contact and therefore reducing the transmission of the virus.

But the consequences of these policies are real and deadly — economic hardship, exacerbated mental health problems, delayed treatment for non-COVID related illnesses, and other collateral damage associated with lockdowns and social distancing policies must be weighed against intrusive government intervention to slow the spread of the virus.

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Supreme Court delivers blow to California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s lockdown orders against churches

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday sided against California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s restrictions on indoor religious services during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Supreme Court tossed out a decision from a Central District of California court that upheld Newsom’s constraints on houses of worship.

“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,” the Supreme Court stated, according to Fox News.

The justices, with no noted dissents, vacated the District Court ruling against the Pasadena-based Harvest Rock Church and Harvest International Ministry, which has several campuses and more than 160 churches across California. The Harvest Rock Church initially filed a lawsuit against the state in July when restrictions were implemented following a surge in coronavirus cases. The restrictions banned indoor singing and chanting activities.

The Supreme Court referenced its recent 5-4 ruling against restrictions on prayer services in New York. The Nov. 25 ruling that said New York could not enforce limits on attendance at churches and synagogues in coronavirus hot spots, which upset Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The Democratic governor of New York then accused the Supreme Court justices of politicizing COVID-19.

California currently has a color-coded tier program that imposes certain restrictions in each county based on the number of COVID-19 cases. If the county has what the state considers “widespread” coronavirus cases, then “many non-essential indoor business operations are closed.” In lesser tiers of the system, “some indoor business operations are open with modifications.”

The church claims they are protected under the First Amendment to practice their religion, adding that the Democratic governor’s order is illegal because it restrains the size of religious gatherings, but other secular activities do not face the same restrictions.

“For the governor, COVID-19 restrictions are apparently optional and penalty free,” lawyers for the church argued. “But for Churches or anyone worshipping in their own home with someone who does not live there, COVID-19 restrictions are mandatory and enforced via criminal penalties.”

Liberty Counsel founder Mat Staver issued a statement, “The handwriting is now on the wall. The final days of Governor Gavin Newsom’s ‘color-coded edicts’ banning worship are numbered and coming to an end. It is past time to end the unconstitutional restrictions on places of worship.”

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Popular Los Angeles lifestyle boutique goes viral for mercilessly mocking Democrats, leftist celebrities over hypocrisy and more

Los Angeles’ premier “lifestyle boutique,” Kitson, is going viral for blasting Democratic lawmakers and leftist celebrities with a massive display across their storefront.

What are the details?

One of the L.A.-based stores hung a variety of posters in their front windows depicting their “People of the Year,” which includes Democratic Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Hunter Biden, Dr. Anthony Fauci, actress and activist Alyssa Milano, Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), and more.

Each person has their own picture plastered across the storefront with remarks on their conduct during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mayor Eric Garcetti

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“I will turn off your power if you don’t obey. Target, Costco, Walmart, etc. can sell nonessential items, but small businesses are forbidden.”

The remark is a reference to Garcetti’s threat in August to shut off utilities to homes and businesses with unauthorized gatherings.

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“[W]here is my laptop my China deal is on it. Don’t forget 10% for the big guy!”

The remark is a reference to a laptop hard drive that purportedly belongs to Hunter and allegedly contains information about purported international business dealings with his father, former Vice President Joe Biden, and Ukraine.

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“Masks are not needed … they don’t help! … Wear a mask! Bill Gates is my BFF. Wear a mask, don’t wear a mask, wear a mask, don’t wear a mask.”

The remarks are a reference to Fauci’s apparent mask flip-flop, which took place between March and May.

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“David call 911 there is a squirrel in our backyard.”

The remark is a reference to “Defund the Police” and activist Alyssa Milano’s family calling the police in September for what they believed to be an armed man in their backyard. It turned out to be a teen hunting squirrels.

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“I demand a better table at the French Laundry Restaurant and I want to be seated inside with my 22 friends!”

The remarks are referring to Newsom’s tone-deaf attendance at a crowded, indoor dinner party on Nov. 6 at a posh, Napa-area restaurant.

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“Rules for thee not for me!”

The remark is a reference to a mask-less Pelosi breaking quarantine to get a salon blowout on Aug. 31 at a San Francisco hair salon.

BlazeTV’s Dave Rubin shared video of the storefront on Thursday, and captioned it, “Holy cow this is absolutely spectacular. Kitsons [sic] in Los Angeles. We The People are fighting back!”

At the time of this reporting, the video has been viewed more than 259,000 times.

You can see the rest of Kitson’s “People of the Year” in the video below.

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Glenn Beck: Here’s what these Democrats should be thankful for this Thanksgiving

The Left has a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Take, for example, Nancy Pelosi’s freezer full of gourmet ice cream, or Gov. Gavin Newsom’s opulent dinner at the French Laundry. Then there’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo who is apparently grateful for his own leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic.

But even with all that 2020 has brought, we have even more to be grateful for. After all, this is still the greatest time to be alive, especially in America.

Watch the clip below to hear Glenn Beck break down his list of the things he thinks Democrats should be grateful for, and the things he’s genuinely thankful for this Thanksgiving:

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom goes into isolation with entire family following COVID-19 exposure

California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has announced that he and his family have entered self-isolation after exposure to someone with coronavirus.

What are the details?

In an early Monday morning series of tweets, Newsom wrote, “Late Friday evening, @JenSiebelNewsom and I learned that 3 of our children had been exposed to an officer from the California Highway Patrol who had tested positive for COVID-19.”

“Thankfully, the entire family tested negative today,” he continued. “However, consistent with local guidance, we will be quarantining for 14 days.”

According to the Los Angeles Times, Newsom and his family will continue to be tested during their period of self-isolation.

The California governor concluded his announcement by thanking necessary workers who are required to place themselves in a position of risk on a daily basis during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

“We are grateful for all the officers that keep our family safe and for every frontline worker who continues to go to work during this pandemic.”

What else?

Newsom has been under fire after having attended a large, indoor — maskless — birthday dinner party held earlier in the month.

The scandal erupted amid the embattled governor’s recent announcement on Thanksgiving-related restrictions on California families.

He has since apologized for attending the dinner party, hastily professed the importance of mask-wearing, and placed the entire state under a limited lockdown order for 30 days.

The California governor issued the order on Thursday following a statewide spike in COVID-19 infections.

“The virus is spreading at a pace we haven’t seen since the start of this pandemic and the next several days and weeks will be critical to stop the surge. We are sounding the alarm,” Newsom said in a statement on the move. “It is crucial that we act to decrease transmission and slow hospitalizations before the death count surges. We’ve done it before and we must do it again.”

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VIDEO: Protesters in Huntington Beach fight back against Newsom’s curfew and California lockdowns

Protesters gathered in Huntington Beach to resist California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s new coronavirus curfew. The protest, which mostly party-like atmosphere, saw demonstrators merrily dancing and singing.

On Thursday, Newsom issued a new COVID-19 curfew that prohibited “non-essential work, movement and gatherings” in the state’s “purple tier,” which are counties where there are more than seven cases per 100,000 residents. California considers these areas to have “widespread” coronavirus outbreaks. Most of the state, which has a population of 40 million, is labeled as having widespread outbreaks, including all of the major metropolitan areas.

The order states that California counties in the purple tier must prohibit members of other households from gathering “between 10:00pm PST and 5:00am PST, except for those activities associated with the operation, maintenance, or usage of critical infrastructure or required by law.”

The order justified the curfew by stating, “Activities conducted during 10:00pm to 5:00am are often non-essential and more likely related to social activities and gatherings that have a higher likelihood of leading to reduced inhibition and reduced likelihood to adhere to COVID-19 preventive measures (e.g., wearing face coverings and maintaining physical distance).”

The order provides an exception: “This order does not apply to persons experiencing homelessness.”

The curfew went into effect at 10:00 p.m. PST on Saturday, and will remain in effect until 5:00 a.m. PST on Dec. 21, but “may be extended or revised as needed.”

Many Californians felt the curfew is too rigid and took to the streets of Huntington Beach to rally against the Democratic governor’s new restrictions. On Saturday night, hundreds of people gathered in defiance of Newsom and to show their support for President Donald Trump.

People waved American, Gadsden, and “Trump 2020” flags as cars honked their horns in support of the anti-lockdown rally. People were chanting: “U-S-A! U-S-A!” and “Latinos for Trump!” Lee Greenwood’s patriotic song, “God Bless the USA,” was blaring during the protest.

California sheriffs have already come out and said that they will not enforce Newsom’s curfew.

Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes issued a statement that his officers would not be enforcing the COVID-19 guidelines.

“Earlier today, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department became aware of a limited Stay at Home Order that Governor Newsom’s office ordered to go into effect on Saturday, November 21 at 10 PM,” Barnes said in the statement. “Throughout the pandemic, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department has taken an education-first approach with regard to the public health orders.”

“At this time, due to the need to have deputies available for emergency calls for service, deputies will not be responding to requests for face-coverings or social gatherings-only enforcement,” Barnes declared.

On Thursday, Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims said, “We’ve got a lot of things to do, including taking guns away from gang members, stopping narcotic trafficking, and saving children from internet predators. We’re not gonna make criminals of normally law-abiding citizens.”

Many Californians are still furious with Newsom for disregarding his own coronavirus restrictions and guidelines by not social distancing and not wearing a face mask while eating at a swanky restaurant with several members of different households last week for a birthday party.

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California Democratic lawmaker attacks Gov. Newsom’s union-backed plan keeping schools closed: ‘State-sanctioned segregation’

It has been a rough week for the left-wing Democratic governor of America’s largest state as he attempts to deal with the surge in COVID-19 cases.

Gov. Gavin Newsom first declared limits on social gatherings in indoor dining, only to be discovered — and photographed — attending an indoor birthday party at a restaurant with a dozen other people. Adding insult to injury, it turned out that some of the people with him were officials from the California Medical Association — presumably folks who should have known better.

And now, as schools are being closed around the country despite the fact that COVID-19 infection rates in schools have been lower than infection rates in their surrounding communities, Newsom’s policies on school closures are getting new scrutiny.

Though many Californians have been begging the government to reopen the schools, Newsom — at the behest of the unions — has chosen to keep them closed, which means most of the Golden State’s 6 million public school students are stuck going to school remotely, Politico reported.

Even Democrats are beginning to notice and call out the governor for what seems an inconsistent and discriminatory policy, as even areas with the lowest infection rates are not even trying to get back to school — despite the fact that the communities and the schools are remarkably low in COVID-19 cases.

And as the year wears on, Newsom’s fellow Democrats are pointing out that the state’s approach to schools is disproportionately impacting low-income and minority communities.

In fact, the governor was recently called out for announcing that he was sending his own kids back to private school in Sacramento, while the city’s public schools remained shuttered, Politico pointed out.

Actually, Democrats are doing more than pointing out Newsom’s inconsistent school stances: They’re actually turning on him.

State Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell, who chairs the Assembly Education Committee, ripped the union-backed policy that Newsom has stuck to.

O’Donnell said in an interview, according to Politico, that the state’s current system amounts to “state-sanctioned segregation.”

“Some kids get to go and some don’t. That’s not what California stands for,” he said, the paper reported. “I think we need to move faster but remain thoughtful.”

According to O’Donnell, the state needs Newsom to lead and to provide “strong guidance.”

“We might be dead last to open,” he warned, “and our students might be dead last when it comes to academic success if we’re not careful.”

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Christian actor Kevin Sorbo goes after California gov’s new lockdown, Pennsylvania’s mandate on masks inside homes

Christian actor Kevin Sorbo blasted California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom and Pennsylvania Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf for their most recent COVID-19 lockdown measures and guidelines.

What’s a brief history here?

Newsom on Thursday announced a month-long, statewide “limited Stay at Home Order” amid a coronavirus spike across the state.

In a tweet, Newsom wrote, “Due to the rise in #COVID19 cases, CA is issuing a limited Stay at Home Order. Non-essential work and gatherings must stop from 10pm-5am in counties in the purple tier. This will take effect at 10pm on Saturday and remain for 1 month. Together — we can flatten the curve again.”

In a statement on the new mandate, Newsom — who has been under fire for attending a large, indoor birthday dinner party at a posh Napa-area restaurant — added, “The virus is spreading at a pace we haven’t seen since the start of this pandemic, and the next several days and weeks will be critical to stop the surge. We are sounding the alarm. It is crucial that we act to decrease transmission and slow hospitalizations before the death count surges. We’ve done it before and we must do it again.”

Dr. Rachel Levine, Pennsylvania’s health secretary, announced on Thursday that masks are now required inside private Pennsylvania homes when members of different households gather.

What are the details?

Over the last several days, Sorbo took to Twitter in response to Newsom and Wolf’s latest orders and joked, “I almost got Covid back in august, thankfully I made it back to my house at 9:58 PM, right before the 10 PM curfew.”

He later added, “If the first lockdown worked, why do we need a second one? If the first lockdown didn’t work, why would we do a second one? Just asking[.]”

Sorbo also took aim at Pennsylvania’s mask mandate.

“So in Pennsylvania you have to wear a mask inside your own home,” he wrote on Twitter. “How exactly will they enforce that? I smell the stench of an overreaching government.”

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California Gov. Newsom issues lockdown order over coronavirus spike; one sheriff from a large county has already refused to enforce it

Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a stay-at-home order for most of the counties in California, but one sheriff has already announced that he would not be enforcing Newsom’s command.

Newsom issued the order on Thursday after a spike in coronavirus cases throughout the state.

“The virus is spreading at a pace we haven’t seen since the start of this pandemic and the next several days and weeks will be critical to stop the surge. We are sounding the alarm,” Newsom said. “It is crucial that we act to decrease transmission and slow hospitalizations before the death count surges. We’ve done it before and we must do it again.”

Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes issued a statement soon after that his officers would not be enforcing the guidelines.

“Earlier today, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department became aware of a limited Stay at Home Order that Governor Newsom’s office ordered to go into effect on Saturday, November 21 at 10 PM. Throughout the pandemic, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department has taken an education-first approach with regard to the public health orders,” said Barnes in the statement.

“We are currently assessing the action by the Governor,” he added.

“At this time, due to the need to have deputies available for emergency calls for service, deputies will not be responding to requests for face-coverings or social gatherings-only enforcement,” Barnes concluded.

Orange County in California is the third most populous county in the state and the sixth most populous county in the United States, and it has a greater population than 21 states.

California was the first state to issue a lockdown order in March for its 40 million residents. Some restrictions had been eased as the coronavirus cases lessened, but that progress has been lost as cases spiked again.

Newsom is also battling enormous blowback after he was caught having an expensive dinner at an exclusive restaurant without wearing a mask and without following social distancing guidelines.

California legislators didn’t help his cause when they were caught going to a luxury hotel in Hawaii for a conference while Californians were told they should avoid family gatherings for the holidays.

Here’s more about Newsom’s scandal:

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