Residents in dozens of California counties that make up the newly formed “Southern California” region learned just Friday that the entire region will be placed under a stay-at-home order by Sunday unless something changes. What’s worse, there will be stricter restrictions on which businesses are considered “essential,” all on-site dining at restaurants prohibited (whether indoors or outdoors), grocery store capacity lowered to 20 percent, and more.
When some county sheriffs said they wouldn’t enforce Newsom’s newest orders, the governor hinted that he would withhold federal and state funding from those counties if they didn’t carry out his diktats.
Sheriff Chad Bianco of Riverside County sent Newsom a three-minute video via YouTube containing a very blunt message.
“We were also told there was a potential he would be withholding federal and state funding from counties who did not enforce the orders,” Bianco said. “Ironically, it wasn’t that long ago our same governor loudly and publicly argued how wrong it was for the President of the United States to withhold federal funding from states not complying with federal laws.”
“The dictatorial attitude toward California residents while dining in luxury, traveling, keeping his business open, and sending his kids to in-person private schools is very telling about his attitude toward California residents, his feelings about the virus, and it is extremely hypocritical,” Bianco continued.
“These closures and stay-at-home orders are flat-out ridiculous. The metrics used for closures are unbelievably faulty, and are not representative of true numbers, and are disastrous for Riverside County,” he went on. “When the medical field is so split about this virus, it might be time to employ a little common sense.”
“He is expecting us to arrest anyone violating these orders, cite them and take their money, close their businesses, make them stay in their homes, and take away their civil liberties, or he will punish all of us,” Bianco added. “I believe that all jobs are essential to someone. Leaders do not threaten, attempt to intimidate, or cause fear. Bullies do.”
He then made clear what he will and will not do: