Gavin Newsom, beach cop taking on all California
Like Mrs. Grundy making the entire class stay after school because of something Reggie and Veronica did, California's Gov. Gavin Newsom is shutting down the beaches, just as the entire population of California goes stir-crazy and the sunniest weekend of the year beckons.
According to CNN, which actually did a good report:
California Gov. Gavin Newsom intends to order the closure of all state beaches and parks starting Friday, according to a copy of a memo provided to CNN by a senior law enforcement official."We wanted to give all of our members a heads up about this in order to provide time for you to plan for any situations you might expect as a result, knowing each community has its own dynamics," the memo says.The closures are expected to be announced Thursday, and state park personnel will help in local efforts to close the sites, the memo said.Newsom's office did not respond to CNN's request for comment.
At least three people were arrested on Saturday during a protest at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas. They were cited for violating the stay-at-home order and congregating on a closed beach pic.twitter.com/p8s6Ou0sdV— CBS News 8 (@CBS8) April 25, 2020
The intensity with which the surfers feel about their lifestyle and their willingness to defend it against people who would put a stop to it is very much an indicator that there's no 'consent of the governed' in this Newsom order. Telling surfers they can't practice their lifestyle is like telling gay people they can't be gay - it's not going to work.
Here's another thing: It's viewed as counterproductive. Sunlight is the best disinfectant and the more people can be encouraged to go outdoors instead of stay cooped up in recycling air housing units, (same as a cruise ship), the less there will be of the coronavirus. Viruses tend to go away in hot weather, so ordering everyone off the beach is going to generate more, not fewer, coronavirus cases.
It's also odd stuff for a district that hasn't been all that hard-hit. Southern California in fact has 'flattened the curve' on new cases and as Laura Ingraham notes below, has had only 51 deaths per million in the state, most in the Bay Area. The Newsom order puts the northern California urban straitjacket on spread-out Southern California with fewer cases, given its sunshine and detached single unit homes.
Cheryl Chumley at the Washington Times thinks the order is so out of order the beachgoers ought to just storm the beaches in defiance of the Newsom orders. That might just happen.
And in reality, based on the pictures - are the people really not socially distancing? When you discount for family units, it's actually looks as though they are, I see at least six feet between visitor groups in this crowded beach picture below, something that has escaped Newsom who can only see a lot of people enjoying themselves and wants it stopped.
What’s the “science” behind his decision? NONE. California has 51 COVID deaths per million. “Gov. Newsom to announce closure of all beaches and state parks” | FOX 11 Los Angeles https://t.co/UucwvBpkL5— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) April 30, 2020