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California Lockdown Protesters Send Loud Message to Gov. Newsom: ‘The Decision to Re-Open the State is Ours’

This Story First Appeared on California Globe

The recovery rate of the coronavirus remains at 98%. Flattening the curve is already behind us, so why is the state still on lockdown? California hospitals are not and never were, overrun with coronavirus victims, and are in fact, laying off staff throughout the country.

Listening to California Gov. Gavin Newsom one would think that most of the 40 million Californians are still at risk of dropping dead of the virus.

The “data” and “science” Newsom claims is leading his decision making process has really led to Californians being deprived of Constitutional and civil rights as they are prohibited from going to work, their businesses are ordered shut down, the ordered closure of all group events regardless of size, the arrest of people in their cars in church parking lots to attend services, and the closure of state beaches, and state and regional parks.

Business Community Death Sentence

One sector of the economy which is actually dropping dead is the business community: small, medium and large businesses are in peril, and government stimulus payments, grants and loans will only have a very temporary impact.

As one analyst said on Fox Business Wednesday, small business won’t recover any time soon “via lip service.” And that is because the government stimulus payments, grants and loans are spotty, unreliable, and are being sucked-up by big publicly-held businesses.

As one business owner in Marin told California Globe last week:

“Many business owners are having a hard time,” he said. Hien said while he and his wife have been depleting their savings to continue to pay rent, insurance and their two dozen+ employees, they applied for a SBA loan, but have heard nothing. Hien said one of their banks, Wells Fargo, “abandoned its clients.”

“We’ve got no SBA, no disaster grant, and we are U.S. citizens.” He said it was wrong of Gov. Gavin Newsom to give taxpayer money to illegal aliens when legal citizens with businesses are hurting and closing their doors. “Why is the government helping illegal aliens?”

Business owners throughout California need to re-open immediately, or the federal bankruptcy courts will be inundated with Chapter 7, Chapter 13, and Chapter 11 filings.

End of the Year Reopening?

California Globe reported Tuesday on the governor’s four-stage plan to reopen the state, sometime by the end of this year if you read between the lines:

Governor Newsom outlined a 4 stage plan to bring California back to normal.

Newsom confirmed that the state is currently on Stage 1, which means staying at home, flattening the coronavirus curve, building healthcare capacity, and preparing businesses and schools for reopening through new guidelines.

Stage 2 will come online in California in a few weeks, with retail, manufacturing, offices, child care, possible limited school re-openings, and public spaces being opened “to varying degrees,” such as retail being allowed only curbside pick-up and offices being allowed to reopen when teleworking isn’t available.

Movie theaters, places of worship, and sports events without fans may also not be allowed to reopen until the summer as well, as they are part of Phase 3. Any event with a large number of people, which includes concerts, sports events, and conventions, will be dependent on the immunity or vaccine requirement, of which there is currently no definite timeline to.

Stage 4 is when the lockdown stay-at-home order ends, and large events and sites will then reopen with concerts, convention centers and sporting events with live audiences once again taking place.

No Questions From Reporters

The California press corps has not been able to ask Gov. Newsom questions in person because he does his daily briefings remotely after ordering the media safely away; journalists must call in with questions.

Not one reporter has asked him why healthy people are being quarantined. Not one reporter has asked the governor why he is depriving citizens of constitutional and civil rights. Not one has questioned the governor about the misuse of police to enforce depriving people of their civil rights (police ought to know better). And not one has questioned the governor about his endorsement on the use of snitches to rat out anyone “violating” his orders.

Gov. Newsom did not declare Martial Law in California; however, he did impose it almost assuredly based on the use of police, snitches, lockdowns and stay at home orders, and his refusal to stand in front of media every day and answer the hard questions the way the President does.

We know by now that mostly Democrat governors have publicly stated that the coronavirus is an opportunity to push their progressive agendas, as California Globe reported Gov. Newsom admitted April 1st: “There is opportunity for reimagining a progressive era as it pertains to capitalism,” Gov. Newsom said. “So yes, absolutely we see this as an opportunity to reshape the way we do business and how we govern.”

Gov. Newsom wants 40 million Californians to stay at home until he decides otherwise. But it may not be his decision after all if the protesters in cities around the state have anything to say about it.

May 1st Protests

Friday May 1st is the State Capitol Re-Open California  #EndTheLockdown protest where protestors will be circling the capitol in cars, trucks, and on motorcycles. “We must tell our politicians to end this nonsense!” the Facebook page says. However, the Capitol permit request was denied, despite that the permit stated that protestors would adhere to social distancing, wear face masks, and that most would be in cars or on the sidewalks surrounding the Capitol.

California Globe will be at the protest on Friday broadcasting live with Sacramento radio host Phil Cowan from AM1380 The Answer.

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About the Author

Katy Grimes

Katy Grimes, the Editor of the California Globe, is a long-time Investigative Journalist covering the California State Capitol, and the co-author of California's War Against Donald Trump: Who Wins? Who Loses?

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