California Governor Gavin Newsom wasn’t happy with the photos of overcrowded beaches last weekend. Because of the overcrowding, Newsom announced he would close all beaches in Orange County setting up a showdown with local authorities who are refusing to stay closed.
While Governor Newsom spoke out about why he’s ordering a “temporary pause” in closing beaches saying, “we’re guided by health,” others aren’t so sure about the closure:
Orange County officials and Sheriff Don Barnes spoke out to contradict what Newsom said:
“The photographs I saw, quite honestly, were a stark contrast to what the governor’s acting on.” Sheriff Barnes added that he will not be “taking enforcement action on this order.”
“My intent…is to seek voluntary compliance. I have no desire to enforce…through arrest.”
Statement from Sheriff Barnes:
On Monday, Governor Newsom focused on his concern about Newport Beach, and the next day, the Newport Beach City Council voted to keep its beaches open.
Just tonight, the Huntington Beach, California city council voted 5-2 to allow their city attorney to directly challenge the legality of Governor Newsom’s sweeping order to close all beaches in Orange County.
Newport Beach Mayor Will O’Neill tweeted out a slam to the governor:
Without speaking to a single local official in Newport Beach, Governor Newsom has put politics over data, and substituted his will for our judgment from 428 miles away in Sacramento. Los Angeles County closed their beaches over a month ago and data now shows (1/3) pic.twitter.com/3uvKb6KdAL
— Will O'Neill (@RealWillONeill) April 30, 2020
This will be an interesting weekend to watch people in Orange County, California. Will they defy the governor?