A California sheriff says he will not enforce Governor Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home orders. The tyrannical measures Newsom has taken during the coronavirus pandemic have been severe and have destroyed small businesses while keeping big box stores open.

President Trump says, “The cure can’t be worse than the disease,” and that’s what’s most concerning with this long shutdown. These small businesses have suffered tremendously.

LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva says he will leave restaurants alone and focus on big superspreader events. He does not believe restaurants are the cause of the spread in the latest coronavirus outbreak:

L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva tells me his deputies will not take part in enforcing stay at home orders at businesses, which he says have been through enough. He says that’s the health department’s job, and LASD will focus on “super spreader” events instead.

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I asked Sheriff Villanueva about Gov. Newsom’s threat to withhold funding.
“I sure hope the Governor doesn’t want to revisit the playbook that came from the White House recently involving fires and withholding FEMA funds; I don’t think that would play out very well here.”

Sheriff Villanueva also tells me he found out about the new stay at home orders from Governor Newsom’s press conference. There was no coordination with law enforcement beforehand, which he says is concerning when the governor expects enforcement of his orders.

Sheriff Villanueva: “I want to stay away from the business that is trying to comply, they bent over backward to modify their operations to conform to these orders, and then they have the rug yanked out from under them; that’s a disservice, I don’t want to make them more miserable.”

Sheriff Villanueva says he believes the Lakers & Dodgers celebrations and Thanksgiving played a part in our recent surges. The civil unrest protests earlier in the year contributed to an earlier surge. Doesn’t believe restaurants, etc., are to blame. More at 10 pm

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department tells me they plan to release a statement on enforcement tomorrow, but that for now, we can refer to their previous statement when Newsom announced a curfew. That’s when OCSD said they wouldn’t take part in enforcing it.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department tells me it is not their intent to have deputies respond to complaints about the Governor’s health orders. Anyone calling to complain will be referred to an appropriate department to be addressed on a case by case basis.
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department tells us they won’t have a new statement available tonight but that their previous position on the subject hasn’t changed.
They previously said they would not take part in enforcing Governor Newsom’s curfew/health order

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