Trump calls for ‘economic reset as soon as possible’
The total number of confirmed COVID 19 cases in us exceeded 1.15 million and the death toll exceeded 67,000 on Wednesday. US President Donald Trump said again that “the economy must be restarted as soon as possible”.
Trump held an “online convention” at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington that night to answer questions from voters. “We have to restart the economy as quickly and safely as possible,” he said, as some people worried about getting sick and others worried about losing their jobs.
California, America’s most populous state on the west coast, has avoided being hit as hard as New York by strict enforcement of “home rules” and social distancing.
But as the outbreak has eased, tensions have flared between some of California’s local counties and state governments over whether the ban should be lifted in rural areas and on beaches.
The local government took the lead in challenging the governor
According to the Los Angeles Times on May 3, Modoc county in northern California partially lifted its ban Monday, and uba and Sutter counties will allow businesses to reopen on Monday, May 4. On March 19th California’s governor, Newsom, issued a six-week “homestead” ban, the first of its kind in the country. For now, California’s government has not lifted the ban, but local counties are on edge.
Modoc county reopened some public Spaces on May 1, including restaurants, bars, and churches. The county, on the California-Oregon border, is a small, traditionally rural area with fewer than 10,000 residents and has so far had no confirmed cases. “We’re not doing this to fight the state,” heather Hardwick, deputy director of the county’s emergency services office, told Politico. “we’re in favor of a home order, but we’re at a different stage, depending on where we are and how we live.”
The counties of Cuba and Sutter, also traditionally agricultural, have 171,000 people, with only 50 confirmed cases of COVID 19 and three deaths. Both counties say the outbreak has leveled off recently, with no new cases, and it’s time to reopen the economy. Other counties along California’s central coast and in the San Joaquin valley are also asking to reopen more businesses. Representative James Gallagher, who represents yuba county, said, “newton’s executive order no longer has any justification because it concerns our community, and I think other counties will soon follow suit.”
Open beaches trigger state – to – state games
Some public beaches in southern California are also at the center of a battle between the state government and local counties and cities. The city of Newport Beach in southern California’s orange county briefly opened last week, drawing tens of thousands of people and sparking a national media outcry. Newson denounced the Newport Beach city council as “irresponsible.” After Newport beach’s criticism, the city council voted 5-2 to reject a proposal to close the beach for the next three weeks. On April 30th Mr. Newsom announced, with executive power, that all orange county’s beaches would be closed.
Newport beach’s city council voted again May 1 to uphold a joint lawsuit filed by the cities of Huntington Beach and Dana point to reopen orange county beaches, ABC 7 reported. City officials said Mr. Newson announced his decision on April 30 but did not seek the city’s advice on beach safety. An orange county superior court judge Tuesday rejected a request by the three city officials to lift governor Newson’s executive order temporarily closing the beach. Orange County beaches remain officially closed.
On May 3, Newport beach police patrolled the beach, telling visitors that the beach was closed. In Huntington Beach, barricades blocked bike paths and police were out in force to make sure everyone complied with the beach closing rules. The beaches were largely empty — a stark contrast to the tens of thousands of people who rushed ashore over the weekend.
Donald Wagner, a member of the orange county board of supervisors, said in a statement that although Newson had the right to close the beach, it was “unwise” to do so. “This overreaction by the governor will undermine orange county’s cooperation with the state and our efforts to respond to the outbreak based on medical information.” But orange county superior court judge Nathan Scott said Tuesday: “at this stage, the status quo is better for public safety.”
Protests spread throughout the state
Protests against home bans and blockades have escalated across California in recent weeks. On May 1st there were large demonstrations from San Francisco and Sacramento in northern California to San Diego in southern California and Huntington beach in orange county. Local police estimated that nearly 3,000 people took part in the protest in Huntington beach alone.
According to VOX news, many of the demonstrators described Newson’s order as an “unacceptable government overreach,” and the crowd formed a purposefully tight human wall to oppose the rule of keeping a social distance. “I served in the army and fought for my country overseas,” said one protester. I am not doing this to go back to my country and live under a ‘tyrant’.” In the state capital, Sacramento, thousands of people gathered near the Capitol building to call for the lockdown to be lifted. Most of them do not wear masks.
At a news conference on May 1st, California’s governor, Newsom, tried to cool the opposition. “We are all very eager to turn the page. We are very close to making a change. Just bear with us and as long as we continue to be careful and deliberate, I think we will make some announcements.” Newson said his next phase of the executive order would allow some low-risk businesses in communities across California to reopen, including retail, manufacturing, and small businesses.
A public opinion poll conducted last week by the institute for the government at the University of California, Berkeley, showed widespread support for Newson among California voters during the new outbreak. Seventy percent of voters in the state said they were more concerned that the home order would soon end, leading to a repeat of the outbreak. According to a survey by the California health care foundation and Ipsos, 75 percent of respondents want the order to last as long as possible, and only 11 percent want it to end as soon as possible.