Tag: Governor Gavin Newsom
California Covid Contradictions
As Katy Grimes of the California Globe notes, some 20 months after Gov. Gavin Newsom locked down the state, San Francisco city and county still do not allow the public to attend public hearings in person. The rule proved no barrier to a November 6 wedding of Ivy Getty at San Francisco City hall,...
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California’s Vaccine Lottery is a Sucker Bet
As ABC News reports, California has selected the first 15 winners of a $50,000 grand prize as part of the state’s “Vax for the Win” program. The lottery is part of Gov. Newsom’s $116.5 million effort to persuade people to get vaccinated. Ten Californians who got at least one vaccination split a $15 million...
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Dr. Deborah Birx Gets Pushback for Violating Her Own Standards
“We cannot go into the holiday season, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, with the same kind of attitude, that those gatherings don’t apply to me.” That was Dr. Deborah Birx of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, speaking to reporters on December 6. Dr. Birx had also warned about gatherings on Thanksgiving, and the day after...
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To Live and Dine in L.A.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl believes “outdoor dining is probably more dangerous in terms of contagion than any other kind of business,” so on November 30 she voted to uphold a ban on outdoor dining in the county. Hours after casting her vote, Supervisor Kuehl dined outside at the upscale Il Forno Trattoria...
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Thanksgiving for California’s Paradise Lost
Gov. Gavin Newsom’s “Guidance for Private Gatherings” limits the number of participants at Thanksgiving celebrations and even warns Californians to keep their voices down. That should not be a problem because, as this Independent Institute video shows, Californians have little to shout about these days. 
Gov. Newsom Launders COVID-19 Restrictions
On October 9, Gov. Gavin Newsom issued “Guidance for Private Gatherings,” which restricted the number of families attending the same non-public event, recommended a time limit of two hours, and demanded masks and social distancing. Any singing or chanting should be done in a low voice, wind instruments are banned, and the host is...
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Governor Newsom’s Call for Reparations Reveals Implicit Bias
California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed Assembly Bill 3121 which “establishes a nine-member task force to inform Californians about slavery and explore ways the state might provide reparations.” Gov. Newsom has apparently forgotten that California was not part of the Confederacy and that the United States abolished slavery more than 150 years ago, two...
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Is California Going Bananas?
“It shall be a goal of the State that 100 percent of in-state sales of new passenger cars and trucks will be zero-emission by 2035,” proclaims Executive Order N-79-20, issued by Gov. Gavin Newsom on September 23. California workers, who depend heavily on their cars, have reason to wonder about this proclamation.  As the...
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The Other College Admissions Scandals
Four University of California campuses–UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC San Diego and UC Santa Barbara–“unfairly admitted 64 applicants based on their personal or family connections to donors and university staff,” according to a September report by state auditor Elaine Howle. UC staffers “falsely designated 22 of these applicants as student‐athlete recruits because of donations from...
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Did Forest Management or Climate Change Cause California Wildfires?
“Please remember the words, very simple. Forest management. Please remember that,” said President Trump, in Sacramento on Monday for a meeting with Gov. Gavin Newsom. The president contended that brush and dead trees in California’s forests are “like a matchstick.” Gov. Newsom countered that “The hots are getting hotter, the dries are getting drier......
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