By Thomas Barnes – April 28, 2020
SACRAMENTO, Calif. Officials from six rural Northern California counties and 14 small cities have urged Gov. Gavin Newsom to let the counties reopen their economies, marking the most significant pushback yet from local leaders against a mandatory stay-at-home order that is in its second month that has left 3 million people out of work. The links are enclosed, take a look.
Of the 500,000 people who live in Sutter, Yuba, Butte, Colusa, Tehama and Glenn counties, the counties that are actively lobbying the governor’s office to reopen, there have been only 69 confirmed cases of coronavirus
What is going on in Del Norte county?
Why are we not one of the counties or cities that have requested to open on a planned controlled basis?
Why is the public kept in the dark as to where we stand and the efforts that are being made to get us reopened? We are not San Francisco, Los Angeles, Sacramento, etc. We have three cases, two recovered at home, one recent active case recovering at home, and zero deaths. Pelican Bay has zero Covid 19 cases and zero deaths. Curry County has four cases and zero deaths, and Curry County is open for business May 1st.
Why do we have to remind you that you work for this community, not Sacramento, you represent the businesses and people here, you are employees of the people of this community.
We have read your public health website, the community updates and press releases; the Covid 19 link; the office of emergency services link; the notice that the parks and public offices are closed…..but nowhere is there any message as to what is being done to restart the community and the businesses, other than you are following the recommendations of the governor’s office executive orders. Other county officials in other communities make an effort to keep their communities updated as to what is being done to get them reopened. They make an effort to make a case to the governor’s office as to why they are different than SF, LA, Sacramento, etc. They are working to make a difference to help their community. They are just not regurgitating Sacramento’s talking points, and waiting for the governor to tell them what to do.
This is not a case that one size fits all.
We are a small rural community, just like some of the others that are making the effort to get their communities up and running. We have a small economy, our businesses cannot afford to remain shut down, they will go bankrupt, the employees will not have jobs to come back to. The economy will falter and fail. They don’t have government jobs that pays them no matter what, they have to remain open to eat. Give them hope and a positive message about what you are doing to get them back in business, instead of talking points from the governor’s office and Sacramento, we can read that in the papers.
We want to know what you are doing; we want to be updated on a daily basis as to your plans and progress in reopening business and jobs.
Do your job for your community, give this community some hope, that is why you are there.