California Governor Gavin Newsom, the man who failed to set an example for the residents of his own state when he was caught dining with friends at one of the most expensive restaurants in America, was struck down again by another California judge with regard to one of his COVID-19 lockdown rules.
According to Fox News, San Diego Superior Court Judge Joel Wohlfeil ruled in favor of keeping restaurants open in San Diego County for on-site dining. The ruling comes in the wake of a recent ruling that gave strip clubs permission to remain open, despite Newsom’s order that they were to close as well.
“It is intended to encompass all restaurants within the county of San Diego,” Wohlfeil said on Thursday.
But of course, instead of respecting the judge’s ruling and the will of the residents of San Diego County, Newsom’s office immediately appealed. Obviously, it’s their legal right to appeal, but it tossed a wrench in the gears of plans of thousands of restaurant owners who have no idea whether to call their staff and schedule them for shifts, order new food and supplies or wait until Newsom’s appeal is either heard or rejected.
In other words, as usual, California is a total mess thanks to Newsom’s knee-jerk, arbitrary COVID-19 stay-at-home orders that he can’t even follow himself.
Two San Diego strip clubs were the plaintiffs who originally brought the case to the courts, which paved the way for other types of businesses, including restaurants, to argue that they should remain open if strip clubs can remain open — a reasonable thought for most reasonable people.
San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria was hesitant to side with small business owners, citing a recent surge in COVID-19 cases plaguing the county and the state.
“No one wants our small businesses to be closed, but the science and data are showing a dire trend in hospitalizations and deaths,” the mayor wrote. “Over 1,200 have died in San Diego County and the ICU capacity in Southern California has dropped to zero. We have a collective obligation to accept the personal responsibility of keeping each other safe.”
What he didn’t mention is that we also have the collective obligation to support the small businesses in our communities that provide jobs and essential goods and services. People can make their own decisions to stay at home if they’re still afraid of the virus with an astonishingly high recovery rate.
While California is always going to be a liberal bastion of progressive whack jobs, it is quite refreshing to see that residents in the state on both sides of the political aisle, at the end of the day, are choosing good, ol’ fashioned American freedom and rights over their tyrannical, draconian-lockdown order-issuing governor.