ICYMI: Steel stands up for Orange County residents while Rouda dithers

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Steel stands up for Orange County residents while Rouda dithers

Orange County Board Chairwoman Michelle Steel stood up for Orange County residents this week calling out Governor Newsom for his arbitrary and capricious actions to close only Orange County beaches this weekend. As Steel stood up for Orange County, Harley Rouda was quick to produce a statement trying to have it both ways with voters.

California governor’s beach closure order sparks anger
Associated Press
Amy Taxin & Adam Beam
April 30, 2020

“After state officials signaled an intention to close all California beaches, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday chose instead to shutter only Orange County’s coastline, a clumsy rollout that left local officials livid and had Republicans claiming politics was at play…

“Newsom’s order prompted anger from local officials, who said the vast majority of beach-goers act responsibly and are being punished unfairly. 

“’There is no rational basis for this action,’ said Michelle Steel, chairwoman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors and a GOP candidate for Congress. ‘The major point of contention that has led to this situation are a few misleading pictures.’

“Her opponent in the House race, freshman Democrat Rep. Harley Rouda, was gentler with his criticism…”

Read the rest here.

Orange County beach cities filing legal action against Gov. Newsom’s closure
April 30, 2020

“Orange County officials have been critical of the decision…

“‘It’s a clear example of unnecessary government overreach,’ County Supervisor Michelle Steel said. ‘His actions are arbitrary and capricious and is an act of retribution against Orange County.’

“We have here an opportunity to embrace personal responsibility while also taking care of our neighbors. Gov. Newsom clearly doesn’t share that faith and I will be looking into the right response to the governor’s overreaction and abuse of power.”

Read the rest here.

Newsom closes all Orange County beaches. Local officials call it an ‘act of retribution’
Jeremy B. White
April 30, 2020

“’His actions are arbitrary and capricious and it is an act of retribution against Orange County,’ said county Supervisor Michelle Steel, a Republican who is challenging Democratic Rep. Harley Rouda to reclaim the seat Rouda flipped in 2018.

“Steel argued that most Orange County residents have respected social distancing requirements and faulted Newsom for acting based on a “few misleading pictures” that “were taken at a particular angle that made it look as if beachgoers were crowding.” Multiple officials echoed those critiques, including Sheriff Don Barnes, who said he had not seen any violations of the stay-at-home order that would merit law enforcement response…”

Read the rest here.

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