Failure highlights: “Hero Pay” store closures, TV-free Super Bowl, and a chaotic vaccination program.
I have written about California Governor Gavin Newsom’s recall challenge, partly from the harsh pandemic restrictions that he ignored when convenient.
However, there is much failure at all levels in the Golden State. For example, Kroger, the parent company of Ralphs and Food 4 Less, announced that it is closing two of its stores in Long Beach due to city officials imposing a “hero pay” increase of $4 per hour for some workers.
In announcing the closure, Kroger cited a recently passed Long Beach City Council ordinance that mandated the hazard pay bump for at least 120 days amid the increased health risk to workers during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The new law affects grocery stores with at least 300 employees nationwide or more than 15 employees per market in the city.
“As a result of the City of Long Beach’s decision to pass an ordinance mandating Extra Pay for grocery workers, we have made the difficult decision to permanently close long-struggling store locations in Long Beach,” a company spokesperson said news release. “This misguided action by the Long Beach City Council oversteps the traditional bargaining process and applies to some, but not all, grocery workers in the city.”
Another virtue-signaling rule imposed by local officials hurts the very citizens they swore to serve. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has moved forward with a similar proposal for stores in unincorporated parts of the county.
It is so easy to vote to spend other people's money. https://t.co/vGwRNhveLW
— Kira (@RealKiraDavis) February 2, 2021
When it comes to mandates, no aspect is too trivial for California bureaucrats. Just as they approved outdoor dining and Americans prepare for the Super Bowl, restaurants and bars won’t be able to bring out the big screen TV.
It’s a ritual of dining out to look out for the big screen televisions to keep updated on the Lakers score or monitor the NFL or soccer, even if your occasion is celebrating Mom’s birthday or closing a business deal.
But with Los Angeles County’s new rules for outdoor dining, which took effect Friday, TVs must remain off.
It’s one of several new regulations imposed as the county allowed eateries to have outdoor dining again after a devastating winter surge in COVID-19 cases.
RUSH: Why show up at a bar to watch the Super Bowl, folks? You can't. https://t.co/HAkW4mDkMO
— Talk Radio 105.9 (@1059WRTR) February 2, 2021
Finally, analysis of the California COVID-19 vaccination program shows that it lags behind other large states.
California’s initial vaccine plan mirrored federal recommendations by prioritizing nursing home residents and 2.4 million healthcare workers. But as states like South Dakota, West Virginia, Texas and Florida moved on to new groups of patients, California trailed behind.
California has now adopted an age-based distribution system, and the share of vaccine doses used has surged 13 percentage points in a week, bringing the state almost level with the national average. The state has also contracted with Blue Shield of California to oversee distribution. But some experts say the state is still recovering from the first critical early weeks.
The state’s early approach to vaccinations was akin to waiting for every first-class passenger to board an airplane before opening boarding to coach class, and not allowing anyone in the last boarding groups to stand in line before it’s their turn, said Dr. David Lubarsky, the chief executive of UC Davis Health.
“What you’d end up with is a plane that never left the airport,” Lubarsky said.
Since October, @GavinNewsom has vowed California would lead a fair & efficient vaccine distribution system, but it has devolved into chaos & confusion. Happening as Newsom faces a longshot recall & some Democrats say perhaps it’s time for new leadership. https://t.co/Vw30ch9F6x
— Angela Hart (@ahartreports) January 29, 2021
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