As COVID-19 wanes and a recall election nears, Gov. Newsom starts serving “freedom carrots.”
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Now that COVID-19 infections may be coming under control, blue-state leaders are scrambling to adjust policy to ensure that they get credit for the numbers. It’s the “carrot of freedom” approach that a CNN “expert” recently touted.
For example, California’s political leadership has announced that the state will reopen on June 15th, with some provisos.
California is aiming to fully reopen its economy June 15, more than a year after the COVID-19 pandemic upended the lives and businesses of millions across the state.
Officials emphasize the move hinges on two factors: a sufficient vaccine supply and stable and low hospitalization numbers.
There also will not be a full return to pre-pandemic life. Notably, California’s mask mandate will remain in place.
But officials expressed confidence that the state, through continued improvement in its coronavirus metrics and the steady rollout of vaccines, is now positioned to begin actively planning for what comes after COVID-19.
A full reopening of California by June 15: Here's what you need to know https://t.co/fKFkj9gNdV
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) April 6, 2021
In fact, the pandemic train is speeding along so fast to its inevitable end that Governor Gavin Newsom is trying to jump aboard quickly. New guidelines have been issued allowing for a resumption of attendance at indoor concerts, sporting events, theater performances, and conferences on April 15.
There will be varying restrictions on a capacity-based mysterious economic-recovery tier system. Attendance numbers will also be based on who has been tested and/or vaccinated.
Today’s update to the Blueprint for a Safer Economy is a result of the progress we are making both in vaccinations and in controlling the spread of COVID-19,” said Dr. Mark Ghaly, Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency. “By following public health guidelines such as wearing masks and getting vaccinated when eligible, we can resume additional activities as we take steps to reduce risk.”
“As we continue to expand vaccine distribution, California is poised for a safe and equitable recovery,” said Dee Dee Myers, the former Warner Bros exec and now senior advisor to Gov. Gavin Newsom and director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. “We will continue to work with businesses, arts organizations, community groups and others to open carefully, with health and safety top of mind, so that we never have to go backwards.
Of course, part of the scramble is the impending recall election featuring Newsom. Biden officials have been making their way to the Golden State in a show of support for the governor. The most recent politico to make the rounds was Harris, who has been AWOL from her new duties to resolve the border crisis.
Newsom accompanied Vice President Kamala Harris on a tour of a water treatment plant in Oakland, California, on Monday, where Harris was tasked with promoting the Biden administration’s infrastructure plan. Newsom praised Harris’ efforts.
“We talk a lot about infrastructure. We have the ability to deliver on it. And for the vice president to be here to be delivering not only a package for consideration to Congress, but even delivering on the priorities that we hold dear here in the state of California is extraordinary,” Newsom said.
The two lawmakers with California roots are longtime friends, but Monday’s visit marked the second time in a week that Newsom appeared with a White House VIP. Last Wednesday, Newsom also joined first lady Jill Biden during her visit to Delano, California, for a “Day of Action” event on Cesar Chavez Day.
Legal Insurrection readers may remember it was at the Cesar Chavez Day even Biden showed her questionable mastery of Spanish.
— JackPotKim (@jackkim36566031) April 5, 2021
I will note that linking himself to the current administration may do Newsom little good. The latest Rasmussen Presidential Approval Index is -13%, and that’s with the glowing, adoring, and worshipful media going full bore to lift up the old man.
The next significant date for the Recall Newsom Team is April 29th, when the signature process’s verification should be done.
With the impending recall looming, it is no wonder that Newsom is serving freedom carrots at his COVID pressers now.DONATE
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