Sen. Melendez Responds to Gov. Newsom’s Regional Shutdowns

SACRAMENTO – Within hours of Gov. Gavin Newsom issuing a regional shutdown order, California State Sen. Melissa Melendez, R- Lake Elsinore, responded with a biting rebuke.

“Governor Newsom clearly doesn’t understand that Californians are tired of being locked in their homes,” Melendez said in a prepared statement. He has ignored the calls from parents with children falling behind socially and academically while his own children attend in-person private school.. He is ignoring the cries from small business owners struggling to keep their dreams alive, desperately trying to avoid the over 19,000 businesses that have permanently closed. The insanity of another lockdown and expecting a different result is madness. To add insult to tremendous injury, the Governor and too many democrat elected officials don’t even follow their own mandates. Californians damn well deserve better”

This is not the first time  Melendez has taken Newsom to task.

In November, she called him out for his month-long curfew requiring non-essential work and gatherings to stop between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. for purple tier counties in California.

The curfew started Saturday, Nov. 21, under a new limited curfew order issued on Nov. 19, and runs until Dec. 21 unless modified. The curfew will affect 41 of the state’s 58 counties — and more than 94 percent of the state’s population. The curfew, which the state is calling a “limited Stay at Home Order,” stops short of a full lockdown.

The curfew is aimed at blunting the coronavirus. “The virus is spreading at a pace we haven’t seen since the start of this pandemic and the next several days and weeks will be critical to stop the surge. We are sounding the alarm,” said Gov. Newsom in a press release. “It is crucial that we act to decrease transmission and slow hospitalizations before the death count surges. We’ve done it before and we must do it again.”

Melendez represents the 28th Senate District which is entirely encompassed in Riverside County and includes the cities of Blythe, Canyon Lake, Cathedral City, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs, Indian Wells, Indio, Lake Elsinore, La Quinta, Murrieta, Temecula, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, and Wildomar..Follow her on Twitter: @senatormelendez

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