Thursday, April 30, 2020

“As Sheriff, I am the protector of constitutional rights in Humboldt County, and if an order is issued that I believe violates our constitutional rights, I will not enforce it.” Humboldt, Del Norte Sheriffs take a stand

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Gov. Gavin Newsom will order all beaches and state parks to close Friday to avoid a repeat of last weekend's "violation" of lockdown measures when the coast became "overcrowded," a police memo leaked to Fox News said Wednesday.⠀ ⠀ The big picture: California Police Chiefs Association president Eric Nuñez told AP the memo was sent for planning purposes ahead of Newsom's announcement Thursday. Newsom said earlier Wednesday he was working with local authorities on taking further action after Newport Beach City Council voted to keep its beaches open, per the Los Angeles Times. The novel coronavirus has killed 1,887 people in California and infected 46,500 others, per the latest state health figures.⠀ ⠀ —Axio

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Press release from the Humboldt County Joint Information Center:

Humboldt County Sheriff William Honsal announced this morning firm opposition to an anticipated announcement by Governor Gavin Newsom that would close all beaches in California.

News of the closure leaked last night, prompting an immediate and pointed response from the Sheriff. “As Sheriff, I am the protector of constitutional rights in Humboldt County,” he said, “and if an order is issued that I believe violates our constitutional rights, I will not enforce it.”

The governor’s expected announcement is in response to crowds of people that converged on two Southern California beaches over the weekend. On Monday, Humboldt County was singled out by the governor for having abided by the order and using local beaches responsibly.

“The governor is a smart man,” Honsal said. “I hope he follows sound advice. It is not okay to punish Northern California for Southern California’s mistake, and I hope he hears that loud and clear.”

The governor’s speech is scheduled for noon today.

For the most recent COVID-19 information, visit cdc.gov or cdph.ca.gov. Local information is available at humboldtgov.org or during business hours by contacting covidinfo@co.humboldt.ca.us or calling 707-441-5000.