Orange County Beach Cities To Sue State Of California After Governor Gavin Newsom Ordered Beach Closures
There is going to be a fight in California between the state and several cities in Orange County due to the closure of beaches.
On Thursday night, California Governor Gavin Newsom ordered all Orange Country beaches to be closed after 40,000 people overcrowded Newport beach over the weekend.
The images we saw on a few of our beaches were disturbing,” Newsom said Thursday, later mentioning Orange County specifically while praising Los Angeles and San Diego counties for keeping their coastlines clear.
“We’re gonna do a hard close in that part of the state, just in the Orange County area,” Newsom said.
The cities of Huntington Beach and Dana Point have since voted in favor of filing legal action against Newson’s order while Newport Beach is examining their options.
At least two Orange County cities are filing legal action to fight Gov. Gavin Newsom’s order closing the county’s beaches.
The Huntington Beach City Council on Thursday voted 5-2 to pursue a legal challenge against Newsom’s order.
“Governor Newsom’s mandate to close all beaches in Orange County today was a jarring decision that significantly impacts us here in Huntington Beach,” said Huntington Beach Mayor Lyn Semeta. “Given that Orange County has among the lowest per-capita COVID-19 death rates in California, the action by the State prioritizes politics over data, in direct contradiction of the Governor’s stated goal to allow science and facts to guide our response to this horrible global pandemic.”
The city council of Dana Point also voted, 4-1, to pursue a temporary restraining order against the governor and the state.
The decisions represent an escalation in the battle between several beach cities and the governor’s attempts to keep people at home and enforce social distancing.”
Huntington Beach residents are already planning to protest Newsom’s order on Friday.