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Gavin Newsom needs to be stopped

There is a rumor going around right now that California Governor, Gavin Newsom (I affectionately call him Gavinor Newsom), plans to shut down ALL beaches and parks in the state. It is unclear if he has the power to do so, but all evidence leads me to believe that he does. 

The issue that I have with “Gavinor” shutting down the beaches and parks is simple: it is a backward policy. Last week, the White House came out with information showing that COVID-19 dies in sunlight. Last weekend, we saw 40,000 people on the beaches of Newport Beach, California. 

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The OC Register showed photos from bad angles making it look like the beach goers were ignoring social distancing guidelines. However, many independent outlets have shown aerial photos showing that those thousands of people were actually spread out well. 

(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

I went for a hike the other day and it was quite busy. People were walking around, taking up the entire trail. Except when someone began to approach you, people moved out of the way and allowed one another to move freely and distantly. People are able and willing to socially distance. 

With all of this being said, Gavinor wants to shut down parks because his underlings don’t listen to him. Gavinor is coming off as a parent who is embarrassed that their children outsmarted him so he has decided to punish them more. I feel like Gavinor is like my Mom when she told me that I couldn’t play outside so instead of playing outside, I went out and sat in the grass and did my homework (okay, I never did my homework). Usually that lead to an early bedtime and extended restrictions. 

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All in all, Gavinor has been using science and doctors to guide his decision making in this process. Now, the doctors and the science are telling him to let people go outside and soak up the sun and breathe in the fresh air and Gavinor is saying no. Gavinor Newsom wants to be the all powerful ruler of California and we need to remind him that the power lies with the people. 

I believe that if you give people the chance to be responsible, they will be responsible (for the most part). I saw it first hand when this COVID-19 outbreak began and initially we were all just Social Distancing. When I was at Starbucks, I saw people standing 6-feet away. There were more takeout orders at the Olive Garden I had dinner at the week before the shutdowns began than there were people sitting in the dining room. Heck, I saw less people sitting in the bar than I ever have at an Olive Garden. 

Believe it or not, Mr. Gavinor, we are adults and we can handle it. We can handle doing the right thing for the right cause — and staying shut down is not the right thing anymore for many of us. 

Gavin Newsom is on a power trip and he needs to be stopped. Now. 

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