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Shasta supervisors vote to stay with state’s color tier system

In a 3-2 vote, the Shasta County Board of Supervisors decided to stick with the state's Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

Posted: Mar 23, 2021 5:48 PM

REDDING, Calif. - In a 3-2 vote, the Shasta County Board of Supervisors decided to stick with the state's Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

Supervisors Mary Rickert, Leonard Moty, and Joe Chimenti voted to stick with the governor's plan. But Supervisors Patrick Henry Jones and Les Baugh voted to back out of the blueprint.

“In my opinion, I’m going to vote no today on this resolution,” said Supervisor Rickert at Tuesday’s meeting.

“I think we need to hold the course and I think we're getting to the point where we're just about turning the corner.”

“I believe the right thing today to do is to opt-out of this illegal, unconstitutional emergency order,” said Supervisor Jones.

A crowd of people gathered inside the chambers. People lining up to speak their three minutes. Some people passionately pleading to the board to leave the state's tier system.

“When is enough going to be enough,” said one public speaker.

“When are we going to get away from the state tier-system and actually grow a pair and take care of Shasta County?”

“I am here today to support the resolution to remove Shasta County from the state's tier system,” said another public speaker.

“This system is flawed and designed to fail.”

But others agreeing with Tuesday’s vote and that the board should stick with the state’s guidelines.

“I would like to see us stay within the tier system and trusting that we are looking at turning a very important corner,” said Rev. Janet Chapman.

“I believe that we are looking at a major change very shortly.”

This is the second time the board discussed whether or not it will leave the state's reopening plan. The last time this conversation came up, was back in October.

Shasta County Public Health says it will continue to follow the state's reopening plan.

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