North State lawmaker rallying counties to fight for local control on Covid restrictions

State lawmakers are rallying local counties to join together in a fight for more local control on COVID-19 restrictions.

Posted: Nov 19, 2020 5:42 PM

CHICO, Calif. - California State Assemblyman James Gallagher is trying to get local county supervisors to take the reigns from the state. 

"The governor in many ways has really tried to I think snuff out representative government," said Gallangher. "The bottom line is I am an elected leader for this area and all of our elected leaders and legislator throughout the state should have a lot more input on what the policy is."

Businesses across the North State have had to open and close over and over. Gallagher wants that to stop.

"If we follow those protocols, that is going to do more than anything to help keep cases down, it's not shuttering businesses, it is not shuttering our schools," said Gallagher. "I would like to see our counties all come together and stand up against what we think is a short-sided, one side fits all system."

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On the contrast, some Butte County representatives don't think Gallagher’s idea is what’s best for the county.

"If another counties attestation says we are not going to participate or this is the way in which we are going to participate, then fine," said Butte County supervisor, Tami Ritter. "Let them follow that attestation if the state accepted that but that is not what Butte County says.

"What we definitely don’t need right now is to be split apart in any way," said Butte County supervisor, Debra Lucero. "I think that we all know that we need to follow health and safety guidelines that are being put out by our public health experts."

Some people in Chico are for more county leadership.

"I agree," said Chico resident, Emily Hanlon. "I think we should have more control over what we do. I personally think each county is different, so it just depends on the cases there."

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1145209

Reported Deaths: 18862
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles3741347497
San Bernardino875421129
Riverside821751417
San Diego74361984
Orange719531556
Kern39437445
Fresno36688477
Sacramento34186550
Santa Clara31603467
Alameda27857499
San Joaquin24804504
Contra Costa22747258
Stanislaus20932420
Tulare19882304
Ventura18480175
Imperial15568355
San Francisco14662158
Monterey14265115
San Mateo13561170
Sonoma11608155
Merced11388179
Santa Barbara10944133
Kings1025987
Solano974581
Marin7596129
Placer614868
Madera593883
San Luis Obispo581135
Shasta447043
Yolo436374
Santa Cruz400328
Butte376559
Sutter294814
Napa281117
El Dorado20184
Yuba186610
San Benito176716
Lassen17153
Tehama152623
Mendocino144122
Nevada11319
Glenn8537
Lake84519
Tuolumne8068
Humboldt8019
Colusa6636
Siskiyou5652
Mono5073
Amador45716
Calaveras43421
Del Norte2961
Inyo28016
Plumas1810
Trinity1240
Mariposa1202
Modoc1180
Alpine420
Sierra190
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