TEHAMA COUNTY, Calif.- The California counties on a watch list, even though Tehama County is not one of those counties, that could change. County leaders in Tehama reaching out to the governor asking to allow local government to take control.
Action News Now obtained a copy of the letter which the Tehama County Board of Supervisors is looking to get approved to send to the governor. County leaders are requesting that the county be allowed to exercise local control over coronavirus rollbacks should the county be put on the list.
“I think that we should be allowed to govern our own county and make our own decisions because we know what’s best,” says Leola Phelps, who lives in Tehama County.
Governor Newsom placed several California counties on a “watch list” for additional coronavirus restrictions. Those counties subject to orders rolling back their economic reopening plans.
Action News now spoke to people about their county leaders making such a request.
“We need to be able to have our own decisions based on our particular living circumstance and what’s happening within our community,” says Christina Linton, who lives in Tehama County.
The letter asks that the governor allow the county's public health officer to make a decision on what restrictions to impose if it came down to it. The letter citing how it would be “unjust to close restaurants […] without evidence they are a significant factor in the spike in cases,” and pointing to the county’s low and stable hospitalization rates.
“I think every county should have their own opinion of what and how they should deal with this because they’re not all the same,” says Brenna Main, who lives in Tehama County.
Right now, Tehama County is not on the watch list. The Board of Supervisors will discuss approving the letter at their next board meeting which will be held on Tuesday, July 14, 2020.