California City Declares Itself a 'Sanctuary' from Gov. Newsom's Lockdown Order
Atwater designates itself a 'sanctuary city' for businesses, will allow reopenings
A central California city has defied its Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom's statewide lockdown order by declaring itself a "sanctuary city" that won't enforce the state's measures.
The Californian city of Atwater has declared itself a "sanctuary city for businesses" and will allow reopenings, despite the state's shutdown order.
The resolution was passed Friday by the Atwater City Council.
Under the city's new status, business owners will be allowed to open and individuals can openly defy the Democratic governor’s coronavirus-related stay-at-home order.
The resolution asserts “the city’s commitment” to provide “fundamental” human rights to its residents.
According to ABC30’s Vanessa Vasconcelos, churches and other nonprofits are included in the resolution.
“A resolution of the city council of the city of Atwater affirming the city’s commitment to fundamental rights of life, liberty, and property, and declaring the city of Atwater a sanctuary city for all businesses,” the resolution states.
A statewide shelter-in-place order has been in effect since March 19, with gradual easements happening this month.
While some counties were reportedly approved to move to “Phase 2” of the state’s reopening plan, which would allow some non-essential lower-risk business to reopen, Atwater’s Merced County was not included.
Meanwhile, many Californians are flocking to other states to escape government-imposed lockdown measures.
As Neon Nettle reported Friday, a California sheriff has also refused to enforce Newsom’s stay-at-home orders because the department is too busy re-arresting criminals freed due to Democrat policy.
Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims said she would not be able to enforce the lockdown measures because she was too busy dealing with accused criminals who were set free under California’s new “zero-dollar bail” policy.
Sheriff Mims says her team has their “hands full trying to re-arrest” criminals who are free due to the policy that was implemented in 2019.
Mims made the remarks during an appearance on the Trevor Carey Show.
“I’ve heard multiple sheriffs, around the nation, state they will not enforce their governors’ shelter-in-place orders. Is that your position?” asked host Trevor Carey.
“That is my position," the sheriff responded.
"We’ve got our hands full trying to re-arrest people that are released due to zero-dollar bail.
"So we’ve got other things that are on our mind that are more important than stopping normally law-abiding citizens.”