OROVILLE একটি a move that was originally symbolic, a split Butt County Board of Supervisors voted in favor of maintaining a local emergency declaration regarding COVID-19.
After a long line of voters the board called for the resolution to be withdrawn, although it would not change existing rules regarding masks or vaccines or anything else related to the epidemic response.
Andy Pickett, the county’s chief administrative officer, explained before opening to the public that there were no masks or vaccine rules in the county and no control over schools or private entities that imposed them.
However, for the next hour and a half the speakers came and asked the supervisors – and threatened them at some points – to cancel the measure.
The speakers argued that the death rate was not very high, even those numbers were inflated. They called the test for the virus wrong.
They said the vaccines were not helpful and had adverse side effects, including the deaths of more than a million people. “They’re out to kill us, that’s what I think,” said one. Multiple shots are called “experimental gene therapy”.
They criticized the hospital’s care, saying they were out just to make money. They said doctors were being prevented from providing certain types of care, and that medications that had a positive effect if given at the onset of symptoms were being discontinued.
Some said it was an official conspiracy based on lies and a false narrative. The emergency declaration was illegal and unconstitutional. Others have called the need for masks and vaccines a violation of their rights.
But when Chico Supervisor Tami Ritter asked what would change if the resolution was canceled. Pickett replied, “Nothing.”
He had earlier described the emergency declaration as “an administrative tool to provide access to the resources we need”.
These resources are money flowing from state and federal governments, which is used for things like county rent assistance and food assistance.
Usually in an emergency, the county spends money on what is needed and then seeks compensation. This time, the county didn’t have to ask. “They just pushed it there.” Still coming.
And that may be the only downside to repealing the ordinance. At some point down the line, an auditor may find that the county is taking disaster relief funds without any declared disaster, and demanding reparations. The amount can be several thousand dollars.
Pickett called that little danger, but said, “We’ve never been here before. We don’t know how it will work.”
After public comment closed, Chico Supervisor Debra Lucero asked if the ongoing disaster resolution for the campfire and the North Complex fire would also be withdrawn.
“It’s either unconstitutional or not. Will we be consistent or not? ”
Board Chairman Bill Connelly Orville noted that this was not on the agenda, and County Councilor Bruce Alpert – who was present from afar – explained some of the differences between Covid and the fire situation.
He added that there is a state disaster declaration for Kovid. “Whether or not this system is repealed will not make a practical difference in Butt County.”
Paradise Supervisor Doug Titter said he thought the government was abusing the disaster declaration process, and promised to send a letter to the state legislature.
He said the government made some bad decisions at first and “we need money to fix what the government hated.”
Durham Supervisor Todd Kimelschu told the audience that their choice had nothing to do with the announcement.
“It’s not an emergency anymore,” he said. It is new normal and will last for a few years. ”
Connelly agrees that this is not an emergency. He described the situation as “excessive, excessive and wrong.”
He said he was silent on the matter, “because we need a way to pay for things that are strangled.”
“I’ll omit (the resolution), but I don’t have a vote.”
He’s the right kite. With Lucerne, Ritter and Titter voting yes, the disaster solution was put to a 3-2 vote.
The matter was reviewed within Action0 days and a letter was sent to the legislature.