City and County Officials Join Senator Grove in Urging Governor to Empower Local Government

SACRAMENTO –   Today, five city and county officials joined Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) in requesting the governor modify his stay-at-home order to allow local flexibility. In a letter addressed today to Governor Newsom, the local officials stated that they are following up on Leader Grove’s initial request to allow local governments the flexibility to reopen their economies if they can safely do so. Media can read the letter sent today by clicking here.

Leader Grove released the following statement:

“This Stay-At-Home order should not be a one-size-fits-all approach. A strategy that works for cities in Kern County won’t be ideal for Los Angeles or San Francisco. Local government should have the flexibility and discretion to navigate reopening stages in a timeline that works best for their communities.

“Many regions in California continue to see major progress in flattening the curve, and some communities have had no positive cases at all. The economic impact of the Stay-At-Home order on California families cannot be understated. It is imperative that Governor Newsom recognize the Golden State’s diversity and allow local leaders discretion in executing the reopening of their economies,” said Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove.

Other Kern Leaders who joined Senator Grove in signing the letter include Taft Mayor Dave Noerr, Kern County Supervisors Mick Gleason, Zack Scrivner, Mike Maggard, and David Couch.

Click here for an audio recording of Senator Grove’s opinion on local control for this crisis. Password is SenSGrove.