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California Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Any Lawsuits Against Mask Mandate

    The California Supreme Court is refusing to hear any lawsuits that challenge the legal merits of Los Angeles County’s mask mandate.

    The legal gut punch came on Thursday afternoon via the plaintiff Fadde Mikhail:

    “Without hearing both sides’ initial arguments, the California Supreme Court declined today to hear a lawsuit that was filed last week by Dhillon Law Group, Inc. (@Dhillonwlaw) in conjunction with Richard Grenell’s (@RichardGrenell) Fix California PAC, and on behalf of plaintiff Fadde Mikhail (@fadde) against the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health challenging its new indoor mask mandate for vaccinated individuals, which is contrary to Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance,” the statement by Mikhail Fadde said.

    “The mask mandate is overbroad and doesn’t follow nationally recognized and accepted guidance from the CDC or Cal/OSHA, which clearly states that ‘vaccinated persons are not required to wear face coverings in indoor spaces, but are encouraged to do so if they prefer’,” Fadde continued. “While cases have risen in Los Angeles and California, three disastrous mandates have resulted in no better mitigation outcomes than in mask-optional states such as Florida and Texas. Moreover, these mandates have already led to a decrease in business and revenue for already struggling businesses, and for no discernible public benefit.”

    “These mandates are intended to spark fear and encourage vaccine efforts, however, mandates devoid of scientific backing aren’t increasing the public’s confidence in the vaccines — in fact, they are having the opposite effect,” Fadde’s statement went on.

    “Los Angeles County is home to 10 million residents, and the bipartisan sentiments of several elected officials throughout the country have aligned with the lawsuits, yet some officials are willingly ignoring science-backed mitigation efforts and choosing to disrupt the country’s slow economic recovery,” the statement said. “The courts know that all COVID-19 vaccines are effective against the Delta variant, but by refusing to hear arguments, they’re ignoring the plea by elected officials within the county to engage with business owners and citizens to create policy that allows cities to deal with their own unique problems.”

    “By The California Supreme Court’s refusal to hear this case and act on this urgent matter by providing L.A. County residents and business owners with immediate relief from these mandates, should serve as a wake up call to Los Angeles County residents to pay closer attention to the levels of transparency by public servants,” the statement added. “More importantly, residents must hold them accountable in the political process to ensure the fear-based mandates and whim-based emergency powers stop interfering with citizens’ rights to earn a living, provide for their families, and make their own health decisions based on science, not politics.”

    In June, Governor Gavin Newsom, who now faces an upcoming recall election, reneged on an earlier promise and decided to keep ’emergency powers.’ Such powers purportedly allow state and local governments to violate the rights of citizens for whatever rationale that the governor, local officials, and bureaucrats see fit.

    In July, L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva issued a statement that makes it clear that his department will not be enforcing the new mandate.

    “Forcing the vaccinated and those who already contracted COVID-19 to wear masks indoors is not backed by science and contradicts the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines,” the sheriff stated.  “The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH) has authority to enforce the order, but the underfunded/defunded Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will not expend our limited resources and instead ask for voluntary compliance. We encourage the DPH to work collaboratively with the Board of Supervisors and law enforcement to establish mandates that are both achievable and supported by science.”


    LA County Sheriff Rips New Mask Mandate as ‘Not Backed by Science,’ Refuses to Enforce the Mask Order

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