California: Tulare County supervisors voted 3-2 to open up for business despite Governor Newsom's lockdown orders; they received a letter from his Emergency Services office threatening to withhold some of the $47-million in federal CARES Act relief funds it received from the federal government. Tulare County Supervisor Dennis Townsend said this policy was taking away people's livelihood and the county has spent about $1.4-million on its COVID-19 response so far. It is estimated that the county lost between $18-25 million in tax revenues with the economy shut down.
Just hours after Tulare County supervisors voted to open up for business despite Gov. Gavin Newsom's lockdown orders, officials received a letter threatening to withhold some of the $47 million in federal CARES Act relief funds it had been awarded.
"It is my understanding Tulare County has taken steps that are inconsistent with the Governor's Executive Orders and the State Public Health Officer's directives," the letter from the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services said.