UPDATED 6:40 PM PT – Thursday, December 17, 2020
The complaints continue to pile up for California Governor Gavin Newsom.
Not only is Newsom combating a massive recall effort across the state, but some are calling on him to testify about the ban on protests he made at the Capitol last spring.
A motion requesting a deposition was filed by plaintiffs Ron Givens and Christine Bish. Both are involved in a lawsuit that began in April when California Highway Patrol refused to issue permits for demonstrators at the Sacramento Capitol.
CHP claimed the decision was made in the interest of public safety amid the pandemic. As it’s a civil case, attorneys for the state argued that Newsom, the former highway patrol commissioner, and the public health director cannot be deposed because all witnesses currently or previously held public office.
The defendants hope to completely abolish the lawsuit as the ban on capitol protests was rescinded back in June.
However, with cases currently on the rise, the California governor has once again issued stay-at-home orders and crippling restrictions for small businesses.
“This is the busiest time of the year for restaurants, but generally speaking, I would say a lot of people would normally be getting together or having holiday parties,” John Thiel, the chef and owner of Pappo restaurant, stated. “So we’ve lost all of our private party business and we’ve lost all catering business.”
In the meantime, many local county law enforcement officers stated they will not enforce the latest round of Newsom’s restrictions.