The following is a statement from Michelle Steel, Chairwoman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors:
"Governor Newsom's memo directing the closure of Orange County beaches is a clear example of unnecessary government overreach. Orange County has been successful in flattening the curve. We are regularly increasing the number of available tests, and hospitalizations remain stable. Our highest priority is public health and public safety, and I've maintained that a large part of that includes our mental and physical well-being, which includes getting fresh air and exercise," said Supervisor Steel.
"Police Departments in both Newport Beach and Huntington Beach have made public statements saying that the overwhelming majority of beachgoers this past weekend were in fact social distancing and following proper health and safety guidelines. The few that were not were told to disperse and immediately complied. I trust our Orange County residents to make good choices - wearing face masks, staying six feet apart, and staying home when they don't feel well. We have here an opportunity to embrace personal responsibility while also taking care of our neighbors. Governor Newsom clearly doesn't share that faith, and I will be looking into an appropriate response to the Governor's overreaction and abuse of power."
First elected to the Orange County Board of Supervisors in 2014, Michelle Steel represents the residents of the Second District, which includes, Costa Mesa, Cypress, Huntington Beach, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Newport Beach, Seal Beach, Stanton, the unincorporated area of Rossmoor, and portions of Buena Park and Fountain Valley. Steel, a successful businesswoman and renowned taxpayer advocate, previously served as Vice Chair of the State Board of Equalization where she represented more than eight million people in Southern California, including all of Orange County, as one of the state’s 12 constitutional officers.