U.S. District Judge Josephine L. Staton today ruled to continue the temporary restraining order for an additional week that bars the transfer of COVID-19 infected patients to the Fairview Developmental Center in Costa Mesa. The ruling now gives the state 24 hours to answer local stakeholders’ questions and to meet in person and provide much needed transparency and facts before taking any action. The involved parties will be going back to court next Monday, March 2nd.
“This decision by Judge Staton allows the people of Orange County to get much needed facts and accountability from the state and federal governments,” said Michelle Steel, Chairwoman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors. “I am grateful to have heard Judge Staton’s line of questioning. As we work together to face the coronavirus, we must take all precautions to ensure that the virus does not needlessly spread.”
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.