Supreme Court OKs State Money For Poor Immigrants – Bars And Beauticians Told To Obey Closure Order Or Lose Licenses

Written by on May 7, 2020

The state Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a challenge by conservatives to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s allocation of $75 million in state funds to undocumented immigrants affected by the coronavirus pandemic and ineligible for federal aid.

Plaintiffs represented by attorney Harmeet Dhillon, a Republican national committeewoman and founder of the nonprofit Center for American Liberty, sued Newsom on April 22 over his order directing funds to nonprofits for distribution to as many as 150,000 undocumented residents.

The suit, filed directly in the state’s high court, argued that the funding had not been authorized by the Legislature and violated federal laws denying unemployment benefits, or coronavirus relief funds, to the undocumented. The court dismissed the suit Wednesday in a brief order, without explanation.


In Northern California …. state regulators began ordering dozens of restaurants and beauty salons to shut down for being out of compliance with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s coronavirus lockdown order.

And the public health director up there say businesses have been reopening with very unsafe health practices.

Three Northern California counties have even started letting residents willfully ignore the statewide order.

The Yuba City metro area, with about 160,000 residents spread across two counties, is the largest in defiance and the only one that appears to have been hit with consequences.

State officials confirmed Wednesday that agents spoke with an undisclosed number of businesses in Sutter and Yuba counties to enforce the shutdown. Several business owners told The Chronicle that they got visits or phone calls Tuesday from regulators demanding that they abide by shelter-in-place rules or risk losing their license to operate.

Restaurants and pubs were visited by officials with the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, who made sure businesses like Walker’s offered only takeout dining, which is permitted under the state rules.

Barbershops, salons and spas, meanwhile, reported receiving phone calls from officials with the state Board of Barbering and Cosmetology, telling them to close.

This story was reported by The San Francisco Chronicle.

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