Through a spokesperson, Kaiser declined to comment on the supervisors’ move.
As authorities in neighboring Orange County sparred with Newsom over his decision Thursday to close their beaches, Spiegel said giving way to the state’s mandates would be the quickest way to reopen the local economy because it would signal cooperation and remove the need for delayed county action as the state gradually lifts restrictions.
“We want to make ourselves aligned with the state. We want to work together … so that we can prepare for the opening and hopefully put together a platform that the governor will approve so we can open in Southern California when appropriate,” said Spiegel, whose district includes Corona, Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Norco and parts of the city of Riverside.
Other county officials framed the plan as a byproduct of this region’s successful efforts to reduce the growth rate of the number of new cases reported daily.
The county has tested more than 50,000 individuals — a larger percentage of its population than any county in the state — and reported 4,031 confirmed cases and 149 deaths on Thursday.
This plan appears to be the county’s latest attempt to strike a balance in the ongoing back-and-forth between proponents and opponents of the county’s coronavirus safeguards. In response to each side, the county has leaned on the jurisdictional arguments, claiming its power to supplant state orders is limited.
In a strongly worded letter sent to Perez on Wednesday, Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce President Joshua Bonner contended the county had gone beyond the state guidelines when it installed its own orders.
Kaiser’s April 20 order reopening golf courses with restrictions and his April 24 order reopening swimming pools — also with restrictions — showed the county was able to take steps independent of the state mandates to offer clarity to their constituents, Bonner said.
He also insisted that county officials consider factors like how the virus is growing locally and the risks posed by reopening less dense areas when devising its reopening plan.
In a letter of his own published Wednesday, Supervisor Jeff Hewitt directed his ire specifically toward Kaiser. He acknowledged coronavirus remains a serious illness, but blasted Kaiser’s declaration of a local public health emergency as a tactic in a “campaign of fear.”