Ron Shindy, left, his 14-year-old daughter, Jezreel Shindy, and their friend Kathy Yates, attend a rally at the state Capitol protesting California’s upcoming coronavirus vaccine mandate for school children in Sacramento, Calif., on Monday, Nov. 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Adam Beam)
UPDATED 1:15 PM PT – Monday, November 15, 2021
A Northern California city has declared itself a “constitutional republic” city in an effort to take a stand against Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom’s COVID-19 mandates.
In a six-to-one vote earlier this month, the Oroville City Council adopted the resolution, which would oppose state and federal orders it considers as government overreach.
While the designation would not shield the city from federal or state laws, the city’s vice mayor, Scott Thomson, said it’s a largely symbolic push-back against Newsom’s policies.
“It’s just basically drawing the line,” Thomson stated. “It’s not necessarily against one specific mandate. We’re not talking about one mandate that’s been pushing on us recently. It’s a barrage of mandates.”
The resolution is similar to the sanctuary city status, which protects undocumented immigrants despite federal immigration law.