California refuses coronavirus aid to 2 cities defying health orders

That means Atwater stands to lose on almost $65,000 and Coalinga more than $35,000 in very first installments, according to a breakdown from Associated Press/ABC..

All in all, Atwater was qualified to get $387,428 in aid and Coalinga was up for $212,358. The director of the California Office of Emergency Services notified the cities recently that the state would not offer the very first allowance of that money until they rescinded their resolutions defying the business closures.

The mayor of Atwater led an effort in May to declare it a “sanctuary city for all organizations,” while Coalinga has tried to circumvent state closure orders by stating every company in the city “necessary,” the Chronicle reports..

The cities of Atwater and Coalinga are the first to face the governors charges for defying pandemic public health orders..

California Gov. Gavin Newsom is withholding the first installments of federal coronavirus relief help from two small cities that did not comply with public health orders to close down specific services during the pandemic, according to the San Francisco Chronicle..

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