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Man Puts California Government On Notice: ‘It’s Not Going To Be Peaceful For Much Longer! It’s Gonna Get Real!”


Lawrence David| Opinion| Among the lemmings an ordinary man commits an extraordinary act…


Earlier this year Carlos Zapata, owner of the Palomino Room in Shasta County California, defied Governor Gavin Newsom’s lockdown order.  Zapata, like so many small business owners, has bills to pay and mouths to feed.


On the first weekend in May, Zapata’s restaurant, located in Red Bluff, was cited twice by the local police.  Shasta County has levied no restrictions on local businesses other than those ordered by Gov. Newsome.


The citation was for an alleged violation of California government code 8665, which can result in a fine of up to $1,000 or up to six months in jail or both.


Red Bluff Police Chief Kyle Sanders said the restaurant was extremely busy with a line out the front door on Friday when officers issued the citation.


Let that sink in… the people of Red Bluff, men and women of free will, were all exerting their independence from the jackbooted Sacramento authoritarians.


Fast forward three months and the Palomino Room is still under orders to remain closed.  Small business owners simply do not have the wherewithal to sustain months without revenue.


Small business was at the center of President Trump’s economic revival and ownership made up a key core constituency of the president’s support.


Big box stores, with much higher traffic and therefore a greater risk of transmitting the virus, can stay open but small businesses that pose a much lesser risk must remain closed.


During the economic downturn of 2008-2009 we were told that big businesses were too big to fail.  Today they’re essential and you’re not…


You do the political math.


Last week, after months of watching his business teeter on the brink of extinction, Mr. Zapata’s frustration finally boiled over.


Residents and business owners held a rally outside of the Board of Supervisors chamber and demanded the Shasta County Supervisors allow businesses to re-open.


County officials were sympathetic but, according to Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency Director Donnell Ewert, their hands have been tied by the decree of Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom.


“Our local health officer has not made any restrictions over and above what the state of California has, so we are doing all that we can to keep the county as open as possible.  We are one of roughly 20 counties that still are not on the (state) monitoring list…so Shasta County is open; it is, again, in the category of most open counties in California.”


Regardless, more than 80 residents made emotional appeals to the board, including Mr. Zapata.  Mr. Zapata warned the Board of Supervisors that nothing good was going to come of the lockdown…




“… At first we sat as concerned citizens….as we realized that [Covid] is not quite as dangerous as we thought it would be, I was absolutely appalled at the cowardice — and you guys are sitting here with your masks on — I don’t blame you for wearing masks because I would be hiding my face if I was you for what you’re doing.


 “I’m a business owner and I’m telling you, our families are starving — you guys can sit here with your jobs — you’re gonna sit here and get paid to fall asleep in your chair like that gentleman’s doing behind his mask right there.


“Right now we’re being peaceful and you better be happy we’re good citizens, that we’re peaceful citizens but it’s not gonna be peaceful much longer — and this isn’t a threat — I’m not a criminal, I’ve never been a criminal but I’m telling you real good citizens are going to turn into real concerned and revolutionary citizens real soon. And nobody else is gonna say that. I’m probably the only person that has the balls to say what I’m saying right now.


“We’re building and we’re organizing and we’ll work with law enforcement or without law enforcement but you won’t stop us when the time comes because our families are starving.


“This is a warning for what’s coming because it’s not going to be peaceful for much longer! It’s gonna get real!” 


Mr. Zapata added that  he went to war for this country and he’s ready to fight for this country even if it’s against its own citizens.


Remember there are more of us than there are of them and “they” derive their just powers from the consent of the governed.


Buck up patriots!


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