With Oregon seeing a rise in COVID cases, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti now admits protests in his city did lead to a spike in coronavirus cases, after he previously insisted there was no link. Garcetti confirmed LA County health officials believe recent demonstrations have contributed to a significant spike in COVID-19 cases in the city.
President Donald Trump has warned that he would deploy the military to states that would not take serious actions against protesters in the ongoing demonstrations against the death of George Floyd. Earlier on, the president had called on the governors to take charge and arrest the protesters.
A month ago, eleven Republican members of the Oregon State Senate walked out of the State Capitol, denying the chamber a quorum and bringing all legislative business to a halt. At issue was a controversial cap-and-trade bill, which was eventually pulled for insufficient Democratic support. Now, one of the Oregon 11 is suing the Democratic leadership and legislative officials. Sen. Brian Boquist (R-Dallas) is challenging a $500-a-day fine imposed by the rump senate, and the requirement he provide at least 12 hours notice for showing up to work.
The Oregon legislation applies to any citiy over 25,000 in population and on any and every single family home. The law will allow any home to become a duplex, triplex, four-plex or “cottage clusters.” This bill would effectively eliminate single-family zoning in Oregon’s larger cities and change most land uses that were “areas zoned for residential use” into low density multi-family uses.
It’s been kind of a crazy weekend in Oregon. The flight from the state capitol, of what’s become known as Oregon’s Eleven (all the Oregon Senate Republicans), has attracted national and international news. By Monday night, there was no end in sight to the standoff with the Democratic supermajority trifecta and no sight of the Republican senators’ either. As for endgames, Gov. Kate Brown is widely expected to call a special session in July, if and when he current session expires on June 30. One senator told the Wall Street Journal he was prepared to stay away for months.