Why are public bureaucrats issuing mask warrants again?
Just 4 days after U.S. District Judge Kathryn Mizelle’s ruling decision that the Centers for Disease Control does not have the authority to issue a mask mandate for air travel or public transportation, Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer announced that masks will again be required on all public transportation in the county, including buses, trains, taxis and ride-sharing services, under its latest COVID-19 health order.
Judge Mizelle ruled that “the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention exceeded its statutory authority and violated procedures required for agency rule-making under the Administrative Procedures Act”. The judge acknowledged in her decision that a day after taking office, President Biden issued an executive order stating that wearing masks can mitigate the effects of COVID-19 among travelers. Two weeks later, the CDC released the mask mandate without allowing public participation through the Administrative Procedures Act’s notice and comment procedures. (Read the judgment HERE)
His decision makes it clear that the CDC and the Biden administration basically agreed on the unscientific, non-medical, and non-public health order because they wanted people to comply with their mask orders.
Last week Bay Area Rapid Transit Council members voted to reinstate the mask mandate “effective until July 18, 2022, unless extended by the BART Board of Directors.” Why July 18? Because they can?
Both of these transit systems have serious financial problems, internal management and union issues, as well as horrific crime and low ridership issues, having nothing to do with masks.
It may take legal action by transit riders in Los Angeles and San Francisco to overturn those warrants.
“The spread of COVID-19 continues to be a significant risk to many people in Los Angeles County,” the LA County Public Health Department said. website said. That’s all it says, other than offering mask-wearing advice.
In February, photos of the The NFC Championship Game in Los Angeles on social media brought us footage of unmasked California Governor Gavin Newsom, San Francisco Mayor London Breed and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti posing for photos with Magic Johnson, despite Los Angeles County mask mandate and SoFi stadium requirements. And they followed it up with a maskless Super Bowl two weeks later, demonstrating the two-tier system of mask enforcement.
The “BART Board of Directors has approved a temporary amendment to the District’s Code of conduct requiring runners to wear masks in paid areas of the system with limited exceptions,” with no reason given. It’s just a diktat. There is no actual medical, scientific or public health reason provided for the reinstated mask mandate.
“COVID cases are on the rise and we need to keep cyclists safe, especially those with medical conditions, immunocompromised people and children who are not yet eligible to get vaccinated,” said BART Board Chair, Rebecca Saltzman Thursday.
Notably, “BART police – not station managers – will enforce the warrant”, the East Bay Times reported.
Who are these people ordering face masks? Nobody is a scientist, a virologist, an epidemiologist or a doctor.
Rebecca Saltzman “has spent years as a transit and policy advocate, coalition builder, organizer and manager of local, state and national issue-based organizations,” her BART biography said. “Saltzman was previously vice chair of the Oakland Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, where she advised the City of Oakland on pedestrian and bicycle policy and infrastructure.”
Saltzman is a longtime advocate for public transit and bicycles. She is neither a health professional nor a scientist.
Other BART Board Members include a financial and business management specialist, an employee of the East Bay Municipal Utilities District, a geography and urban planning professor and cycling advocate, a fire department chief and safety specialist at the retired from Oakland, a professional civil engineer, civil rights and racial justice advocate, community organizer with the SF Bicycle Coalition, and 40-year-old public servant to elected legislators.
Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer is not an epidemiologist, virologist or even a licensed physician. She does not have a medical degree, but is highly qualified… His Ph.D. is in “Social Welfare” from Brandeis University. She holds a master’s degree in “public health” from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree in “community studies” from UC Santa Cruz.
Following Judge Mizelle’s decision, the Biden administration threatened to appeal. And then the CDC released this strange statement to the media:
“To protect the CDC’s public health authority beyond the ongoing assessment announced last week, the CDC has asked the DOJ to appeal in Health Freedom Defense Fund, Inc., et al., c . Biden, et al.. It is the CDC’s continuing assessment that at this time an order requiring masking in the domestic transportation corridor remains necessary for public health..”
“To protect the CDC’s public health authority beyond the ongoing assessment announced last week…” is how the CDC’s media statement opens. To protect their authority.
It is only in two sentences of the second paragraph that the CDC acknowledges its real mission:
“The CDC’s number one priority is to protect our nation’s public health.”
News of Judge Mizelle’s decision spread across the country like wildfire. People at airports, planes and public transport posted videos cheering at the announcement and tearing off masks. Because universal mask-wearing is dehumanizing and malicious.
This popular decision and almost universal reaction has gone viral. But it was only a matter of time before threats of appeals from the Biden administration were leaked and then filed.
This has only emboldened the most authoritative public health officials in the country, proving that this is really just their authority.