By Debra Tash
Saturday night, November 29th in Thousand Oaks, over fifty people braved the cold, it was under 50 degrees which is cold for Southern Californians. The gathering, organized by Move the Needle, had two purposes. First they were collecting unwrapped gifts for Christmas with the plan of taking them to the Simi Valley police later in the month for the annual Toys for Tots effort. They gathered quite a few to put under the tree out in front of the Original Pizza Cookery at 75 W. Thousand Oaks Blvd.
The second purpose of the event, and really the main reason, was to protest Governor Newsom’s latest inane edict in which he imposed a curfew from 10 PM to 5 AM. The curfew started on November 21st and will last until December 21st. This move is supposedly done to stop the spread of COVID 19, though for most it remains unclear the reasoning behind the order. Is it to kill off the bars and movie theaters, any business that may be open past 10 PM, or is the virus more virulent between those hours? Who knows. In any case the protest started at 9 PM and lasted until around 11PM. Pie and glazed donuts were offered by the Cookery and the organizers led the gathering in a rousing chant of, “Newsom Sucks.” BTW, they weren’t all that fond of the mainstream media either.
Move the Needle plans more such rallies in the future. Maybe the governor has finally crossed the line after “dinnergate” at the pricy French Laundry. No social distancing, no masks, twenty two in attendance and a bar bill of over $15,000 just doesn’t sit well with the folks. People are losing their livelihoods along with their patience. The sentiment last night can be summed up this way – We’ve had enough!
Debra Tash is Editor-in-Chief of Citizensjournal.us, past president for Citizens Alliance for Property Rights, business executive and award-winning author, residing in Somis.