In a letter to Los Angeles officials, Assistant U.S. Attorney General Eric Dreiband said L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti’s recent comments suggesting that stay-at-home orders may stay in place longer in Los Angeles “may be both arbitrary and unlawful.”
Garcetti, when asked at his daily COVID press conference to respond said, “We’re not guided by politics in this. We’re guided by science…There is nothign else. We’re able to do this and save lives. People’s lives are at stake.”
When asked about the threat of legal action from Attorney General William Barr, the mayor said he is “bound by state law and bound by county law.”
In terms of stay-at-home orders, he pointed out that “There is no city in the world that doesn’t have some sort of restriction…because we know this virus kills.”
“We’re I think ranked 82nd in deaths per capita,” said Garcetti. “We’ve seen a plateau…The seven day average is holding.”
So is the White House playing politics with a democratic mayor in a democrat-led state? “I’ll leave that up to you guys,” Garcetti said to reporters.
He did, however say that “We could absolutely continue to use help.” But, said the mayor, “Let’s not open one day early, because “people’s lives are at stake.”