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Hundreds gather outside of the Kern County Administration Office to protest stay at home order

Posted at 4:30 PM, May 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-05 19:37:40-04

Over 100 people gathered outside of the Kern County Administration Office Tuesday calling on Governor Gavin Newsom to reopen the state. Protesters said this was just round two of a long fight.

Three days after their first rally, protesters filed along Truxtun Avenue once again.

"Gavin Newsom, give our county and city government local autonomy to make the decisions that are best for us," said Chad Vegas, just one of the many protesters who took to the streets.

That same idea was also highlighted by County Supervisor Zack Scrivner during the Kern County Board of Supervisors meeting, which was being held inside just feet away from the rally.

"I think that it's important that we advocate that Kern County have maximum latitude to chart our course to open our economy," Scrivner said.

But prior to that comment, Governor Gavin Newsom announced more flexibility for counties. Newsom said he believes hose local communities that have separate timelines should be afforded that capacity to further those timelines.

"That's what makes it so important to have these demonstrations," Vegas said. "Under the first amendment to the United States Constitution, the Bill of Rights, we are guaranteed the right to assemble and address the government with our grievances."