Assemblyman, Fresno Supervisor Get in Heated Exchange Over COVID-19

Coronavirus has infected at least 10,970 people and killed 104 in Fresno County. The public health crisis continues to divide state and local leaders as well.

Assemblyman Dr. Joaquin Arambula (D-Fresno) has been pushing for an emergency public meeting to address the growing case numbers in his district. So far, his efforts have been rebuffed.

“Go back to Sacramento,” Supervisor Nathan Magsig told the assemblyman in a video posted on his Facebook page. “Empower us at the local level. We know how to handle issues in Fresno County better than the governor.”

The heated exchange occurred after Arambula confronted Magsig about the issue in person.

The exchange underscores the tensions between Sacramento and some local governments over the response to the coronavirus. Those tensions have existed for some time. Magsig attended a rally to “reopen Fresno” back in May. The supervisor soon got his wish, but now the county is struggling to contain the virus.

Arambula has expressed concerns that Fresno is not doing enough to address the rising case numbers in Fresno County. He continues to demand a public meeting.


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