Oregon city pushes back against state’s COVID mandates, declares itself ‘common sense sanctuary city’

Across the country, many left-leaning cities and states have declared themselves “sanctuary jurisdictions” — places where illegal aliens know that local authorities are kept from co-operating with immigration officials.

One city in the very blue state of Oregon, however, has bucked the trend and declared itself a sanctuary for common sense, particularly regarding the state’s COVID restrictions that have devastated small businesses, PJ Media reported

Baker City’s first-term mayor, Kerry McQuisten, said the concept came about after she was approached by some business owners following her inauguration earlier this year. “After we were all sworn in back on January 12th, local businesses brought forth to [city] council an idea of a Common Sense Sanctuary City,” she told PJ Media.

Businesses speak out

McQuisten explained that after almost a year of stringent lockdown measures and other restrictions from the state, the city’s small businesses spoke up.

“They were asking for local businesses to be able to adhere, or not adhere to the mask mandates, the OSHA [Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division] restrictions, as they saw fit individually,” McQuisten explained.

Additional support came during a city council town hall event in which members of the public could come and express their feelings and ideas. “Business owners poured in to give testimony,” McQuisten recalled. “Some questioned whether the city could protect them from state OSHA regulations and targeting by these agencies.”

A letter was subsequently sent by the city to Gov. Kate Brown (D) that outlined the city’s grievances and complained that the community had been excluded from Oregon’s decision-making process on dealing with the pandemic.

Idea catching on

The mayor says that no response came from Brown, which prompted the city council to take more decisive action. On March 23, it voted 5-2 on an emergency resolution to declare that a crisis had been created by the state’s COVID rules.

“Our businesses in Oregon have completely suffered,” McQuisten said. “There are lots of businesses that are just gone and cannot survive, nor should they be asked to.” However, she said that in addition to business failure, the COVID mandates have caused a decrease in residents’ mental health and an increase in crime.

“Our jail is in such a diminished capacity situation right now,” McQuisten said. “We have 45 beds we normally can fill. Right now, it’s down to 15, 20 beds. So, when someone is arrested, unless it’s a severely violent crime, they are cited and released and turned back out onto the streets.”

The mayor said the city’s actions appear to be catching on as “several other mayors across the state are looking at the resolution.”

“We’re hoping … that we can get enough coverage with the media, with other mayors, other county commissioners, possibly different areas in the state will pick this up and enact something similar of their own,” she said.

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6 Responses

  1. I wish OTHER states’ cities would do the same thing. Maybe the GOVERNORS would take a clue.

  2. I would like to comment that anyone that wants to run for office in the U.S. should sign a statement that they accept our Constitution is our law, laid out by our forefathers. If they refuse to sign this agreement, they they will not be eligible to run for office. This would be true for anyone who wishes to run.
    This would eliminate anyone who are against America or support another form of Government. This is something that should have been done from the very beginning.

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  4. I would like to comment that anyone that wants to run for office in the U.S. should sign a statement that they accept our Constitution as our law, laid out by our forefathers. If they refuse to sign this agreement, they they will not be eligible to run for office. This would be true for anyone who wishes to run.
    This would eliminate anyone who are against America or support another form of Government. This is something that should have been done from the very beginning.
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  5. About time some grow a spine; wake up, stand up against the Insanity, tyranny that is going on. I would expect people in Baker to be among the first in OR to use their brains to think with. Congratulations you are on the right track now!

  6. They do sign an agreement to uphold the constitution. They just don’t follow through. There should be a back up in place that if they do not uphold their sworn duty they should be removed immediately and replaced with an interim and emergency vote for the replacement. Term limits no salary retention after term. Build your own 401 like everyone else has to do. That should be for every elected office position. Federal, State and local!!!!!

  7. Vote every democrat out and don’t let them steal elections or destroy our country with sick ideas. They sicken me.

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