Temecula council mulls how to advocate for ending health restrictions, reopens dog parks, some parking lots

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The Temecula City Council discusses stay-at-home orders and reopening parking lots at public parks in a meeting conducted via Zoom on April 28.
In a virtual meeting that continued all Tuesday evening into Wednesday morning, the Temecula City Council debated its options on what to do about county and state public health orders, ultimately deciding to open up dog parks and parking lots at smaller city parks, and draft a plan for reopening Temecula to lobby county and state decision-makers with. Temecula City Attorney Peter Thorson made clear that the city council has no authority to loosen stay-home orders issued by the Riverside County public health officer —  the city council signed away its authority on health services to the county in a vote on the night of Temecula’s incorporation in 1989 — or those handed down by Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office. But the city does “have every right in the world,”  he said, to adv
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