Huntington Beach presses for injunction on state order, despite partial reopening of beaches

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Huntington Beach is pressing ahead for an injunction against Gov. Gavin Newsom’s decision last month to close the city’s beaches.

After the governor ordered Orange County beaches closed, citing crowds who appeared to violate social distancing requirements, Huntington Beach, Dana Point and Seal Beach reached an agreement last week with state authorities to reopen their coastline to active recreation. Under the agreement, people can walk, jog, surf and swim at the beaches but cannot sunbathe or linger on the sand.

Michael Gates, the city attorney for Huntington Beach, argues such an arrangement is untenable, discriminating against people whose disabilities don’t allow them to remain mobile and “mothers who want to sit with their small children in the sand.”

Moreover, Gates said in an interview Monday, the issue at the heart of the city’s lawsuit is one of executive overreach.

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