featured graphic for Michelle Steel, Orange County Supervisor for District 2 and current Chairwoman of the Board of Orange County Supervisors, during COVID-19

Michele Steel releases statement on Gov. Newsom’s new Stay-at-Home order

Michelle Steel, Chairwoman of the ​Orange County Board of Supervisors, has provided the following statement in response to Governor Newsom’s implementation of a new COVID-19 regional stay at home order:

“Governor Newsom’s lockdown order is not based on science, or any clear standards. Lumping together California’s diverse Counties into five regions fails to account for differences in population, hospital capacity, and the rate of COVID-19 spread in each County. The Governor has been clamping down on our residents’ ability to provide for themselves and their families for weeks, with no evidence it has slowed the spread. The evidence we have seen is more depression, more closed businesses, and less work for those who need it most. The Governor, and State health officials should focus on protecting the most vulnerable in our communities and stop these sweeping orders that harm all of us.”

About Michele Steel

First elected to the Orange County Board of Supervisors in 2014, Michelle Steel represents the residents of the Second District, which includes, Costa Mesa, Cypress, Huntington Beach, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Newport Beach, Seal Beach, Stanton, the unincorporated area of Rossmoor, and portions of Buena Park and Fountain Valley. Steel, a successful businesswoman and renowned taxpayer advocate, previously served as Vice Chair of the State Board of Equalization where she represented more than eight million people in Southern California, including all of Orange County, as one of the state’s 12 constitutional officers.

The article above was released by the office of Michele Steel, Orange County Supervisor for District 2 and current Chairwoman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors.


  1. Your reader base is just the worst, low fact Republicans who feel anything sensible is “SOCIALIST” and “AGAINST THEIR CIVIL RIGHTS”

    Thanks for cowering to this base, they need a publication like this to moan on and you give them that for sure.

    1. NPS,

      Thank you for reading Orange County Breeze, and for taking the time to comment on this article.

      General mud-slinging will not convince anyone of anything except of your lack of good manners.

      Sneering rudeness is a form of bullying, and should be avoided in civil discussion.

      Your comment regarding Orange County Breeze “cowering” is self-refuting, since if it were true your comment would not appear.

      Provide specific examples of policies that you believe are “sensible” and that Republicans have labeled “socialist” and perhaps a discussion can follow.

      Again, thank you for reading Orange County Breeze

      Stay safe, stay healthy!

      Shelley Henderson
      editor, Orange County Breeze

    2. Your comment has zero substance or merit. Try again.

  2. I’d like to echo some of the other comments in regards to you can’t just run your mouth and have an opinion without a plan (or even state that you’ll work on a plan). This is the most disingenuous type of politician and it’s terrible that such incompetent people are given such a platform.

    You HAVE to start at the most vulnerable part of the COVID puzzle, the hospitals – namely the hospital workers. We can always find space to put patients or somehow fabricate ventilators. But you still need trained staff to service them. Right now we’re closing in on full capacity and needing to stretch resources. Once we start losing more healthcare workers to COVID, stress, or fatigue…then it’s just a domino effect. We’re just getting into the start of the regular busy season for hospitals. So with this in mind…trying to minimize the surge is the priority at the current moment. We’re back to “bending the curve”.

    So then what next? We need to all take personal responsibility for how we want to move forward. I can easily handle the lockdown, but I know it’s devastating effects on the local economies and on the people living there. BUT we can NOT pretend that COVID isn’t a thing. We CAN’T just run around willy nilly and not wear masks. It’s our carelessness and defiant attitude why we are where we are right now. WE NEED TO WORK TOGETHER. The virus can’t spread if there aren’t people to spread it to. We need to limit our own personal risks of exposure…and people with higher risks need to try to sequester themselves as much as possible.

    Lockdowns don’t have to be a thing, but we’ve lost the ability to show that we can limit the spread on our own. I do a lot of the shopping for my household but I also have the least amount of public contact otherwise. If I were to somehow get sick…this virus will stop with me – I won’t be spreading it to anyone else. We need to get the infectivity rate back below 1. If we can do that, there’s a path to normalcy. I’m an avid Disney AP. I’d love to get back there and take my kids…but giving that up is such a miniscule sacrifice to make sure I am not a vector for the virus and not endangering any of your lives.

    I miss my family. I miss eating with them and I miss hanging out with them. But I understand why we’ve needed to social distance and wear masks. I’m tired of fighting with people about their personal freedoms. If you want real freedom from COVID…put on a mask and do your part to limit the spread. I want to see people get back to work and feel normal again, but it all takes work and contributions from everyone. Pledge not to spread it.

    1. Your view goes against lots of the base here, THANKS for speaking up, more of us need to! I feel lots of the county is folks who just can’t get one bit what is going on and the real impacts.

    2. Where did you get your stats on orange county’s hospitalization numbers?

  3. Not sure how much more science there can be to convince a politician.

    In case she doesn’t know, you close down Los Angeles, they are right next door and they all flood into Orange County to workout, eat, etc and spread it all over again.

  4. There is not a good answer to Covid as of now. However implementing anything other than education in mask wearing, 6 foot spacing and hand washing is idiotic without proof. Doing something is not a plan and we know the negative effects of lockdown with as of yet no proven positive effects of lockdown…partly due to all the exceptions.

    1. For the sake of discussion…have you bothered to look for evidence that lockdowns, distancing, and masks don’t have evidence to support that they are effective at reducing spread? I think you might be surprised if you are seriously interested in knowing the ‘why’?

  5. Michelle Steel has always been a “politics first” supervisor. She will say and do anything to please the people who donate to her future campaigns. I have seen her in action and it is despicable.

    The true reason she is so critical of Governor Newsom? Because her doners want to go back to the 1970’s John Wayne Orange County and they believe by playing “Trump light” politics they will inspire the old guard to donate to their campaigns.

    If Michelle Steel thought she could get ahead by calling COVID 19 a “cleansing virus” that kills off poor people, she would do so. She is a monster and everybody who knows her says so.

  6. Typical Steel cr*p talking. Complain but provide no solution or support for small businesses. @Berlin and @Rudmann go and see what Steele or Wagner have done for you or small businesses NOTHING!!!! Over 1586 Deaths and soaring but Steel thinks that she a politician whose is making money off of covid, she knows more than science. She is a fool who is killing her own constituents……this is all on her. Go work in the hospitals covid unit then come out and tell us how Irvine has hardly any deaths. Hypocrite.

    This comment has been edited to lightly disguise foul language. Please find a way of expressing your thoughts without using foul language.

    1. The OC Breeze should be happy that this many people replied to the Steele BS that she peddled for long enough to win seat in the US Congress. It will be proof to the advertisers that there is an audience for the web site that is basically a low profile Republican cheer leading publication

      1. Ary,

        Thank you for reading Orange County Breeze and for taking the time to comment on this article.

        I cannot speak for Michelle Steel, but I can speak for the editorial policy of Orange County Breeze.

        I am a conservative Constitutional originalist in my personal political persuasion — but I am not a registered Republican. That puts me at odds with most Democrats, and a goodly chunk of Trump-influenced Republicans.

        The editorial policy of Orange County Breeze is to publish all sides. During the campaign leading up to the recent election, we published news releases from both Democrat and Republican candidates. We do not publish personal attacks, we will not allow foul language, and we frown on blanket condemnations. (A couple of the comments on this article step over the line in condemning all Republicans as low intelligence and anti-science. We paused before approving them for publication while disapproving of the generalized venom.)

        As for being “low profile,” that’s not a bug it’s a feature. That’s what we aim for. We are a local news site and we try to keep the news local. We publish articles released by Governor Gavin Newsom because, as governor, what he says and does makes an impact locally. We publish news from Long Beach because it’s big and right next door to our core coverage area. But mostly we try to cover schools, military news pertinent to our two local bases, city councils, the Rossmoor Community Services District, police blotters, and local organizations like Kiwanis and Precious Life Shelter.

        My biggest gripe with the latest Stay at Home order is the non-transparent and hurried way in which it was implemented. Look at the defined regions. News coverage has not made enough of the fact that the “Southern California Region” extends far up the eastern side of the State plus north along the coast. I grew up calling San Luis Obispo County “the Central Coast of California.” What reason is behind lumping those counties north of Ventura and San Bernardino Counties in the Southern California Region? We have not been told. Why only five regions? We have not been told. Why clump together counties at all? We have not been told. Why cannot the ICU capacity criterion be applied to individual counties? We have not been told.

        Again, thank you for reading Orange County Breeze.

        Shelley Henderson
        editor, Orange County Breeze

        1. Did you know that Hoag is capped as of right now, down to 15% capacity available

          The OC view of “it’s not a problem here” has swung in 72 hours to a problem with ICU availability.

          1. NPS-CA,

            Thank you for reading Orange County Breeze, and for commenting on this article.

            My complaint was against the imposition of yet another new criterion on short notice, not whether the spread of COVID-19 in Orange County is a problem. Checking the State’s statistics for Orange County just now, Orange County currently has 29.9 new cases per day per 100,000 in population with an 8.8% positivity rate. No matter how you cut it, those aren’t good numbers. The current ICU bed availability rate fort the “Southern California Region” is 10.3% — but please realize that more north of Ventura and San Bernardino are included in that statistic. (The only Region with a lower percentage is San Joaquin, with 6.6%.)

            This new regional criterion is too ham-fisted for general use. Residents of Orange County have no control over the actions of people in Mono County, or San Luis Obispo County — yet both those Counties are part of the so-called Southern California Region.

            I would prefer a finer-grained approach, with a larger number of regions. Make a region of Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties and call it the Central Coast Region. Make another region from the Counties north of Santa Barbara on the State’s eastern side and call it the Eastern Sierra Region. Then the Southern California region can be made up of Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, San Diego, and Imperial Counties. To me, that makes more sense.

            At least, if you insist that designation county-by-county is too fine-grained.

            As it stands now, this new Stay at Home mandate presents the unseemly appearance of capriciousness poorly masked as a concern for public health. If Governor Newsom wants cooperation, he needs to do better than he has in justifying his actions.

            Again, thank you for reading Orange County Breeze.

            Stay safe, stay healthy!

            Shelley Henderson
            editor, Orange County Breeze

  7. So her rebuttal to a tentative solution to fighting a deadly virus’s spread that supposedly isn’t based on science and numbers, consists of a handful of anecdotes and exactly 0 numbers?

    Even years of Republican science denial doesn’t excuse forgetting how debate works.

    He puts out his numbers and claims. You refute his claims with your own testable facts or numbers not vague claims and “we’ve all seen” and “I heard it said that..”

  8. It would be more effective to provide a clear plan on how OC county wants to deal with Covid. I haven’t seen any. We all know that the most affected areas are Santa Ana, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach. Any plans on how to limit the spread there? In Irvine, population was responsible and we have very few cases. It is unfair to the small businesses to be closed here, this is true. But the OC county leaders did not do enough to help the most affected cities and as a result we are all suffering.

    1. Thank you Gabriela – this has been my biggest complaint with the BofS from the beginning….and Steel and Wagner are too dense to get it.

  9. Thank you Michele – your statement is spot-on!!
    This is Socialism – with Newsom as the dictator…
    What happened to “local” government – where each
    City & County government governed for itself…

  10. Spot on!

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