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REOPENING: Napa Valley winery Caymus has filed a lawsuit in federal court against Governor Newsom alleging that the state's reopening plan is discriminatory since restaurants been enabled to reopening, reports Esther Mobley in the Chron.

The lawsuit’s central argument is that if other types of businesses, like sit-down restaurants, are allowed to reopen, then it’s unfair to force wineries to remain closed. Newsom and Sonia Angell, the California state public health officer, are violating the U.S. and California Constitutions’ Equal Protection, Due Process, and Takings Clauses, it claims. (The lawsuit cites two articles by me, one of which it uses in support of its argument.)

Meanwhile, the Sonoma County sheriff is refusing to enforce the county's stay-at-home order, reports Lauren Hernández in the Chron.

Sonoma County Sheriff Mark Essick said Thursday that he will stop enforcing the county’s shelter-in-place order on June 1 because he believes the past and current orders put “significant restrictions on our freedoms.”

In a Facebook post, Essick said the county’s initial and subsequent health orders since the start of the coronavirus pandemic have been “far more restrictive” than guidelines in neighboring counties and in statewide orders.

In the Chron, Dominic Fracassa reports on San Francisco's plans to reopen.

The city’s plan reflects San Francisco’s progress to date in curbing the spread of the coronavirus. So long as the city continues to limit the transmission of the virus and suppress the numbers of new cases and hospitalizations, it will shift to the next phase of reopening starting June 15, when most indoor retail sales, outdoor restaurant dining, nonemergency medical appointments and professional sporting events — without fans in the seats — will be allowed to resume.

Things continue to be tough in Los Angeles County. Chron: "Officials in Los Angeles County reported 1,094 new cases of the coronavirus and 48 additional deaths on Thursday."

Meanwhile, LA wants to reopen faster.

It's slow going reports a team at the LAT.

Meanwhile, Lake Tahoe casinos plan to reopen next week. And, Cache Creek Casino Resort is reopening June 8, reports Dale Kasler in the Bee.

BAY AREA: In the Chron, Erin Allday and Alexei Koseff write that Bay Area county leaders are hesitating to reopen according to Governor Newsom's schedule.

Most of the Bay Area is refusing to go along with the governor’s accelerated pace, and a handful of local health officers have criticized his plan as overly risky, especially with COVID-19 case counts still climbing across the state.

JUMP: In the Bee, Tony Bizjak and Rosalio Ahumada report on the demise of the Jump bikes and scooters.

“As part of our recent deal, Lime took possession of tens of thousands of new model Jump bikes and scooters,” Uber wrote. “We explored donating the remaining, older-model bikes, but given many significant issues — including maintenance, liability, safety concerns, and a lack of consumer-grade charging equipment — we decided the best approach was to responsibly recycle them.

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LA-LA LAND: In the Times, Dakota Smith reports that LA mayor Eric Garcetti has called on Councilmember Jose Huizar to resign.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Council President Nury Martinez on Thursday called on Councilman Jose Huizar to step down amid an ongoing corruption investigation at City Hall centered on bribes and real estate development.

Martinez said in a statement that the “greed, corruption and deception” laid out in new federal filings in the case “disgusted” her and shook Angelenos’ faith in government.

SACTOWN: In the Bee, Vincent Molaski reports that Sacramento County is closing two popular riverfront recreation spots for the weekend. 

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