(RepublicanWire.org) – California has been a liberal state for a long time. Even when the governor was a Republican, the legislature was still largely left-leaning. Now Democrats are losing some support in their most reliable state, leaving an opportunity open for the GOP.

A recent decision to oust three school board members in San Francisco shows how the leftist city is turning against ultra-progressives. The board members lost their positions after spending millions of dollars renaming schools (including one named after President Abraham Lincoln), keeping the schools closed for more than a year and making other poor decisions. More than 70% of voters supported the removal of the members.

After the vote, some politicians wondered if the left was losing its grip on the city. The radical ideologies of the school board members were actively hurting children. In one case, the board members voted to stop accepting kids in the best academic programs in the city based on merits. It was the worst of the left’s policies and showed America what it would be like if those people were in charge everywhere. Even Democrat voters couldn’t handle it.

Antonio Amador, a Latino California voter, told Newsmax many of the people who rose up against the school system were groups like Hispanics and Asians that traditionally voted for Democrats. However, he believes they’re now coming to realize their values align more with the Republican Party “and Democrats are panicking because of that,” he said.

If Republicans build on the momentum, they might be able to pull California out of the grips of the Democratic Party eventually.

“Show me your papers” is a phrase you might expect to hear in Communist China or Russia. But it’s happening right now in California, where San Francisco’s Department of Health closed a burger joint for refusing to comply with the state’s vaccine mandate. Right now, residents are forced to show their vaccine papers or be excluded from necessary parts of society like bars, restaurants, or movie theaters.

On Thursday, the city closed an In-N-Out Burger for serving customers who didn’t have the right documentation on them. The company’s chief legal and business officer Arnie Wensinger says in a statement:

“On Thursday, October 14, the San Francisco Department of Public Health closed our restaurant at 333 Jefferson Street because In-N-Out Burger Associates (employees) were not preventing the entry of Customers who were not carrying proper vaccination documentation.

“Our store properly and clearly posted signage to communicate local vaccination requirements. After closing our restaurant, local regulators informed us that our restaurant Associates must actively intervene by demanding proof of vaccination and photo identification from every Customer, then act as enforcement personnel by barring entry for any Customers without the proper documentation.”

“We refuse to become the vaccination police for any government,” Wensinger says, calling the city’s attempt to “Seregate customers” through this “unreasonable, invasive, and unsafe” policy.

San Francisco is the first major city to adopt these totalitarian measures intended to shame and torment those who choose to make their own decisions where they and their families’ health are concerned.

Fortunately, this policy has not yet caught on — but with Joe Biden tossing around vaccine and mask mandates and Blue states leaning toward this sort of tyranny, we can expect to see more of it. How many more lives and businesses must be ruined because of the Left’s overreaction to this virus?

A Los Angeles school district is forcing kids to undergo weekly COVID testing as Coronamania once again sweeps the nation. As you know, Washington is now arresting people who dare step inside the Capitol or White House without a mask. State and healthcare workers in California are being forced to get vaccinated or lose their jobs. This could extend to other businesses. Now, the Los Angeles Unified School District will require weekly testing for both students and staff regardless of vaccination status.

Democrat darling Dr. Anthony Fauci says that mask mandates may make a comeback nationwide. While some states have taken steps to protect Americans, many — especially Blue states — remain vulnerable to government overreach. California is one of those states.

California ABC affiliate KABC reports that the Los Angeles Unified School District announced Thursday that al students and staff are required to undergo inconvenient and humiliating rounds of testing if they want to step foot in the building — regardless of their individual vaccination status:

In a policy shift, the Los Angeles Unified School District on Thursday announced it will require all students and district employees returning to in-person activities for the upcoming academic year to undergo “baseline and ongoing weekly COVID-testing,” regardless of their vaccination status.

The district had previously required such testing only for those who are unvaccinated.

“This is in accordance with the most recent guidance from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health,” LAUSD Interim Superintendent Megan K. Reilly wrote in a message to the district community. “Baseline testing begins on Monday, August 2.”

Current vaccinations provide adequate protection against COVID-19 and the new Delta variant, which is sweeping through Democrat-run California. While they don’t keep people from getting sick entirely, they do prevent them from becoming seriously ill or dying from the illness. So it’s strange that vaccinated people would have to be tested.

“Los Angeles Unified continues to collaborate with our health partners at the county and state levels, as well as our panel of medical experts and university partners and we review updates to county, state, and federal guidance on a daily basis,” Reilly says, apparently unaware that medical experts say vaccinations provide enough protection and that testing everyone is a waste of time and resources.

But this isn’t about safety. It’s about conditioning Americans to accept being poked, jabbed, and swabbed whenever the government wants.

California is often known as a liberal haven, but one restaurant is taking the bravest stand against unconstitutional and ridiculous COVID-related mandates. As most of the country — especially in Blue states — cowered in fear, Burbank, California’s Tinhorn Flats refused to force people to run scared.

In every state, Americans are forced to wear masks indoors, stay six feet apart, and eat outside. But at one point in California, restaurants couldn’t even offer outdoor dining. The severity of the lockdowns vary state-to-state, but all cases share one thing in common: they are devastating to businesses.

Tinhorn Flats refused to comply with the County of Los Angeles’ ridiculous ban on outdoor dining, racking up 124 complaints during the month of December and receiving a cease and desist letter from the county in January. Through February, the health department handed the restaurant 38 citations, and Los Angeles County sued them for violating emergency health orders and county codes and — inexplicably — acting as a public nuisance. Despite all this, the restaurant vows to continue serving the community:

The owners of the restaurant minced no words when describing the city council as “pathetic losers” and a “vicious mob with pitchforks coming for that who stands against their campaign of fear.”

“I WILL NOT COMPLY AND I WILL NOT CLOSE MY BUSINESS TO THESE PATHETIC, UNAMERICAN SOCIALIST COWARDS,” a post condemning the actions of the city council says. “If need be, I will go down with my ship..”

The ban on outdoor dining was lifted in January. Despite this, the county is continuing its witch hunt. It’s time for Americans to wake up and realize that we can’t live in fear. If Dr. Fauci is right and this virus isn’t going away anytime soon, we need to adjust to living with it — not hiding from it.