The Issue Is Podcast: Long Beach Mayor Garcia, attorney Harmeet Dhillon, and Michael Gervais

This week, some four months after California’s stay-at-home order began, the situation continues to take a turn in the wrong direction.

For the first time, California recorded more than 10,000 new cases in a single day, as the total number of confirmed COVID-19 infections in the Golden State ballooned to more than 370,000.

As a result, Governor Newsom followed up his announcement that indoor services would be ending at many restaurants, theaters, salons, and other businesses, with an order on Friday that schools in some 32 of the state’s 58 counties would be online-only to start fall instruction. 

To break down the newest orders, their emotional ramifications, and their legality, Elex Michaelson is joined this week on The Issue Is by Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, attorney Harmeet Dhillon, and psychologist Michael Gervais.

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The Issue Is is a weekly show that airs on FOX 11 Friday nights at 10:30 PM and on several stations throughout California. We take on discussions and debates with top newsmakers about the most controversial and interesting issues impacting the state, hosted by FOX 11’s Elex Michaelson. For showtimes and more information, go to

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The Issue Is Podcast contains the audio from the broadcast and often includes extended interviews of the guests we have on the show.  The podcast is available on iTunes, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and Audioboom.

Host Elex Michaelson also co-anchors FOX 11 News weeknights at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. with Christine Devine. He co-hosts the "FOX 11 Special Report" with Dr. Drew Pinsky weeknights at 7 p.m.