Demonstrators rally in San Francisco’s Mission District on Wednesday to protest the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. (Photo: Noah Berger, AP)
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A man walks past a protest mural on a closed business on in Los Angeles. (Photo: Robert Hanashiro/USA TODAY)
Curfews still in place for Oakland, Sacramento
After nights of mostly peaceful demonstrations in the name of George Floyd, some large cities announced they will not enforce curfews on Thursday. San Francisco, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County and San Jose lifted their curfews.
“Angelenos are rallying around powerful and peaceful demonstrations against racial injustice. We remain committed to protecting the right of all people to make their voices heard and ensuring the safety of protesters, businesses, residents, families, and our entire community,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said.
Curfew remains in place for other cities, including Oakland, Sacramento and Santa Clara.
Death of Sean Monterrosa; arrest of Amaurie Johnson
The Vallejo police chief has refused to say whether the shooting and killing of a protester who had a hammer in his waistband constituted as excessive force. Sean Monterrosa, 22, was killed by a Vallejo officer outside a Walgreens during a night of looting. Police Chief Shawny Williams said the officer mistook the hammer for a pistol. Now an assemblyman is calling for the state attorney general or a federal agency to investigate. It’s the only known death from an officer-involved shooting in California related to looting since George Floyd’s death.
In the San Diego suburb of La Mesa, 100 National Guard members were called in to assist on the day that police body camera footage was released of a controversial arrest. Amaurie Johnson, a 23-year-old black man, was stopped from smoking on a trolley platform and arrested on suspicion of assaulting an officer and resisting arrest. The body camera video does not show Johnson assaulting an officer. Unrest in La Mesa led to two banks and an office building being burned to the ground. City Hall also caught fire but the blaze was extinguished.
Kanye West is also a vocal Trump supporter. In 2018, he called Trump his “brother.” “You don’t have to agree with trump but the mob can’t make me not love him,” he added on Twitter. In Jan. 2020, he tweeted: “Trump all day” (Photo: Michael Wyke, AP)
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UCLA’s Jackie Robinson Stadium has been used by the Los Angeles Police Department to process protester arrests. Now the university’s chancellor said that use is “a violation of our values.”
Kanye West, a vocal backer of President Donald Trump, has pledged a $2 million donation to the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. The donation includes an education fund that will pay for the college tuition of Gianna, Floyd’s 6-year-old daughter.
An Orange County sheriff’s deputy is placed on administrative leave and being investigated after a video surfaced showing patches on his uniform from a right-wing paramilitary group. Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes said the deputy’s decision to wear the patches “is unacceptable and deeply concerning to me.”
The kitchen area inside the COVID-19 positive quarantine house for homeless men at the Gospel Center Rescue Mission. (Photo: COURTESY/GOSPEL CENTER RESCUE MISSION)
Quarantine for the homeless and ‘testing deserts’
A rescue mission in Stockton is now ready to house homeless men who have tested positive for COVID-19. The head of the Gospel Center Rescue Mission sees this as a sort of pilot program that could help prepare San Joaquin County in the event a second wave of infections comes later in the year.
“The coordination for eight people with such things as laundry, meals and contracting will be lessons learned that will actually apply to 200 people in this quarantine area,” Wayne Richardson said.
San Joaquin County hasn’t been hit hard by the coronavirus, unlike southeast Los Angeles, where 41% of the population are essential workers and nearly all are Latino. Many say it’s hard to get tested for the virus because they live in “testing deserts.”
Those who have lost their jobs or seen their wages cut as a result of the coronavirus have little to fall back on. Results from a newly released survey show that 40% of residents in this part of Los Angeles County have less than $500 in savings to help them survive the economic downturn.
The Pacific Coast Highway leads to Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park. (Photo: Tomas Nevesely, Dreamstime.com)
Reopening plans for Yosemite
Thursday is the day that Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks reopen their roads, trails, restrooms and picnic areas, but what about Yosemite?
Portions of the beloved and much photographed national park will reopen next week. Daily access to Yosemite will be limited. The park service expects to have about half the visitors of an average June day.
Lew Alcindor (33), Sidney WIcks (35) and coach John Wooden celebrate after UCLA beat Purdue to win the 1969 NCAA championship. (Photo: AP file photo)
Remembering John Wooden
As the NBA announces its return starting July 31, some are remembering a UCLA basketball legend who died 10 years ago. John Wooden, 99, died from natural causes on June 4, 2010.
Because of the coronavirus, the Wooden family had to break the tradition of visiting a Tarzana cafe on the anniversary of the Bruins coach’s death. Instead the family remembers in their own personal ways.
Wooden’s granddaughter Kim Robbins told the Los Angeles Times she wonders how her grandfather would have handled the novel coronavirus and racial unrest.
“Love is the most important word in the English language, followed by balance,” Robbins said, repeating one of Wooden’s teachings. “And I think love is something that our world needs right now. The world would be a better place if people would love one another.”
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