No curfew planned for Friday; City Council retroactively approves emergency order

The City Council Friday retroactively approved a series of curfews imposed over the past week due to the ongoing civil unrest and protests over the death of George Floyd.

“Despite the peaceful intentions and actions of the majority of protestors, many areas around the country, including Los Angeles County, faced civil unrest including but not limited to acts of arson, vandalism, assault, rioting, and looting,” City Attorney Charles Parkin said in a letter to the council.

Curfews were necessary, Parkin noted, due to “ongoing acts of civil unrest and limited local resources.”

More protests have been announced for today, but no curfew is planned.

A curfew may still be imposed at a later time, depending on “the situation at hand,” City Manager Tom Modica said.

“This is something we take incredibly seriously,” he said. “We evaluate it every single day.”

In addition to ratifying previous curfews and the declaration of a state of emergency, today’s vote by the council also means that the local emergency declaration will continue until terminated by the council.

The resolution approved today stated that the declaration should be reviewed by the city council at least every 14 days.

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Alena Maschke writes about all things business and beyond for the Long Beach Business Journal/Long Beach Post. Born and raised in Germany, she first fell in love with California during an exchange year at UCLA. After receiving her master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in 2017, she returned to the Golden State with an appetite for great stories, pupusas and the occasional Michelada.