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Commerce CA - Emergency Preparedness Division
Monday June 1st, 2020 :: 03:56 p.m. PDT


Mayor's Statement on Civil Protests

I, along with the rest of the City Commerce community, am saddened upon learning about George Floyd’s loss of life.

Mr. Floyd’s death may cause people to question their faith and trust in those who swore to protect them. We understand this and the feelings of anger, hurt, and sadness. The City of Commerce is committed to engaging with you and building relationships to break down trust gaps by providing quality service and protection.

My mission as Mayor is to provide a safe and vibrant community. It is my priority to ensure that every member of the City of Commerce community is treated with dignity and respect.

Throughout the weekend, I witnessed peaceful protests, celebrating the life of George Floyd and calling for justice. I am appreciative of the organizers and participants for their peaceful behavior. To me, it is clear that the protesters are not the looters.

Peaceful demonstrations calling for justice descended into chaos throughout Southern California, with violent clashes between looters and law enforcement. Looters that burned and destroyed neighboring communities were not expressing their First Amendment rights. They are opportunists tarnishing the spirit of peaceful protestors exercising their First Amendment rights.

To our residents, I want to thank you for your strength and patience during this time. As all residents know, the City of Commerce focused on sanitation and cleanliness and creating a safe place for people to come back post Covid-19. Now, we are working on making sure people and local businesses feel an increased level of safety and support throughout the City. We are actively working to meet those demands.

It is time for us to unite. We must turn our pain into a purpose to move us forward in a more equitable, inclusive, and just society.

In accordance with the County of Los Angeles, there will be a curfew Monday, June 1st, from 5pm until 6 am. The curfew is on a case-by-case basis; people who need to travel to and from work, first responders, and people with medical emergencies are exempt. I encourage everyone to stay home, be safe, and remain vigilant. I will not tolerate looting of businesses or people being injured in the City of Commerce. Those who do not obey the curfew can face legal repercussions.

Thank you,

Mayor Ivan Altamirano

Commerce CA - Emergency Preparedness Division
2535 Commerce Way
Commerce, CA 90040

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