A Time For Community - A Message from City Manager Suja Lowenthal
A time for community
Following a series of recent tragedies, including the death of George Floyd, that have once again brought to the surface the inequities and divide in communities across the country, this week we saw a number of peaceful assemblies here in the South Bay and across the nation. To those exercising their rights to peacefully protest, please know that we hear you. We feel your pain and ache alongside you for change. And we stand with you ready to make the deep and lasting changes needed in our communities to heal the inequities and divide.
Unfortunately, some used these peaceful protests last weekend as a distraction to incite destructive activity in communities across LA, and members of the Hermosa Beach Police Department were activated to provide mutual aid as part of a deployment of South Bay agencies. We were inspired to see so many in our community safely participate in peaceful protests and our partner law enforcement agencies who have worked together to ensure the safety of everyone practicing their constitutional rights to peacefully protest. We thank the men and women of HBPD who have taken an oath to safeguard our community, improve public safety, and earn the trust of the public. They continue to serve everyday here in Hermosa Beach and when called upon by our neighbors, in a dedicated, professional manner with a commitment to treating everyone with dignity and respect.
Through all of this, we also continue to face a public health emergency that has been devastating for so many - whether the loss of a job, a business, or a loved one - life has changed dramatically over the last two months for Hermosa Beach, as it has across Southern California and around the world.
We want to offer a message of hope today. Now - perhaps more than ever - is a time for community. So what can we do together?
This week, we kick off a month-long celebration of pride in support of the LGBTQ+ community - join us in this celebration. Many of our businesses have been given the okay to begin to re-open, with new protocols in place to keep their staff and our community safe - they need our support. And we will continue to find ways for our community to engage in meaningful dialogue that builds shared understanding, addresses inequities, and helps move our community forward – Hermosa is listening.
We can come together to invest in our community, invest in our businesses, invest in each other. This month, let’s celebrate love, acceptance, tolerance and compassion for one another. Our collective healing and recovery relies on all of us, together.
With love from Hermosa